World Cup fever has hit New York and ThirstyNYC can’t wait! Since its pretty safe to assume you and most of your friends won’t be making it to Brazil for the festivities, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots for Brazilian drinks, Brazilian food, and Brazilian waxes. Actually, we’ll leave the latter to Cameron Diaz. As for the food and drinks, behold…the best places to watch the World Cup in NYC.
Perhaps you’re a bit upset the Landon Donavan was cut from Team USA and want to hang out with your World Cup-loving friends but don’t want to be totally bored watching Landon-free futbol…go to Sweetwater Social! You can enjoy Avua Cachaça cocktails, foosball tables, and pleasantly distracting conversation with owner and former professional soccer player Justin Noel, all without wasting a moment pondering Landon’s absence.
643 Broadway; 212.253.7467; www.drinksweetwater.com
For those who want a good, old-fashioned sports bar, Thom’s is the spot. Games will be shown on all 22 TV’s (with sound!), reservations can be made for all games at all hours of the day, and there will be a World Cup Wheel spun anytime a goal is scored. Anyone in the bar at the time will win food and drink specials, including free Jell-O shots, discounted Professor Thom’s Nachos, $4 Cayrum cocktails, and more.
219 Second Avenue; 212.260.9480; www.professorthoms.com
If you want to make as few decisions as possible during the World Cup, Van Diemen’s is the spot for you! Sit down for a game, order the $35 package (all you can drink select draft and an order of wings), enjoy. If, for whatever reason, you feel truly inclined to make some decisions, you can also choose from one of three $5 draft beers (Carlsberg, Modelo, Estrella).
383 Third Avenue; 212.532.1123; www.vandiemensnyc.com
You know and love Fogo de Chao, but I can almost guarantee you’re missing out on Bar Fogo. Upstairs from the Brazilian steakhouse, Bar Fogo is the perfect place to catch the games without having to go home first to change out of your business casual. Sip some of their house cachaca, nibble on their Picanha Sirloin Sliders, enjoy a Brazilian Xingo Black beer…all in the comfort of your three-piece suit. Gisele probably won’t be there, but it’ll feel pretty darn close to Brazil once you start eating and drinking!
40 West 53rd Street; 212-969-9980; www.fogodechao.com
Since sometimes it’s all about the food, Floyd’s beer cheese is quite possibly the most simply delicious (not even remotely Brazilian) World Cup bar snack. As its name implies, the sharp cheddar beer cheese pairs perfectly with any one of their beers and is perfectly shareable while you and your friends watch soccer and wait for your turn on the indoor bocce court. Doesn’t get much better than playing sports while watching sports.
131 Atlantic Avenue; 718.858.5810; www.floydny.com
BOUNCE SPORTING CLUB
There is no better place in NYC to hang out and watch all of the games in style. There are beautiful waitresses, comfy banquettes and bottle service for the most discerning sports fans. The bartenders will be mixing up some tasty, top shelf cocktails using Brazil’s Leblon Cachaca and there will be drink specials including a Strawberry Basil Caipirinha and Brazilian Old Fashion, a riff on the classic cocktail usingCachaca. Bounce will also be giving away soccer ball key chains and soccer balls so you can carry the World Cup festivities with you.
55 West 21st Street; 212.675.8007; www.bounceny.com
Though probably not one of the first few bars that comes to mind when thinking of NYC sports bars, The Wren will be this summer’s World Cup viewing haven for all fair weather sports fans. Doors will open each day at noon and the games will be shown on large screen projectors; cocktail and drink specials will change daily based on the teams playing to represent different global flair. Even if you can’t decide which team you support, you can be a fan of The Wren’s ever-changing specials.
344 Bowery; 212.388.0148; www.thewrennyc.com
Considering its summer and the weather is actually quite enjoyable, why not enjoy the World Cup al fresco at Tavern 29’s rooftop biergarden? All games will be shown on the rooftop, as well as the three floors below. True to their biergarden-y roots, the bar will also be featuring a Sixpoint World Cup special that includes $6 Crisp & Seasonal drafts, $24 Growlers, and $7 cans of Bengali Tiger, Resin, Righteous, Crisp & Sweet Action.
47 East 29th Street; 212.685.4422; www.tavern29.com
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