Don’t get caught offside. Score a stool at one of these seasoned sport-viewing spots and get in on all the slide tackles, passes, punts, headers, corner kicks, shots, saves, and goals.
Union Burger Bar, 40 Bowden Square, Southampton, 631-377-3323. Happy hour prices during all World Cup games, along with bar snack specials, too. And if you wear a soccer jersey, your second drink is free.
Kidd Squid Brewing Company, 11 Spring Street, Sag Harbor, 631-500-0533. “We are showing afternoon matches through the group stage [that] ends Friday, then every match afterwards,” says co-owner Rory McEvoy. “Serving beer pretzels and our beer!” This popular four-month old New York farm brewery, with its tasting room in Sag Harbor, has been packing ’em in for the Cup, and who could blame the thirsty throngs when there’s fun draft options like the tart and briny Tide Gose Out (a sour beer pun at its very best), the toasty-roasty Sagtoberfest and the alluring tropical and stone-fruit notes in Sanguine Moon.
Townline BBQ, 3593 Montauk Highway, Sagaponack, 631-537-2271. Grab a Pile o’ Nuggs (smoked rib tips with Carolina dipping sauce), some Townline popcorn sprinkled with their house-made spicy rub and catch the rest of the World Cup on one of their seven TVs at this Sagaponack staple.
The Station Bar, 22 Shinnecock Road, Hampton Bays, 631728-6116. While they’re not making a central spectacle of it, ask any of the nice bartenders at the Station Bar to turn on the World Cup, and they’ll be more than happy to hook you up.
Clubhouse, 174 Daniels Hole Road, East Hampton, 621-537-2695. Not only are they spotlighting the World Cup this week, but you can even reserve a table to watch the action on one of their 23 screens.
Southampton Publick House, 62 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-283-2800. Nab a pint of their seasonal Pumpkin Ale or Imperial Porter, a bowl of brewery pretzels with cheddar ale sauce and honey mustard and slide into a seat at this 21-screen strong South Fork staple.
Birdie’s Ale House, 801 County Road 39, Southampton, 631-259-3822. Don’t let the name fool you. There will be no discussion of golf or badminton on Saturday morning. Just the World Cup live at 10 a.m. and $5 whiskey shots all day. Score!
The Tavern at the Chequit, 23 Grand Avenue, Shelter Island Heights, 631-749-0018. The exhuming of the Chequit’s beloved downstairs watering hole to Shelter Islanders has been a very welcome return, and their promise to stay open all year and convivial weeknight burger ‘n beer offerings are a win all on their own. Grab a seat at the restored centerpiece bar and check out the game at this historic island mainstay.
Sagtown Coffee, 78 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-8696. If beer and wings aren’t your thing in the morning hours of the games, Sagtown Coffee has been screening the World Cup on their one TV at the far end of the coffee bar. Grab your cup o’ Joe, bring your best football fan friends and nab the big wooden table for a perfect view.
Buckley’s Inn Between, 139 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, 631-728-7197. Watch the World Cup and enjoy one of their 10 beers on tap, crispy onion rings, boneless pop-em-in-your-mouth Buffalo wings or decadent super-stuffed potato skins at this Hampton Bays mainstay.
Bobby Van’s, 2393 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, 631-537-0590. While it’s not remotely a sports bar, this storied steakhouse does have a lovely bar that demurely broadcasts all stripes of sporting events. Order a rare filet, a sturdy cab and—if it’s not already on—just ask nicely, and their accommodating bartenders will happily flip to FIFA.