Yes, people—you’ve filled in all but one of the blank spaces on your World Cup wall chart, wept with joy at the sheer beauty of that goal/that footballer’s haircut/that fourth beer, and now you nearly understand the offside rule. It can only mean one thing: The World Cup 2014 final takes place on Sunday. And let there be no doubt, this will be one hell of a game, matching the two strongest futbol teams on the planet: Germany and Argentina.
So, because we love you, we’ve put together a list of the top five viewing spots for this Sunday’s showdown, including a dedicated German biergarten and an Argentine enclave. So you can have your steak and eat it, as it were.
And if you're thirsty for even more, check out the 20 best New York bars for watching the action, or our pick of outdoor World Cup viewing parties. Gooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallll!!!!
This rambunctious Williamsburg Biergarten has romped its way through the World Cup, showing the game on massive screens in both its beer halls. The venue has been rammed to the rafters throughout the tournament, so you’ll want to arrive in good time for this German final. Order one of the Hall’s delicious artisanal sausages, a tall bier and some sauerkraut, and bellow as loudly as you can. (113 North 3rd St, Williamsburg, 718-963-3973)
Argentina fans will flock to this Soho bistro, which opens up its second floor for the Cup and shows the game on two projectors. Just think: the beautiful game, massive steaks, and hot and cold running Malbec! What more could you ask for? Just note: Fans have been arriving a couple of hours in advance of games, so show up early. (343 West Broadway, Soho, 212-925-4706)
Lonestar Bar & Grill
Equally happy whichever teams wins? Celebrate the American way at this Texas BBQ joint—which is also a football hub—in Bay Ridge. (8703 5th Ave, Bay Ridge)
The World Cup Under the Archway
These free, all-ages outdoor screenings at Dumbo have been going on since the Cup’s beginning at the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge and you’re encouraged to bring your own picnic blanket and enjoy scoff from local food vendors.
Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Viewing Zone
It’s time to get serious about the World Cup final. So serious, in fact, that your viewing spot of choice is an officially designated ZONE on an ISLAND. Governor’s Island, to be exact, wherein this community-based public space project allows you the opportunity to watch the game with the NYC skyline as your backdrop. We’re into it.