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The Ten Best Places to Celebrate World Cup Soccer This Summer

Rhein Haus is just one of the places around town you can tune in for the World Cup.
Rhein Haus is just one of the places around town you can tune in for the World Cup. Brandon Marshall
Today is the first day of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and you know what that means: It's time to flex your vastly finite knowledge of soccer and spend the next four weeks bullshitting your way through games at the bar. The quadrennial international tradition takes place between June 14 and July 15, and while we can't tell you who to root for (we barely know who's playing), we can let you know of ten places around town where you can eat and drink while watching the action.

The British Bulldog
2052 Stout Street
303-295-7974
britishbulldogdenver.com
The Bulldog is one of just a few stalwart soccer bars in town; it's been opening at the crack of dawn on the weekends to welcome fans for years. With World Cup play kicking off on Thursday, bartenders have their work cut out for them as they welcome customers as early as 4 a.m. Visit the bar's website for a schedule of the games that will grace the tellies at the old-school pub, then settle in for a full English breakfast and some excellent Pakistani fare.

click to enlarge You'll find Iceland and Irish spirits behind the Celtic's bar this month. - COURTESY THE CELTIC ON MARKET & OTB FACEBOOK PAGE
You'll find Iceland and Irish spirits behind the Celtic's bar this month.
Courtesy The Celtic on Market & OTB Facebook page
Celtic on Market
1400 Market Street
303-484-1066
celticonmarket.com
The Celtic doesn't have quite the commitment to the early morning games as some bars, but it will still be airing a respectable selection of matches throughout the tournament — and if there's one game you don't want to miss here, it's the Tuesday, June 26, faceoff between Croatia and Iceland. That's because the Icelandic consulate has named this Irish bar the official place for Iceland supporters in Denver. That means you can expect plenty of Reyka Vodka behind the bar (so perhaps it's a good thing the Celtic won't be pouring at 4 a.m.). You can also catch the Icelanders as they battle Nigeria on Friday, June 22.

The Living Room knows what World Cup watchers really want: free booze. - COURTESY THE LIVING ROOM FACEBOOK PAGE
The Living Room knows what World Cup watchers really want: free booze.
Courtesy The Living Room Facebook page
The Living Room
1055 Broadway
303-339-6636
coclubs.com
This clubby, late-night spot will definitely be coloring outside the lines when it opens up at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 18, for the Germany v. Mexico match. The rest of the event, though — raffles, prizes and a free shot every time Mexico scores — is right on brand. So drag yourself out of bed, get dolled up and pray for a high-scoring match.

click to enlarge Maria Empanada welcomes fans of all ages. - COURTESY MARIA EMPANADA FACEBOOK PAGE
Maria Empanada welcomes fans of all ages.
Courtesy Maria Empanada Facebook page
Maria Empanada
1298 South Broadway
303-934-2221
mariaempanada.com
Maria Empanada celebrates all things Argentinian — and that includes soccer (or football, if you're intent on establishing your international cred at the expense of being likable). For this year's World Cup, Maria will be showing games every day during regular hours — and opening early for all of Argentina's games that happen before 7:30 a.m. Since neither the U.S. nor Canada made the cut, show up to cheer on Mexico, the lone North American representative. Trump, of course, will be cheering for Russia, so do a good deed and tag @realDonaldTrump with a picture of you brandishing el Tricolor.

The Monkey Barrel
4401 Tejon Street
720-638-3655
monkeybarrelbar.com
If you're a casual fan of the Beautiful Game and just want some cheap drinks and a comfortable Sunday brunch while watching the action, the Monkey Barrel's watch party on Sunday, June 17, is the place to be. The bar's eleven TVs will be tuned to two games (Germany v. Mexico at 9 a.m., Brazil v. Switzerland at noon) while bartenders turn out $5 Bloody Marys and team cocktails and $4 red beers and mimosas, plus brunch plates. Those deals are so good, they might even get some non-fans through the door.

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