The World Cup 2018 kicks off on June 14 in Moscow. Because of the dramatic time difference, many Los Angeles bars will be broadcasting matches between 3am and 11am (yikes!). Check out these spots that are generously staying open to watch the World Cup so you don’t miss a second of Les Bleus’ matches. And if you need to learn about the players so you don’t sound like a dolt, read about Team France here.
For the morning matches, 33 TAPS
In Silver Lake, 33 TAPS and sports go hand in hand. You can see a rerun of France-Australia on Saturday, June 16 at 8am, France-Peru on Thursday, June 21 at 8am, and France-Denmark on Tuesday, June 26 at 7am. As it will not be aperitif time, 33 TAPS will serve a brunch with eggs, pancakes, breakfast burritos, and hot drinks. – 33 TAPS, 3725 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles.
A tradition at The Fox and Hounds
At The Fox and Hounds, Studio City’s “pub,” the World Cup matches have been broadcasted since 1998—a date dear to the French since it’s when they won their first World Cup title. You can support France against Australia there in your pajamas on July 16 at 3am. Make sure to buy your $5 ticket, available online this week, to watch the early morning games. – The Fox and Hounds, 11100 Ventura Blvd, Studio City
All-nighter at Lucky Baldwins
The more adventurous can choose to pull an all-nighter to watch the French team compete. The authentic British pub Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena will broadcast all of the matches. “We won’t close on the nights of 3am matches,” assures an employee. The only downside is that the establishment will not serve beer and food between 2:00am and 7:00am… but they will serve unlimited coffee for $5! For the following matches, however, customer’s will be able to drink again to each Griezmann goal. – Lucky Baldwins, 17 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena.
Follow all the games at Cock’n Bull
Soccer is a religion at Cock’n Bull pub in Santa Monica, so of course, they’ll be broadcasting the World Cup matches. All of the matches will be broadcasted there starting on Thursday, June 14, including the very early morning France-Australia match on Saturday, June 16. If you want to watch the game in a unique environment, make sure to get there in advance to grab a spot. – Cock’n bull, 2947 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica.
Other bars to watch the game:
Check out Ye Olde King’s Head (116 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica) to watch the France-Peru match on June 21 at 8am. Joxer Daly’s, (11168 Washington Blvd, Culver City) a very Irish bar, will be broadcasting this game as well, along with the match against Denmark. The two games will also be screened at Atmosphere Mar Vista (12034 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles), an authentic French restaurant where you’ll feel like you’re in France.
You can also cheer for Les Bleus at Barney’s Beanery in Westwood (1037 Broxton Avenue, West Hollywood) starting at 11am on weekdays and 9am on weekends. The same goes for La Poubelle Bistrot (5907 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles) which will open at 9am for the “matches that count.” Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the French team will advance in the competition so we can take advantage of the lively atmosphere.