By now you have seen our definitive guide to the World Cup featuring all 32 participating nations. If you haven’t, you can check it out here. Following an exciting group stage we are down to just 16 teams. Find out where you can watch your country play in the knockout stages of the tournament. We’ve made some changes in some of our picks since our 32 nation guide, those changes have been made by discovering new exciting spots during our journey through the city.
France vs Argentina
6/30 @ 10 AM EST
Two World Cup winners battle in the round of 16 following differing group stage performances. France navigated themselves through a fairly easy group for a team of their caliber, ending with two wins and a draw – against Denmark. Argentina began their group stage campaign with an underwhelming draw against Iceland followed by a comprehensive loss against Croatia. Argentina left it late against Nigeria through a Marcos Rojo strike to send them into a frenzy.
128 SMITH ST
BROOKLYN, NY 11201
Open for all the matches, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as an array of traditional and house cocktails. The French National Team is maturing into their golden age and they boast one of the youngest players in the tournament Kylian Mbappe who is off to a great start so far. Expect some more dancing – especially from Fortnite enthusiast and star player Antoine Griezmann. Cash and Amex are the only forms of payment. For other options head to Williamsburg, focal point of the French invasion of New York.
8108 QUEENS BLVD
ELMHURST, NY 11373
Group Game’s Local Day/Time: 6/16 9 AM; 6/21 2 PM; 6/26 2 PM
Boca Juniors, named after Boca Juniors, arguably the most popular club in Argentina. This is the spot to come enjoy traditional Argentinian asado, with meats imported straight from Mendoza, while enjoying a lively football experience. Argentina fans will be hoping that their woeful showing in the group stage is no indication on how the rest of the tournament pans out. Jack Keane has built up a large Argentine following at The Football Factory if you are in midtown.
Uruguay vs Portugal
6/30 @ 2 PM EST
The only team in the World Cup to not concede a goal go against Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal. Events in Group B at the end of the group stage put Portugal in real risk of missing out on a spot to underdog and fan-favorite Iran but a missed Iran chance in the final moments of the match meant that Portugal went through as runners-up in the group.
221 S 1ST ST
BROOKLYN, NY 11211
On Saturday afternoon Tabare will fill up with Uruguayan fans looking to see this ever-present team play their way past a 2010 semi-final appearance and bring this aging group or Uruguayan stars into a final.
139 NASSAU AVE
BROOKLYN, NY 11222
While most of the Tri-State’s Portuguese population lives in Newark, this Brooklyn gem serves up Portuguese styled dishes in the primarily Polish neighborhood of Greenpoint. Raizes Portugese owners and management will have this place rocking ahead of this big clash against Uruguay.
Spain vs Russia
7/1 @ 10 AM EST
The hosts will take on one of the tournament favorites in Spain on Sunday in the Luzhniki stadium. The hosts got off to a blistering start in the group stages despite many of the pre-tournament predictions slating them to a group stage exit. Spain played an exciting matchup against Portugal which ended 3-3 followed by squeaking by a defensive Iran and leveling late against Morocco.
Smithfield Hall NYC
The official place to watch FC Barcelona matches in New York City is also the place to watch Spain matches in the city. While other establishments provide supporters of Spain more authentic feels in terms of food and beer, Smithfield Hall have some of New York’s most passionate supporters of La Furia Roja.
602 BRIGHTON BEACH AVE
BROOKLYN, NY 11235
Decent prices, no frills, and passionate fans of the motherland. This restaurant in Brighton Beach will be home to Russia fans watching their country play in their first round of 16 match since the Soviet Union became Russia in 1991.
Croatia vs Denmark
7/1 @ 2 PM EST
Croatia came out of the blocks flying in this edition of the World Cup tournament, notably beating Argentina 3-0 in the second game of their group campaign. The midfield pairing of Modric and Rakitic has worked to perfection while Perisic has provided the perfect outlet for quick play out of the back. Denmark took care of business quietly in their group, narrowly beating Peru and drawing against France.
4-40 44TH DR
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 11101
While many of the purely Croatian sports pubs in the city are membership based, this public space provides breathtaking views of Midtown, NY with reasonably priced drinks to match. The owners of this spot are all from the former Yugoslavia and it has built up a following with fellow compatriots. They will be showing almost all of the matches during the World Cup in a wide open setting on the East River. A heat wave hitting the city this weekend makes Anable Basin a great spot to catch some breeze off the river and watch what will surely be a cracking match.
615 MANHATTAN AVE
BROOKLYN, NY 11222
Tørst is the Danish word for thirst – if you find yourself in this Greenpoint site that absolutely prides themselves on beer, come thirsty. Tørst has a full food menu, 21 constantly rotating taps and over 250 bottles in the cellar. A 2 PM match is a great time to visit and quench that tørst.
Brazil vs Mexico
7/2 @ 2 PM EST
Brazil take on Mexico in what many believe will be one of the matches of the tournament. Brazil has been going about their business in ruthless manner following a shock draw against the Swiss in the opening day of the group while Mexico pulled off one of the shocks of the tournament, beating Germany 1-0 in their group opener.
57 S 5TH ST
BROOKLYN, NY 11249
Miss Favela will be heaving with Brazilian fans on Monday morning and from my experience it is recommended to get there way ahead of the 10 AM kickoff. Miss Favela has a heavy door and a small space. You’ll be lucky to get inside although the atmosphere from outside of the restaurant is still worth seeing as you’ll be able to take in all of the colorful vibes they have to offer.
7605 ROOSEVELT AVE
JACKSON HEIGHTS, NY 11372
While Taqueria Coatzingo is my choice for watching the Mexico match, I recommend hitting Roosevelt Ave as a whole. It will be a living, breathing embodiment of El Tri as the Mexicans look to escape their historical round of 16 exit from the World Cup.
Belgium vs Japan
Belgium has been firing on all cylinders this World Cup as they made slight work of a relatively easy group. Japan just made it through at the expense of Senegal, the first team to be eliminated from the FIFA World Cup on fair play. The African side, the last one in contention for a spot in the group stages was eliminated for collecting 2 more yellow cards than Japan.
125 W 43RD ST
NEW YORK, NY 10036
With the match at 2 PM, Cafe BXL is the perfect time for a lunch time match with a great Belgian beer and good food to boot. For a Time Square pub, the prices here are fairly reasonable and there is a high level of authenticity. This pub really acts and feels like a bar in the middle of Brussels. There are plenty of Belgian beers to choose from as well as an extensive menu with some great eats such as the mussels and fries.
90 E 10TH ST
NEW YORK, NY 10003
An authentic Japanese steak house in the East Village can provide the perfect viewing place to watch Japan’s surprise stars take on Belgium in the World Cup. Not even the sporting fanatics of Japan predicted a playoff berth for The Samurai’s but proceedings in the group have made the seemingly impossible, a reality.
Sweden vs Switzerland
The Swedish national team put on a shock when they aided in Germany’s capitulation when they dispatched Mexico 3-0 on the final day of group play. The Swiss’ less dramatic shock of the tournament came when they drew Brazil followed by a geo-politically charged win over Serbia.
7/3 @ 10 AM EST
132 HAVEMEYER ST
BROOKLYN, NY 11211
Not only is Banter Bar a good scene for Sweden fans looking for a place to watch their matches, but it’s a good location for all fans of the FIFA World Cup. Swedish bars are unfortunately not really a thing in NYC, although Swedish coffee shops are, and so Banter Bar it is. Banter checks all of the boxes for football fans and it has been a pleasure to watch the majority of matches at their establishment.
212 LAFAYETTE ST
NEW YORK, NY 10012
Group Game’s Local Day/Time: 6/17 2 PM; 6/22 2 PM; 6/27 2 PM
This unsuspecting establishment serves Swiss food in a speakeasy type setting. The place itself is modeled after restaurants in Switzerland that are located inside of train stations. With the Swiss playing on the TV located at the bar and wonderful food items inspired by Swiss cuisine, you will feel like you were in Zurich.
Colombia vs England
While Colombia had to fight back from an opening day loss for their place in the knockout round with two successive victories, England could afford to play their bench players in their final match against Belgium where they lost 1-0 and earned a spot on the “easier” side of the bracket.
7/3 @ 2 PM EST
32-17 STEINWAY ST
ASTORIA, NY 11103
El Basuero is perhaps the mecca of Colombian football watching in the NYC area. Colombians come out in passionate waves to watch matches at this very quirky looking spot. Basuero means dump in Spanish and the aesthetics of this place give off that impression, but it certainly isn’t dumpy when it comes to their passion for putting on a good viewing experience. I will be making my way to Elizabeth, NJ, the hub of the Colombian-American population in the tri-state area. Stay tuned for an article about my experience going there for their match against Poland.
Football Factory at Legends
6 W 33RD ST
NEW YORK, NY 10001 (IN THE BASEMENT)
Jack Keane has made the Football Factory at Legends into the thing of folklore. With over 30 supporter groups calling the Football Factory home it’s safe to say that this pub takes its fans and its football seriously. One of those 30 supporter groups is that of the Three Lions, and they’ll be singing “football’s coming home.” They serve great food, alcohol, and will be open for all of the World Cup matches. Although this is my England selection, fans of South American teams Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil will fill this place to the brim this summer as they do all throughout the year while supporting their domestic leagues.
My Hidden Gem of the Group Stages:
The Summit Bar
New York, NY 10009