Shamrock Pub and other local restaurants, bars showing the games

Even if you're not a soccer superfan, The FIFA World Cup will provide a month of awesome athleticism with teams competing from across the planet. Sure, it would be even more exciting if Team USA had qualified, but that's not stopping local sports bars, pubs and restaurants from showing the games being hosted by Russia this year. The action kicks off Thursday with the 11 a.m. match in Moscow featuring the home team against Saudi Arabia. The World Cup, which happens every four years, continues through July 15.

Shamrock Pub, the downtown Sarasota craft beer bar and soccer fan hangout at 2257 Ringling Blvd., will open at 10 a.m. Thursday and serve 20-ounce drafts and all wines at a $1 discount until 8 p.m. Throughout the World Cup there will also be mimosa pitcher specials every morning.

"We have a wide selection of great sessionable beers that will satisfy palates from all corners of the world," says Derek Anderson, owner of the popular Shamrock Pub. "As you know, we have no kitchen. But, you can get your morning munchies from Five-0 Donut Co and get breakfast sandwiches delivered from the Marathon Deli next door. It's worth the time to call ahead and pick up breakfast and/or killer breakfast sandwiches from Silver Star on Lime. Customers are always welcome to bring in food from outside.

"I just ordered a mini-fridge for locally produced snacks such as salsa, chips, fermentable spreads and other tasty stuff," Anderson continues. "We can't wait!"

Shamrock Pub will open early for every single match, including the 6 a.m. contest Saturday between France and Australia.

"We are going to raffle prizes during select matches including tickets to MLS matches, Tampa Bay Rowdies tickets, World Cup balls, gear and more," Anderson says.

June 30 is the start of the Round of 16 with Shamrock Pub hosting a Kilt Day featuring the New World Celts. Guests will also be able to show their soccer skills as Heineken will have its "ladies" hosting a shooting contest outside for Heineken soccer prizes and tickets to matches.

Shamrock Pub is co-hosting the tournament with the American Outlaws group that supports the United States National Soccer Teams. American Outlaws members will be randomly buying pints for people new to the game via the thefreebeermovement.com.

"Our AO members are also the biggest fans of the game and we're fired up to see the worlds best talent compete for the 2018 World Cup," Anderson says. "Despite the U.S. failure to qualify, our soccer base in Sarasota is very strong and we're hopeful and optimistic as the men's program rebuilds. We support the beautiful game and the greatest competition on earth."

Follow Shamrock Pub at Facebook.com/shamrockpub to stay tuned throughout the tournament.

Other places to watch the World Cup in Sarasota and Manatee counties:

Brew Life Brewing

5765 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota; 941-952-3831; brewlifebrewing.com/the-beers

Small batch brewery will be open for all games starting at 11 a.m. and after with $5 select drafts during the matches. "We're doing a mixed pool with one blind drawing for a team and two Top 3 teams," says owner Mick Cohn. "Big party for the third place game and final match!"

British Open Pub

367 Jacaranda Blvd., Venice; 941-492-9227; britishopenpub.com

Serving English favorites such as fish and chips, cottage pie, and liver and onions as well as American pub grub including burgers and wings, with 15 beers on draft, British Open Pub will have the World Cup on during regular business hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday.

Champions Pub

3676 Webber St., Sarasota; 941-927-7686; championspubofflorida.com

An American and English sports bar serving cuisine, beer and wine from both sides of the pond, Champions will be showing (almost) every single World Cup match. Read more about Champions Pub's World Cup plans.

Duffy’s Sports Grill

3005 University Parkway, Sarasota; 941-777-2110; duffysmvp.com

Normally open at 11 a.m. daily, Duffy’s will welcome patrons early for key matches. Guests are encouraged to cheer on their favorite team playing on over 80 HD TVs while enjoying fan favorites such as the Hangover Burger, Avocado Toast, All American Bloody Mary and mimosa. Early opening dates: June 25-28, 30; July 1-3,6,7, 14.

Evie's Tavern & Grill on Bee Ridge

4725 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota; 941-377-9300; eviesbeeridge.com

Open at 11 a.m. daily, Evie's on Bee Ridge will show all the games taking place during normal business hours and offer drink specials: $3.50 Heineken/Heineken Light, $6 Moscow Mules, $6 Bacon Bloodys, $5 Manmosas.

Evie's on Main Street

1560 Main St., Sarasota; 941-366-7711; eviesonline.com/mainstreet

Normally open at 11 a.m. daily, Evie's downtown Sarasota location will crack the doors at 10 a.m. June 25-28. "All big matches will be broadcast with sound throughout the restaurant," says Nicholas Johnson, general manager. "We offer daily food and drink specials throughout the week, 22 HD TVs and two 120-inch projection screens (as well as) a private 'party room' at no additional charge for a more intimate viewing experience with your friends." There are also two full-service private bowling lanes.

Louies Modern

1289 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota; 941-552-9688; tableseide.com/louies-modern

A top destination for upscale dining and cocktail quaffing, Louies Modern is showing all of England's World Cup games with $8 fish and chips and $4 bitters (the English beer style, not the cocktail ingredient).

Gecko’s

Various Sarasota-Bradenton locations; geckosgrill.com

Open 11 a.m. daily with numerous dining and drink deals, Gecko's plans "on showing as many matches as we get, but operationally, we don’t plan on opening early."

The Public House Tap and Grill

6240 North Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota; 941-822-0795; the-public-house.com

Serving modern comfort food favorites with a full bar, The Public House will open early for all the games. "We will have a World Cup menu with choices that represent the different teams," says co-owner Geoff Scalera. "We will also have a breakfast and regular menu available." There will be drink specials, too, and "we are decorating for the Thursday kickoff. We will be posting the events/games to Facebook. We will also have rewards points and giveaways throughout the tournament."

Shakespeare’s English Pub

3550 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota; 941-364-5938; shakespearesenglishpub.com

A beloved beer bar that serves some of Sarasota's best burgers as well as English entrees like fish and chips, cottage pie and spicy beef and onion pasties, Shakespeare's opens at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and at noon Saturday and Sunday and will be showing any games on during its regular hours.

 

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