Are you ready for some football? Ahem, not the American kind. The men’s 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off on Sunday, Nov. 20 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 18.
Luckily, you won’t need to catch a flight to Qatar to get in on the action. These six local sports spots are gearing up (scarves and all) for the big tourney with watch parties, specials, and more.
The London Bridge Pub, 110 E. Hargett St., Raleigh | Starting at 5 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, this downtown spot is showing every match, every day. Pro tip: Get the full English breakfast.
The Winchester Pub, 6164A Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh | This neighborhood bottleshop and pub knows soccer to its core and is featuring a stacked World Cup showing list.
Person Street Bar, 805 N. Person St., Raleigh | This neighborhood joint will be open early for all USA matches.
Soccer Fan Fest, Moore Square 201 S. Blount St., Raleigh | Watch USA take on England, play Knockerball and soccer darts, and enjoy arts, crafts, a DJ, food trucks, and a beer garden at this soccer celebration on Friday, Nov. 25.
Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub, 427 W. Main St., Durham | This sports pub has a large lineup of upcoming matches to get excited about — seating will be first come, first served. Try this: The beef and Guinness pie.
The Boot Room, 2501 University Dr., Durham | Starting on Monday, Nov. 21, this soccer pub will open its doors earlier than normal at 10:30 a.m. and will feature country-specific food, beer specials, and giveaways for the duration of the World Cup.