Boston’s Best Sports Bars To Watch World Cup Soccer

May 22, 2014 6:00 AM

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(Photo credit: Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant/Facebook)

(Photo credit: Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant/Facebook)

Soccer may never be as popular here in the States as it is elsewhere in the world, but the sport will always have its fair share of passionate and devoted fans across the country. The World Cup is a very big deal for these fans, with many city sports bars packing in the crowds to watch every game with baited breath, clenched fists and thirsty palates. Boston is no exception to this notion, so here are some of the city’s best sports bars at which to watch World Cup soccer.
(Photo credit:  Corner Tavern)

(Photo credit: Corner Tavern)

Corner Tavern
421 Marlborough St.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 262-5555
www.thecornerboston.com

This Back Bay sports bar doesn’t discriminate against World Cup soccer fans in a city so closely linked with the Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots and Celtics, offering television space to World Cup games during finals season. The Corner Tavern’s warm and relaxed decor makes getting together with like-minded soccer fans an easy task. The real secret weapon of the Corner Tavern is its menu of delicious food, including its popular meatloaf sandwich and duck confit.

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(Photo credit: Blackthorn Bar/Facebook)

(Photo credit: Blackthorn Bar/Facebook)

Blackthorn Bar
471 W. Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 269-5510
www.blackthornboston.com

The Blackthorn Bar is a proud, soccer-supporting pub in the Southie section of Boston. It is a traditional and comfortable bar designed for after-work relaxation with an ice cold pint and some good conversation with friends. Come for the stellar, friendly bar service and welcoming atmosphere provided by the Blackthorn crew on game days of all sorts. Soccer is definitely loved by the staff, many of whom are of humble European stock themselves, making Blackthorn Bar a hidden gem of sorts for Boston soccer fans looking to hunker down for the World Cup.

(Photo credit: Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant/Facebook)

(Photo credit: Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant/Facebook)

Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant
903 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 778-0089
www.lironboylston.com

Returning to the Back Bay area of Boston, Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant is another low-key and low-stress pub that entertains World Cup soccer fans with plenty of large screen televisions and a spacious vibe. It is a nice change of pace from the often crowded Boston bar scene. Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant also specializes in the sort of traditional comfort food classics like nachos, and attracts a primarily college crowd on weekend nights, making it a solid choice for sports watching.

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Photo Credit: mcgannsirishpub.com

Photo Credit: mcgannsirishpub.com

McGann’s Pub
197 Portland St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 227-4059
www.mcgannsirishpub.com

McGann’s Pub is definitely a soccer-friendly bar in Boston, always turning on World Cup games throughout the finals. It often entertains loud, crowded fans who are anxious to guzzle down cold beer, nosh on fried food and shout at sports on the tube. McGann’s Pub hits it home with a take on traditional Irish shepherd’s pie, as well as that classic Friday night standby of the Fisherman’s Plate. Combine these comforting culinary plates with that primordial spirit of getting a large group together to watch the game on TV.

(Photo credit: Ducali Pizzeria & Bar/Facebook)

(Photo credit: Ducali Pizzeria & Bar/Facebook)

Ducali Pizzeria & Bar
289 Causeway St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 742-4144
www.ducalipizza.com

Ducali Pizzeria & Bar certainly provides some delicious culinary fare. It also serves as an under-the-radar spot to enjoy World Cup soccer away from other, crowded Boston sports bars. Pizza, beers, nachos and even decadent desserts await soccer fans seeking to go a little “all’Italiana” for their World Cup needs, while the comfortable atmosphere ensures a fun time will be had by all.

George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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