This Sunday’s World Cup final will invariably bring scores of fans to Vancouver’s most prominent watering holes.

But if you ask local bar owners, they’ll tell you the premier footy championship has already had a tremendous impact on business.

“We’ve had to order extra beer throughout the tournament, and beer sales have at least doubled if not tripled. There’s probably enough for a soccer team of elephants,” said Ruben Schumacher of Malone’s Bar and Grill.

Malone’s tried to create a welcoming environment for fans of all teams, Schumacher added.

Diana Schade of Red Card Sports Bar at Seymour and Smithe streets said patrons have been supporters of all countries.

“What’s interesting is that the crowd is usually 50-50. It’s very balanced, no matter who’s playing,” she said.

Schade added that she expects a full house when Spain and the Netherlands compete for soccer immortality.

Where to watch

Still looking for a spot to watch the final?

• A giant screen is being set up on Granville and Georgia streets to show the game.

• Commercial Drive pubs, bars and restaurants are sure to be packed, so early arrival is recommended.

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