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World Cup Madness – Places for Watching with Other Soccer (Futball) and Food Fans

June 11th, 2010 · No Comments

Running down a list of spots to go for watching the games:

Got a World Cup team jersey? Wear it to Taverna Opa in CityPlace, and get a free shot of tequila when your team scores. Greece is a favorite, but all fans are welcome. Valid today, Friday, July 11. (CityPlace is on Rosemary Avenue at Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; Taverna Opa is on the 2nd level, east side.)

Special menu (including pissaladiere – my fav!) at La Bonne Bouche in downtown Lake Worth. They’re hollering for France, here. La Bonne Bouche, 516 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth.

Gol! Taste of Brazil in Delray Beach – big Brazil team fans, natch. Every time that team or team USA scores, you get a free capirinha or beer (with purchase of a previous drink).  Gol! is at 411 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach.

La Estancia Argentina, a specialty food store in Miramar (and Aventura and Coral Gables). Argentina flags flown here.

The Blue Anchor bar in Delray Beach – hard to say which team he’ll root for, since he’s an American Brit. Probably Britain, till they lose. Blue Anchor is at 804 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach.

Wowie’s Sports Grill is the “official” Major League Soccer Talk  soccer site. Hit their web site for a coupon for a free beer or t-shirt or other giveaways. Team USA spoken here, but all other round-ball fanatics will gather, too. At 7036 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton.

Free food at the bar at Tucci’s Fire n Coal Pizza during all the games – and Italy’s flag will fly. Tucci’s is at 50 N.E. First Ave., Boca Raton – and we hear good things about its pizzas.

Duffy’s around the area: Five Buds for $10, and a few menu items. Several locations.


Seminole Hard Rock Casino will have the games going, as will the Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach. Drink specials likely at both.


Mercadito – my favorite new place for tacos – they’re all-you-can-eat for the games. Count on some heavy Mexican and Latin American cheering. Mercadito: 3252 NE First Ave., Miami’s Midtown.

Mia at Biscayne opens at 7:30 a.m. serving up a special brunch menu. This is a huge watching venue in downtown Miami – 13 plasma TVs and a giant indoor-outdoor space. Plenty of Latin and South American fans, authentic foods – cold meats, sausages (embutidos), pan con tortillas, or just espresso and pastries. 20 Biscayne Blvd., corner of Flagler St. and Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

72nd Bar and Grill features half-price beers during the matches. Whatever team is winning…New since February. 5861 Sunset Dr., Miami.

La Estancia Argentina, a specialty food store in Miramar (and Aventura and Coral Gables).

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