South Florida has one of the most vibrant soccer communities in the United States with a hotbed of soccer fans from the USA and around the world. It’s no wonder that the area is often in the top 1-2 of nationwide TV ratings for soccer games.
Here’s our guide to the best places in South Florida to watch World Cup games:
Funky Buddha Brewery1201 NE 38th St, Oakland Park.
Funky Buddha Brewery is a state-of-the-art brewery facility in downtown Oakland Park, and features an enormous tap room with a modern look, flat-screen TVs behind the bar displaying the roster of home-brewed beers currently on tap, and high-top table seating to accommodate hundreds of guests. Peer behind the large glass windows separating the tap room from the brewing warehouse to get a glimpse of where all that delicious beer comes from before it reaches your taste buds. Funky Buddha offers a wide, rotating selection of craft beers, from the crisp Passionfruit Berliner Weiss to the darker No Crusts PB&J Ale and more.
Serving food at Funky Buddha for the USMNT games against Portugal and Germany will be Best French Fries is a food truck serving all-natural, fresh hand-cut fries in a cone, served with a choice of 20+ original dipping sauces. Their fries are never frozen, and they always use the freshest ingredients. They use only the best quality Idaho potatoes, which are hand-washed, hand-cut and sliced. They cook our potatoes in 100% corn oil until the fries are crispy and golden brown. They’re served in their patented fry cone along with your choice of 2 dipping sauces.
For the USA against Portugal game, Funky Buddha will be tapping five special beers:
• Ginger Lemongrass• Humble Braggot• The Fluffer• Passion of the Crusher• Last Snow
The Lion and Eagle Pub2401 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton
This quaint British pub located at the end of a strip plaza is the go-to place to watch Premier League and World Cup games. During big World Cup matches, the pub puts a tent outside to cope with the crowds. If you don’t mind standing room only but a great British atmosphere, the Lion and Eagle Pub on Federal Highway is definitely worth visiting. Authentic British ales and food are served too.
Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant900 S Miami Blvd, Miami
The chain of Fado Irish Pubs nationwide are known for being very soccer-friendly as well as serving up a wide selection of beers to choose from. This particular location is in downtown Miami near the shops and art district, so it could be the perfect place to go to watch a game while your better half goes shopping.
Fritz and Franz Bierhaus60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables
Fritz and Franz has been a Miami soccer institution for as long as we can remember. The soccer friendly bar has plenty of TVs to watch the game. Plus it’s within walking distance of the trendy Coral Gables stores. If you like German beer and German food, Fritz and Franz is worth the visit.
What other South Florida bars and restaurants do you recommend going to in order to watch the World Cup?