Best Bars to Watch the World Cup

Friday, June 11, 2010


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Watching with friends is good, in front of a pint is better. As the World Cup kicks off today and broadcasts all over the world, get to the best bars for watching, cheering, and yes, drinking.


McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon
52 Pine St, 861-1782
Fifty-two TVs, 20 of them flat-screen, plus a huge projector screen in the back. Add on food and drink specials that are rotating constantly for the World Cup, and you've got full-tilt coverage of all your needs. Check out McFadden's dedicated World Cup page for broadcast schedule and food specials here.

Patrick's Pub
381 Smith St, 751-1553
No need to "gear up" specifically for World Cup... when you're Irish owned and you've got matches on all season, along with pub food, great pints, and four dartboards, you've got a crowd of expats that is already in place for coverage. Do it real, here. Just don't root for England. Or if you do, do it in the back.

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50 Exchange Terrace, 272-1953
This bar is committed... it's even got its own Facebook group of RI fans who will be watching World Cup there. This popular Irish bar's got all kinds of things happening around total coverage, including stocking local beers from the participating teams, RiRa lunch soccer specials, and a drawing to win a private party for the World Cup final broadcast.

La Sonrisa 2
559 Cranston St, 490-2220
Guatemalan West Enders and other locals gather here for Dominican and Mexican food as well as for the game broadcasts, which are in Spanish. Gooooaaaaaal just sounds better that way.

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Spats Restaurant

182 Angell St, 437-8300
What you need to know is that this East Side institution is the official home base for the American Outlaws, the most partisan, passionate group of soccer fans around. Catch them every day as they root for the Americans.


Wicked Good Bar & Grill
At Twin River Casino, 475-8600
Food's great, coverage great, but here's the big thing: there's a $250,000 pay-out for the guy who can pick the winner of all 64 matches. So hurry up before the games get going. And if you're there for the World Cup, consider checking in on GoLocalProv's Scott Cordischi when he hosts sports trivia night on Wednesdays from 7-9pm.


Brickyard Bar & Grill
2276 Warwick Ave, 739-7223
Catch the action on any of 22 screens, and take advantage of draft specials along with wings and pizza specials.



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