It’s time to grab a drink and watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Denver

2014 FIFA World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off this Thursday, June 12, and runs through Sunday, July 13. The first game is Brazil vs. Croatia at 2 p.m., and the first USA game is Monday, June 16 at 4 p.m. vs. Ghana.

Whether or not you like soccer, watching World Cup in a crowded bar full of screaming fans is an event you must experience. Since the World Cup is in Brazil this year, there’s no crazy time difference. The 4 a.m. games aren’t really an issue this year. Bars are actually open! Here’s a few offering specials during the World Cup.

Three Lions - Get rowdy. Photo credit: Three Lions Facebook

Three Lions – Get rowdy. Photo credit: Three Lions Facebook

Before we dig in, here’s the US team’s group schedule. The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage (normal tournament bracket style). USA is in Group G, along with Germany, Portugal, and Ghana. Check out the full schedule for other game dates and times.

  • Monday, June 16 – 4 p.m. – Ghana vs. United States
  • Sunday, June 22 – 4 p.m. – United States vs Portugal
  • Thursday, June 26 – 10 a.m. – United States vs. Germany

For each of the following bars, if you’re looking for a specific game, call ahead! Did we miss a good spot? Let us know in the comments below.

Soccer Bars

These bars are always a good place to catch a game. Not just every 4 years.

The Three Lions
2239 E Colfax
(303) 997-6886

Three Lions is a great place to watch an 8 a.m. Chelsea vs. Arsenal game. Or a 6 a.m. game. Or… really, any match. This place loves soccer. They’ll be opening up three hours before kickoff every day of the Cup. Three Lions will have a beer garden on the east side of the building with outdoor viewing available, and a special World Cup menu. Carlsberg will be the beer of the Cup, at $5 for a 20 oz draught throughout the tournament.

The Armoury
2048 Larimer Street
(303) 295-0215

The Armoury has four high definition big screen TVs as well as a giant projector screen and surround sound. All games will be shown with sound. Drink specials include $2 Bud Lights and $4 Breckenridge Summer Drafts, as well as daily liquor specials. 

Breckenridge Brewery will be giving away Authentic Team USA jerseys after the USA games June 22nd and 26th. Dry Dock brewery will be there at 5 p.m. Friday June 13th giving away Apricot Blonde Drafts. We have more and more exciting promotions and specials popping up every day. It’s going to be an exciting month at Armoury!

The Armoury’s kitchen is also re-opening, offering a unique new menu featuring many different meatball dishes, as well as several different meats, sauces, and cheese options, including a vegetation option.

The British Bulldog on a game day - Photo Credit: British Bulldog website

The British Bulldog on a game day – Photo Credit: British Bulldog website

British Bulldog
2052 Stout Street
(303) 295-7974

The Bulldog will be the host of Budweiser’s World Cup Street Party, with the festivities kicking off June 12th, and wrapping up with a massive party to celebrate the Final on July 13th!  Every USA game day will have a special event, with a jumbotron showing the matches.  This includes the largest screen in the state for USA vs. Germany on June 26th, and a huge party for the World Cup Final on July 13th!

The Irish Rover
54 S Broadway
(303) 282-4643

The Irish Rover, smack dab in beautiful Baker / SoBo / that area south of downtown, will open at 9:30 a.m. daily during the World Cup. They’ll be giving away a US jersey for all US games. The featured draft beers will be Breckenridge beers (Agave Wheat, Lucky U, Summer Brite) at $3 during all games.

Other Bars

*These bars aren’t the ones you go to at 5 a.m. for a European game, but they are throwing down for the World Cup.

Jonesy’s Eat Bar
400 E 20th
(303) 863-7473

Jonesy’s will be showing games on three hi-def big screens (with sound), two of which are 5’+ projectors. There will be beer specials and a seat for everyone. This is going to be a party for those who want to enjoy the games in a comfortable environment with great food.

Epic Brewing Company
3001 Walnut St
(720) 539-7410

All US games will be on with full sound, as well as any other important games as the tournament progresses. And of course, delicious beer with delicious specials.

305 S Downing
(303) 733-3923

Handlebar is closing for renovations soon, but they need to clear out their booze inventory first. This is the place to be to catch some World Cup action and insane drink specials. They’ll have shots during goals for all games, and fun specials and giveaways for every USA game.

Boone’s Tavern
1135 E Evans
(720) 961-0320

Boone’s is doing a bunch of giveaways including tickets to the Manchester United vs. AS Roma game on July 26 at Sports Authority Field, World Cup gear, and Breckenridge Brewery is doing a USA team jersey giveaway at the Final match. All Breckenridge beer gets a ticket for entry during World Cup

La Biblioteca
1610 Little Raven #200
(720) 904-0965

La Biblioteca will have four TVs airing the World Cup games, and World Cup inspired cocktails: the Caipirinha (Brazil’s national cocktail) and the Caiporoska – another Brazilian favorite. Next door at Zengo, grab some pre- or post-game grub, too!

Caipirinha - Photo Credit: La Biblioteca

Caipirinha – Photo Credit: La Biblioteca

2015 Market Street
(720) 878-2015

With something like 87 floors, 513 TVs, 1,031 ladies rooms (and a requisite 2 men’s rooms), and 301 sunny days a year (that’s right, an extra full day of sun), ViewHouse can definitely fit you and every friend you have on Facebook to watch the World Cup. Ok, maybe it’s not quite that big, but the ViewHouse does offer a lot of different environments all in one place – sit at the bar, stand in the lawn, lounge in a cabana, dine in the restaurant. They will have the games playing on several TVs, great food, specialty shots when your team scores and a visit from Colorado Rapids players on Sunday, June 22.

Illegal Pete’s
Multiple locations

Illegal Pete’s, with their many locations and delicious burritos, will offer happy hour pricing during any game. Not just US games. Any game. While each location offers a slightly different happy hour, they’ll all have something similar to this: $3 Wells, $4 Margs, $2.50 Domestics, $3.50 select crafts.

The Source
350 Brighton
(720) 443-1135

The Source will be showing every game, and on the weekends will have pop-up breweries. Some of the tenants are doing specials according to when different countries are playing games (i.e. Mondo Market making special charcuterie plates for Spain and Italy). Also, this weekend, there will be all sorts of cachaca drinks at the common bar to kick off the World Cup.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill
1605 Wynkoop
(303) 623-0316

Newly opened and right near the soon-to-open Union Station, Thirsty Lion is a great place to catch a few games. They’ll be opening at 10 a.m. for the early matches, with eight TVs, 52 beers on tap and a spacious patio.

Skyline Park
16th and Arapahoe
(303) 534-6161

Watch opening weekend games downtown at Sykline Park. There will be a 20′ screen open to the public from June 13-16. Four days of live soccer, food and drink vendors, games, giveaways and more. The beer options aren’t too extensive (according to the website), but watching these games in a park is pretty stellar!

Cherry Cricket
2641 E 2nd
(303) 322-7666

The Cricket will be having a Breckenridge Avalanche promotion for the first US match on June 16th from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and for the Championship game on July 13th from 1 p.m. -2:30 p.m. Avalanche will be on special for $3.75 all day on both days and  winners will receive a signed US jersey on both days.

The Bistro at Stapleton

The Bistro at Stapleton

The Bistro at Stapleton
2855 Ulster
(303) 388-9463

The newly opened Bistro at Stapleton will bring in a large TV for the World Cup and make specialty food/cocktails to coincide with the teams playing.

Also, the Wine store next door (Wine Cellars the Bottle Shop of Stapleton) will have their Friday and Saturday free wine tastings themed by the matches played that weekend. For instance, during the Chili vs. Australia game, they will serve two Chilean wines and two Australian wines.



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