Fever pitch: five ideal places to watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup
The FIFA World Cup—soccer’s ultimate series—offers a riotous excuse to cut loose and bend your elbow before 11 a.m. Here, five places to cheer on your mother country (or adopted team)
With a roomy patio, breezy vibe and a 48-inch flat-screen, this friendly pasta parlour is College Street’s choice location for watching the evening replay. A plate of carpaccio with a quenching Campari and soda makes for a sophisticated sticky-weather antidote.
41 Clinton St., 416-533-9619.
To indulge in Argentina’s music, meat and soccer insanity, head to the always rollicking Ranch. For morning games, they’re serving a special World Cup steak and egg breakfast. Win or lose, this place will erupt in a full-fledged fiesta. Have a cerveza.
2473 Dufferin St., 416-787-0491.
Miga on Bloor
Remember 2002? When
it comes to soccer, the Hermit Kingdom is a wild party, and all-you-can eat barbecue at Korea Town’s most stylish spot adds to the over-the-top fun. Intense soju rice wine goes down well with an order of sizzling bulgogi beef short ribs.
584 Bloor St. W., 647-351-1147.
Airing games from morning to night, this pub is the Switzerland of the soccer scene—ideal for diplomats. The uncommitted can opt for the Cape Town snack of bacon-wrapped oysters baked in the shell and, depending on who’s winning, one of 14 global beers.
164 Bathurst St., 416-368-4625.