Six places to watch the World Cup in Dublin

Plenty of pubs, cafes and restaraunts around Dublin are showing World Cup matches, but where should you go if you want a real fan experience?

If you want to rub shoulders with some of the most passionate football fans as they cheer on their national team, the cast an eye over the list of Dublin hotspots and their ‘adopted’ teams.

Australia/New ZealandThe Woolshed Baa & Grill (Parnell Street)- Long a favoured area for fans of the more ‘obscure’ sports like Rugby League and American Football, the Woolshed is home to many of Dublin’s antipodean denizens. Go here for an Australia or New Zealand match and enjoy some Fosters and chicken wings in front of their big screens. Easily one of the best places in Dublin to watch any sporting event.

Japan: Yamamori Noodles (Ormond Quay)- It may not seem like a conventional place for watching a match, but Yamamori will be screening all of Japan’s matches as you munch your sushi and ramen.

USA: Thunder Road Cafe (Fleet Street)- The Thunder Road Cafe has long been an all-American kind of place, so it’s no surprise that they have decided to support the USA. You can watch Landon Donovan and Tim Howard on a big screen surrounded by motorbikes, jukeboxes and other American… eh… stuff.

Mexico: The Lotts (Liffey Street)- This is the second World Cup in a row where The Lotts have lent their support to Mexico, and any Mexican can get a free Corona beer upon presentation of their passport. The Cafe Bar has a great atmosphere about it and serves a mean lunch (although no burritos, sadly).

Brazil: The Gin Palace (Lower Abbey Street)- The Gin Palace is another pub which has adopted the same team this year as they did in 2006. In celebration of their support of La Selecao, bottles of Brahma beer are just four euro for the month of June.

Slovakia: The Czech Inn (Essex Gate)- Founded in 2006 as a home to Dublin’s burgeoning Czech population, the Czech Inn always has a few Slovaks knocking around for their national team’s matches. A menu of traditional Czech food is on offer, as are a great number of Czech beers like Staropramen and Budějovický.

IMAGE: Photograph of the 2006 World Cup by IsakAronsson, some rights reserved.

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