Sadly, it is almost time to return to our normal lives as the 2010 FIFA World Cup is coming to a close. No more randomly bursting into soccer chants, no more invading bars to watch games at 7 AM, no more sporting your favorite soccer jerseys in the office, no more pretending to work while following the game online… sigh.Â But it’s not over just yet; we still have the final game! July 11th: Spain vs. Netherlands. How will the city of Philadelphia enjoy the one last hoorah before we have to wait another four years to celebrate the World Cup?
Continuing the original Best Philadelphia Bars to Watch the World Cup, here are some more Philadelphia favorites so you can let your inner-soccer-freak out to play. (We won’t judge, we promise. It’s the final game; we completely understand.)
Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse: Calling itself “Center City’s favorite sports bar and grill,” Cavanaugh’s is located at 1823 Sansom St, right in the middle of all the action. They opened at 9:30 AM every day there was a game, so you know this places mean serious soccer business. And the best part? During every World Cup game, Cavanuagh’s boasts $3.50 Carlsberg Pints and $5 Jager drinks and shots.
Con Murphy’s: The pub owners, Liam Kelly and Maurice Collins, named their place after an old friend from Ireland. They hoped to create a pub away from home for themselves and the Irish in Philadelphia. So what better place to watch the final game than your second home? This place welcomes you to “enjoy a drink, watch a football game, and listen to music.” Do you need any other invitation? It’s located at 1700 Ben Franklin Pkwy.
O’Neal’s Pub: No one does soccer better than an Irish bar in Philly. And O’Neal’s, located in Queen’s Village, is no exception. Boasting great and friendly service, this place is a guaranteed good time during the final, nail-biting match. And no one will look at you twice if you paint your face to support Spain or the Netherlands. That’s always a plus.
Field House: This upscale sports bar is located inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center and is truly a unique place to watch the end of the World Cup. They have 50 plasma TVs! You can bet that on July 11th, those TVs will be focused on one thing: THE CUP!
So hopefully, you will find yourself seated in a bar stool or pub chair, surrounded by friends on July 11th. And hopefully, you are all rooting for the same country.
Now, here’s the hard question: What will we do until 2014?