It’s been a long four years since we got to cheer on our favorite footballers, but the 2018 FIFA World Cup officially kicked off today. The U.S. men’s team didn’t make the cut, but this is Miami – we know know plenty of you were rooting for other countries to begin with.
With that in mind, we put together a mini-roundup of places where you can catch all the matches (mostly in the group stage), score some good deals, and enjoy all the fútbol you can handle (or at least until your boss realizes why you’ve been taken such long lunches).
Steak Brasil: On June 17 and 27, when Brazil is playing, the restaurant is offering a special buffet for $39.99, including a free caipirinha.
Batch Gastropub: Showing all the games and offering food specials throughout the tournament. Drink specials include: $5 Estrella beers, $25 buckets of Budweiser, Bud Light, Shock Top and Rolling Rock, and $100 bottles of Aguardiente.
Caña: The new restaurant at the Hyatt Centric is offering deals throughout the tournament including: $10 frita sliders, $8 wings, $6 chicken croquetas and $8 match-themed cocktails.
WeWork Security Building: The coworking space is hosting a free watch party for the semi-final games on July 10. The event is free and will include brews from Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, as well as food and outdoor activities.
Marlins Park: The Miami Marlins are hosting a series of watch parties at the park’s 5th Base bar starting Friday afternoon. There will be a food truck, beers starting at $5 and other giveaways.
Bousa Brewing: The brewery is offer $1 off every beer and opening early for the morning matches.
Las Rosas: They’ll be showing a mix of afternoon games starting at 2 p.m. with tomorrow’s Portugal vs Spain match.
Lower East Coast: The vintage clothing store is showing all the games throughout the tournament and selling special ’90s World Cup soccer apparel.
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222 Taco: They’re showing the early morning games and offering drink and food specials.
Española Way: Restaurants along the street will be hosting watch parties.
Bousa Brewing: Showing a mix of games throughout the tournament and offering a $1 discount on beer while the game’s on.
Caribbean Marketplace: Starting at 11 a.m. they’ll be showing all the games during the tournament.
Biscayne Bay Brewing Company: Come through for $7.50 pitchers, croquetas for a quarter and a free shooter of the brewery’s Kaptain’s Kolsch when a team scores a goal.
The Tank Brewing: Showing a mix of afternoon games starting at 2 with tomorrow’s Portugal vs Spain match.
Miranda Cuisine and Bar: They’ll be showing games on a huge TV throughout the tournament and also offering multiple drink specials including $5 beers, $7 glasses of wine, and other cocktail discounts.
Charcoal Beer Garden + Tapas: The restaurant will have special early hours to show all the games throughout the tournament. They’re also offering buckets of Heineken and Heineken Light for $25, and the bar’s specialty punch for five bucks.
1-800-Lucky: The food hall plans to open early and have all the games on display.
Wynwood Marketplace: The marketplace is hosting the “Watch the Cup” party starting today at 11 a.m. through the finals on July 15.
J. Wakefield Brewing: They’re opening at 11 starting today and will have more details on their Instagram.
Concrete Beach Brewery: The brewery will have happy hour pricing and bagels for all the early morning games.
Veza Sur Brewing Co.: They’ll have empanadas from Fufi Restaurant, Zak the Baker pastries, breakfast food from Baja Bao and coffee from Box Cold Brew. And if you come through with your favorite country’s jersey you’ll get a $2 beer.
We also got some recs from Lee Ifans, a writer with the site Magic City Soccer:
Wynwood Brewing: “It’s the home bar of Miami FC’s supporter’s group, Dade Brigade.” “They’ll be open early for the games and there’s sure to be some knowledgeable loyal soccer fans to share a pint with.”
Urban Soccer 5: “If you want to watch and play, there’s no better option.”
Bar da Vila: “Bar da Vila is run by soccer-mad Brazilians and the tiny-cafe bar is a great option for a long lunch to catch your favourite team.”
And while the focus is on this year’s cup we’re already super hyped about the news that three countries on our continent–Canada, Mexico and the U.S.–will host the 2026 World Cup. That could include plenty of action right here in Miami, we’re one of 23 cities in the running to host games, so stay tuned and hopefully we’ll see ya 8 years from now 😎
Let us know if there are any other spots we missed in the comments below or by emailing us at [email protected] And if you’re looking to rep for your country and enjoy their food, check out this guide from Miami.com.