UPDATED: The Best Spots to Watch the World Cup (and Toast to Every Goal) in Houston

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Photo courtesy D&T Drive Inn
Enjoy the games from the large patio at D&T Drive Inn.
Update: After we posted this story on Tuesday, you (our lovely readers) and a number of local businesses reached out to us to tell us we neglected to mention several other bars and restaurants that are showing the World Cup. While we can't guarantee we're going to name every single spot, we agreed that there are a few more worthy of your time. We've added these places and info about their drink specials and celebrations on page 2 of this story. Thanks for all your input!

It's the most wonderful time of the year for soccer fans--The World Cup!

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is being held in Brazil June 12 through July 13. Even though most of us won't have the opportunity to be there for all the international excitement, there are plenty of chances to watch the games and yell at screens with like-minded individuals right here in Houston.

So put on your favorite jersey and join your buddies for some cold beer, pub food and a little country rivalry as we watch the most popular sport in the world at these great bars.

Baker St. Pub & Grill
Sherlock's Baker St. Pub
Watson's House of Ales

Each Sherlock Holmes-inspired bar will be doing something a little different for the World Cup, so check with your neighborhood pub to find out exactly what to expect. Every Baker St. Pub & Grill in town is kicking off the event on Thursday at 3 p.m. and continuing the party throughout the course of the games with "the longest happy hour in town," Mondays through Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. The games will be shown on a big screen via a projector, and there will be 16-ounce commemorative World Cup beer bottles available for the price of 12-ounce longnecks. Similar events are happening at Sherlock's and Watson's as well.

D&T Drive Inn
The Heights watering hole is so excited about the upcoming games that they're calling themselves the "2014 World Cup Headquarters." Every game will be shown on every one of D&T's screens, and there will be a special kick-off party on June 12 at 3 p.m. D&T is a great place for frozen shandys, craft beer and way better-than-average pub grub.

Hay Merchant
Houston's favorite craft beer bar and home of half off local brews while home teams are winning is celebrating the World Cup the same way they celebrate local victories. Hay Merchant usually opens at 3 p.m. every weekday, but it will be opening at 11 a.m. on June 13, 20 and 27 (Fridays) and at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 26 for the United States game. As always, Houston beers will be half off when the home team (in this case, the U.S. team) is winning.

Local Pour
Local pour is making the World Cup, well, local, by inviting Houston Dynamo players Corey Ashe, Giles Barnes and teammates to a watch party on Monday, June 16. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the game will start at 5:30. There will be a suggested donation at the door, with any proceeds going to Dynamo charities. The players will be taking photos and signing autographs, and happy hour pricing on drinks will continue throughout the game.

Richmond Arms
This British bar is so into the World Cup that they have a special section of the website devoted to following the teams and updating the match schedule. The Richmond Arms is also giving away prizes to go along with the games. For every game you attend at the bar, you'll be entered to win things like soccer balls and signed jerseys.

Ron's Pub & White Horse Inn
Ron's Pub roots for Liverpool while showing British football games, so the crowd will most likely be full of Anglophiles during the World Cup showings. The pub will open 30 minutes prior to every game, which will be shown on the big screen TV. We're told there will be drink specials, but they haven't been determined yet. You'll just have to go and see for yourself.

The Bull & Bear Tavern
The British tavern known for showing football (American) will switch to showing football (aka soccer) when the World Cup begins on June 12. Guinness is always $3.75 per pint, and on weekends, the kitchen serves breakfast until 2 p.m. On March first, The Bull & Bear introduced extended kitchen hours for the rest of the week, so you can now order off the extensive menu of pub favorites until 1 a.m. or later.

Check out even more bars showing the World Cup on the next page.


Location Info

Baker St. Pub & Grill Sugar Land

15970 City Walk Blvd., Sugar Land, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sherlock's Baker St. Pub Clear Lake

2416 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Watson's House Of Ales

14656 Grisby, Houston, TX

Category: Music

D&T Drive Inn

1307 Enid, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Hay Merchant

1100 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Local Pour

1952 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Richmond Arms

5920 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Ron's Pub & White Horse Inn

1826 Fountainview, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Bull & Bear Tavern

11980 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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Rajesh H. Patel
Rajesh H. Patel

We will be showing the World Cup at Texas Hookah Lounge on Westheimer also!

Ruth E. Pereyra
Ruth E. Pereyra

I root for USA but I am sure Brazil just as they stole from their people they will indeed steal the cup!

Lex Perez
Lex Perez

Lol Chad so ignant. P.s. I'm excited about the Texans

Chad Burn
Chad Burn

No but that is all that supports it

paval
paval topcommenter

Also add Bar Munich, the bar for those German team followers, though I saw a lot of Spaniards there too during the last Euro Cup. 

I am glad to see that more bars have jumped unto the soccer train in Houston. When I came here nine years ag soccer was just a "other sports" kind of sport and had to be watched on Mexican TV or ESPN. 


lichenwatcher
lichenwatcher

I can't believe Scores and Niko Niko's are not on the list. Both are great set ups to watch futbol, offer good libations, as well as other timeless distractions to divert your attention during timeouts and such.

Daniel Calderon Mathena
Daniel Calderon Mathena

As I commented on the article, "I can't believe Galway Hooker on Washington Ave is not on the list. It is a soccer themed bar, has something like 40 TVs and a roof top deck."

Juan Castillo
Juan Castillo

Lmao at sending it back to mexico. You're american dumb sir.

Claudia Madrigal
Claudia Madrigal

U.S. Soccer Soccer is a world sport. The more you know... :)

laydad
laydad

I can't believe Galway Hooker on Washington Ave is not on the list.  It is a soccer themed bar, has something like 40 TVs and a roof top deck.

Chad Burn
Chad Burn

I have all my money riding on who the hell cares???? It's soccer send it back to Mexico and let's get on with some AMERICAN FOOTBALL!!!!!! NFL BABY!!!!!

libbycongelliere
libbycongelliere

Galway Hooker also got named ESPN's official World Cup Bar in Houston! It's an awesome spot to watch games at! Someone should adjust this list :-)

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