Portland and Seattle may have some of the most enthusiastic Major League Soccer fans in the nation, but every other year, Miami’s reigning fútbol fever is indisputably undefeated during the internationally celebrated tournaments.
This summer is extra-intense with the 2016 UEFA Euro happening alongside the Copa América Centenario — which celebrates an extra year of the longest international continental football competition.
In layman's terms: We get an extra tournament to celebrate 100 years of South American soccer, and North America has joined in the festivities by hosting six extra teams to compete, such as rising star USA (we’re finally getting into it). Other countries represented include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, and we'll also be rooting for Spain, Germany, France, and Italy. Not many things encompass Miami culture like this, and you just got a handful of good reasons to drink plenty of
If you’re drawing a blank on where to join your comrades to sport your favorite colors, score big with these joints that are bound to have a good crowd going for the matches.
Fado’s Irish Pub
The official American Outlaws rooting spot has also been a longtime English Premier League home, so Fado Irish Pub is a safe bet for all things soccer. Fado has a special happy-hour menu from 4 to 8 p.m. and on weekends celebrates with bottomless mimosas or sangrias for $15. For all games, specifically, there are $10 shot-and-beer specials of Stella and Hilhaven whiskey, and during Eurocup matches, you can drink $4 Carlsberg Pilsner 16-ounce cans and $5 Kronenbourg Blanc
Fritz & Franz Bierhaus
If you plan to watch the games at Fritz & Franz, get there with plenty of time to secure a spot because it's bound to get packed. For the bigger games, fans spill out onto the corner of the popular Coral Gables intersection, which features DJs and a cinema-size projection screen. While you're there, soak up your $6 14-ounce draft specials with
Watching a soccer match at Churchill's should be on your Miami bucket list, especially if you're rooting for England or even recent comeback-kid Wales. Get into the hooligan-
Brickell's neutral ground for most of the Copa America 2016 teams is celebrating the tournament with $4 pints and $15 pitchers of Bud Light, as well as $20 mix-and-match buckets of Budweiser, Bud Light, Shock Top, and Rolling Rock in 16-ounce bottles. Guinness Imperial pints are $7.50 if you're looking to celebrate in a more authentic manner. The Eurocup isn't the preferred cup o' soccer here, but if you ask nicely, the staff will turn on the games upon request.
John Martin's Irish Pub & Restaurant
You are bound to find real-deal soccer fans sitting at the bar of this institution — very likely to be rooting for Northern Ireland and England. The happy-hour menu is available daily from 4 to7 p.m., and John Martin's offers five domestic beers for $20 during all of the games.
Playwright Irish Pub
If you want an authentic Irish pub experience, this is it. Playwright plays all of the important matches, and happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Game specials include $12 Coors Light and $13 Sam Adams Summer Ale pitchers, plus $25 mix-and-match buckets of Guinness blonde and Guinness IPA. European tourists seeking an expat bar make your experience even more authentic.
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Midtown's Brasserie Azur is streaming all of the matches live daily. For the games that fall during the brasserie's daily happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m., free bites will be provided at the bar and patio, along with the daily drink specials. If you happen to be there anytime France scores, they'll treat everyone to a shot on the house.
The Butcher Shop
This local haunt boasts 24 hand-selected draft beers on tap that combine the best of imports and local craft beers such as Wynwood Brewing Co. and Biscayne Bay Brewing in a communal German beer garden-style seating with multiple TV screens. If you arrive in a large group, order the popular beer tower, which dispenses up to three liters of hoppy goodness.
Real Cafe Miami
This year-old Sweetwater Spanish tapas cafetería has become a hot spot for soccer matches in the area. Last month, for the UEFA Champions league game, the café's block was transformed into a
Bavaria Haus is a German gastropub and beer hall affiliated with the popular German brewery Hofbräu München. Its lager-style beers are world-renowned, and it offers year-round varieties such as Original, Dunkel, and Hefe Weizen, as well as many other seasonals. Unlike its sister location on Lincoln Road, the downtown Miami spot