Need somewhere to watch the World Cup Sunday?

Check out some of these local hot spots

John McDevitt
July 12, 2018 - 7:01 pm
Soccer fans react while they watch the match between Belgium and France during a 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinal viewing party at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Whether you are cheering for Croatia or for France, all are welcome at Brauhaus Schmitz on South Street, where the entire block will be shut down for an outdoor World Cup viewing party.

"We got 20-foot huge LED screen coming," said restaurant owner Doug Hager. "There's not many TVs that you can use in the middle of a July afternoon to be able to see it from blocks away. We have some food trucks coming. We have some beer out there and some games."

Bernard Grigri, owner of The Good King Tavern just around the block from Brauhaus, was born in France. The bar opens at 11 a.m., and brunch is offered at noon.

"We'll have the game on and cheering for France," he said. "We have an omelet if you want something more brunch-y. We serve also — what you call? — a hot cake, which is sort of a cheese dish from the Alps. But we also have our regular menu like the hamburger or oysters."

Chris Mullins, owner of McGillin's Olde Ale House in Center City, said there will be specials on the brunch menu, too.

"We are going to do a feature on French toast, obviously, with red, white and blue," he said. "We'll have strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream."

No Croatian food will be offered, but Mullins will be rooting for the country's team.

"I always root for the underdog, so I'm routing for them," he added.

And at Tria Cafe's Rittenhouse and Washington Square West locations, you won't be able to see the broadcast of the World Cup action, but they'll be having fun with some wine and cheese from both France and Croatia.