The FIFA World Cup begins Thursday June 12th at 4pm, and continues through July 13. In soccer-loving Brooklyn, you’ve got plenty of choices to grab a brew and view. Here are our picks. We looked for neighborhood joints that are making a big deal out of the games, whether Brazilian, Vietnamese, or just places offering great screens, great snacks, and deals on drinks. Extra weight was given to those offering Brazil’s national cocktail, the cachaça and lime deliciousness known as the caipirinha. Here we go:
MISS FAVELA, BRAZILIAN BOTEQUIM
57 South 5th Street, Williamsburg, 718-230-4040, Brazilian
Their name says it all. If you think you’ll relish heart-wrenching excitement played out against a film-worthy backdrop, make your way here and cheer along with a room full of soccer-mad Brazilians in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge. Extra televisions on match days, with one on the sidewalk (yes, right under the bridge). Caipirinhas by the pitcher! Big nights here will be Brasil vs Croatia on Thursday, and US vs Ghana on Monday. They are accepting reservations.
224 Franklin Street, Greenpoint, 718-349-6727
Three hi-def TV screens plus a huge projection screen, play-by-play audio on the sound system. Rebel IPA $4/pint during all the games. Burgers and dogs on the grill, a huge outdoor beer garden, ping pong, and room to stretch out and wave your hands in the air.
VIDEOLOGY 308 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg, (718) 782-3468
Matches will be shown in the bar and in the screening room on an 11 foot wide / 1080p projection screen with 5.1 surround sound. Sponsor Sixpoint has created Sixpoint Stadium, a South American style lager, just for the games, drafts for $3. Food by El Gato Nacho incudes a Sriracha chicken sandwich. They say “We’re screening almost every game so just feel free to like, move in for a month.”
FALANSAI VIETNAMESE KITCHEN
112 Harrison Place, Bushwick, 347-599-1190
Falansai will be showing every match in their dining room starting on June 12. Though they normally close on Mondays, they’ll be open every day for the duration of the games. The snack menu for World Cup Mondays includes tamarind-Sriracha chicken wings, imperial rolls, summer rolls, and green papaya salad. Beer and wine. Chef/owner Henry Trieu is a big soccer fan himself, so go and join the fun.
BANTER BAR 132 Havermeyer Street, Williamsburg, 718-599-5200, Irish/European
The Irish owners of this “public house” live and breathe soccer, World Cup or no. Ireland’s not in it this year, but you can bet Banter’s patrons will be. Join the crew of European football fans and watch every game on 2 huge projection screens and 3 plasma TVs. Replays every evening. $6 caipirinhas throughout the cup.
Opening day party, June 12, Brasil vs. Croatia: $4 beers and caipirinhas, $5 Banter World Cup T-shirts, raffles and giveaways, and DJ Udon Lipsmack. View Banter’s World Cup schedule here.
221 So. 1st Street, Williamsburg, 347-335-0187, Uruguayan
Saturday, June 14 at 2:30pm, Uruguay vs. Costa Rica. Root for Los Charrúas, keep your strength up with a plate of empanadas or a Chivito Completo, Uruguay’s Philly cheesesteak, but with grass-fed filet mignon, bacon, mozzarella, ham, fried egg, served with hand-cut fries. Seriously. (Tip #1: wear baby blue. Tip #2: root for Uruguay.) Full bar, cash only.
KNITTING FACTORY BROOKLYN
361 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg, 347-529-6696
Nothing fancy, but three 8′ projection screens and 4 flatscreen TVs should do the trick. $3 PBR cans and $4 Jaeger shots, lots of other drink specials. Doors open at 12:00 noon every day from June 12th until July 13th. Free admission.