The FIFA World Cup takes place from June 12 – July 13, which means soccer fans will be looking for a spot to score a few pints and a view of the game with other enthusiastic fans. There’s a good chance that any bar or pub you stumble into will have the games playing, but here’s our round up of five spots in Edmonton to watch the FIFA World Cup that have unique offerings:
CIBC Soccer Nation | Louise McKinney Riverfront Park, 9999 Grierson Hill Rd. | Saturday, June 21, 11 am – 6 pm
The CIBC Soccer Nation Tour is a cross-country mobile soccer festival. In Edmonton, the Germany vs. Ghana game on June 21 will be broadcast outdoors live on the big screen along with fun activities for fans and families, including a Cheer Booth, footballing tips and demonstrations from ‘Masters of Ball Control’ freestyle soccer players, giveaways of thunder sticks, stick-on tattoos and nine pure silver FIFA commemorative coins, and more!
Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse | pampasteakhouse.com
Can’t make it to Brazil for the live games? This is the next best thing! Cheer on your favourite soccer team while enjoying authentic Brazilian BBQ and drinks. There is a special World Cup à la Carte menu featuring individual skewers of barbecued meats—like bacon-wrapped chicken and garlic rump steak—cooked over a Brazilian charcoal barbecue. For early morning games, a traditional Brazilian breakfast will be served. Reservations are recommended.
The Pint | thepint.ca
This sports pub is a partner of The Official England House, so if England is your team you’ll be among plenty of other fans during their “football” games. On nights when England plays (June 14, 19, 24) there will prizes, giveaways, and food and drink specials.
O’Byrnes | obyrnes.com
If you don’t want to miss any opportunity to soak up the sun, O’Byrnes will be showing all of the games live even out on their patio. If you’re seated inside, you won’t have to miss a second of the action with their table side self-serve beer system. Pour yourself a pint whenever you want one!
DeVine Wines and Spirits | devinewines.ca
This local liquor store is is hosting a World Cup Wine Tasting event on Saturday, June 21 at 7 pm. Guests can sample different wines from countries participating in the games, including wines from Brazil. You don’t need to be a sommelier to attend—this one is a casual, informal wine tasting meant to be social and in the spirit of the games. Registration is required; $35 per person.
Spinelli’s Bar Italia | baritalia.italiancentre.ca
This cafe inside the Italian Centre in Little Italy is the spot for fans of Team Italy to gather. The games will be broadcast on large screen TVs throughout the cafe, where you can nosh on light fare, flaky pastries, and espresso. On Saturday, June 14 from 12 pm – 4 pm, watch the Italy vs. England World Cup Game live outdoors on a big screen in Caboto Park.