Like many of you, I'm really looking forward to the World Cup.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about an outdoor viewing party in Seattle. Looks like such an event will be taking place in Nord Alley, which is near Occidental Park in Pioneer Square.It looks like all the 11:30 a.m. games will be shown, as well as the quarters, semis, third-place match and championship. Included in that group is the U.S.-England match. Admission is free and there are supposed to be food vendors there as well, but it will be a dry event.
If you insist on being able to hold a beer while you watch, the ECS and American Outlaws will also be hosting a viewing party for the U.S.-England match at Neumos, also free of charge.
Among the pubs I know that will be showing matches are my local haunt, Fremont's George & Dragon, as well as its new Ballard sister pub Market Arms. The G&D will have room for about 400 people -- 200 inside and another 200 in their outdoor beer garden. I'd highly suggest getting there early. Market Arms will have room for about 250 people, and will, in fact, be open, at least according to what the owner told Arlo White. Neither place will be charging admission and both will be showing all the games, including the 4:30 a.m. starts. Alcohol, unfortunately, can not legally be poured until 6 a.m.
If you prefer your European atmosphere a little more Mediterranean, Azzurri -- an Italian bar across the street -- will also be showing every match live. Yes, that includes the 4:30 matches. They'll also be showing replays of the best two matches later in the day.
What I'd like to do is compile as complete of a list as possible for other places that are essentially planning to host World Cup viewing parties. I'm not talking about sports bars where the games will just be on, but places that plan to celebrate the world's biggest sporting event properly.
Feel free to post places you know about in the comments section with contact information if possible. I will try to compile as complete and reliable a list as possible and post it about a week before matches start.