2018 World Cup Parties Not to Miss

New York fans of soccer—or football, however you like to refer to it during the World Cup—get ready! Local favorites and popular city bars are hosting 2018 FIFA World Cup viewing parties as soon as the first match kicks off in Russia June 14. Cheer for your favorite team (there are 32 competing!) with a beer in one hand and a wing in the other at these 2018 World Cup hotspots until it’s all over on July 15.

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Prost Grill and Garten, Garden City

This German eatery and tavern serves traditional German cuisine, as well as craft beers and a “Soccer Breakfast.” The latter will come in handy since a lot of the games are airing during morning hours. Think Bavarian blueberry pancakes and a weisswurst with scrambled eggs. Catch the games in the outdoor patio or on one of the TVs inside. Prost Grill and Garten will also partner with FC Bayern München Fan Club of Long Island to host a viewing party for the opening game (June 17 at 11am) when Germany takes on Mexico. Expect similar events on Saturday, June 23 at 2pm and Wednesday, June 27 at 10am, for the viewings of Germany vs Sweden and Germany vs South Korea games, respectively. Phone: 516-427-5215 | Address: 652 Franklin Avenue Click to go

Twist and Smash’d Sports, Queens

A branch of Twist and Smash’d, this bar is a paradise for sports lovers. It features two bocce ball courts, a full wrap around bar with over 50 beers on tap and flat screen TVs on every wall. Enjoy a burger and some of this sports bar’s famous spiraled fried potatoes. The bar is also constructing a new World Cup menu! Phone: 718-806-1542 | Address: 34-02 Steinway Street Click to go

Plattduetsche Park, Franklin Square

This historic eatery and beer garden impresses with its German dishes, live music and festivals. The Beer Hall at the Plattduetsche Biergarten will be open for every match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, even during hours when it’s normally closed. The World Cup menu features a bunch of specials such as macaroni and cheese bites for $10, homemade potato pancakes for $7, Kaesespätzle for $10 and the Bavarian Wurst Sampler for $25 (it’s perfect to share with friends!). Phone: 516-354-3131 | Address: 1132 Hempstead Turnpike Click to go

The Australian, Manhattan

This Australian bar and restaurant will be showing games on its 22 TVs and three separate sound zones. Dig into breakfast until 11am. Expect prizes and giveaways along with drink specials such as $5 Peroni, $8 Moscow Mules and $6 Jager shots. The bar has also partnered with the Socceroos Active Support to host three viewings of the World Cup to cheer on their Aussie home team—Saturday, June 16, Thursday, June 21 and Tuesday, June 26. Private mezzanine space is available and the bar opens 30 minutes before the first match of the day. Phone: 212-869-8601 | Address: 20 W 38th Street Click to go

The Main Event, Plainview and Farmingdale

The Main Event is always ready for game day with its autographed memorabilia to set the mood. It’s a perfect spot for those who want to watch the World Cup with the whole family. The Farmingdale and Plainview locations come equipped with 50 flat screen TVs, a full menu and a children’s section, as well as an extensive list of handcrafted ales and microbrews. Click for locations and to go

Sweet Spot, Queens

This sports bar features booths, tables and 80-inch HD TVs that line the venue. Sweet Spot will be showing every match of the World Cup along with beer, wings and food specials. Enjoy a mimosa during brunch or a signature cocktail during dinner, followed by a one-of-a-kind dessert option of six scoops of ice cream served in a giant martini glass loaded with toppings and sparklers. Phone: 718-777-7475 | Address: 22-72 31st Street Click to go

Buffalo Wild Wings, Various locations

Wings and sporting events are the perfect combination. Expect deals like five traditional wings for $5 and the “Watch & Win Promo” that allows guests to win a free select sharable on a future visit if three or more combined goals are made in a match. Some locations will be opening early to allow for more game coverage. Click for locations and to go

Cantina Rooftop, Manhattan

Enjoy a soccer game with a side of Mexican food. It also comes with specialty drinks and a view of the city at this West Side rooftop spot. The venue will show the Germany vs México game on Sunday, June 17 at 10am and will serve México-versus-Germany-themed specials. Phone: 212-957-1700 | Address: 605 W 48th Street Click to go

Smithfield Hall, Manhattan

This haven for soccer fans will show all the matches starting with the opening ceremony on June 14. Smithfield Hall’s small plates like Jameson wings, cheese fries and shrimp buns make for the perfect game appetizers paired with a few main dishes. Chicken and waffles, anyone? Keep in mind, its website features a calendar for visitors to sort through the games by country or competition. Phone: 212-929-9677 | Address: 138 W 25th Street Click to go