Cheers to the Cup

Cheers to the Cup

Story and photos by Erik Cuello

Although soccer normally takes a backseat to other sports in the U.S., World Cup fever has hit hard this summer.

As reported by ESPN and Univision, the World Cup match between the U.S. and Ghana on Mon., Jun. 16th, for example, drew 15.9 million viewers total between the two channels, setting a World Cup viewership record for both networks.

Fans of all nations have flocked to local restaurants and bars to root for both teams from their native lands as well as the U.S. team.

The Cup will end on Sun., Jul. 13th, so there is still plenty of time to make new friends, on and off screen.

Here are a couple of suggested cheering sections.

Locksmith Wine and Burger Bar

IMG_1142C(web)Intimate and unassuming, Locksmith Wine and Burger Bar offers a comfortable and inviting space with kitschy décor and a well-worn wooden bar top.

Fans of the U.S. and Portugal alike recently bellied up to the bar to enjoy the highly anticipated match between the two countries.

“The United States has gotten better and better over the years, which makes this a great game,” said World Cup enthusiast Joel. “I’m pretty excited.”

Locksmith Wine Bar is also offering World Cup specials until mid-July.

Locksmith Wine Bar
4463 Broadway
(between 191st and 192nd Streets)

Buddha Beer Bar

IMG_1100(web)Even with fútbol fans packed to the rafters, nothing could obstruct the view at Buddha Beer Bar, where any match is broadcast on over a dozen flat screen televisions lining the walls.

“We’ve seen an amazing amount of people come to watch,” said Manager Lukas Nowakowski.

Patrons have also enjoyed free giveaways such as miniature soccer balls, prizes, and on occasion, a celebratory shot every time the United States has scored a goal.

Buddha Beer Bar
4476 Broadway
(Between 190th and 192nd Streets)

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