Twenty years after France’s historic victory in 1998, the new generation of players will compete for a second World Cup title this June in Russia. For the occasion, French Morning is relaunching “Le Club des Bleus à New York”: a list of bars and restaurants where fans can get together and catch the tricolores matches during the competition. Placed in Group C, Les Bleus will face Australia on June 16 at 6am (ET), Peru on June 21 at 11am (ET) and Denmark on June 26 at 10am (ET). To learn more about who’s on the French squad, check out this comprehensive run-down of the team.
Club des Bleus:
The well-known French Bistro in Soho will open early on June 16 at 6am for Les Bleus’ first match against Australia. Félix will also broadcast the games against Peru and Denmark. 340 W Broadway, (212) 431-0021.
Cafe du Soleil
Located on the Upper West Side, Cafe du Soleil will screen the two matches against Peru on June 21 and against Denmark on June 26. 2723 Broadway, (212) 316-5000.
Troquet, a recently opened bar with a Parisian vibe, will broadcast all of Les Bleus’ matches on three screens set up for the occasion. 155 Grand St, (212) 343-4295.
OCabanon, the French bar and restaurant located in Chelsea, was the place to be during Euro Cup 2016, and it won’t disappoint this summer. Watch Les Bleus’ matches on a giant screen with a crowdy crowd at OCab. 245 W 29th St, (646) 669-7879.
L’Express, a 24-hour bar and restaurant in the Gramercy Park, will be screening the France-Australia match on June 16 at 6am as well as the following two matches against Peru and Denmark. 249 Park Ave S, (212) 254-5858.
Located in an ideal spot near Union Square, Le Midi will screen Les Bleus’ matches against Peru on June 21 at 11am and Denmark on June 26 at 10am. 11 E 13th St, (212) 255-8787.
Vintage 61 Sports Bistro
Vintage 61 Sports Bistro, a new establishment opened by Frenchman Laurent Vasseur, is where sports bar-meets-restaraunt-meets-wine cellar. This Lower Manhattan spot will open its doors on June 16 at 6am for Les Bleus’ match against Australia and for the next two matches against Peru (June 21) and Denmark (June 26). 233-235 Front St, (212) 346-9090.
Other bars to watch Les Bleus’ matches:
Provence en Boîte, a restaurant owned by Jean-Jacques and Leslie Bernat in Carroll Gardens, invites the French in Brooklyn to support Les Blues on June 16 at 6am against Australia and will broadcast the matches against Peru (June 21) and Denmark (June 26). 263 Smith St, Brooklyn, (718) 797-0707.
Legends, the home of soccer fans, will broadcast the majority of the World Cup matches — including those of the French Team — in its Football Factory, a dedicated space in the basement. 6 West 33rd Street, (212) 967-7792.
Smithfield Hall, the main bar for Marseille’s Olympic supporters, will also broadcast Les Bleus’ three matches. 138 W 25th St, (212) 929-9677.