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12 places to watch the World Cup in Orlando

June 5, 2014

The world cup is set to begin in less than 10 days (June 12 through July 13). In order to prepare you “footie” fans, we’ve compiled a list of bars to catch the games at. We’ve even gone to the extent of grabbing the happy hours, so you can pick the best match for your games of choice!

Avenue Gastrobar
Avenue Gastrobar proudly broadcasts every game on HDTVs and a projector screen. Come in wearing your team’s jersey for one free drink!
Happy Hour: 4-7 p.m.  Monday-Friday
Location: 13 S. Orange Ave.

Bull & Bush
Hidden away in the Milk District near the Executive Airport you’ll find one of Orlando’s best British pubs. Celebrate the World Cup how it was intended: with a tall glass of beer — in this case, Guinness. They’ve opened early for certain games in the past, so give ‘em a call to see if they’ll be serving when your team is playing.
Happy Hour: 5-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4-7 p.m. Friday, 6-7 p.m.  Saturday
Location: 2408 E. Robinson St.

CaddyShanks Virtual Golf and Sports Bar
With flatscreen TVs surrounding the entire space and more than 150 craft beers on offer, this bar is a solid place to park it during the World Cup games. And if you get bored, partake in one of the gaming setups they have available: racing, golf, Wii sports.
Happy Hour: 3-7  p.m. Monday-Friday
Location: 4882 New Broad St.

The Celt Restaurant & Irish Pub  
If you’re serious about watching the World Cup, this is the place for you. This is THE place for futball fanatics, even when it’s not a World Cup year. Bring your enthusiasm and get ready for the GOOOOAAAAALLLL(sss).
Happy Hour: 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday
Location: 25 S. Magnolia Ave.

Hagan O’Reilly’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
Hagan’s is an Irish haven with a happy hour that starts an hour before any of the earliest games (noon). Bonus: It’s located in Winter Garden for all you World Cup fans out that way.
Happy Hour: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily
Location: 16112 Marsh Road, Winter Garden

Hideaway Bar
With an 11-hour happy hour that starts at 7 a.m., the Hideaway is an alcoholic’s home away from home. You’re sure to be drunk through all the weekday games here.
Happy Hour: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, Saturday 7a.m.-9a.m.
Location: 516 Virginia Drive

Finnhenry’s Pub
If you’re trying to catch a match downtown, why not check out Finnhenry’s? It’s the Irish bar you’d expect: slightly dark, full of darts and lots of whiskey. Settle in for the long haul, particularly if the matches line up with happy hour.
Happy Hour: 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday
Location: 39 N. Orange Ave.

Frank & Steins
With beer specials from the countries playing each round, Frank & Stein’s is definitely the most well-rounded place to catch the cup this go-around.
Happy Hour: 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday
Location: 150 S. Magnolia Ave.

Jake and Micky’s
If you’re over on the UCF side of Orlando, consider popping into Jake and Micky’s for a 4 or 6 p.m. match; that way you can hit up their happy hour and land yourself a $3 pint of Guinness to enjoy during the game. All day Saturday includes drink specials as well.
Happy Hour: 3:30-7:30p.m. Monday-Friday
Location:  11786 E. Colonial Drive

Mucho Tequila and Tacos
Every team’s a winner with enough tequila! Enjoy the Mexican atmosphere and root on your favorite team in a decidedly non-British or Irish atmosphere.
Happy Hour: 4-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and all day Monday
Location: 101 S. Eola Drive

World Cup Watch Party @ Wall St. Plaza
Looking to cheer on the home team? Turn to Wall St. Plaza’s block parties, which are happening for the opening match and each USA game. With giveaways for each USA  game, it’s never been more beneficial to be patriotic.  Block parties start an hour and a half before each  game.
Location: Wall Street Plaza, downtown Orlando

Yard House Orlando
There are 150 beers on tap here (drool) and televisions visible from everywhere in the building.  Celebrate with one of their Brazilian-inspired cocktails: Citrus Agave Caipirinha, citrus agave and cachaça; Brazilian Mai Tai, cachaça and Zaya dark rum; or Rio de Janeiro Mule, cachaça, citrus agave, lime, ginger ale and fresh mint.
Happy Hour: 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 p.m.-close Sunday-Wednesday
Location: 8367 International Drive

If that list overwhelmed you, you might be more of a solitary creature, in which case feel free to hole up at home with a live stream of the games. Just make sure you stockpile drinks and chips so you never have to leave your cave. (Maybe grab a vuvuzela online for nostalgia’s sake; they’re cheap nowadays.)

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  • riemanntensor

    Did you do any research when you made this list? I called Bull and Bush and they don’t even know if they are doing anything at all for the World Cup???

  • Steelman

    The Yard House will not put sound on the T.V. So why is that a good venue?

  • Caddy Shanks

    We are Baldwin Parks spot for all World Cup action.. Most matches with sound in main area but we also have a media room that unless booked for a party will have sound on all matches..Media room holds up to 30 so book today!