For over 80% of the world, soccer is the top sport. Thursday, June 12, marks the official start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and soccer mania worldwide. So what if Canada doesn’t even have a team in the mix? Many Canadians have developed the hots for another team who’s actually competing. If you don’t know whom to cheer for, take the handy, super comical “Which World Cup Team Are You?” quiz. Warning: This quiz is guilty of gross stereotyping. And then read on to find out where to watch the World Cup in Vancouver. We’ve highlighted Kitsilano venues showing the World Cup too.
Where to Watch the World Cup in Vancouver
1. Regal Beagle
The Regal Beagle (2283 West Broadway) is a go-to spot for World Cup. They’re live-showing all games starting with Brazil-Croatia today at 1:00pm, and have specials on Heineken buckets for footy fans. No tickets or reservations needed. Expect daily raffles for World Cup jerseys.
2. Darby’s Pub
Also in Kits, head to Darby’s Public House (2001 Macdonald). Darby’s is open for all the 9:00am World Cup games and will be offering $5.50 20oz pints and brunch. Expect big crowds and a rowdy atmosphere. No tickets or reservations needed.
3. The Butcher and Bullock
The Butcher and Bullock (911 West Pender) is hosting Fans of Brazil this year. The hopping Donnelly Group-owned spot will rock as Brazil bids for a record 6th cup. Reservations are recommended.
4. Moose’s Down Under
Socceroos fans should head to Moose’s Down Under (830 West Pender Street) to cheer for team Australia. While their run for the cup may be short, Moose has plenty of Fosters flowing to soften the blow.
5. Portuguese Club of Vancouver
Team Portugal is sure to be exciting team to watch this year with resident rockstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Head to Portuguese Club of Vancouver (1144 Commercial Drive) to be in the eye of the storm. Reservations recommended.
6. The London Pub
Fans of the English team can be found at The London Pub (700 Main Street). Highlights of watching at this venue include a pub-crawl prior to England’s match against Italy on June 14. And the British are the experts at watching footy in drinking dens, so expect some rather cheeky commentary. Advance tix available online.
7. Bars and cafes on Commercial Drive
Commercial Drive (aka Little Italy) between Venebles and Broadway, is the place to watch team Italy play the World Cup. Every cafe or bar with a TV will be showing games. In 2006, when Italy won the World Cup, traffic was shut down when fans stormed the street.
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Last modified: June 19, 2014