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Friday, June 20, 2014

Where to watch the 2014 World Cup in Atlanta

WATCH AND LEARN: Atlanta has plenty of options for World Cup-watching

A little over a month after we learned Atlanta would welcome its first Major League Soccer team in 2017, CL devoted a cover package that asked an obvious question: Is Atlanta a soccer town? The answer was a yes - a definite yes. Now, the 2014 FIFA World Cup is on and the United States is off to a good start. (Did you see John Brooks' last-minute header goal for the win against Ghana on Monday night!?)

Because Atlanta is an emerging soccer town, a slew of restaurants and bars are screening World Cup games, offering special, and throwing soccer parties. So, with week one of the tournament down and four more to go, here's a roundup of some places to drink, eat, and watch the World Cup. (And in case you were wondering, the U.S. is scheduled to face off against Portugal this Sunday at 6 p.m.)

Ri Ra Irish Pub: Ri Ra Irish Pub and some of the realest soccer fans in Midtown are screening every World Cup match live plus serving $2.50 Bud and Bud Lights and $4 Harp and Smithwick Shandys.

Republic Social House: How about a couple $3 Yuengling tall boys (16 ounces) to go with your World Cup? Republic's rooftop patio also does not suck.

Ration & Dram: This new Kirkwood joint does have a television, and it will be tuned to soccer. If you're in the mood for a more sophisticated libation to go with your unbridled hooliganism, bartender extraordinaire Andy Minchow and his crew will be happy to mix you up a caipirinha in honor of the host country. A bittersweet Fernet and Coke would probably work, too. Hit up R&D for a Monday match and enjoy $1 oysters, too.

The Elder Tree: East Atlanta Village more your speed? Chill out at the Elder Tree's new tented beer garden. It's got a big screen! And there will be live bands on the weekends, plus raffles and prizes all month. Specials include all Sweetwater beers, Magner's Cider, Jack Daniel's and well drinks for $4. There'll be some food specials for $4 too.

The Midway Pub: Right down the street, World Cup mania abounds at Midway - just follow all the screaming, yelling, and general rowdy behavior. Watch inside or on big screens outside on Midway's giant patio. Sign up for a Midway World Cup Passport and collect stamps that'll earn you Midway money for every day you watch.

Brewhouse Cafe: This L5P pub is a temple to soccer all the time, not just during the World Cup. Just go. Everyone and their momma to be there too.

Victory Sandwich Bar: Sip on a Jack and Coke slushie and grub on small sandwiches at Victory whenever the World Cup is playing. They'll be screening games on the big projector in the dining room.

Hungry for more? Check out this roundup of our favorite Atlanta soccer pubs.

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