by Nick Joyner
Amidst their weekly trivia night, watch the action on their big screen and all the TVs surrounding the bar. Come early to catch the end of their draft beer happy hour ending at 7 and drink some $3 IPA Firefalls in the hour before the game starts. There might not be sound, but hey, you can listen to the noise of beer nerds as they “think and drink.”
Knockout Sports Bar
1420 N. Main Ave., (210) 227-7678, 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Hit up the newest addition to the Main Strip for and watch some finessing futbol on Knockout’s 15 TVs arranged around the bar, pool table and darts area. Grab some pizza from Pup’s inside the bar and sit out on the patio with your $2 wells and domestics if you’re tired of screaming fans pummeling the punching bag every time Messi skewers the American defense.
Your favorite Southtown icehouse is playing the big game on an inflatable screen, courtesy of Slab Cinema. What better way to enjoy the hairless glory of Michael Bradley’s head than surrounded by leashed dogs with some lamb sliders in hand?
Blue Star Brewing Company
Give ol’ Blue Star a premature 20th anniversary celebration by patronizing their establishment and pretending that you meant to honor this milestone. They’ve got all the wings, mozzarella balls and easy-to-hold food that you could ever want so you don’t have to peel your eyes away from the 90-minute match. I think this place also serves beer or something.
With 12 large flatscreens and two stories of games, this “barcade” will surely keep you entertained for the entire 90 minute matchup tonight. When you get too wrapped up in the spirit of USA soccer, blow off some steam on their life-size “soccer pool” table. Who knows? There may even be a USA soccer scout in the room.
The Hangar Bar & Grill
8203 Broadway, (210) 824-2700, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
I don’t know much about soccer, but when someone like Vlad Putin calls a country a superpower, that’s the team I’m putting my money on. So maybe you should do the same. That means call your bookie and go catch the game at the Hangar Bar & Grill. They’ll be serving up $4 Rebecca Creek and Enchanted Rock shots and $3.50 Shiners. Plenty of incentive to keep your drinks American tonight.
520 E. Grayson St., (210) 236-7422, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Multiple locations, (210) 798-5466, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Sure Argentina is the top soccer team in the world, but they don't have a chain of Anglophilic pubs with kickass Copa specials (we take that back, they might). Come drink your way through the game at Lion and Rose. They’ll have dollar-off Sam Adams, Stella Artois, and any drink made with Absolut.
1423 McCullough Ave., (210) 226-7556, 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
Come watch USA kick the dog shit out of Argentina at this downtown burger hot spot. Their shaded outdoor patio will keep you shaded enough to stay cool but outside enough to scream “gooooooaaaaaaalllll” as loud as your feeble heart desires. If you’re feeling extra brave, try one of their 3-pound cheeseburgers. What’s the worst that could happen?
1221 Broadway, Suite 116, (210) 251-3184, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
GS 1221 normally closes at 10 but they’re staying open just for you. Yeah, you. With $3.50 Freetail beer cans and their huge inflatable TV screen on the patio, it’s a yuppie dad’s paradise. Make sure to snap up some snacks from their newly-minted kitchen.