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Jun 10, 2014 09:25 AM

Pubs for World cup viewing downtown.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. The closer to the MGH the better.

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  1. I bet Harvard Gardens will play some games, as well as a some of the Garden/N. Station bars. Maybe Beacon Hill Pub, the Sevens, or the Hill. I'm guessing you'll need to get to Mr. Dooley's or thereabouts to find places where people are really into it.

      1. I know there are several in the North End including The Pushcart Caffe. Nice walk from the MGH area to the North End.

        1. I posted this question to my social-media friends. One posted that Globe link. I'll put up more as they come in, and hopefully some will post directly here. Phoenix Landing is a fun spot to watch a match that I used in the last World Cup, and it's only a couple of stops away from MGH on the Red Line.

          1. Whats more important, atmosphere or the food?

            The best pure football pub near MGH is Phoenix Landing in Central square, only 2 stops away on the Red Line.

            Other good options are The Banshee in Dorchester (worth the trip on the Redline), LIr (Back Bay), The Field (Central Square) and Landsdowne Pub (Fenway) for general neutral or England/USA matches.

            Cafe Delo Sport in the North end is also great, especially when Italy and Argentina are playing. Portugalia in East Cambridge for Portugal matches and Midwest Grill also in East Cambridge for any Brazil related games. There are also quite a few other spots scattered around the city if you wanted to watch a particular country play.

            Overall though, every pub or bar in the city will be showing the games, but not all will have the atmosphere of the places mentioned above.

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            1. re: Matt H

              It's been a while, so my info could be out of date, but AFAIK Midwest Grill doesn't have much in the way of a TV at all. I agree about the atmosphere, but if you actually want to WATCH the game, I think I would go elsewhere.

              1. re: LilBrownBat

                I thought they did at the bar in the back, not in the restaurant part.

                1. re: LilBrownBat

                  They typically set up 2 big projector screens in the dining area during World Cup. Especially during Brazil matches, they clear away all the tables and set up the chairs facing the screens and serve a buffet style meal instead of table service.

                  Can't say for sure if it will be the same this world cup, but I would imagine so.

                  1. re: Matt H

                    Yes this is what they did for the last WC. They did make you buy a special package deal where you get a meal, a drink, and a white Brazil t-shirt with the date of that day's match. A bit pricey but was decent fun.

                    1. re: lossless

                      The Brazil v. Ivory Coast match last world cup there was especially fun.

                2. re: Matt H

                  Tavern at the end of the world can be a fun place for Football.

                  1. re: Matt H

                    I fear Caffe Dello Sport will be completely jammed. Are there other good options to watch the Italy game?

                    1. re: Hungry Karen

                      If you can't get into Dello, try Paradisio, Graffiti or Ducali as alternatives.

                      1. re: Matt H

                        Graffiti has been closed for a while...;-(

                        1. re: phatchris

                          The reincarnation kind of sucked, just weird with that entrance, front cafe part, etc.

                          1. re: Beachowolfe

                            I agree, nothing like the original.

                          2. re: phatchris

                            Had no idea, but chances are I haven't been there since last World Cup?