As the FIFA World Cup pushes on throughout June and July, crowds of people look to make the most of how they celebrate. For most, sitting at home watching the matches will not cut it. However, finding the perfect spot to watch the storied tournament can be extremely challenging. This guide compiles some of the best locations in Denver, from sports pubs to dance clubs, that will provide fans with an exciting World Cup Experience.
Three Lions Pub
Where: 2239 E Colfax Ave., Denver
The Lowdown: Three Lions is one of Denver’s premier soccer pubs featuring full lunch and dinner menus as well as a vast menu of beers and wine. Although Three Lions shows all sports throughout the year, its main focus is soccer, especially during the World Cup. The pub will show all World Cup matches through June and July at its two-floor location. Three Lions provides an exciting environment filled with a genuine appreciation for the sport and its spectators. Three Lions is the perfect traditional pub for soccer fans of any country to grab a pint and a bite to eat while they cheer on the matches with a packed crowd of enthusiastic fans.
The British Bulldog
Where: 2052 Stout St., Denver
The Lowdown: Another one of Denver’s leading soccer pubs is The British Bulldog. While the pub usually focuses its celebration of soccer on the English Premier League, it will show all World Cup matches over the next month. The pub’s menu features a variety of both English and Pakistani meals to enjoy with any of the daily drink specials. The pub is the ideal location for knowledgeable soccer fans to enjoy their favorite sport with fellow fans.
Highland Tap & Burger
Where: 2219 W 32ndAve, Denver
The Lowdown: Located in Lower Highland (LoHi), Highland Tap and Burger is a bar not necessarily known for its sports crowd. However, throughout the month, Highland Tap and Bar will be a good setting for casual fans. Offering up some of Colorado’s best beer and two different food menus for dinner and late-night snacking, it will be the perfect spot to watch the World Cup from inside the restaurant. Highland Tap and Burger will also offer up a World Cup deal of its own, holding happy hours for the next month beginning at 11 a.m. If you want a lowkey spot to watch the World Cup outside of the loud action of Downtown Denver, Highland Tap and Bar is the place for you.
Where: 4401 Tejon St., Denver
The Lowdown: With the World Cup’s kickoff on June 14, Monkey Barrel is the ideal casual location to enjoy the action. Offering a unique food menu starting with traditional Italian sandwiches and a long list of Colorado beers, it gives visitors the vibe of a classic bar with some unorthodox twists. It will show all World Cup matches along with a viewing party for the Final in mid-July featuring deals on beers, mimosas and bloody mary’s. The cheap drinks, comfort food, and relaxed atmosphere will attract die-hard supporters and some non-fans alike to venture just north of Highland to enjoy the World Cup.
The Abbey Tavern
Where: 5151 E Colfax Ave, Denver
The Lowdown: Just West of Denver, located in the East Colfax neighborhood, is The Abbey Tavern. The Tavern is an Irish gastropub featuring a specialized menu of both Irish and traditional pub classics. The Abbey Tavern is usually home to Liverpool FC fans, but this summer they will open their doors to fans of all soccer teams as the World Cup pushes on. Fans can either grab a drink and some food and enjoy the tavern’s large indoor bar area or sit in the outdoor patio area and enjoy any of its Irish and local Colorado beers. After seeing so many Liverpool fans present for the Champions League Final, the Abbey Tavern has boosted its credibility as a soccer pub and will be a fantastic place to enjoy the World Cup from.
Where: 1298 South Broadway Avenue, Denver
The Lowdown: An Argentinian empanada restaurant may not seem like the ideal World Cup viewing destination at first glance. Maria Empanada, however, will be a hub of World Cup action over the course of the next month. Highlighting the games of all Latin-American teams, Maria Empanada will provide soccer fans with over 20 versions of the classic Argentinian dish varying from breakfast to dessert empanadas. Located on South Broadway between Washington and Athmar Parks, it will be showing games every day, opening as early as 5:30 a.m. on certain days so fans can catch all the action. This booming empanada joint is a perfect spot to see all the World Cup games available and get a taste of an Argentinian staple at the same time.
Where: 1415 Market St., Denver
The Lowdown: Rhein Haus is a German Biergarten and restaurant with 24 draft ales to choose from. A great location for soccer fans to grab a beer, some traditional German grub, and watch any World Cup match. Due to their German roots, Rhein Haus will hold viewing parties for all three of Germany’s group matches throughout June. With German classics such as house-baked pretzels, wursts, and schnitzel on the menu combined with any of the craft beers, it will be the perfect restaurant with a bar vibe for fans to immerse themselves in both German culture and soccer.
Where: 1930 Blake St., Denver
The Lowdown: Sports Column is located in the center of Lower Downtown Denver, just a quick walk from Coors Field. While usually showing Colorado sports on their flat screen HDTVs, Sports Column is a great spot to watch the World Cup from. The spot offers a full food and drink menu available all day, including multiple daily specials, for World Cup viewers waking up for even the earliest matches. Their outdoor rooftop patio is the perfect place to enjoy a beer or meal while taking a break from the excitement of soccer fans watching inside. With the feel of a traditional sports bar, Sports Column is a great downtown spot to stay engaged with the World Cup action.
Cheluna Brewing Company
Where: 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
The Lowdown: Hidden in Stanley Marketplace in the heart of Aurora is Cheluna Brewing Company. Cheluna has created nearly 30 house beers including stouts, IPAs, porters, and sours. Its Latino roots have not only inspired the name of the brewery along with many of the beers, but has elevated its celebration of the World Cup. Cheluna will host viewing parties to watch its home country of Mexico compete, including Mexico’s June 23 matchup against South Korea. Since it is located in Stanley Marketplace, viewers can bring food from any other restaurants to Cheluna if they wish to eat while they drink and watch. The exciting list of brews makes Cheluna one of the premier spots to enjoy the World Cup if you find yourself wanting a break from the crowds around Downtown Denver.
Society Sports and Spirits
Where: 1434 Blake St., Denver
The Lowdown: One of the greater sports bars in the heart of Downtown Denver is Society Sports and Spirits. Serving up some of the best gameday munchies along with a long list of craft beers and of course, spirits, Society caters to any and all sports fans, regardless of sport or team preference. If the environment of Spirit wasn’t enough to sway you, it even offers a happy hour starting at 2 p.m. every weekday. As one of the top sports bars in the heart of Denver, servers will have their hands full with soccer fans eagerly lining to take advantage of their World Cup drink deals.
Where: 1635 Platte St., Denver
The Lowdown: This brewery, complete with an outdoor patio area, is a prime destination for any fan of great Mexican-inspired beers and passionate soccer fans. Cervecería wants to make sure you see every game of Mexico’s World Cup run. It will hold viewing parties for all of Mexico’s first three games, opening early in the morning before the 8 and 9 a.m. matches. With breakfast burritos, craft beer and a michelada bar on the menu it is safe to say that Cervecería will be the perfect spot to celebrate the World Cup with a Mexican twist.
Chopper’s Sports Grill
Where: 80 S Madison St., Denver
The Lowdown: Chopper’s is a Denver staple as it was founded and named after former Denver Nuggets trainer Robert “Chopper” Travaglini. With over 30 large HDTVs, Chopper’s is a prime location to catch any World Cup match. Usually showing all Colorado sports games, Chopper’s plans to show any and all World Cup matches. Serving up pub classics like burgers, nachos, and wings, Chopper’s sticks to their Colorado roots with 75 percent of its beers being home-grown Colorado brews. Chopper’s will also hold a viewing party hosted by the Swiss-American Friendship Society for Switzerland’s third game against Costa Rica. Located in the Cherry Creek area, Chopper’s is a Denver favorite and the most traditional sports bar thus far perfect for your World Cup watching.
Where: 99 W 9thAve, Denver
The Lowdown: Typically one of the most popular nightclubs in Denver, La Rumba has been hit with the World Cup bug. On June 23, it will become a hub of Latin-American soccer for the next month, offering traditional food along with signature cocktails. La Rumba will also hold raffles at all viewing parties with proceeds going to the Latin American Education Foundation. Dancing, Latin-American food and drinks, and a World Cup celebration make La Rumba a vibrant and exciting spot to watch in all of Downtown Denver.
Sloan’s Lake Tap & Burger
Where: 1565 N. Raleigh St. #100, Denver
The Lowdown: Sloan’s Lake Tap and Burger is another spot perfect for World Cup viewing. All tournament long, it will show every World Cup matchup featuring happy hour’s beginning as early as 11 a.m. Found just west of Denver, Sloan’s will be a casual destination with a great view all month long. With a traditional bar menu of food and drinks, Sloan’s Lake Tap and Burger will allow fans to watch any match while enjoying a delicious meal and large beer selection.