Few sporting events draw the same amount of international appeal as the World Cup. Get in on the hype at these five prime spots for watching the game and devouring food and drink specials.
Belly up to Sweetwater’s bar for soccer-themed cocktails and game watching.
Loop hotspot Sweetwater Tavern and Grille is opening early (10:30 a.m.) for every game during the competition, and offering patrons World Cup-themed cocktails like the Yellow Card with lemon sorbet and mango passion fruit vodkas, fresh juices, and lemonade, and the Red Card with raspberry pomegranate sorbet and mango passion fruit vodkas, and fresh juices. 225 N. Michigan Ave., 312-698-7111
Watch the Cup over Old Town Pour House’s diverse beer selection.
Old Town Pour House opens at 10:45 a.m. every day while the tournament is in session, and will feature a video DJ for additional entertainment during prime-time games. A special World Cup beer flight will represent the teams by including international craft beers ranging from Krombacher, a German Pilsner, to Cervejaria Colorado Vixnu, a Brazilian IPA. 1419 N. Wells St., 312-477-2800
Enjoy exclusively priced taco platters at Ay Chiwowa during the Cup.
Get your fill of tacos, tequila, and soccer at Ay Chiwowa. The space is open six days a week for the duration of the Cup, and offers five mounted TVs, 90 varieties of tequila, and tournament specials like beer buckets and platters packed with six loaded tacos. 311 W. Chicago Ave., 312-643-3200
Build your own World Cup bucket at Municipal.
One of our favorite ginger beer cocktail purveyors, Municipal Bar + Dining Co., opens at 10:30 a.m. for Friday-Sunday group-stage games and all second-stage games. Watch the matches while partaking in the bar’s build-your-own bucket special with international bottled beers of your choice. Keep the party going at Double A’s World Cup after-party a few blocks away following every Wednesday-Saturday game. 216 W. Ohio St., 312-951-2125; 108 W. Kinzie St., 312-329-9555
Party with a former soccer star at Rockit.
Rockit Burger Bar and special guest host CJ Brown (former Chicago Fire and USMNT player) are throwing a World Cup viewing party on June 16. Catch every match with Rockit and take advantage of imported beer specials. 3700 N. Clark St., 773-645-4400