Confession: I would much rather prefer some hard-hitting American football as opposed to “fútbol” on most days of the week. However, I don’t remember the last time I was as excited as when the United States got the game-winning goal in the 86th minute via a header by young defender, John brooks in the team’s opening match against Ghana a few days ago.
My heart swelled up with red, white and blue pride and it was just a great moment to watch live. This got me to thinking, where would be the best places in Metro Detroit to watch some Fifa World Cup soccer action? As a writer of “In the D,” I do believe it is my job to inform you of such things. Here are a few suggestions:
Green Dot Stables, located at 2200 W. Lafayette in Detroit, is of course, themed around horse racing. However, according to a 2013 Crain’s Detroit Business article, Green Dot has invested money into the Detroit City Football Club (yes soccer, not football). I hear the DCFC likes to get together here, so you can already imagine it would be a rowdy and fun place to watch the World Cup! The prices are right here. Check out the food menu and drink menu.
Sean O’Callaghan’s, 821 Penniman Ave., in Plymouth is everything you would want from a traditional Irish pub. I have strong Irish roots, and I wholeheartedly approve of the fish and chips here. Soccer is the most popular team sport in Ireland, and although the Republic of Ireland failed to qualify for the World Cup, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more fun atmosphere to watch it than an Irish public house. There are plenty of beer choices on tap or in the bottle.
Thomas Magee’s resides at 1408 E. Fisher Frwy., in Eastern Market and is a sporting house and whiskey bar. From my understanding, hundreds of fans clamored in this bar for the first match against Ghana, chanting and erupting when Team U.S.A. got the win. It has even been dubbed as the top spot in Michigan to watch the World Cup by Buzzfeed. Besides, whiskey (emphasis on the h) will fix any of your problems.
Duggan’s Irish Pub is located at 31501 Woodward Ave., in Royal Oak. This is my kind of Irish pub to watch The World Cup. The Big Chef Burger, Susie Q Fish and Ted’s 5×5 Burger are all pretty mouthwatering. You definitely have to try the Rum Runner, if you’re looking for a great drink. Believe me when I say it is extremely good. There are 26 draft beers here, and also free popcorn!
R.U.B BBQ Pub has locations in both Ann Arbor and Detroit. I have yet to venture here, but I have heard wonderful things about the food, and it was included on thechive.com’s list of “Top 25 Best BBQ joints in the U.S.A”. It has more than 30 TVs across the entire place that will be broadcasting action from the World Cup all tournament long.
Whichever country you are rooting for, enjoy the pride and camaraderie that the World Cup brings. U.S.A, U.S.A., U.S.A.!