No sporting event can match the excitement felt around the globe quite like the World Cup. Held every four years, World Cup soccer brings together some of the best athletes and best teams on the planet in head-to-head competition, representing their native country with diligence and determination. The excitement at a live game is incomparable, but the viewing can be almost as fun when it takes place in a great sports bar. Here are some of the top places in Houston to watch World Cup soccer:
Big Woodrow’s Bar and Grill
3111 Chimney Rock Road
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 784-2653

A crowd favorite for years, Big Woodrow’s is a top spot for sports viewing. Large in size and with ample parking, Big Woodrow’s has indoor and outdoor seating and is known to attract sports fans from all over the Houston area. The atmosphere is fun, rowdy and engaging, making it an ideal place to watch World Cup soccer. The wide and varied menu and large drink selection, coupled with the lively atmosphere, fulfills the senses and keeps guests coming back again and again.

Lucky’s Pub
801 St. Emmanuel St.
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 522-2010

Known as much for its great food as its sports viewing, Lucky’s Pub is a favorite among downtown Houston dwellers. Its location near Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium, home to the Houston Dynamo soccer team, makes it convenient to those living in downtown or just south of downtown. Lucky’s offers a vibrant atmosphere for viewing World Cup soccer and other sports and guests often compliment Lucky’s for its customer service and reasonable prices. It’s a great choice for sports viewing in downtown Houston.

Big John’s Sports Bar
6150 Wilcrest Drive
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 498-3499

Loaded with television screens and ample seating, Big John’s Sports Bar is all about watching the game and sharing a spirit of camaraderie. Big John’s is a traditional sports bar with a British twist, serving up food and drink with frequent specials. It’s a popular gathering place for watching Manchester United soccer and a popular place when World Cup soccer takes center stage. Free parking, lots of elbow room and a neighborhood feel make Big John’s Sports Bar an excellent choice for World Cup soccer viewing.

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Richmond Arms Pub
5920 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 784-7722

Popular for its excellent happy hour prices and sports viewing, Richmond Arms Pub is one of the best places around for World Cup soccer. Guests are often pleasantly surprised when they visit Richmond Arms and discover not only its entertaining atmosphere, but also its extensive drink list, which includes nearly one hundred beer options. Richmond Arms Pub broadcasts every soccer game available and is known across the city as one of the best places to go for soccer viewing.

Ron’s Pub
1826 Fountain View Drive
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 977-4820

Houston’s Galleria area is home to Ron’s Pub, a favorite among regulars for its sports viewing and casual atmosphere. At Ron’s Pub, you can let loose and be yourself while enjoying a large food and drink selection and great sports viewing. Ron’s Pub is an official Liverpool Football Club Pub, so the establishment is obviously closely linked to soccer. Ron’s Pub sponsors parties and special events throughout the year and it has big plans for this year’s World Cup soccer. Arrive early and plan for an exciting evening of soccer entertainment and more at this Galleria pub.

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