by Michela Fitten - 0 Reviews - 13 List
So you're not in South Africa, but good news: There are plenty of places to watch the World Cup in LA. with early morning hours and special team-specific deals. Whether you prefer to scream "Gooooooaaaal" and order another cerveza or pump your fist and clank your pints at a British pub, Los Angeles' ethnic diversity allows fans to experience all the white-knuckled passion of the world's favorite sport. Here's a list--organized by continent--of where to watch the World Cup games in Los Angeles.
Updated: June 14, 2010
ENGLAND: This English pub in Old Town will be showing all World Cup games live with no cover charge. The 4:30am and 6:30am games are no exception. The morning crowd gets free coffee while they watch on a 65-inch back porch screen. The IPA Beer festival will feature some delicious brews on draft starting at 7am. For the England vs USA game be prepared to camp out a few hours early.
ENGLAND: Enjoy a full English breakfast, tea and coffee at this spirited British pub in Santa Monica. Watch all the games live on eight flatscreen TVs and a large projection screen. Alcohol wont be served until (gasp!) 6am, but we think you'll survive. The England vs USA match on June 12 will attract a full house. Plan to get there by 9am for the 11am match and pay a $10 cover for a jolly good time.
USA: Who wouldn't ditch work to spend a morning watching the World Cup? This new Santa Monica bar will celebrate the England vs USA opener at 11am with their new giant patio screens. Expect lots of tequila drink specials for $4 as well as plenty of breakfast and lunch options.
MEXICO: This ultra-cool art gallery in Downtown L.A. is offering free live World Cup viewing parties to the public. Be sure to check out the current World Cup exhibition featuring custom-painted soccer balls and gear. Food and refreshments will be provided by neighborhood restaurants.
USA: This raucous Hollywood bar will not only be showing all live World Cup games, but it will also be open 24 hours (!!!) starting June 11. There'll be plenty of drink specials and good times, so make sure to pace yourself. Who says NYC is the only city that never sleeps?
USA: The breeze in your hair, the sweat on your skin, the grass on your knees ... if you can't be at the games, then at least you can watch them by the pool. This Santa Monica hotel will offer themed breakfast viewing parties at their poolside cabanas. Tickets are $20 and include a specialty cocktail and a breakfast entree. All 64 games will be broadcast live. Call to reserve.
JAPAN: This upscale newcomer to Torrance is opening its doors at 6:30am for breakfast and will show all of Japan's group games. And if that's not early enough for you, the restaurant opens at 3am on June 19 for the Japan vs. Netherlands game. There'll be plenty of American and Japanese dishes to enjoy.
KOREA: If you're rooting for Korea and want to see the games on (almost) a million different screens, then you should flock to this downtown sports temple. The Red Tigers, a local Korean soccer fan club, will host viewing parties for the country's first three matches: Greece (June 12), Argentina (June 17) and Nigeria (June 22).