Soccer isn’t Canada’s strongest sport ― we admit it.
Even though the Canadian men’s national team didn’t qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Canucks still love to watch the tournament along with the rest of the world (especially when there is food and beer involved).
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia from June 14 to July 15, and it’s going to be the biggest sporting event of the summer, so get ready to mark your calendar and make some plans.
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Although the 10-hour time difference between Moscow and Vancouver will put most games at odd times on our side of the globe, for you true soccer fans, we’ve compiled a list of great venues for some early morning soccer action in Vancouver.
If not already mentioned, Daily Hive will update if any bars/restaurants will be extending hours for the tournament as details come.
Although the US team did not make it to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, do come and still enjoy some cheap pints here. They will be showing any game that falls within their hours of operation (8 am and onwards). They have seven TVs and one projector screen, and the sound will be on for the game on the big projector. Discounted pints will be provided during the World Cup from 9 am to 3 pm, and they will also have a snack menu available.
Address: 926 Main Street, Vancouver
The World Cup preparations are already underway at Bells and Whistles. You can catch most games with the sound on their massive 120” screens, and they will be featuring their lunch menu on weekdays and brunch menu on the weekend. Weekly drink features will include some lagers and ciders, while on the weekend, they will be rocking a Caesar feature.
Address: 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Germans are crazy about soccer — we all know that. Deutsches Haus’ large beer hall will be used for Public Viewing (as the Germans call it), and it can host more than 600 people. You can watch the defending champion play on a 17-foot display screen, and have we mentioned their large selection of authentic German beers? Deutsches Haus will screen every game of the tournament, while German food like Schnitzel and Spätzle will be served. Put on your German jersey (or lederhosen), grab some steins, and cheer for Die Mannschaft.
Address: 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
If you are a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo aka ‘CR7,’ you should come here and watch probably his last World Cup ever. As the 2016 European Champion, the Portugal men’s national team is hungry for another win. The Portuguese Club of Vancouver will screen the tournament on four big screens. They will have pastries and sandwiches for early games, and you can expect some bifanas (Portuguese pork sandwich) and beer specials for later games.
Address: 1144 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
You don’t have to worry about flying to England to get the local bar vibe because when the London Pub finishes decorating for the World Cup, it will feel just like the old country. They have eight screens and a projector system, and they will also have special breakfast menus for the morning games and a variety of drink specials. Come have a pint (or many pints) of beer, a full English breakfast, and cheer for the Three Lions with some true English spirits.
Address: 700 Main Street, Vancouver
Brazil will kick off the tournament with a game against Switzerland on Sunday, June 17, and Boteco Brasil is ready to welcome some passionate soccer fans. They offer $4.50 pints, $6 Caipirinhas (Brazil’s national cocktail), and food specials, and you also have a chance to win a free jersey. Scream “Vamos Brasil,” dance to some Samba, and wait for your boy Neymar’s hat-tricks.
Address: 2545 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
This East Broadway location is Vancouver’s first Peruvian inspired eatery, and it has become home to many true Peruvian soccer fans. This summer, they will be playing all games that start after 7 am. Come here if you want to down some $3 Tequila shots, support Peru, and enjoy some yummy Peruvian tapas.
Address: 136 East Broadway, Vancouver
Located on the ground floor of the Dominion Hotel in Gastown, the Lamplighter Public House is always down for some sports and live music. They are the home of the official Manchester United FC Supporters Club in Vancouver, and you should come and meet your fellow World Cup fans here this summer.
Address: 92 Water Street, Vancouver
Kangaroo burger, Aussie Tucker, Oz Fries — you probably don’t know what any of these means. But that’s okay because this restaurant does everything Aussie style. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Moose’s Down Under is always filled with Australian foodies and Socceroos supporters. They will screen their first Socceroos game at 5 am (this is how you define true fans) on Thursday, June 21, while featuring the ‘Aussie Fry Up,’ a popular dish back home. Get ready to hear some great Aussie accents, chug some authentic Aussie beers, and have fun cheering for ‘straya on their 14 TV screens.
Address: 830 West Pender Street, Vancouver
This traditional Mexican restaurant has one large wall projector, and they plan to show the first two Mexican games. They have amazing tacos and quesadillas, and they also carry a wild selection of beers and tequila. The national team will play their first game against the defending champion, Germany, on Sunday, June 17.
Address: 1049 Granville Street, Vancouver
With five TVs, a nine-foot screen and a projector in the back, this place screens all sorts of sporting events all year round. And this summer, they will be screening all the World Cup games. They will have $9.95 breakfast specials for the morning games, along with their regular specials for drinks and food.
Address: 136 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
While La Casita is not normally open during the day, the restaurant is championing the World Cup spirits and will screen games starting at 7 am and later. A special breakfast and lunch menu for the games will also be put out soon. Enjoy free chips with guac and salsa, drink super Margaritas that are the size of your head, and (hopefully) see some stunning goals from Javier Hernandez.
Address: 101 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
The name is pretty self-explanatory, this restaurant is the ideal place if you are a serious “wing-man.” During happy hour, they have wings and fries for $7, with over 20 flavours for you to choose from. The games will be played on the restaurant’s 15 TVs and one projector screen. They will have $5 sleeves and $15 pitchers for the games, as well as food specials like $10 burger and chicken clubhouse. And stay tuned, because they will also draw prizes and give away swag during the tournament.
Address: 1162 Granville Street, Vancouver
As a Japanese fusion seafood restaurant, many Japanese fans have been coming here. They have six large TVs and one projector screen, and the sound will be on for the games. Although they will not be screening the early morning games this year, they will play all games that run during their regular operating hours. They will have a sharing platter special with beer for the games, and during their regular happy hour, there will also be $4.50 Sapporo lager, $8.50 sake (Japanese rice wine), and $4.99 cocktails.
Address: 990 Smithe Street, Vancouver
This sports bar downtown has 16 TVs and two 106” projector screens ready for the World Cup. As the official Heineken House, they have $5 beers and Heineken on special every day. Rumour has it, they will also have country-themed daily food specials for the length of the World Cup. And have we mentioned free goodies and free foosball?
Address: 560 Smithe Street, Vancouver
As Kamei Baru’s sister restaurant, Ebisu on Robson offers sashimi, sushi, and home-cooked dishes with a western twist. They have 10 TVs and a projector screen, and the sound will be on for all games. Their spring seasonal special will also run through the entire World Cup, which includes a good selection of sushi and skewers, starting from $2.99.
Address: 827 Bute Street, Vancouver
The pub shows rugby, Irish sports, and English Premier League all year round, and they will be screening tons of World Cup games this summer on their 11 TVs and one projector screen. They are supporting England, Australia, and Germany this year, but they also get loads of soccer fans from all over, so don’t ever worry about not being able to find a friend. They will kick off this World Cup season on Friday, June 15, screening a game between Portugal and Spain at 11 am.
Address: 1941 West Broadway, Vancouver
One Under will be screening all World Cup games on their seven 60” TVs and their large projector screens. They have various daily drink specials throughout the week, and for the games, they will also be providing $5 pints. When they’re not screening the games, make sure you go and play a round or two on their virtual golf simulation.
Address: 476 Granville Street, Vancouver
This place has hosted some rigorous soccer fans over the years, and this summer, they will open early to show most World Cup games. They will be screening their first game on Thursday, June 14, as Russia and Saudi Arabia kick off at 8 am. They have 15 TVs, and the sound will be on for all games. There will also be fun competitions with scratch-cards during every game, and you can win some high-quality knitted scarves.
Address: 608 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Second Floor will show the World Cup games on all 82 of their screens (the largest one stands at over 190”), including those that start at 5 am. They are known to have a heavy population of fans of Latin American teams, France, and Brazil. The will have beer specials throughout the tournament, and $10 breakfast will also be served for the early morning games. You also have a chance to win some goodies.
Address: 808 Bute Street, Vancouver
The Blarney Stone is Vancouver’s longest running Irish pub, and we hope that you are ready for some Jameson and many pints of perfectly poured Guinness. They will show all games after 11 am on their 240” screen, and they will also be screening the World Cup final at 8 am on Sunday, July 15. Daily drink and food specials will be available.
Address: 216 Carrall Street, Vancouver
The Two Lions has 12 TVs and a big screen TV in the centre of the bar. They will screen all games that start at 11 am or later, and they will also open early just to show the World Cup final on Sunday, July 15. They have two to three daily drink specials starting from $4, as well as food features every Sunday.
Address: 2601 Westview Drive, North Vancouver
With 10 HD screens, one big screen projector, and central sound, this pub is your go-to spot for sports. They were the home of the Southsiders for seven seasons, and Premier League fans also watch the games here often. They will be screening all games that start at 11 am or later with sound, as well as some of the early morning games based on the matchup. Pop in for some $12 daily lunch specials, and stay tuned, because they will announce their World Cup promotion and food specials soon.
Address: 654 Nelson Street, Vancouver
With 72 TVs and two large video walls, Shark Club will open at 10 am every day during the World Cup to get ready for the 11 am games. They will have their regular daily features, as well as a $15-weekday lunch feature, which comes with a beer. You also wouldn’t want to miss their $4.75 hand-shaken margaritas.
Address: 180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
They have eight TVs plus a big screen ready for the World Cup, and you can also book one of their private rooms, which is equipped with one TV and one big screen. Their regular daily specials will be available, depending on which day of the week the games fall on. Their daily drink is priced at $4.35, or, if you are feeling adventurous, try some of their $4.57 fireball shots. They will be showing their first game on Friday, June 15, as Portugal and Spain kick off at 11 am.
Address: 433 West Pender Street, Vancouver
As a bar with an emphasis on Belgian styles and craftsmanship, Biercraft is home to many fans of the Belgian Red Devils. They have over 20 beers on tap, with more than 100 beers on their bottled beer list. And trust us, Hoegaarden + Belgian frites = the best combination ever.
Address: 1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
The Cascade Room attracts many fans throughout different sports seasons, and this summer, you will find some passionate soccer fans here. They offer daily features as well as great happy hour deals, starting from $3 a sleeve. While cheering for your favourite team, you should try one of their creative cocktails.
Address: 2616 Main Street, Vancouver
The Cinema Public House has some of the best deals in town like $2 beers and $8 currywurst. This summer, they will open early and stay late for the World Cup games. Their first game will happen on Thursday, June 14, as Russia and Saudi Arabia kick off the tournament opener.
Address: 901 Granville Street, Vancouver
As a Donnelly Group restaurant just like the Cinema Public House, The Bimini is also an ideal place to grab some food and cheer for your favourite team. While sharing similar screening plans as the Cinema Public House, this restaurant will also have $4 beer all day every day.
Address: 2010 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
They open at 8 am every morning and will be able to show all games that start at 8 am or later. They have six TVs around the bar for fans to catch the games from every corner, but the sound will not be on. Their daily drink specials are cheap and great, and you should definitely take a look at their $5 food menu.
Address: 300 Cambie Street, Vancouver
This Kitsilano bar has many TVs and great food. They are open for all 11 am games and will also open early for selected games. Grab yourself a booth and get excited about some soccer with tons of beers from local breweries. When Colony finishes screening the games, the music here is always great for some victory dances.
Address: 3255 West Broadway, Vancouver
This sports lounge shows various sporting events all year round, and they always play sound. They have 16 TVs all around the place, with $3 sleeves happening all day every day. This summer, they will be screening all World Cup games with the sound on.
Address: 1055 Mainland Street, Vancouver
This place on Davie Street regularly screens the NHL games, and this summer, you can catch some of the World Cup games on their big screens. They have a long list of tap and bottled beers, and while you’re here, have some of their fried chicken benny.
Address: 1262 Davie Street, Vancouver
This restaurant on Robson offers Canadian comfort food paired with a great selection of beers. This is a great place if you want to grab a juicy burger and some pints from local breweries while watching teams fight to advance into the next round of the World Cup.
Address: 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver
While often featuring local bands and artists, this spot on Granville is also known for their Southern-style barbecue and line dance parties. Come to watch some World Cup games on their big TVs, and stay after for some bull riding if your team happens to win.
Address: 1300 Granville Street, Vancouver
This traditional Irish pub has more than 30 screens covering all the games, and did I mention pub sports and a dance floor? Their kitchen offers pub classics with an Irish twist, and you must try their signature fish and chips. They recently opened a rooftop patio with TVs on the wall as well.
Address: 900 Granville Street, Vancouver
This chain restaurant in Yaletown has some TVs indoor for you to watch the games. Enjoy some $3 happy hour drinks and $3.50 Margherita pizza, but make reservations — this place fills up fast.
Address: 1095 Mainland Street, Vancouver
The Pint is a regular spot for fans to watch the Whitecaps games, and this summer, they will screen the World Cup games as well. They will be open for all Germany, Brazil and Mexico games, and the sound will definitely be on. Enjoy some $4 mugs and $4 shots during all games.
Address: 455 Abbott Street, Vancouver
What’s better than some thin crust pizza and tons of beer on tap? This location is the ideal place for you to watch televised sporting events. You can call 604-730-2822 to book your table today so that you get the best seats available.
Address: 190-1333 West Broadway, Vancouver
As a popular spot for the Canucks fans, this place will certainly also play some World Cup games this summer. They have wings for $7 a pound, $5 beers, and $6 breakfast. Call to reserve a table ahead of the games — this place gets busy very quickly.
Address: 2283 West Broadway, Vancouver
The Croatian Cultural Centre will have an open house day on Saturday, June 16, as the Croatia men’s national team kicks off at noon against Nigeria. Doors will open at 10 am, while fans get revved up for the game with live music. They have nine jumbo projection screen, and you can also enjoy some specialty beers imported from Croatia.
Address: 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
BC Kitchen is located steps away from the plaza of BC Place and they’ve got TVs spread throughout the space that will be showing the 11 am FIFA World Cup games. They will have some great game day specials, which include $5 beers, $5 hi-balls, and $5 wine. You can also get a burger and beer combo for $15 or wings for $10.
Address: 39 Smithe Street, Vancouver
If you don’t feel like hitting the local pub or sports bar in the mornings, come to Caffe Di Beppe for some coffee and Italian treats. The place has the big screen set up to project all the games, and they will show the re-runs of the 7 am games and screen the 11 am games live.
Address: 2 West Cordova Street, Vancouver