The U.S. vs. Germany World Cup match begins at 9 a.m. Thursday. If you’re lucky enough to get out of work on a weekday, here’s where to get your soccer mania on:
Twelve matches have already been shown on a big screen here, including the U.S. games vs. Ghana and Portugal. Learn more at alleynetworkproject.com/world-cup-alley-2014.
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Phinney Neighborhood Association
The game will be shown on a 14-by-8-foot movie screen at the Phinney Center. Doors open at 8:15 a.m. for PNA members (you can sign up at the door) and at 8:30 a.m. for nonmembers. The venue holds only 150. 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle (206-783-2244 or phinneycenter.org/worldcup/index.html).
Seattle Public Library
The game will be shown at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, beginning at 10 a.m. when the library opens. (You’ll have to catch the first hour elsewhere.) The meeting room of the library’s Northgate Branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., will screen the game at 9 a.m. For details: spl.org/about-the-library/library-news-releases/world-cup-616.
The Atlantic Crossing Pub
The pub opens at 8 a.m. The pub will have also have a 70-inch flat-screen out on its deck. 6508 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle (206-729-6266 or theatlanticcrossing.com).
This French cafe on Capitol Hill serves the best food of all the soccer bars, and they’ll have a special happy hour menu available at 9 a.m. for the game. 1117 12th Ave., Seattle (206-709-7674 or cafepresseseattle.com).
Fadó Irish Pub
This downtown bar opens at 7:30 a.m. for the game, which will be shown on its 11 HDTVs (Portugal vs. Ghana will be on a few as well, muted). They expect to hit capacity and there are no reservations, so get there early. Breakfast will be served until 10:30 a.m. 801 First Ave., Seattle (206-264-2700 or fadoirishpub.com).
The George & Dragon Pub
Make sure to come early to this Fremont pub, one of the most famous soccer bars on the West Coast. It will open at 8 a.m. and the venue’s nine TVs will all be showing the U.S. game. Your true soccer-fan experience here. 206 N. 36th St., Seattle (206-545-6864 or georgeanddragonpub.com).
Pickled Onion Pub
A cheeseburger at 9 a.m.? Sure. This English pub in the South End opens at 8:30 a.m. for the game and will offer its entire menu, including dinner. 1314 Union Ave. N.E., Renton (425-271-3629 or pickledonionpub.com).
This small, cozy German bar, where you can hear fans cheer from a block away, will open at 8 a.m. You don’t even wanna know how loud it gets when Germany scores … though Thursday’s match might divide the clientele. 7311 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle (206-706-5430 or prosttavern.net).
St. Andrews Bar and Grill
The line at this North Seattle bar can sometimes stretch around the corner, so get there at 8 a.m. to get a seat. It has 13 TVs, including two giant projectors. 7406 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle (206-523-1193 or standrewsbarandgrill.com).
This Ballard spot opens at 8 a.m. and boasts the best craft beers of any soccer bar in the city, maybe even the region. This is where all the bartenders watch soccer year-round. Portugal vs. Ghana will be on a second TV. 708 N.W. 65th St., Seattle (206-453-4527 or thedray.com).
The Market Arms Pub
From the same folks behind The George & Dragon Pub, this will be the most popular place to catch the game in Ballard, with six televisions stationed inside and one giant screen outside the bar. The pub opens at 8:30 a.m., with a live screening of the game and a replay at 6 p.m. 2401 N.W. Market St., Seattle (206-789-0470 or themarketarms.com).
The hard-core soccer fans on the Eastside, especially those Microsoft visa techies, will hit the Seattle soccer bars. But if you don’t want to cross the bridge, this Irish pub, with its two projectors, will draw a big crowd. They start serving at 9 a.m. (including breakfast specials and $4 mimosas and Bloody Marys), but the doors will be open at 8:30 a.m. 111 Central Way, Kirkland (425-822-8940 or wilderover.com).