The 2014 FIFA World Cup will undoubtedly not disappoint this year, as only the best soccer match-ups in the world are featured. As always, Italy, Brazil and Spain are rumored to win it all – so put on your favorite team’s colors and head on down to one of the five places below that will be showing (or will be happy to change the channel) to the FIFA World Cup.
Alexion’s Bar and Grille
141 Hawthorne St.
Carnegie, PA 15106
A smoker-friendly patio that’s open year-round, craft drafts and mind-bending affordable weekly specials will make you come to watch the World Cup Championships and make it a weekly mainstay. Lots of large, clear televisions will make the Cup tourney easy to watch. Lots of servers allow for maximum attention and absolutely delicious sandwiches will make your experience outstanding. The kitchen even stays open until midnight Monday through Thursday, so no worries if you’re looking for late-night munchies.
Silky’s Sports Bar and Grille
1731 Murray Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
At Silky’s, moderate price points, a great tap selection and good food and friends is the perfect recipe for your World Cup viewing enjoyment. Silky’s is unusual in the fact that it has an extensive menu for such a laid-back sports joint. Tons of big screen TVs will suit your viewing pleasure, but are not so loud to override your conversation or enjoyment of the jukebox. Don’t be afraid to ask the waitstaff to modify or alter the television stations for you, as this particular bar aims to please its most fanatical soccer fans (just be aware that this is a Philly-centric bar, so keep your Steelers opinions close).
Redbeard’s Bar & Grille
201 Shiloh St.
Mt. Washington, PA 15211
Fourteen HD TVs, a kitchen that stays open until 1 a.m. and free wi-fi should be enough to make you want to visit Redbeard’s once, but two locations will make you a patron for life. Where else can you get amazing high-def TVs to watch the World Cup, eat a crabcake and get totally rowdy? Redbeard’s specials are also out of this world with $3 drafts, $4 wine and delicious starters for pennies. Just keep your team preference to yourself – Manchester U fans get a tad irritated.
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1828 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
A no-brainer for football fans – Piper’s Pub is the preeminent spot for everything Ireland. Proper bangers and mash coupled with a delicious Guinness or a Scotch eggs washed down with a shepherd’s pie are just a few of the menu options awaiting you on your journey to World Cup fandemonium. Piper’s Scotch menu, ordered by region, is also staggering – and the best in the city – and Piper’s draught list is gorgeous. Enjoy a pint, tucker in for a heady soccer (or football for your European vernacular) match and enjoy your evening in good company.
216 S. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Buffalo Blues boasts over 30 beers on draft, which should be enough to pack in your red and whites to head on over for the World Cup championship. Buffalo’s also has a mouth-watering ribs recipe, which will satisfy your half- or-full-rack hankering, and also delicious specialty fries, honkin’ big burgers and amazing BBQ combos. Plus, Buffalo boasts a TV at virtually every angle, so whether you’re at the bar, a table, outside for a smoke or even walking to the restroom, you won’t miss a second of your game.
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