Unlike 2010 when games in South Africa dragged Seattle soccer fans from their beds and turned the matches into affairs of breakfast and mimosas, World Cup 2014 will feature a more beer-friendly schedule. Good luck getting any work done.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of the Capitol Hill area highlights from bars and restaurants making plans to show the matches and cater to soccer crowds. If you know of something we missed, add a note in the comments.
Matches begin Thursday, June 12th with host Brazil taking on Croatia at 1P 12th Ave Standard Time. Team USA gets its start on Monday, June 16th against Ghana at 3 PM. The full schedule is here. And, remember, please don’t fix matches.
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Capitol Hill World Cup 2014 Highlights
- Café Presse: The business is ready, and has a full calendar of games to run through the entire cup. Drink specials are on for every match with Vin Expresse Pricing during French matches and after hours happy hour pricing during USA games. The first of which will have its own event:
Fete de Coupe de Monde: Join us for a Special Kick off Party during the first Team USA match of the 2014 World Cup.
When: 2:30pm to 5pm Monday June 16 (USA v Ghana KO at 3:pm)
What: Raffle to benefit Seattle Street Soccer, drink specials, After Hours Happy Hour prices, special street food snacks.
Raffle Prizes: Sounders Tickets, croques, t-shirts and more.
- Summit Public House: When asked if any events are happening this week a bartender tells CHS, “Oh yeah… we got a big bracket hung up in the bar.” On Thursday, the bar will open at 12:30 PM for the Brazil vs. Croatia match and on some days start operations at 9 AM.
- The Garage will be opening early and showing the games along with lunch on their patio.
- Waids: Despite a recently finalized battle with the state liquor board the venue still has plans to set up for World Cup viewing. They will replay games too if you miss them. Here are details from the Waids Facebook page:
The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil kicks off this year on Thursday, June 12th and runs thru Sunday, July 13th. We’ll be showing all the games LIVE here at Waids on flatscreen TVs with sound!
- Von Trapp’s: The 12th Ave beer hall is planning to open its new outdoor area on the 12th just in time for kickoff:
There’s seating for 60 outside at long biergarten-style tables, with an additional 20 seats available on the convertible bocce court. The bar, with eight beer taps, has six more seats. There are additional restrooms accessible from outside, as well as outdoor TVs.
UPDATE: The VT crew reports the biergarten has a construction delay and will be open for lunch but won’t be able to show the game on Thursday. Games will be on the many Von Trapp’s TVs inside.
Auto Battery: Specials will be the same as any other day, but all the games will be shown, a bartender tells CHS (and we were completely sober!).
- 95 Slide: Are reserved booths your thing? 95 Slide is your hook-up. Reserving booths now for all games. Drop em a line.
- Lost Lake: No World Cup specials, but all the games will be available for your viewing pleasure.
- The Roanoke, Harry’s Bar and The Canterbury: Also falling in the “we have TVs” category and for geographical completeness, consider these North Capitol Hill and 15th Ave E venues.
- Down south? Wonder Sports Bar is on Jackson at 19th.
- Update: Try Coastal Kitchen:
Chef Zephyr Paquette’s Brazil Menu will run through the first week in September but we strongly recommend getting started earlier and catch the World Cup while drinking a ‘Caipirinha’ while eating ‘Feijoada’ or munching Smoked Paprika Crostini dipped in ‘Bacalhoa’.
- Update: E Pike’s Capitol Cider will be rocking for the USA vs. Ghana game:
Capitol Cider will be hosting as well. They are definitely showing Monday’s US match vs Ghana: http://www.sounderatheart.com/2014/6/11/5801150/sounder-at-heart-official-world-cup-viewing-party
Sounder at Heart and Gorilla FC will be in attendance, should be a good turnout.