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Where to Watch the 2018 World Cup in New York City

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Updated: 12 June 2018
Soccer, or football, fans are already cheering for the kickoff of the 2018 World Cup, which will take place in Russia. Whether you prefer craft beers or gourmet fare, you don’t have to travel far to watch this year’s 32-team tournament from the best seat in the house – New York City’s top soccer and sports bars.

Smithfield Hall

Bar, American, $$$
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© Smithfield Hall
© Smithfield Hall
At New York City’s “finest sports bar,” soccer is one of several specialties. An extensive drinks selection, which even includes aperitifs and digestifs, and 11 television screens showing matches from all over the world make Smithfield Hall a preferred game day destination for worldly football fans.
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Sun:
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Thu:
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Fri:
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Sat:
7:30 am - 2:30 am

Woodwork

Bar, American, $$$
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On game days, even Manhattanites make the trip to this Prospect Heights haunt, where everything from European soccer matches to Canadian hockey games are shown. The aptly-named Woodwork brings out all sorts of fans, who despite their opposing allegiances, are known to bond over the bar’s famous (or infamous) “Fuckit Buckets” brimming with five $4 beers for the price of four.

Woodwork bar... How times change!

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Sun:
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Fri:
2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat:
8:00 am - 2:00 am

George Keeley

Bar, American, $$$
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Above a bar slinging more than 25 brews, George Keeley’s multiple television screens display nearly as many types of sport. Drinkers are in a league of their own at this Upper West Side staple, where craft beer buffs crowd in to enjoy not-so-standard game day grub like barbecue pig “wings” and seasoned fries.
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Mon - Fri:
2:00 pm - 4:00 am
Sat - Sun:
12:00 pm - 4:00 am

Standings

Bar, American, $$$
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As its name implies, it’s likely you won’t find a seat at the East Village’s Standings. What you will find, however, are friendly patrons nursing American microbrews while watching—and listening to: the bar has a firm “No music. Ever.” policy—the big game. Tip: come hungry to be victorious at Standings, where dining options include free pizza Friday nights and even takeout-welcome evenings.
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The Soccer Republic

Bar, American, $$$
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© The Soccer Republic
© The Soccer Republic
Join the, er, passionate crowd at The Soccer Republic, the closest you can get to a stadium environment in Midtown, Manhattan. Chanting, flags, and enthusiastic supporters’ groups (almost 40 call the bar home base) are all accounted for at this tri-level soccer mecca featuring dozens of television screens.
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Sat - Sun:
9:30 am - 4:00 am
Mon - Fri:
10:00 am - 4:00 am

Banter

Bar, European, $$$
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Players and supporters alike favor this official partner of the NYC FC. At Banter, a Williamsburg address means your standard game day grub is replaced by artisanal savory pies and Japanese and Irish whiskeys served alongside quirky touches, including an old-school foosball table and soccer goal-equipped urinals.

54 Days to World Cup... Tic toc...

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Mon - Tue:
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wed - Fri:
12:00 pm - 4:00 am
Sat:
7:30 am - 4:00 am
Sun:
8:30 am - 2:00 am

The Three Monkeys

Bar, American, $$$
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Bring your non-sports fan friends to this crowd-pleasing Midtown bar. While you devour The Three Monkeys’ 10-plus television screens broadcasting a variety of sports, they can entertain themselves with IPA-smoked brisket flatbread, lager-brined fried chicken wings, and any of the two-level bar’s 36 beers on draft. When you celebrate game day at The Three Monkeys, everyone wins.
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Sun - Sat:
11:00 am - 4:00 am

The Monro Pub

Bar, British, $$$
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Don’t let the pinball league events and taxidermy mascot fool you, this authentic British pub takes soccer—we mean, football—seriously. Unsurprisingly, Liverpool fans have claimed the bar as their own (The Monro Pub’s owner is a Liverpool native), but all footie fans are welcome at this neighborhood bar in Park Slope. Tip: complete your English sports spectator experience with an order of Walkers Crisps, in flavors like roast chicken and lamb and mint.
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Sat - Sun:
12:00 pm - 4:00 am
Mon - Fri:
2:00 pm - 4:00 am