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2014 Soccer World Cup viewing locations in L.A. area

Soccer's 2014 World Cup runs June 12 thru July 12, and features 32 different nations' teams. Here is a list I've compiled of eateries at which the games may be viewed on TV. All are in reasonable areas, and are comfortable for women. Recommended to arrive 1 hour early to get parking and a seat; sometimes even earlier, as noted. It's most fun to watch a particular team's game in a venue corresponding to that country.

U.S.A.: Soooo many all-American sportsbars; you shouldn’t have to look very far! Of them, ESPN Live in downtown would be the most dazzling and exciting spot in L.A. to cheer on America.

ALGERIA: unknown, if any.

ARGENTINA: El Morfi in Glendale, 241 N. Brand Blvd.

AUSTRALIA: No strictly Aussie venue in L.A.; but any of the British pubs (see England) draw the Aussie element. Probably the best of them in this case would be the Cock ‘n’ Bull in Santa Monica, as the U.S.-Australian Football League throws its parties there. 2947 Lincoln Blvd.

BELGIUM: No Belgian venue known in L.A.; however, there is a vibrant and Cup-enthused one in Orange County: Brussels Bistro, 222 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach.

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA: None. (The only Bosnian venue in L.A., Aroma Café at 2530 Overland Ave., does not have a TV, and says they will not install one for the games.)

BRAZIL: As Brazil is hosting the Cup, expect any ethnic Brazilian venue to be PACKED, and lineups outside the door well in advance.

The L.A. Brazilian expat community is centered in the Culver City/Palms area. Consequently this is where you will find the most spirited venues; as follows:

Café Brasil, 11736 W. Washington Blvd. This is the best bet in true Brazilian hangs. A smallish restaurant; get there EARLY and stay put. If you’re super-serious you can stay on the premises at their motel, a small and colorful enclave of tiny rooms at about $100 each.

Bella Vista Brazilian Pizza, 10826 Venice Blvd. My choice for the opening ceremonies; reason being it is soccer-friendly and most spacious. MAKE A RESERVATION. (310) 558-2374

Café Brasil, 10831 Venice Blvd. Directly across the street from the above pizza place; a small “palapa shack” outdoorsy vibe with luscious exotic menu. Will be packed to the rafters, so your only hope is to get there very, very early and stay put.

CAMEROON: No strictly Cameroonian venue in L.A., though rumor has it that the Industry Jazz & Café in Culver City has Cameroonian presence. Alternatively you may want to try a pan-African restaurant such as Nkechi African Café, 2717 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood.

CHILE: Rincon Chileno in East Hollywood, 4352 Melrose Ave. Last Cup they inflicted a surprise $20 “cover charge” on everyone’s bill at the end of the game. Skanky, but still worth it once to experience a Chile game in the midst of their SoCal expat community.

COLOMBIA: La Fonda Antioquena, 5125 Melrose Ave.

COSTA RICA: unknown in L.A. but a google brought up the following in Orange County: Costa Rica Restaurant, 2500 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim.

CROATIA: unknown, if any. Try Alpine Village in Torrance, due to the heavy Croat expat presence in nearby San Pedro. 833 W. Torrance Blvd.

ECUADOR: El Caserio, 401 Silver Lake Blvd.

ENGLAND: Ye Olde Kings Head in Santa Monica (arrive 2 hours prior to game if you want a seat/table. Otherwise it’s just barstools, or standing. Minimum $20 food/drink purchase required per seated table. It will be packed and get “sold out” prior to gametime. Again, arrive very early. Park in nearby City garages) 116 Santa Monica Blvd.

A couple others for the Anglophiles are:
Cat & Fiddle in Hollywood at 6530 Sunset Blvd. (arrive at least 90 minutes early)
Lucky Baldwin’s in Old Pasadena, 17 S. Raymond Ave. (arrive at least 1 hour early). Parking in the City garage next door.

FRANCE: There is the lounge of the Freres Taix Restaurant in Echo Park, always a great place to watch a game (and dine) though it’s only one aged bigscreen and a bit blurry. Plus they’re not exactly expats there; the Taix family has been in L.A. for over a hundred years. But again, still a great place and gem of L.A. 321 Sunset Blvd.

GERMANY: Alpine Village in Torrance. Literally hundreds of people show up for Germany games. Arrive at least 1 hour prior if you want a seat at a table. Plenty of parking. A great venue to see the games. 833 W. Torrance Blvd.

Re the Red Lion in SilverLake: This venue no longer has TVs in its beergarden; which means only about three in its interior, all smallscreens. The place will be PACKED, and involves a 2-3 hour advance wait in line on the sidewalk outside if you want to get in (let alone get a table). On a normal day it’s a great place, but unfortunately too difficult and no guarantees during the Cup. Go for Alpine Village instead.

GHANA: unknown, if any. You may want to try a pan-African restaurant such as Nkechi African Café, 2717 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood.

GREECE: Ulysses Voyage at Farmers Market, 3rd & Fairfax, L.A. 90036

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA: None. (The only Bosnian venue in L.A., Aroma Café at 2530 Overland Ave., does not have a TV, and says they will not install one for the games.)

HOLLAND/NETHERLANDS: Springbok, 16153 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys.

HONDURAS: Two equally swell venues:
El Katracho, 14838 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys, has 2 rooms and numerous TVs of different sizes.
Honduras Kitchen, 2409 E. Slauson Ave. @ Santa Fe, Huntington Park, has 4 small TVs, is a soccer-heavy establishment with even a gift shop featuring Team Honduras paraphernalia.

IRAN: (still researching…check back for an update)

ITALY: unknown, if any.

IVORY COAST: See Ghana.

KOREA: Two equally excellent sportsbars, both located on the same block in Koreatown:
Biergarten, 206 N. Western Ave.
Piper’s, 222 N. Western Ave. Spacious free parking lot.

JAPAN: Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Torrance. Large screening area set up in a ground floor room; plus adjacent bar/restaurant a couple doors down the hall. Very exciting! 21381 S. Western Ave.

MEXICO: Like for the U.S.A., plenty and you shouldn’t have to look very far! A couple good examples are:
Guelaguetza, 3014 W. Olympic Blvd.
The Mexican Village Restaurant, 3668 Beverly Blvd.

NETHERLANDS/HOLLAND: Springbok, 16153 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys.

NIGERIA: Totos in Van Nuys, 15355 Sherman Way.
Also: Veronica’s Kitchen, at 528 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, is tiny, with only 7-8 tables and one monitor; but it could be fun!

PORTUGAL: Natas, Ventura Blvd., 13317 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. This is a TINY place with only one monitor, limited seating and probably no standing; you must arrive early.

RUSSIA: Traktir Restaurant, 8151 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. $9 valet parking lot adjacent.

SPAIN: Two venues for the team who won it all in 2010:
Spain Restaurant in the Edendale neighborhood, at 1866 Glendale Blvd.; offers Spanish cuisine, and despite the Argentinian origin of its proprietors, they will be rooting for Spain! Also:
Little Spain Restaurant at the Farmers Market, 3rd & Fairfax, L.A.

SWITZERLAND: The Chalet Edelweiss in Westchester, not far from LAX; 8740 Sepulveda Blvd.

URUGUAY: unknown, if any.

U.S.A.: Soooo many all-American sportsbars; you shouldn’t have to look very far! Of them, ESPN Live in downtown would be the most dazzling and exciting spot in L.A. to cheer on America.

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  1. great post. thanks for all the info. For fans of the tri colori, piccolo paradiso on s. Beverly is a good spot where you can enjoy tasty vittles with some Italian fans and watch the games on their flatscreen.

    PS, always wondered about Pipers as I drive by it to downtown...I imagined some kind of Scottish restaurant out of "So I married an axe murderer" ... but, Korean?!

    1. This is a brilliant brilliant post.

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      1. re: set0312

        Thank you for your kind kind words, set0312! :-D

      2. Great list! Let me add one spot, but I don't know if it's home to a particular fan base. Euro Caffe on north side of Little Santa Monica, one door east of Camden, is a big soccer fan venue. Has the feel of a small bar in a European town. Definitely doesn't feel like it's in the heart of BH. Really good coffee drinks - it's an espresso bar - and nice selection of Italian wines by the glass. Italian is often the common language there, so maybe Italia is the home team.

        1. Eatalian in Gardena has a big screen and roots hard for italy. I would imagine their Culver City branch is also a venue for soccer.

          1. Desanos on santa monica & edgemont always has soccer playing on several big screens-great pizza-no beer or wine :-(
            Huge parking lot a plus !!!!