Dust off your vuvuzelas and brush up on your knowledge of the offside rule, because the World Cup is upon us. Every four years, there is one glorious month where the world slows down to take in the spectacle of soccer/football/fútbol/voetbal.
This Thursday starts with the host nation, Brazil's Seleção taking on Croatia and their bold jerseys. Should you find yourself slipping out of work to take in a match, here are some restaurants and bars to revel in all of the World Cup glory.
ART Restaurant - The lounge at ART Restaurant has all sorts of World Cup-themed events and menu items planned; specialty cocktails like a Caipirinha, beers from competing countries, Brazilian-inspired street food, and cheese added to their buffet from nations in the World Cup. What's also fun about ART's World Cup is the friendly rivalry happening between Chef Kerry Sear (rooting for the Three Lions of England), Chef Jelle (who hails from Belgium; currently a trendy pick) and ART's Manager Jorge (who is from Spain; defending World Cup champions).
Brave Horse Tavern - At this Tom Douglas Restaurant in South Lake Union, the crowds already show up in waves for the pretzels, burgers, and beer. Ever since they opened in 2011, Brave Horse Tavern has been immensely popular. For the World Cup, the Brave Horse is planning on showing all of the games on their screens and will open early for the final group game of the US Men's National Team on 6/26.
Buckley's - Stepping into the Queen Anne location, Buckley's screams sports bar. From the TVs to the flags and pennants hanging from the rafters, sports is in their DNA. The Queen Anne and Belltown Buckley's plan to show all the World Cup matches with the volume turned up.
George and Dragon and The Market Arms - Amongst soccer fans locally and nationally, The George and Dragon in Fremont is considered the best soccer bar for a game and a pint. The place gets packed for big matches and they'll most likely close off the parking lot for even more space so that fans can take in the matches. Their sister restaurant, The Market Arms, opened in 2010 in Ballard in time for that year's World Cup - and chances are it'll be just as hopping for the next few weeks as The George.
Von Trapp's - The beer, brat, and bocce hall in Capitol Hill will be especially busy this World Cup. They've recently announced that their outdoor patio is set to open very soon for some open air imbibing and noshing. Von Trapp's is also opening up earlier for summer hours and has created a new lunch menu featuring dishes like 'Kasekreiner' (a smoked pork sausage) and a 'Sauerbraten Sandwich' (braised beef brisket on a pretzel bun). With the new lunch items and hours (Von Trapp's is planning on opening early for the USA/Germany match), Von Trapp's will be a place to check out for the World Cup.
To help your planning, the Stars and Stripes of the US Men's National Team play June 16th at 3pm PDT versus Ghana, June 22nd at 3pm PDT versus Portugal, and June 26th at 9am PDT versus Germany.