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Jun 9, 2008 04:46 AM

Places to Watch the Soccer Cup in Miami

Okay! It's European Soccer time, and yesterday, by chance, I found myself at Keg South after landing in the Tamiami Airport. Germany was defeating Poland, I was eating chicken wings -- not bad not bad -- and there were TV sets everywhere. However, instead of a passionate crowd of painted South Americans wearing trademark haircuts blown out by stylists named Antoine, Simone, or Bruce, what I saw instead were a bunch of little boys in their pre-goatee stage, girls pining for the steroid-laden millionaire jock of the future, busty Moms with a penchant for tight tops and mascara-matching jewelry, and their husbands sporting their son's clothing, FSU caps, UM tee shirts, and UF Gator shorts, all worn simultaneously before piling into the Hummer for the ride home. Worse, they were watching the Marlins or some other fuel consumption contest with painted cars advertising grease-cutting products circling around noisily.

It all made an elitist long for a place to eat lunch while watching Romania vs France at noon, Netherlands Italy at 2:45. Tomorrow at lunch Greece-Sweden followed by Russia and Spain.

Where can one go?

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  1. In sobe you could do playwright, or the new bar next door, quarterdeck, lucky strike, even sardinia has tvs for the euro.

    1. My best guesses would be Fritz & Franz Bierhaus in the Gables, Kingdom on Biscayne.

      BTW, soccer's the sport where it's illegal to use our most functional limbs, guys run around in short-shorts like its the 1980s, and fall over like they've been shot every time they come within 2 feet of making contact with another player, right?

      Fritz & Franz Bierhaus
      60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables, FL 33134

      6708 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

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      1. re: Frodnesor

        It's also the sport where 26 billion viewers watch the World Cup matches throughout the tournament and.... Well, I'm not even going to go into it. But Frod, I guess you enjoy sports where men in tights either jump all over each other or try to hit a ball with a stick?

        It used to be Sports Cafe was the be all end all for soccer watching in Miami. It's been gone for a few years, but places like Sylvano's and Rosinella have the same vibe on occassion. Those plus t's suggestions are my recs.

        1. re: lax2mia

          The guys trying to hit a ball with a stick are wearing pajamas, not tights.

          Speaking of sports bars generally, the new BBQ Beach in North Miami also fancies itself as a sports bar and probably has about a dozen flat-screens throughout the place, and the 'cue is just as good as the one on South Beach. It was PACKED this weekend when we went, actually had to wait a few minutes for a table (quite a difference from the SoBe location). Don't know if it's a soccer kinda place though.

          1. re: Frodnesor

            Bravo BBQ-NMB!

            Bravo REAL futbol!

            Ouch Fro-Just Ouch!

            Watch the Euro Cup (or the sport of your choice) with the fans of all nations>

            Liberty Grill moved to 6th and Washington for Argentine fans. Paquitos "La Pachanga" at 163rd/Biscayne for Mexican Fans, Free Spirits Pub on 21st and Collins for the MB Brits, Waxy O'Connors or the Playwright on 12/Washington for the Irish, Churchills at 55th and NE 2nd Ave Miami for the UK fans, Sardinia website says it is featuring all Euro Cup matches at 18/Purdy... OH and there are lots of TVs at Shucker's on the Bay (Treasure Island 79h St Causeway) but not so much "soccer"... so go to Boteco where the beer is estupidamente gelado (916 NE 79th).


            1. re: advisor_Girl

              Nice call on Boteco but you're remiss in not mentioning the caipirinhas.

            2. re: Frodnesor

              BBQ beach in sobe has a rather large bar area with 5 or 6 plasmas that show games. I think that area is playing the euro too. Doesn't sound quite as sports oriented as the NMB location but is still an option in sobe.

              Glad to hear NMB is as good as sobe. I wish them well.

              I would also guess that Baires, which took over the sports cafe location (I think they kept all the screens, even the projector outside) is probably showing the game and is the best argentiinian on the beach (though a bit more expensive than liberty and bartolome).

          2. re: Frodnesor

            Ha ha!

            What a domestic viewpoint on soccer from Frod! You sound like I imagine Donald Rumsfeld might!

            1. re: taiga

              Rummie? Ouch. That really hurts.
              No, if I were Rumsfeld I'd be saying things like "It is unknowable how long the U.S. Soccer league will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months."
              For more gems ->

              Wonder if we could get him to start doing restaurant reviews.

              1. re: Frodnesor

                Not enough scoring for this administration?

                Where Would They Eat?

                Sounds like a clever post government reality show on FoodTV for the fellows beneath the tent. (plus special appearances by Condi for Soul Food, Ashcroft on Missouri diners, Gonzalez for ethnicity, and Mark Foley for the Chuck E. Cheese pages)

          3. I passed by George's in the grove (next to Moe's) yesterday and they had a sign saying that they were going to be showing the EuroCup.

            By the way, I know George's has some fans, and it looks like a fantastic little restaurant. I walked by at around 10:30 and it was pretty full with people eating breakfast. Next time I'll go there instead of Green Street.

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            1. re: jessicam29

              jessicam - George's in the Grove is fantastic. Definitely a place to watch Euro 2008, especially if you support France. I have yet to have breakfast there but that will likely end this weekend :)

            2. How about Boca/ Delray area?! anybody knows????

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              1. re: chefschickie

                yep, the Blue Anchor on Atlantic, the Lion and Eagle on Federal in Boca. Both are English owned and run pubs and show all the footie. Failing that my living room!

                1. re: smartie

                  cool! hope Holland will make it far and definitely will go out to watch it then!!!

                  1. re: chefschickie

                    I also hope Holland do well since England are not there this time.

                    1. re: smartie

                      Thanx smartie! :))
                      We/They (haha) did very well against France!!!

              2. the pelican on ocean drive has the tvs tuned in and beer specials depending on who's winning.