Where to watch the World Cup in Boston: Bars prepare for influx

boston world cup greatest bar dutch fans
Dutch fans watch a 2010 World Cup match at The Greatest Bar.
Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro file photo

With World Cup fever about to hit the Hub, The Greatest Bar is making sure to have plenty of European lager on hand for the next few weeks. 

“We had the Dutch group here [for the last World Cup] and they come in really strong, all amped up and ready to go. This year we ordered a lot more Heineken because they were all drinking Heineken. We ordered the most Heineken you could ever order,” said Kayla Harrity, the events manager at The Greatest Bar.

With the World Cup – the world’s most popular sporting tournament – getting underway in Brazil Thursday, area bars and restaurants are preparing for the influx of soccer fans with food specials, watch parties and promises of showing every game. (See below for a list of some local places to watch and specials being offered).

Harrity said the bar, which normally opens at 4 p.m., will open hours early to show the games, which they expect to attract hundreds of people. She said the bar hosts Netherlands and England fans and will be serving authentic Dutch food and English favorite curry and chips.

“Most of these people are from England or originally from Holland so we try to make it their home,” she said.

During the last World Cup, The Banshee in Dorchester was packed two to three hours before and after each USA match and owner Ray Butler expects more of the same.

“We’re getting e-mails on a daily basis asking if we’re showing such and such a game,” said Butler, adding that the bar will show every game. “For us it’s a great month. It’s fantastic.”

Besides being good for business, the World Cup is just a good time, said Butler.

“I’m in love with football. I’m in love with the World Cup. I’m like a child at Christmas,” he said. “For me it’s not coming to work at all. For me the only way it gets better is being there.”

Where to watch the World Cup

  • Ned Devine’s in Faneuil Hall will be showing all games and is hosting a viewing party on Monday with members of the Boston Breakers women’s soccer team.
  • The Haven in Jamaica Plain will show all games and during halftime patrons can get “a pie and a pint” for $10.
  • Members of the New England Revolution will attend a watch party at the House of Blues for the June 22 USA vs. Portugal match. The party is free, but is expected to reach capacity.
  • All games will be shown with sound on at the Harp, the Green Briar and M. J. O’Connors at the Park Plaza.
  • Germany fans can head to the Goethe-Institut in the Back Bay where every Germany match will be shown while they’re in the tournament. Online reservations are required and tickets are about $12 for those 18 years and older.
  • Phoenix Landing in Cambridge is showing every game and even has custom World Cup T-shirts for $15.
  • Lir on Boylston Street is holding three Italy fan viewing parties hosted by PUMA. Space is limited and guests will get in on a first-come, first-served basis.

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Local

De Blasio, Bratton defend city's efforts after Eric…

Mayor Bill de Blasio justified the city's response to the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while in police custody earlier this month.

National

PHOTO: New Zealand Heral uses wrong image to…

The New Zealand Herald made a terrible mistake of using the wrong image to illustrate the tragic death of Staff Sergeant Guy Boyland – a New Zealand-born Israeli soldier who…

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.