After a full month of matches, the World Cup 2018 final is set for this Sunday at 2 p.m., and several bars and restaurants around town will air the highly anticipated showdown between France and Croatia. Here’s where to score a seat alongside good food and drink.
What: Williamsburg’s refined soccer bar packs raving fans into its tight space, but the enthusiasm and plentiful TVs make the experience worthwhile. The tap beer list is robust, and bartenders can also fix a decent cocktail.
Details: Banter has daily World Cup deals, including select discounted drinks and food. 132 Havemeyer St. at South First Street, Williamsburg
What: The Deutsche contingent will be in full force at Black Forest, a German restaurant in Brooklyn with a 13-foot projection screen. Fans can get the $9 wurst special served with a kaiser bun and sauerkraut.
Details: Showing game at both locations. 733 Fulton St. and 181 Smith St., Brooklyn
What: Crown Heights’ Berg’n is a miniature food hall in the sense that it only has three food stands, a cafe, and a bar, but the space itself is massive, with lots of communal as well as four-top tables and barstools. Plus, there’s a huge projection screen for World Cup viewing. There’s plenty to drink, including a rotating list of solid beers and natural wines, but it’s also a family-friendly place for the youngest of football fans.
Details: 899 Bergen St., between Franklin and Classon avenues, Crown Heights
What: The sophisticated tapas and paellas at this Spanish mini-chain are ideal group eats for a raucous World Cup celebration.
Details: Showing games at all locations.
Boulton & Watt
What: The rustic Alphabet City gastropub, decorated with old-timey machinery, is offering $10 34-ounce Kelso Pilsner steins. Show a passport for a competing country to get a second drink free.
Details: 5 Avenue A at Houston Street, Alphabet City
Brooklyn Cider House
What: Bushwick’s cider bar will offer wings and other specials along with its usual brunch menu during the game.
Details: 1100 Flushing Ave., near Irving Avenue, Bushwick
Circa Brewing Co.
What: The 6,000-square-foot Downtown Brooklyn brewery and restaurant is a roomy spot to join a group for the games, broadcast on three large projection screens and four TVs. In addition to craft brews, chef Shawn Burnette slings gourmet Neapolitan-style pizzas like the shawarma dotted with merguez sausage.
Details: 141 Lawrence St. between Willoughby and Fulton streets, Downtown Brooklyn
What: Enjoy games upon games at Clinton Hall, which emphasizes craft beer and outdoor seating, complete with giant Jenga. Grab a tallboy can of Lord Hobo Brewing Company’s Boomsauce IPA and dig into a meaty burger on a pretzel bun.
Details: Showings at all five NYC locations. Drink specials include $5 Bitburger beers and $20 Modelo and Corona buckets.
What: Linger in the sunny beer garden or cozy indoor area at American restaurant Midnights.
Details: 149 North Sixth St. at Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg
What: This kookily named Midtown Irish pub serves a special World Cup breakfast, including a $12 bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich with fries. The two-floor space with 16 TVs makes getting comfortable with a group easy.
Details: 352 Seventh Ave. between 29th and 30th streets, Midtown
What: The sprawling Ridewood complex is tuning its big-screen TV into the World Cup. The outdoor space features a Jamaican food truck turning out rice platters with toppings like jerk chicken thighs and chickpea and potato curry.
Details: 56-06 Cooper Ave. near Irving Avenue, Ridgewood
What: This two-room, unpretentious Chelsea watering hole is reliable for any major sporting event and rarely too crowded. Get the day-drinking rolling early with its affordable happy-hour draft beers and well drinks, along with tasty pub grub like the messy pulled-pork nachos and giant pretzel with cheese sauce.
Details: 137 West 14th St. between Sixth and Seventh avenues, Chelsea
What: Upper East Side’s influential cocktail bar will be showing the final alongside its reliable drinks.
Details: 1590 Second Ave., between 82nd and 83rd streets, Upper East Side
St Tropez Wine Bar
What: For the Team France folks, this French wine bar in West Village is having a finals viewing party that includes a complimentary glass of Moët rosé champagne and giveaways from Heineken.
Details: 304 West Fourth St., between West 12th and Bank streets, West Village
What: The retro-styled West Village gastropub outdoes the offerings of most sports-centric bars with a selection of over 100 whiskeys, house cocktails, and a concise menu of American food. Slip into a green leather booth and order the juicy patty melt or Smash Burger, layered with two griddled Pat LaFrieda beef patties and American cheese.
Details: 190 West Fourth St. at Barrow Street, West Village
What: The Gowanus brewery, which also serves coffee and food, is collaborating with butchery the Meat Hook to make sausages representing countries around the world during the World Cup.
Details: 333 Douglass St. near Fourth Avenue, Gowanus