Truth be told, Fort Lauderdale has never been a boring place to watch any spectator sport. With a beautiful landscape and setting, there is no shortage of destinations to take in any event.
The World Cup Soccer Tournament only amplifies the experience by bringing hoards of soccer fans to restaurants and bars native to countries playing in the prestigious, month long tournament that takes place in a different host nation every four years.
Waxy O’Conners is always a must-visit place if you are looking to catch any soccer game. The experience is heightened by the larger games, and nothing is larger than the World Cup. Despite Ireland not qualifying for the 2014 tournament, Waxy O’Conners will be packed with soccer fans of all nationalities. An Irish Pub with great fish sticks, and even better beer, this is a true soccer fans atmosphere.
If you are going for a near world record for number of televisions, Duffy’s and Bokampers both fit the bill. Both sports bars offer American bar food in a casual, family style setting. All sporting events are played at both destinations. Duffy’s offers the better drink specials of the two, but it’s hard to argue going to the bar bearing the ex-Miami Dolphin Kim Bokamper, if only to have “Bo’s Bangin’ Shrimp.”
For the after-work crowd who wants to rub elbows with soccer fans and the happy hour crowd alike, there may be no better place than on Las Olas. Two fantastic options include American Social, the quaint, yet full-of-options bar where if you are lucky enough you can fill a beer from your own personal tap; and the Royal Pig, a gastro pub geared more to the white collar work crowd who wants a bar atmosphere and menu but in a more upscale setting.
Lastly, but certainly not least, Rocco’s Tacos is hands down the best spot to watch the team from Mexico. Always a fun environment with gourmet Mexican cuisine and the largest selection of tequila north of the border, (try the Riazul Anejo) the crowd is lively, the beer is cold, and the tequila is always flowing.
No matter which team you follow, there is no shortage of places to watch this years world cup in Fort Lauderdale.