This year, Brazil is hosting the international party called the World Cup. While fans cheer from all across the globe, Minnesotans will be heading to local pubs to watch the action with other futbol lovers. The World Cup runs from June 12 to July 13 this year, making it a month-long tournament of fun. Check out any of these bars that cater to the soccer fan and enjoy the games.
931 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
A traditional Irish pub in downtown Minneapolis, The Local has been catering to those who love international sports for over 20 years. Soccer and rugby are the favorite sports to tune into while you enjoy a pint of Guinness with your traditional Irish meal. The atmosphere is created by a team of Irish folk and is reminiscent of a pub in Dublin. Find other fans of the beautiful game and cheer on your favorite country at this year’s World Cup.
Sweetwater Bar & Grille
The Kelly Inn
161 St. Anthony Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55103
During the 2010 World Cup, the Sweetwater Bar & Grille was voted the best place in Minnesota to watch the games. This year should be no different. Tucked away in the Best Western Kelly Inn, Sweetwater caters to soccer fans all year long. It has games on the telly from open to close, and it opens for breakfast and closes late. The large screen televisions receive MLS Direct Kick and plan games from all U.S. National and Premier League teams. Enjoy some great beer and food while you cheer for your favorite country – the walleye fingers are strongly recommended.
918 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Mackenzie Pub is an upscale joint that caters to sports fans and lovers of international cuisine. Located close to Target Field and Target Center, Mackenzie Pub offers drink specials during and after games as well as a sensational happy hour. Check out one of the best craft beer selections in Minnesota and enjoy some mac and cheese bites while you cheer for the U.S. The five 42″ flat screen televisions broadcast American sporting events and World Cup matches during the event.
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1110 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
A true lover of the World Cup can be found at any British pub. This is definitely the case at downtown Minneapolis’ Brit’s Pub. A true British Pub that televises soccer games year round, Brit’s features specials during the Cup and the patrons generate enough energy to make the atmosphere special as well. Grub on some Scotch eggs or bangers and mash while you’re there or come for afternoon tea. Lawn bowling is also featured along with a kids menu in case the kids want to tag along.
Nomad World Pub
501 Cedar Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
The Nomad World Pub is located on the West Bank in the University area and caters to international crowds and locals that love watching futbol. With soccer playing daily, the World Cup is sure to be an event at the Nomad. It opens at 8 a.m. to allow games to be watched live from different time zones. Order the famous PBR with a shot of Jameson for only $5 or just enjoy one of the other drink specials. The Nomad also supports local artists by displaying their works, contributing to the community-friendly atmosphere. Enjoy the World Cup season at Nomad’s.
Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.