The World Cup is back this summer, even though there’s no U.S. team participating. Still, plenty of Bostonians will be hoping to congregate and watch the drama play out on the world’s stage.
Since the tournament is being hosted in Russia, it means that games will have earlier kickoff times. As a result, Boston soccer bars will be catering to an earlier crowd for various games.
Here’s a look at a few local establishments in various neighborhoods who will satiate your World Cup cravings.
The Banshee: The Dorchester-based pub is the official home of the American Outlaws Boston chapter (a U.S. team supporters group). Yet even minus an American rooting interest, the well known establishment remains a destination for soccer fans.
Caffe Dello Sport: For the first time since the 1958 World Cup, Italy will not feature in the tournament. But just as a lack of U.S. involvement still leaves The Banshee as a worthy visit, so too is the North End’s Caffe Dello Sport. Enjoy a beverage or possibly some gelato as you admire whatever Lionel Messi is up to.
Parlor Sports: Located near Inman Square, the cozier setup makes for a lively atmosphere. And it’s developed enough of a reputation at this point to attract a loyal following. Head there early if you want a table.
Phoenix Landing: Already known for its enormous Liverpool following, the Central Square Irish bar is also a go-to for basically any soccer game. As owner Kevin Treanor has noted, early games are basically already booked (or are expecting large crowds of various nationalities).
Lir: Located on Boylston Street, Lir has a detailed schedule of games it will be open for. While not all of the earliest kickoffs are included, there are a few 8 a.m. games you can catch (as well as all of the later clashes).