Where to watch the 2022 World Cup in St. Louis
The 2022 World Cup got underway in Qatar on November 20, and although a winter World Cup is a shock to the system, there are plenty of us who want to get out of the house and enjoy watching the world’s best international teams battle it out for the game’s ultimate prize. So if you’re looking for a place to watch the match, check out our roundup of local restaurants and bars that are opening to screen the World Cup.
For die-hard soccer fans in St. Louis, this Tower Grove South institution is the place to be during international tournaments and this World Cup will be no different. The covered patio is heated in winter, so don’t fear plunging temperatures, but do anticipate larger crowds for games involving the U.S., Mexico and England. Amsterdam Tavern will not be open for 4 a.m. games during the World Cup, but will open at 6:30 a.m. for 7 a.m. kickoffs and remain open for subsequent games. With Sando Shack now open in the old Dam space, and Amsterdam’s sister bar Tres Equis back with a retooled menu, you won’t go hungry. On November 25, Amsterdam will shut down a section of Morgan Ford Road for a street party, complete with an enormous screen showing the United States’ critical game against England at 1 p.m.
Ballpark Village promises one of the largest screens in town for viewing the World Cup. All games starting at 10 a.m. or later will be broadcast live, except games on Thanksgiving. Special watch parties are scheduled for all games involving the USA and Mexico. Tables can be reserved, with food and packages available.
Beffa’s will open earlier than normal so fans can watch the 10 a.m. games, as well as the later 1 p.m. matches. The kitchen will follow its normal hours of operation on those days. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the bar (no kitchen service) will also be open for games involving the U.S. or Switzerland. During U.S. and Switzerland matches, apple pie shots are half price and $18 buckets of beer will be available.
Opening on Thanksgiving night and taking its name from Ted Lasso’s inspirational slogan, Believe Bar is a soccer-themed pop-up from Open Concept. The bar won't be open for every match, but can host 300 fans, and has six large screens that will be used to stream select World Cup games (contact Believe Bar for schedule). Other features include a 1,500-square-foot “locker room” area, and a 3,000-square-foot patio that has been converted in the style of a soccer stadium. Believe offers the same deal as Open Concept: a single cover charge ($29 for advance reservations, $40 at the door), then unlimited drinks for the duration of your time at the bar. The grand opening begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 24. Reservations are available on the Believe Bar/Open Concept website.
Located on the northeast corner of CityPark, Brew Pub will be your main destination for following the World Cup at America’s newest major league soccer stadium. Brew Pub will open most days (excluding Thanksgiving) to show select games. In addition, a number of reservation-only watch parties will be held at the Ultra Club event space, which is located on the south side of the stadium. Watch parties will be held for each game involving the U.S., as well as the World Cup Final on December 18. See St. Louis City SC’s website for full schedule, opening times and to reserve places at the Ultra Club watch parties.
If you want your live soccer with one of the largest beer selections in the city, International Tap House is probably your best bet. The Delmar and Soulard locations will open for all games starting at 9 a.m. or later. Follow them on Instagram for details of daily opening times and match schedule. Buy a featured World Cup souvenir glass for $15 to unlock $4 pours on select local craft beers. All locations are dog-friendly.
There’s no Peruvian representation at the World Cup Finals, but on Friday, November 25, you can head to St. Charles Main Street and enjoy some Peruvian cuisine while watching the U.S. take on England, a pivotal match in the USMNT’s bid to qualify for the second round. Lunch starts at 12:30 p.m., with the game kicking off at 1 p.m. Craft beers are half price for the duration of the game.
Maggie O’ Brien’s will show games scheduled after its regular opening hours of 11 a.m. Call ahead to confirm.
The venerable Dogtown pub is screening most games with a 10 a.m. kickoff or later in its 1942 Room, with commentary turned up so you can follow the action with ease. The kitchen will be open by 11 a.m. They’re also doing special watch parties for each Team USA game – catch USA vs. England on November 25 and USA vs. Iran on November 29. Happy hour specials on drinks during the games.
Rockwell’s Vandeventer Avenue location is opening its doors at 11 a.m. to screen first round matches starting at 1 p.m. Rockwell will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24. The bar has a projector screen set up in the brewery’s production space, and every screen will be showing a game, with specials on pitchers of beer and food.
The Delmar location of Three Kings is opening at 10 a.m. every day through November 28 to screen World Cup first round games. Breakfast is available from 10 a.m., including a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on sourdough or fried eggs with avocado toast and crispy tots.
2nd Shift Brewing is hosting watch parties for each of the U.S. men’s national team’s first round matches. Each of those games starts at 1 p.m., with the brewery’s doors opening at 11 a.m. Food won’t be available during these games, but customers are invited to bring their own food or order in. 2nd Shift is offering $3 pours of its Brewligans New England IPA during the match.
9 Mile Garden will screen a limited selection of games on weekends, including Argentina vs. Mexico (1 p.m. on November 26), Croatia vs. Canada (10 a.m. on November 27), Spain vs. Germany (1 p.m. on November 27), and games on December 3, December 4 and December 10.
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