Fans of Germany and Argentina at the George & Dragon during the World Cup in 2014.
Fans of Germany and Argentina at the George & Dragon during the World Cup in 2014.
Jim Louvau

The Best Places to Eat, Drink, and Watch the Final World Cup Games

The World Cup, the globe's biggest sporting event, kicked off on June 14 and continues through Sunday, July 15. Now, we're down to the final four teams, France against Belgium on Tuesday, July 10, and England versus Croatia on Wednesday, July 11.  Both games begin at 11 a.m. Here are a bunch of places to relax with friends, throw a few back, and watch the end of the beautiful game's greatest tournament in style.

George & Dragon
4240 North Central Avenue
Undoubtably a year-round soccer-lover's pub in Phoenix, George & Dragon will serve as a home base for the England side. The place will open at different times each day, depending on the match. George & Dragon will be serving a traditional English breakfast and “the Great American Breakfast” for those willing to be up for the morning matches, as well as $3 Bud, Bud Lights, and specialty shots. Audrey Kruse

The Kettle Black Pub
1 North First Street
The Kettle Black Pub in downtown Phoenix will be showing all 11 a.m. games this World Cup, with drink specials for each game. Only lunch and dinner are served in this pub, specializing in burgers and bar food, but it may be the place to celebrate your team’s victory (or mourn you team’s loss) with $3 Carlsberg Lagers, Tito’s, and Jameson drink specials that will be running all summer long. Also, Kettle Black is located right off the light rail, so you don’t have to worry about parking (or driving!). AK

Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub
906 East Camelback Road
While Rosie McCaffrey’s usually serves as a home base for the Irish national yeam (who didn’t qualify this year), the pub won't be missing this tournament. It’ll be showing all 11 a.m. matches. Rosie McCaffrey’s will still have its daily menu, including a whole section of traditional Irish dishes such as bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, and shepherd’s pie. Drink specials include craft beer buckets and Heineken beer buckets for $18. AK

Rúla Búla
401 South Mill Avenue, Tempe
This Mill Avenue pub will be holding World Cup viewing parties for the first time ever. A ginormous 10-foot by 6-foot projection screen will be set up above the indoor stage.  Meanwhile, they'll offer specials on Russian-inspired food selections during games, like 15 percent off on Reuben sandwiches and Bollix Potato Balls. A 15 percent discount on all vodka products and mule cocktails (including the Irish, Moscow, lavender, and strawberry mules) and a dollar off all draft beers will also be available. Check out Rúla Búla's Facebook page for more details and early operating hours for specific matches. BL

They take soccer quite seriously at the Rose & Crown.
They take soccer quite seriously at the Rose & Crown.
Lilia Menconi

Rose & Crown
628 East Adams Street
As we've previously reported, this decidedly British pub in downtown Phoenix is a haven for soccer fandom in the Valley. So it's not surprising that the World Cup will be a big deal for its proprietors and customers. Heck, they've even got an entire website (roseandcrownworldcup.com) that's filled with information about the tournament and when you can catch all the action at the pub. Rose & Crown will be open for all the early morning matches. It'll have drink specials during every game, including $3 Heineken bottles, $3 Carlsberg drafts, and $4 Four Peaks drafts. BL

Fibber Magees
1989 West Elliot Road #19, Chandler
Fibber Magees is another Irish pub staying optimistic through the heartbreak of their team not qualifying. Fibber will be opening early for every match and providing breakfast specials that include a traditional Irish breakfast, a full American breakfast, and a Sonoran burrito. Additionally, the place will be offering specials on buckets of beer, as well as pouring overseas brews like Carlsberg, Bitburger, and Estrella. AK

9425 West Coyotes Boulevard, Glendale
Soccer fever will grip this Westgate spot. Patrons can score drink specials like $3 Estrella Jalisco beers, $5 Michelada, $5 Smirnoff Bloody Marys, $5 Don Julio Blanco cocktails, and $8 Buchanan's cocktails. A full menu will be served at 11 a.m. Best of all, there's no cover. BL

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