1. Forum Sports Bar
(1163 Granville St., 604-605-1163, www.forumsportsbar.com)
Looking to make a good impression in its first FIFA World Cup experience, Forum will televise every match and feature jersey giveaways, 20 big screens, drink specials after 9 a.m., and the “friendliest staff in Vancouver.”
2. Malone’s Bar & Grill
(608 West Pender St., 604-684-9977, malones.bc.ca)
Malone’s boasts 10 42-inch screens, and will show all games throughout the World Cup. You’ll find jersey and gear giveaways, well-priced drinks and a lively international crowd.
3. Red Card Sports Bar and Eatery
(900 Seymour St., 604-689-4460, www.redcardsportsbar.ca)
Throughout the World Cup, Red Card will televise matches starting at 11 a.m., serve featured cocktails with eight national themes, a signature pizza and special breakfast items. For the semi-finals starting June 20, doors will open at 7 a.m.
4. The Vancouver Alpen Club
(4875 Victoria Dr., 604-874-3811, www.vancouveralpenclub.ca)
The Vancouver Alpen Club is likely to fill up with vivacious German and Swiss delegations, so arrive early for seating, especially on days when those countries play. Deutsches Haus boasts fare from the German-speaking world, plenty of beer, and the “largest HD screen in Vancouver.”
5. Falconetti’s East Side Grill
(1812 Commercial Dr., 604-251-7287, www.falconettis.com)
Commercial Drive is a safe bet for a fun time during the World Cup, and Falconetti’s is one of the Drive’s best-known establishments. CKNW radio will host its World Cup programming from here, and a patio and outdoor covered area allow you to enjoy the community ambience while taking in the matches.
6. Nando’s Flame-Grilled Chicken
(828 Davie St., www.nandoscanada.com)
Nando’s has announced the opening of its new Davie and Howe franchise to coincide with a World Cup promotion at all its restaurants. From June 1 to July 11, all of Nando’s restaurants will feature five country-themed meals through the week. Guests can also enter to win catering for 50 for their own World Cup party. Families welcome.
7. Soho Bar and Grill
(1184 Denman St., 604-633-2722, www.sohobarandgrill.ca)
The “Headquarters for English soccer,” Soho will televise all games at its locations in Vancouver and Burnaby, and feature Stella and Budweiser promotions.
8. The Academic Public House
(1619 West Broadway, 604-733-4141)
Savour a full English breakfast plus a pint at the Academic during a special World Cup promotion. Work off those calories by cheering vociferously for your team.
9. 2010 World Cup Soccer Tent at Greek Day
(West Broadway at Bayswater Street, between Mackenzie and Carnarvon)
The annual celebration of Hellenic culture will feature a World Cup viewing tent for the first time ever this year. Greece may not be considered a soccer superpower, but everybody loves a dark horse. You’ll also find plenty of authentic Greek cuisine, fun and activities for the whole family along Broadway.
10. Joey Burrard
(820 Burrard St., 604-683-5639, www.joeyrestaurants.com)
Joey has a slick bar, large-screen TVs, nutritious salads and bar-style food, a range of drinks and cocktails, and renowned desserts. All World Cup games will be televised here.
Where to watch all the World Cup action
1. Forum Sports Bar