The World Cup is less than 24 hours away and the US opening match is under 48 hours away. This World Cup will be like no other and the anticipation to see what this young American team can do is off the charts.

Normally the World Cup is in the summer when outdoor watch parties are able to be organized for fans to watch while enjoying the summer air. This time it will be held in the Winter, and with the weather forecast in New York, it’s safe to say the outdoor venue will be avoided this time around. Nevertheless, there will still be plenty of ways to watch the USMNT play around fellow soccer fans.

Here’s a detailed list of the best places in the Empire State to watch the World Cup. Without further ado, let’s get to it.

New York City

Slattery’s Midtown Pub – 8 E 36th St, New York, NY

Located just a close distance from the Empire State Building, Slattery’s Midtown Pub is a great place to check out the US games. The venue has room to seat 300 fans but can hold up to 420 of them via standing room. At Slattery’s, you’ll get a free shot with your first alcoholic drink and if the US wins everyone in attendance will get victory shots.

Red Lion – 151 Bleeker St, New York, NY

The Red Lion will be open for every single World Cup game during the tournament. For those that decide to stop by the pub, you will have a chance to fill out a World Cup bracket with the opportunity to win prizes. From the quarterfinals on Red Lion will be offering dishes to its customers that highlight the teams playing, such as fish and chips if it were England. The venue is sold out for USA and England games but does offer standing room. The Red Lion can hold up to 200 people.

Smithfield Hall NYC – 138 W 25th St, New York, NY

One of the best bars in New York City, Smithfield Hall offers a great viewing experience for matches. Seating at the bar will likely be fully booked for the US games but they also offer a standing option. The pub will be open for a few of the 8 AM ET matches. Check the schedule here to find out more.

McAnn’s – 625 8th Ave, New York, NY

McAnn’s is a smaller pub located in the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The bar has 11 TVs so there won’t be a bad seat in the house when they start showing the games at 8 AM ET. McAnn’s will have a big crowd for all the US matches. 

Bierhaus NYC – 712 3rd Ave, New York, NY

This Manhattan Bierhaus will make you think you’re in Munich. The giant projector screen makes the venue a great place to gather with a group of friends and watch the game. The venue has decided they won’t be adjusting hours and will only be showing the games at 11 AM ET and 2 PM ET.

Dog and Bone Tavern – 338 3rd Ave, New York, NY

For fans of the England national team, this is your spot. The pub is on the smaller size but it’s decked out in all things England, making you feel like you’ve made a trip to western Europe for the World Cup. The pub will be sticking to its normal hours during the tournament except for the England-Iran game in which it will open in time for the 8 AM ET Kickoff.

Banter Bar – 132 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY

Banter Bar is Brooklyn’s bar that will show every single World Cup game. The bar will serve breakfast for those that plan on getting there for the early action. Banter Bar can seat up to 200 people and will be offering a beer passport during the tournament. The venue is an extremely popular place to watch European soccer and was voted one of the 10 best sports bars in America by CNN.

11th St Bar – 510 E 11th St, New York, NY

The 11th St Bar is New York’s Liverpool supporters bar. It will also be a place to watch a match during the World Cup. The bar will be showing games for the 11 AM and 2 PM ET matches as well as the early morning England-Iran match. The 11th St bar is not huge in size. It’s much more known as a neighborhood bar but can create quite a lively soccer environment. Seating is first come first served and they will not be taking any reservations during the tournament. The bar’s capacity is 125.

Buenos Aires – 513 E 6th St, New York, NY

If you don’t want to be surrounded by hoards of Americans, check out the Bueno Aires restaurant. Known as a spot where Argentinians can come watch their national team play, this restaurant will serve as a good spot to watch Lionel Messi perform at his last World Cup. It’d be smart to first make sure they have availability for one of Argentina’s matches, as the restaurant can only hold up to 80 people. 

Buffalo

Southern Tier – 7 Scott St, Buffalo, NY

The Southern Tier Brewing Company will be hosting watch parties for each US group stage match. The venue consists of 2 floors with 77 TVs in total. Southern Tier can seat up to 400 people but can also hold an extra 100 for standing room should the venue fill up.

Hofbraunhos Buffalo – 190 Scott St, Buffalo, NY

The best place to get a taste of Oktoberfest in Buffalo will also be holding World Cup watch parties. The venue will be holding watch parties for the US and Germany matches. The beer hall will open up at 7 AM for the 8 AM Germany vs Japan kick off on November 23rd. There’s no shortage of seating here. Hofbraunhos Buffalo can hold up to 1,000 people. 

Mes Que – 1420 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY

Buffalo’s soccer bar will be showing every game of the 2022 World Cup. During the US matches, you can expect the bar to be packed with American supporters. Mes Que is a soccer bar so you’ll be sure to have an authentic viewing experience upon stopping by for the World Cup.

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