For the first time in the 21-year history of the competition, the World Cup will be played in Russia. The world’s highest attended sporting event will take place across thirteen cities and sixteen stadiums, from June 14 –July 15. Although the U.S. Men’s National team failed to qualify, there are still some great local spots to take in the games. First a few facts about júego bonito, (the beautiful game):

  • The first World Cup was held in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1930 and only included 13 teams invited by FIFA, the governing body of the event.
  • Only two cups have not been played since the competitions inception; 1942 and 1946 due to World War II in Europe, North Africa, and the South Pacific.
  • Brazil has won the most across all competitions with five titles, followed by Germany with four.
  • In 2026 the number of teams to participate will increase from 32 to 48.
  • Russia will spend an estimated $12 billion to host this year’s cup.
  • There will be 64 matches played in just under a month.
  • This may be the last World Cup for legendary players Liónel Messi (30) and Cristiáno Ronaldo (33).

With that being said, here are some of our favorite spots for great savings and great atmosphere.

Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub – Phoenix, Ariz. 

906 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85014

Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub is the definition of a proper pub in the Valley. Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, owner Seamus McCaffrey opened the pub in 2002. Rosie McCaffrey’s serves as the Arizona headquarters for Celtic Supporters Club, which has a boisterous and proud fan base. Rosie’s has also been voted Best Irish Pub and Best Fish and Chips on numerous occasions. The pub will feature match day food and drink specials that will vary during the tournament, as well as run daily specials. Although the Irish did not qualify for this year’s competition, you can always find a cold pint, warm food, and good company as you root on your team to victory.

The Three Lions World Football Pub – Denver, Colo. 

2239 E Colfax Ave, Denver CO 80206

Located on East Colfax near East High School and City Park, The Three Lions is a common gathering place for many international football fans. As well as being a proud supporter of the Colorado Rapids, you can find all major soccer games broadcasted at the pub, including The Premiere League (England’s top flight) and Championship League (England’s second flight). Three Lions usually opens in the wee hours of the morning to feature domestic and international matches, as well as serves a hearty English breakfast to boot. Unique to the bar are two corner booths  equipped with taps that allow you to pour your own drafts. One piece of advice arrive early! Three Lions fills quickly, especially for marquee match-ups.

Road 34 – Fort Collins, Colo. 

1213 W Elizabeth St, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Road 34 has been a staple in Fort Collins for fourteen years now. Combining craft beer with a sporting bike culture, they are considered the first true bike bar in the world. They’re also proud supporters of the CSU Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams, as well as Crystal Palace in the Premiere League and of course, Team USA. With the World Cup here, Road 34 will be hosting a kickoff party for the first Sunday morning matches on June 17, as well as a party for the final match on July 15, where they’ll feature specialty drinks and pricing for every match.

The Playing Field – Colorado Springs, Colo. 

3958 Academy BLVD N, Unit 112 Colorado Springs, 80917

The Playing Field is a local favorite for specials and watching games with friends. Open Tuesday through Sunday, there are drink and food specials every day, especially on match days, with discounts for First Responders and Military members. Also included at this establishment is a live performing arts space, pool table, foosball tables and many other bar activities. With plenty of TVs available, it’s easy to catch your favorite teams during the tournament and partake in any of the live events offered.

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