Dallas' Six Best Bars for Watching the World Cup

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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There are going to be a lot of fish and chips in this list.
The World Cup commences this week, and for the next 30 or so days, the entire planet is going to spin a little slower. Every quesadilla you order will take a little longer to arrive because the cooks in the kitchen will be glued to a tiny TV. Every drink you request will be poured a little more carelessly because your bartender is distracted. If you have coworkers that are from anywhere other then America in your office, they will miss or reschedule meetings. The world will revolve, rightfully, around soccer.

Why fight it? The World Cup is one of the most exciting sporting events to occur every four years, and unlike the last tournament, which required American fans to watch at odd hours, this year's tournament is in Brazil. That means watching soccer will only interfere with your office life, not with your sleep, which means we're all probably going to drink a little more this go around. Here are six great places to do it.

Londoner (multiple locations, pictured above)
The Londoner's Addison location is without a doubt the most popular location for watching Premiership soccer throughout the year, but for World Cup games, every location sees some fans. "We were packed for every single game four years ago," says Charlotte Tate, whose family owns the group of English pubs. Tate says they'll be showing every game at every Londoner location from the first kickoff until a champion is declared.

Bud Light and Carlsberg drafts will be available for $3.50 and $4, respectively, throughout the tournament, and shots of Milagro tequila and Tullamore Dew whiskey will be offered for $4 every time there's a goal, so ambitious drunks should plan to visit when Argentina is playing.

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Perhaps you'd like a full breakfast with your 11 a.m. match.
Trinity Hall
If you're near the Angelika and need your fix, Trinity Hall will show each and every game, too. A manager said the bar was mobbed last year, and he expects demand to be even higher this year. "We'll be sending our overflow over to Twin Peaks," he said.

Bonus: they'll also be featuring Thrilla from Brazilla, a limited production American IPA from Peticolas Brewing.

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Humperdinks
Humperdinks
You won't find any food or drink specials especially for the games, but much of the soccer conveniently occur during happy hour. Come to Humperdinks for the TVs - up to 45 of them depending on which location you choose, and up to 120 inches big. Expect the biggest crowds at the Northwest Highway location.

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British Beverage Co
If there is any doubt that Uptown's newest British pub will be devoted to this year's World Cup events, just look to the national flags hanging out front. The bar is teaming up with FC Dallas, which means FC Dallas players, FC Dallas girls and a whole lot more at their World Cup kick off party on Friday.

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The Dubliner
The Dubliner is committed to showing every game for the duration of the World Cup, and they're placing extra TVs out on the patio so you'll have plenty of seats. Pull your two-wheeled-ride into the lot that's always crowded with Vespas and motorcycles and order yourself a pint. You've never been so Euro.

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Alamo Cinema Drafthouse
Check out the Drafthouse for the big screen bonus. Currently they've only scheduled one game (USA vs. Ghana, 4:00 p.m., Monday, June 16) but something tells me if it goes well, they'll offer up more of the games. This event is free, but you should purchase a $5 food and beverage voucher online to reserve your seat ahead of time.

Location Info

The Londoner Pub

14930 Midway Road, Addison, TX

Category: Restaurant

Trinity Hall Irish Pub

5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Humperdinks NW Hwy

2208 W. NW Highway, Dallas, TX

Category: Music

British Beverage Company (BBC)

2800 Routh St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

The Dubliner

2818 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Alamo Drafthouse

100 S. Central Expressway, Richardson, TX

Category: Music

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17 comments
ooozooo
ooozooo

I was served a blood and honey beer at the Staggering Irishman in a 10 oz glass and was told it was because it was a texas beer.  Then I saw someone pouring a lakewood temptress (nitro) into a full pint glass.  I'll take that stupidity any day! Still a great atmosphere for soccer, I think it will be standing room only for USA games.  


I'm sure if Pluckers got their act together they would be a great location to watch the games.  

The Londoner - all locations, yes please.


The Dubliner?  C'mon man.  Who writes this crap.  


Twin Peaks if the sound is on.  

baker.tc
baker.tc

Anyone have a list of bars by team affiliation?  My wife is Argentine and was looking for a good place with lots of fans.  Last world cup we went to an Argentine restaurant called La Carreta but it's now closed. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

I've noticed a push in the last few years to get this thing-soccer off the ground.  Yeah, we hear it's growing and blah, blah, blah.................didn't we hear the same thing about tennis and bowling in the 70's, and more recently, Nascar?  


We've been trying to get this sonnofabitch off the ground/flying (a metaphor in 4/4 time for you slow pokes) now for 40 years!


Look, I cheer for soccer; I mean, I'll stand on my front porch with my boxers on, a piece of half eaten pizza and dat beera, and yell "GO SOCCER, OR LET'S WIN SOCCER!" at the hordes across the street from the house.  I support soccer.  What I don't support is the mountain of trash they leave behind. 


Anyhoo, when this thing is over, they'll be 25 people at the a Dallas Burn game (he he FC Frisco), and it'll still be a second tier sport.


So, I took the liberty to rate the sports for you City of Ater's:


1) American Football......if you don't like football and you are a man, you are probably in to the "knitting arts", or part of the Taliban. 


2) Playoff Hockey......enough said, almost as good as football. 


3) Baseball.....yeah it's boring, with subtle nuances; but where else can you drunk sleep in the cheap seat, and no one cares?  Besides, if you don't like baseball, your parents PROBABLY don't love you.  Some of my fondest memories are watching baseball with my parents and/or my kids. Nuance; like poetry. 


4) Basketball.......I don't understand it, but people also enjoy Van Halen and Motley Crue, and I damn sure don't understand that smoking, salty pile of drivel. 


5)All the rest, including handball, fishin', pool, poker. 

dtcrooke
dtcrooke

The second Bud Light was mentioned, all credibility was lost as far as recommending a bar.


Was this list compiled on advertising sales? Aside from Trinity Hall, it's a joke.

mawtexas
mawtexas

Humperdinks? You're kidding right. You missed Stsggering Irishman which is the American outlaws bar and Allen wickers which is a soccer bar all the time not just for money

kaseybakerdbg
kaseybakerdbg

Hmmm glad the Observer put a movie theater and a pub with 1 TV (The Dubliner) over the official AO Dallas pub The Staggering Irishman. If you are looking for the best atmosphere, best viewing, best specials, and best staff during not only U.S. National Team games but for the entirety of the competition this summer, head to Staggering Irishman.

ggruszynski
ggruszynski

@baker.tc Let me know if you find anything. Think we're just going to go to the Alamo Draft House as my GF is also Argentinean.

eightdigits
eightdigits

@kergo1spaceship I agree.   Baseball will never take its place alongside horse racing and boxing for the affection of Americans.


. . . oh, you weren't talking about the 1870s?  I couldn't tell. . .  


kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@dtcrooke


Who goes out and drinks Bud Light/any big name domestic beer?  I haven't had a Bud in an establishment in probably 20 years....with that being said, I had about twenty BL's yesterday cleaning the garage. 


Nothing wrong with Shiner, Dos XX's or Sam-and proceed. 



NightSand
NightSand

@dtcrooke yeah that Londoner in Addison isn't filled with British Isles ex pats or anything (hint, it is).  Trinity Hall sucks for TV viewing outside of a few stools at the bar.  The Londoner in Addison is the best locale to the watch the games hands down.  

 Must be nice to be such a snob that you can't even contemplate that people would drink the official FIFA World Cup beer while they watch a couple of games a day.  

  The Dubliner has more than one TV, so maybe you should keep your recommendations to yourself since it doesn't seem like you have watched a game at a bar in a long time, if ever.  

NightSand
NightSand

@mawtexas and yet the title says Dallas best 6 bars... wonder why a bunch of Plano bars didn't make the list. (North Dallas might as well be Plano)

dtcrooke
dtcrooke

@NightSand Sorry, I must be failing my nation by not going to something that doesn't resemble a pub. The Londoner in Addison is home to a couple of supporters groups, it doesn't really have much competition for people unwilling to drive more than 10 minutes. They have a great location, their business doesn't come from the authenticity of some Boddington's signs and Heinz baked beans on the menu. I don't dislike the Londoner as a bar, but it is neither a piece of home nor one of the better places to watch the footy.


Trinity Hall has big screens at both ends of the bar as well as the TVs. A couple of stools only suffice when they have the quiz night, music or a clash with GAA. 


I apologize that Budweiser's sponsorship deal with FIFA gives their brand exclusivity in your mind. Personally, I would partially judge a bar on the strength and depth of its cellar. You're in a state that boasts some tremendous breweries, where bars go to great lengths to import some of the world's best alcoholic beverages. They don't do that so you can judge them on the cheapest bottle of Bud Light.


You've criticized a good bar with several screens and endorsed a poor bar with two screens. You've also claimed that North Dallas may as well be Plano, and therefore invalid, but poured your heart out for a bar in Addison. I don't quite follow your logic.


I often watch matches at bars, although admittedly I much prefer to attend in person when I can. Thank you for your valued input on my football viewing habits. I will take this into consideration when FC Dallas travel to Portland this week.

mawtexas
mawtexas

1. The Londoner is Addison and might as well be Carrollton by that logic. 2. staggering Irishman is in Dallas, 18101 Preston road is dallas. "North" Dallas is 5 minutes from some

of the bars on this list, so your move.

NightSand
NightSand

@dtcrooke sorry you don't live in Dallas. 

 If you consider watching projectors on a screen a proper way to watch a match, then good luck to you at Trinity Hall.  

  You said anywhere advertising Bud Light deals made the list invalid.  I don't care what people drink, because I am not a snob.  

  From your disdain of places that are listed and your terrible choices of bars, I assume you weren't actual drinking age while living in the British Isles.  T

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