Nov 18, 2022 - Things to Do

Where to watch World Cup games in Philadelphia

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The World Cup has arrived and Philly has plenty of bars where you can watch the matches.

What's happening: The 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Qatar at 11am on Sunday, with the host nation taking on Ecuador.

  • It'll be a World Cup of firsts: The tournament has never been held in the winter or in the Middle East.
  • 32 teams in eight groups are competing in the first round.

Zoom in: The United States is in Group B with England, Iran and Wales 鈥斅燼ll of whom will play each other once. All three USA group stage matches kick off at 2pm ET:

  • Monday: Wales
  • Nov. 25: England
  • Nov. 29: Iran

How it works: The top two teams with the most points in the group stage will advance to the knockout stage.

  • The final match is Dec. 18.

Be smart: If you're looking to rub elbows with fellow soccer fans at a Philadelphia bar, keep in mind they can't pour drinks for the earliest 5am games.

  • Most bars, restaurants and hotels can serve between 7am-2am Monday through Saturday, and 9am-2am on Sunday.
  • But certain clubs, which hold a different type of liquor license, can serve from 7am-3am every day.

How to watch: FOX and Fox Sports will air all the games.

  • Plus: You can stream full match replays free on Tubi.

Here are a few places to tune into the matches in Philadelphia:

The Black Sheep Pub (247 S 17th St.): Expect a lot of England fans as this pub is the home of the Manchester United supporters' club of Philly.

  • It will open at 7:30am on Monday for the England vs Iran match starting at 8am, serving its brunch menu. Expect the pub to open for 8am matches involving England.

What they're saying: James Stephens, the owner of the pub, told Axios he expected "huge crowds" for some games to fill his bar and boost business.

  • "We always do get good groups of people from all over the world for these games and it's a lot of fun," he said.

Brauhaus Schmitz (718 South St.): Visitors can tap into more than 30 German beers, a special World Cup menu and watch the games on seven televisions plus a 10-foot projector. Open for all matches 8am and later.

  • On Nov. 25, the bar will hold a watch party on South Street starting around noon.

Cavanaugh's Headhouse (421 S. 2nd St.): Seven rooms with an "army of flatscreens" and a favorite of English Premier League fans.

  • Expecting to open for most 11am games but check the website. Drink specials on Heinekens and Stateside Seltzers, along with discounts on small wings.

Fad贸 Irish Pub (1500 Locust St.): Guests can expect a match day brunch menu and drink specials. Doors will open 30 minutes before 8am matches.

U90 Soccer Center (800 Mifflin St.): The soccer spot opening a turf field inside South Philly's Bok building this weekend will be showing some matches in its lounge area. Check its Instagram for updates.


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