Who says the United States isn’t a soccer country? Well, it might not exactly be the most popular sport, but for the time being it’s pretty safe to say that a lot of people in Berkeley are positively jazzed about the USA’s soccer performance so far. Now that we’ve made it out of the “group of death” and into the top 16 knockout round, some might say that the World Cup fever is getting hotter than Cristiano Ronaldo. Our next game is Tuesday against Belgium, a country that has beaten us in the last two games we’ve played against them, so it’s not a game to miss. Here’s a list of places around Berkeley you can go to watch the game with your friends while saving tons of money on their great World Cup deals!
Definitely an up-and-coming new favorite of students, Remy’s has some really cool deals for the World Cup and several TVs to watch it on. During this whole month of soccer fever, if you wear a jersey representing any team to Remy’s you get $1 off of every drink you order. Though the game starts at 1 p.m., Remy’s has great Taco Tuesday specials that start at 5 p.m. You can get three tacos of any kind for $8 and all pitchers for $12.
Pappy’s Grill and Sports Bar
With 12 flat-screen TVs and plenty to eat and drink, Pappy’s is a great location to watch all the World Cup games. Even better, it’s having a ton of deals during our game against Belgium. You can buy a shot of tequila plus a bottle of Pacifico beer for $5, a Kettle One Bloody Mary for $7 or a margarita for $7. You can also get pitchers of bloody mary or margarita for $24 each. If you don’t drink alcohol, that’s OK — there are plenty of other perks to going to Pappy’s to watch the game. It has great food and nonalcoholic drinks, and it takes Cal 1 Debit card!
Located at 2000 University Ave., Au Coquelet is a nice, slightly quieter place that you can watch the game if Pappy’s is just way too busy.
Henry’s has very similar World Cup deals to Pappy’s but at slightly cheaper prices. Though Pappy’s has a more traditional sports bar feel to it, pretty big crowds do turn out to enthusiastically chant “U-S -A” for World Cup games at Henry’s. During the game Tuesday, you can get bloody marys by the glass for $5 each or a pitcher for $15. Margarita glasses and pitchers are also $5 each and $15 each, respectively. You can also get a beer and shot combo — a pint or bottle of beer and a shot of tequila or whiskey — for just $5!
One of the most popular student spots, Cafe D has a few huge TVs and is always packed for World Cup games, so be sure to get there early if you want to watch the Belgium game here. During the game, it has a special on Coronas — five bottles for $10, instead of the regular price of $3.50 for one Corona. They also conveniently accept Cal 1 Debit card.
Sliver also shows all the games and has happy hour from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. where you can get a salad and slice for just $5.
An unexpected presenter of World Cup games, Caffe Strada has created a special setup just for the soccer season. It recently installed a massive flat-screen TV on top of its pastry counter that constantly plays soccer games. Though the TV is kind of comically angled toward the cashiers instead of the customers, Caffe Strada is perfect if you’re super busy with summer classes but want to watch the game while pretending to study.
This tasty pizzeria on Shattuck shows every World Cup game that plays during its open hours. BUILD will be open at noon for the USA vs. Belgium game.
Nino’s Brazilian Restaurant and Pizzaria
Located at 1916 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Nino’s Brazilian Restaurant and Pizzaria is a fun little place that you can watch Tuesday’s game.
If you don’t feel like moving at all on Tuesday, you can also enjoy your afternoon eating snacks in your bed while streaming the game live here!
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