Soccer Fever

By Sophie Gayot
Egidio Arevalo Rios and Mauricio Victorino of Uruguay challenge Franck Ribery of France

Egidio Arevalo Rios and Mauricio Victorino of Uruguay challenge Franck Ribery of France

by Sophie Gayot   America is not very versed in the game of soccer, but every four years, a pandemic sweeps the globe. Americans cannot really understand the effervescence that the rest of the world is experiencing. As I’m writing these lines, the game between France and Paraguay is in full swing in South Africa. From the reports I’m getting from Paris, the streets (and restaurants) have been deserted as everyone is at home watching. And, even though I am French, for tomorrow’s match against England: Go USA! If you want to be part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup excitement, here are some places to follow the 19th edition of the world’s largest sporting event.       LOS ANGELES AREA
  • The Bar at The Langham Huntington Available throughout the duration of the World Cup, The Bar is featuring special prices on its signature cocktails from around the world as well as a new menu comprised of upscale, innovative “street food” created by chef Erik Schuster. The World Cup Street Food menu consists of creative dishes from a variety of countries represented in the World Cup, changing each week. Valet parking is complimentary for guests of The Bar. For more information, please call (626) 568-3900.
  • Cecconi’s Stop for a morning match and pair either their sweet or savory pizzette with a Bloody Mary for $18. Or, view the afternoon games in the café with a lunchtime pairing of a pint of Peroni and a spicy salami pizza for $25.
  • Culina Kick off the world cup season with a handmade margherita pizza and an artisan, Milanese beer pairing for $15 in the Culina Lounge while viewing the games on 3-D screens.
  • Hotel Shangri-La The poolside cabanas make a great gathering place to watch all 64 games around themed World Cup breakfasts based on the nationalities of the teams playing. For example, they will serve Silver Dollar Pancakes when the USA takes on England, whose fans can order Beans on Toast. Favala Eggs & Sweet Potatoes will be available when Samba Stars Brazil take on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal. All for the price of $15 per person: includes specialty cocktail (Bloody Mary or cocktail of the day) and specialty breakfast entree. For reservations call (877) 999-1300 or
  • Lilly’s French Café & Bar Lilly’s will be opening at 11am for World Cup fans who can enjoy food, drink while the games are on.
  • Rush Street On Saturday, June 12 at 11:30 AM Rush Street will televise the U.S.A. vs. England match on all ten TVs. Rush Street Redeye Brunch, bottomless Bloody Mary’s & Mimosas and $3 Miller Light, Blue Moon and Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer will be served.
  • Waterloo & City This Culver City gastropub will be rooting for England, since executive chef Brendan Collins is a native Brit. Traditional English breakfast will be served during early games and pub-inspired food during afternoon/evening games.
  • 25 Degrees The restaurant, which has just made our new Top 10 Burger Restaurants in the US, is offering beers and cocktails specials at $1 during every game. Conveniently open 24-hours, 7 days a week, dining, 25 Degrees will show every game throughout the duration of the World Cup on their plasma TVs. Additionally, every day in the month of June, World Cup Happy Hour is from 3pm-6pm, including World Cup-themed drink specials and (as always during happy hour) 50% OFF sides, shakes, malts, selected wines, and beers.
  • Nick & Stef’s will open at 7 a.m. every morning from June 11-July 11, serving breakfast and lunch specials during all 7 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. games.
  • Mercadito From Friday, June 11, to Sunday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to close, watch the teams play on 52-inch TV screens. As an added bonus for die-hard soccer fans, Mercadito will extend business hours for select games. For the entire month of the tournament, Mercadito will show games daily. In celebration of the following games, the restaurant will open at 10:00 a.m.—be sure to stay after the games and enjoy our all-you-can-eat tacos special available every night:
  • June 11, 2010 – South Africa vs. Mexico June 12, 2010 – Argentina vs. Nigeria June 16, 2010 – Spain vs. Switzerland June 18, 2010 – USA vs. Slovenia June 20, 2010 – Italy vs. New Zealand June 21, 2010 – Chile vs. Switzerland June 22, 2010 – Mexico vs. Uruguay June 23, 2010 – USA vs. Algeria June 24, 2010 – Italy vs. Slovakia June 25, 2010 – Brazil vs. Portugal
  • Via de Mille Starting Friday, June 11 the restaurant will be open during special hours in order to accommodate all game times, which will be televised. Complimentary espresso and cappuccino will be provided during morning games; A free shot of Tanteo Tequila will be poured for each customer every time a goal is scored during afternoon and evening games.
  • Sushi Samba (all locations) The restaurant will provide live coverage of the games from June 11-July 11 on large screen televisions, as well as offer contests, food and drink specials and games and giveaways. There will also be authentic Brazilian Samba dancers.
  • Brasserie Pascal A “Parisian Breakfast” menu that will be served from 7-10 am. The games will be showcased in both the dining room and bar area.
  • ARIA Race & Sports Book The state-of-the-art ARIA Race & Sports Book offers seating for more than 100 guests and nine betting windows, along with two self-wagering kiosks and 90 televisions ranging in size from 32 to 103 inches, and two 9’ x 16’ big screens.
  • Skyboxes at MGM Grand Race & Sports Book Watch the games from above it all by reserving one of four exclusive boxes. A first in the industry, these private second-floor viewing boxes each accommodate up to 10 guests and come complete with plasma televisions and surround sound.
  • Luxor Race & Sports Featuring plasma televisions as well as individual monitors, Luxor invites fans to sit back, relax and root their favorite team on to victory, in a smoke-free atmosphere.
  • Art Restaurant at the Four Seasons, Seattle Stop in for lunch and executive chef Kerry Sear, a fellow football enthusiast, will prepare gourmet TV tray meals as you watch a match on two HDTVs. Or, make reservations for the Champions World Cup Dinner Menu, an eight-course prix fixe dinner with each course paying homage to a country that’s hoisted the World Cup.
  • Maison Blanche Enjoy chef Sylvain Ruffenach’s “drinks n’Bits” in their Football /lounge bar.
For more locations in th US, you can give a look at Top 10 Sports Bars list.