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Where to watch the World Cup?

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I think watching some soccer games with a crowd with some beer, wine and nibbles sounds like a wonderful rainy weekend plan. But I'm not accustomed to the sports bar scene in MSP. Any suggestions?

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  1. Nomad World Pub on Cedar Ave will be showing the US game.

    Nomad World Pub
    501 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

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      Midtown Global Market (Lake Street
      )Nomad World Pub (Cedar Ave)
      Merlin's Rest (East Lake Street)
      Brit's Pub, The Local (downtown)
      Library Bar (U of M campus)
      Keegan's (Northeast)
      Pancho Villa (Nicollet)
      The Local (Downtown)
      Kieran's (Downtown)

      I'll be at the Nomad however...friendly crowd for games, good deals and terrific atmosphere...Plus, like Brit's, they are committed to showing futbol year-round...nd not just Premiership games.

      Midtown Global Market
      920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

      Pancho Villa Restaurant
      2539 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

      Nomad World Pub
      501 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

      1. I might consider Town Hall Brewery. A good number of TVs, awesome beer, decent enough pub grub....

        1. Any of these places (10-year-old) kid friendly? I'm seeing Pancho Villa as a possibility. Anywhere else?

          Pancho Villa Restaurant
          2539 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

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          1. re: bob s

            Town Hall is kid friendly, as far as I'm concerned (I've taken my 1.5 y/o there often).

          2. Brits and the Local will be some of the most raucous.

            I like the idea of MGM. I was there a few weekends back when the US was playing and there was a pretty good crowd watching it. Pardon my ignorance, but do they even serve booze at MGM?

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            1. re: BigE

              One of the grocery stores sells beer, so that's what I do. Otherwise, Salsa a la Salsa has TVs and a full bar.

            2. Brit's is going to be open for every game...including the 6:30am games. They will also be replaying the games in the afternoon. They have a large projector in the back lawn as well as TVs everywhere. It will, however, be high energy.

              1. I would imagine the Bulldog (NE, lowertown, or uptown) will be showing world cup games. Decent food - good beer list - plenty of TV's.

                1. Thank you for the suggestions, everyone!

                  Due to lack of transportation time, I went to Old Chicago in Uptown the other day for an afternoon game (Brazil - N. Korea). The TVs were great, but not too many people were around to watch the game :-(

                  I think I'll try Nomad and Pancho Villa!

                  Pancho Villa Restaurant
                  2539 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

                  1. I would put Brit's at the top of the list for the big games. I think Nomad does better on the smaller games. An England game at Merlin's rest might be ok, I have mixed feelings about that place. Pancho Villa might be fun for a Mexico game but I was there during the Brazil game last Sunday and it was pretty quiet. Also I don't know if its been pointed out but the Riverview Theater is showing some games too. Kieran's and The Local are probably acceptable choices when Brit's has a line.

                    Photo: USA v Ghana @ Brit's