UPDATED: The Best Spots to Watch the World Cup (and Toast to Every Goal) in Houston
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!
Photo courtesy D&T Drive Inn Enjoy the games from the large patio at D&T Drive Inn.
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.
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 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.
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.
15970 City Walk Blvd., Sugar Land, TX
2416 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX
14656 Grisby, Houston, TX
1307 Enid, Houston, TX
1100 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX
1952 W. Gray St., Houston, TX
5920 Richmond, Houston, TX
1826 Fountainview, Houston, TX
11980 Westheimer, Houston, TX