Goal! World Cup mania kicks off in Brazil on Thursday with 32 teams from around the world vying for the once in four years trophy. All eyes are on Brazil, the slight favorite, to win, but Argentina, Italy, Germany and Belgium all plan an upset, and you just never know how the U.S. will fare. Whether you want to cheer on Honduras, nosh on Korean fare during an underdog match or blow your vuvuzela for whoever may be playing, we have you covered. Here, 22 ways to eat and drink your way through the World Cup in Los Angeles. —Susan StapletonRead More
A Handy Guide To Watching the World Cup in LA
Make this your headquarters for all German matches during the World Cup and get in your seat early, early, early.
Altitude Rooftop Pool
Altitude Pool Deck at the SLS opens its poolside cabanas Mondays through Thursdays during the tournament. The small cabanas for six people are available for a food and beverage minimum of $250 and the larger cabanas for 10 people are available for a $400 minimum.
Sup on one of 25 beers on tap at this bar in Koreatown, sure to be cheering on Germany and Korea.
While this Belgian cafe plans to show all the World Cup matches, be sure to head here when Belgium plays in Group H.
Expect enthusiastic Brazilian crowds at this staple.
At 9 a.m. on game days, nab a full English breakfast with choice of coffee or tea for $15 while catching the game, and for 3 p.m. games, the 4 to 7 Aperitivo menu featuring $4 and $7 bites and drinks will be extended an extra hour. Find $4 draft Peronis and pizzetta with prochetta, artichoke, mushroom and fontina and $7 draft prosecco and fontina and black truffle burgers.
DeSano Pizza Bakery
DeSano Pizza Bakery gets the World Cup action started early with breakfast specials available exclusively on 9 a.m. on World Cup game days such as an egg and bacon-topped pie or egg and prosciutto calzone. On Saturday, order up a Bangers and Mash pizza during the Italy vs. England match.
This soccer-drench cafe even has a small gift shop sporting goods from Team Honduras.
The Lookout & Bar
Find a special cocktail and menu of Brazilian-inspired bites at this bar at the Four Seasons. World Cup Caipirinhas feature limes, cachaca and sugar. Executive Chef Alexander La Motte has created a World Cup bar bites menu featuring Bolinho de Bacahua (salt cod croquettes) served with olive and lemon aioli, and Bolinho de Feijoada (black bean and pork croquettes) served with kale and spicy orange salsa. World Cup games will be aired on flat screen TVs throughout The Lookout and Bar.
Loteria Grill serves up beers representing the countries playing in the World Cup at the Santa Monica, Hollywood, Studio City and Westlake Village locations.
Mr. C Beverly Hills
Mr. C Beverly Hills throws a screening party on Saturday, June 14, at 3 p.m. poolside with the Italy vs. England game. An expanded Cipriani pool menu will be available as well as Peroni Nastro Azzuro drinks. Reservations are required at 310-985-0628. The games will also be featured at the hotels’ Lobby Bar.
Mud Hen Tavern
Ray's & Stark Bar
Ray’s and Stark Bar serves up a themed small bites menu with cocktail pairings inspired by the teams competing in the World Cup while the games play on TVs throughout the venue.
Rock & Brews
Rock & Brews restaurants in El Segundo and Redondo Beach will show every World Cup match. Guests wearing a soccer jersey or shirt will receive an upgrade to a 20-ounce beer on select pours. Kids 12 and under showing off their favorite team jersey or shirt will receive a free kid’s root beer float.
Rock & Reilly's Irish Pub
Rock & Reilly's Irish Pub goes World Cup crazy with $10 World Cup-themed cocktails such as Donovan’s Cooler with Veev acai spirit, lime juice, mint and cucumber or Campo’s Margarita with Veev acai spirit, tequila, lime juice, agave syrup and a lime wedge. Fans can watch the game on one of 16 high-definition TVs and request a mini-personal Bud Light fridge.
Te’Kila Hollywood has $5 taco platters, wings and shots of Football International Tequila as well as $15 beer buckets and beer pitchers during the World Cup matches.
Terroni features $4 Krombacher Pils pint and a $12 Piatto Mondiale (panino, salad and tiramisu) during all World Cup games at both locations.
Tres by José Andrés
Two big screen TVs were brought into Tres and will air the soccer games. Want to make it a private affair? Head to the private white dining room for 12 guests. Mention the World Cup private dining promo and receive 10 percent off your bill.
Wirtshaus airs all U.S. and Germany matches in the group stage of the World Cup, and all games after in the elimination rounds. Find six flat-screen TVs inside and in the restaurant’s outdoor, dog-friendly beer garden, as well as a 120-inch projection screen in Wirtshaus’ soccer room. Wirtshaus will also feature food and drink specials during all of the matches that the German eatery airs, will have sponsor giveaways on-hand, and will be decked out in full World Cup décor. Fans can participate in the German goal-scoring game “Torwand,” and participants who make six of six consecutive shotsl win a free boot of Erdinger beer.
Wurstküche serves up a breakfast sausage sandwich, only available during the World Cup, to go along with your beer.
Ye Olde King's Head
Expect standing room only for any Great Britain match at this pub, so arrive early if you really, really, really want a seat.