We've picked out some of our favorite spots to watch World Cup games from. No where you decide to go, make sure you get out and watch the game Sunday. This is the last chance to do so before the Russians take over the World Cup. It should be a great game to watch. Invite a friend who isn't a soccer fan and buy him/her a beer. Enjoy the game. Here's where we'll be:
Stoney's British Pub
3007 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803
Stoney's is a soccer institution. The small pub on busy Route 202 in North Wilmington is the birthplace of such groups as the Sons of Ben, Bearfight FC of Wilmington, and the American Outlaws Delaware Chapter. It is as iconic for its history as it is for it's fish and chips.
Started in 2003 by Mike Stone when the native of Leeds couldn't find a decent plate of fish and chips, Stoney's is as authentic an English pub as you'll find anywhere the Pound Sterling isn't accepted as currency. Open seven days a week, the pub serves traditional English favorites such as fish and chips, steak and kidney pie, and bangers and mash as well as having beer such as Smythwick's and Fuller's ESB on tap.
Stoney's serves as the hub of all things British, as there are celebratory dinners held for Saints George, Patrick, and Andrew as well as the annual Burns Dinner, complete with haggis and bagpipes. And when Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (better known to us Yanks as Kate Middleton) gave birth to Prince George, Stoney's held a baby shower with all toys donated to A. I. duPont Children's Hospital in Wilmington.
And yes, it is definitely a soccer pub. From EPL breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday mornings, to World Cup viewing parties held by the American Outlaws Delaware Chapter, Stoney's is the place to watch a match. There's soccer everywhere in the pub, from the giant Leeds United flag that hangs by the door to the various Bearfight Brigade and Sons of Ben scarves hanging up, the places oozes soccer from every pore.
2825 Rt 73
Maple Shade, NJ
Brewster's is a great place to watch the World Cup final. 15 tvs and lots of floor space make it easy to have a unobstructed and uncramped view. It's connected to Laurel Lanes, a 64-lane bowling center with a video arcade and a billiards room, making it a comprehensive entertainment locale.
As for the bar, they have parties for Eagles games that exceed 100 people. They have an extensive selection of food available through their own kitchen, as well as Tony Luke's cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches. They have WC specials running on Peroni, Warsteiner, Carlsberg, and other imports (expect a deal on German beers due to them being in the game). Domestic beers will be on discount, including Yuengling.
The sound will be up, so everyone will be able to hear Ian Darke and Steve McManaman call the action. There is abundant parking at the site and it's easy to find. It's great alternative to the many soccer pubs that don't allow for much personal space.
24 East King Street
If you're looking for one of the coolest bars to watch the final in, look no further than Tellus360 in Downtown Lancaster. This place is brimming with unique features that have been "recycled, upcycled, and repurposed." These features include 200 year old doors from an Irish Catholic church behind a 100 year old Irish bar, air raid sirens that are now used as light features and speakers, and even a recycled planetarium. There is old wood used throughout the structure and on a nice day there's no better place than their green roof. It's the type of place where you can't help grabbing a bus boy and asking more about whatever it is you're standing in front of.
In terms of the soccer, this is the home of both Lancaster EPL fans and the Lancaster chapter of American Outlaws. It has quickly become a home for Lancaster natives to gather no matter what footy is on the tube (soccer is on tv...if you needed a translation). The USMNT watch parties saw discounts on drinks and a few bucks knocked off their delicious Shepard's Pie and Enchiladas. Expect more of the same for the World Cup final, including some beer specials and guest beers they are still working on. You can even expect 20% off your food bill just for wearing USMNT gear!
They do advise you to get there early, previous watch parties have filled up well before kickoff, but between the museum of a building and a special Session Sunday Jam with Corty Byron, there will be plenty to keep you busy while you wait for the kickoff. Make sure to bring cash as the bar in the main viewing room is cash only for ease of access and there are plenty of drink stations set up around the room. From my own personal experience, this is a one-of-a-kind place to watch a game. Don't expect to be next to the random family out for a Sunday brunch giving you dirty looks. This is a hangout for people looking to have a good time, cheer on whatever team they support, and enjoy a few pints.
603 Summit Ave
Jenkintown, PA 19046
The King's Corner Public House, English-Scottish Soccer Pub, offers delicious food from the old world including classics like Fish and Chips and Shepperd's pie to new favorites like Brisket and awesome wings. The large beer selection makes this new pub, located a block or so away from 611 in Jenkintown, PA, a must see and a place you will fall in love after your first visit.
Having caught a couple of Union away games, I have first hand knowledge of how great the atmosphere can be.