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It's a great time to be in Dallas when the World Cup is on. Soccer bars, breweries, and pubs often open early to usher in soccer fans. This year, the tournament will be held in Qatar from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18. Soccer fans have been waiting since the 2018 World Cup in Russia, when France took the win. This year, fans will be watching closely to see who takes the lead.
If you want to watch the World Cup with other members of the community this year, Dallas is the perfect place to do it. We have listed the best local hotspots to watch the games this year.
Peticolas Brewing Company is a brewery and taproom that was a great viewing spot for the last World Cup. It even brewed a special beer for the occasion, which it called Rumble in Russia. The three-level brewery offers multiple televisions, so you can always find a good spot to watch the game. In addition to game tables, Peticolas offers access to food trucks on certain days. That means that you can spend the whole day here watching the matches.
This taproom is down-to-earth and family-friendly, with affordable sodas and snacks for everybody. You can even bring your own food. If you're looking for a brewery that encourages community connection, you'll love the vibe here. You can visit the taproom for English Premier League matches and other sports watch parties in anticipation of the big event.
Happiest Hour is a popular destination that offers a large patio bar and rooftop deck. The views are great, but you'll be more interested in watching the games. In addition to the 25 televisions and full-service bar, Happiest Hour offers 12,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor space. It's easy to get some fresh air between games, and you'll have no problem doing so.
Happiest Hour also has a large menu, which includes signature cocktails, wine on tap, and dozens of beers. The bar occasionally has deals for groups that show up wearing jerseys. In the past, the bar has offered special World Cup cocktails. During Sunday morning games, it often offers brunch. It's bound to be a good time, no matter when you show up.
Frankie's Bar is a Downtown Dallas favorite, especially for visitors, thanks to its location near several major hotels. In the past, doors have opened early for the World Cup games. With over 40 televisions inside, Frankie's offers something for every kind of soccer lover. You'll be able to support local craft beers or sample a variety of liquors that are made right here in Texas. You'll also find plenty of national brands.
Frankie's also offers award-winning dishes, including homemade chicken wings, pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches, and greens. Make sure to try a selection of sauces or stop by for a happy-hour event.
Smithy is a great way to celebrate local Dallas ingredients while enjoying some not-so-local soccer games. This semi-upscale bar and restaurant serves locally-sourced ingredients, including responsibly-raised meats and options to meet any dietary needs. See these ingredients in action in healthy (sometimes) and unique dishes like crab nachos, pastas, steaks, and forged grain bowls.
But the food isn't the only thing that's local here. Enjoy craft beers from a variety of Texas breweries, giving you the chance to try a little bit of everything. Craft cocktails, beers, wines, and spirits will give you plenty to sip as you cheer on your favorite team.
Bender's Sports and Spirits is a great spot for those who'd like the traditional sports bar experience. This spot's menu includes all your best draft picks, like nachos, loaded fries, wings, burgers, sandwiches, and pizza. For a bit of a twist, you can order one of Benders' taco and burrito options, or even go for the spot's "rabbit food" (salad) options.
Drink-wise, enjoy a decent collection of draft beers along with creative specialty shots and Mexican-influenced drinks. One of Benders' most famous shots, the El Droppo, comes as a shot of Tequila dropped in a glass of Stiegl Radler for a fruit-forward experience whose alcohol content might require a bit of caution. If you're meeting friends, or just stopping by to be part of a fun and inviting local sports community, you'll have a great time here.
Longhorn Icehouse calls itself the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas. This is a big claim, of course, but this local spot does make a few compelling points regarding this title. When you step into this bar and restaurant, you'll immediately take in all 25,000 square feet of Texas-themed, sports-focused action, all covered in Texas decor. There are 44 HD TVs inside, a 14-foot jumbotron, and even more TVs on the outside patio. In addition to all this, you can get lost in an arcade, live entertainment venue, and dance area.
If you're more concerned about what you'll eat than what you'll do, though, the icehouse has your back there, too. Snack on southern cooking options along with sports bar classics. Two full-service bars serve draft beer and cocktails until 1 a.m. seven days a week. If bigger is better in Texas, this might be the best sports bar in the state.
If you've ever felt like the only thing that a classic sports bar is missing is a rooftop deck, you're in luck with Under Over. Part of a living, dining, and hotel concept, The Village, this restaurant and bar stands its own against the complex's cocktail, dessert, bakery, and fine dining options. While you're at this spot, you can gobble up scratch-made, classic American fare and wash it down with an all-Texas lineup of drafts. Choose to stay inside around the TV to watch the match, or take a break and wander up to a rooftop that overlooks two sports fields. What better way to imagine yourself on the field than looking out above it with a delicious Texas beer in hand?
Relatively new to the Dallas sports bar scene, The Avenue Sports Grill is already making quite the name for itself. A big, bold banner on the spot's website reads "Beers, Burgers, and Sports." And The Avenue will keep that promise.
Enjoy classic bar fare mixed carefully in with unique, healthy options like a grilled chicken sandwich, shrimp avocado salad, Margherita flatbread, and ceviche. But that doesn't mean you can't order all the potato skins, wings, burgers, and tacos that you can eat. For drinks, you can sip on a few carefully selected wine options with your beer. If you're looking for refined, you have it here, with the grill's open-air atmosphere and Sunday brunch options. If you'd rather just scream at your favorite players on the screen, though, you're encouraged to do that too.
So, there you have it. Planet Ford Dallas just listed some of the best spots in Dallas to watch the upcoming World Cup. How'd you find our list? Did we miss any local gems? Or, do you simply have a pick for World Cup champion that you just can't wait to share? Either way, contact us today to let us know. We love to hear from our fellow Dallas-area soccer fanatics.
The Irishman Pub is one of the best places to watch soccer in Dallas, especially if you're in North Dallas. Not only does the pub offer plenty of TVs so you can see the game up close, but it also offers a 120-inch projection screen. The Irishman also offers affordable lunch choices and a daily happy hour. Choose from specialty appetizers, including thin potato chips with Guinness cheese sauce or cheese steak egg rolls. There are no bad choices here.
Ultimately, the Irishman Pub is a great neighborhood bar. Since its remodel, it has proven to be a great destination for sporting events.
This bar is a Northwest Dallas favorite, especially if you are enamored with one of the Central or South American football teams this year. Ojos Locos serves cold beers, but it is especially known for its beer towers, which are great for serving the whole squad. The bar also offers a variety of tasty dishes, including elotes, tacos, sandwiches, and chicken wings.
Ojos Locos has a family atmosphere, which makes it a great destination for getting comfortable for a day of soccer games. Wall-to-wall HD televisions will ensure that you do not miss a thing. You'll love the laid-back vibe here.
The Dubliner Irish Pub is owned by a Dublin native, so you know it's the real deal. In addition to happy-hour deals and great domestic beers, the menu includes everything: from draft beer to cocktails. You'll even find a selection of beers from the United Kingdom. Its various boards, snacks, and sandwiches will get you through a day of watching the matches.
The Dubliner is very much a traditional Irish pub with a warm, cozy atmosphere. Whether you stop by to try some Irish whiskey and watch your favorite team, or you just come along for the ride and a good time, this is a great spot.
Whether you're the designated driver, or you've got one on hand, showing up in a comfortable vehicle is necessary. Planet Ford Dallas will find you the right car or truck for your excursions. Once you've found the right vehicle, you'll be more than ready to catch the World Cup at one of these local gems.
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