If You Like Your World Cup With a Crowd, Try These Spots

Flags of the 32 national teams in the World Cup are strung across the courtyard at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton.

Here on the South Fork, 10 time zones away from the World Cup, which kicked off in Russia on Thursday, soccer fever may be temporarily eclipsed by golf mania. Still, fans of the world's most popular sport can find plenty of company at local bars and restaurants where televisions will be tuned live to the action in Russia.

Topping the list of viewing spots is Rowdy Hall in East Hampton, where super fans can grab a seat each day starting at 11 a.m., and 10 a.m. once the top-16 rounds begin. Flags of the 32 national teams vying for the cup are strung across the courtyard and games will be shown on a big-screen TV outside and at the bar inside. (Golf lovers, take note, the U.S. Open will be on inside, as well, this weekend.)

The United States is out of this one, but U.S. fans can join the fervor cheering on national teams from other parts of the Americas that are well represented here. The crowds should be especially thick when Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Argentina are on the pitch. And Panama, Peru, and Uruguay are also in the mix.

The first chance to catch a South American team out and about with a crowd will come Saturday, when Peru — which hasn't qualified for a World Cup in 36 years — faces Denmark at noon. And it's sure to be a huge party on Sunday when Mexico plays number-one-ranked Germany at 11 a.m. and then number-two Brazil faces Switzerland at 2 p.m.

Other matches during bar and restaurant hours over the next 10 days that should draw big numbers here, making things especially fun even for a casual fans, are Peru-France next Thursday at 11 a.m., Argentina-Croatia next Thursday at 2 p.m., Mexico-South Korea on Saturday, June 23, at 11 a.m., and Colombia-Poland on June 24 at 2 p.m.

Townline BBQ in Sagaponack will have its six TVs tuned to the World Cup, also starting at 11 a.m. each day, and 10 a.m. during the top-16 round. Townline is offering a Stoli Moscow Mule special in honor of the host country during 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. games.

The Springs Tavern on Fort Pond Boulevard will have eight TVs tuned to the Cup, prizes during the matches, and $5 Heineken and Heineken Light bottles. And five TV sets at Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett will be showing the matches. Likewise, at Cittanuova in East Hampton, the TVs at the bar will be showing the World Cup, with seats on the front patio offering a good view. As the contests heat up, expect to see people stop on the sidewalk out front, too, to catch a few minutes of the action.

In Montauk, Navy Beach plans to open early for 11 a.m. and 10 a.m. and to offer specials on Mimosas and Bloody Marys during games.

With the 2018 World Cup, the trick for those in this time zone who enjoy being swept up in the excitement of a crowd is that the first phase of games are all played early in our day — at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. from Friday through June 24, and at 6 a.m., 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. this Saturday.

Other matches during business hours over the next 10 days that should draw big numbers here, making things especially fun even for a casual fans, are Peru-France next Thursday at 11 a.m., Argentina-Croatia next Thursday at 2 p.m., Mexico-Korea Republic on Saturday, June 23, at 11 a.m., and Colombia-Poland on June 24 at 2 p.m.

No word yet on whether any restaurants will be open early enough for the Brazil-Costa Rica match on Friday, June 22, at 8 a.m., but that rivalry should be palpable here on the South Fork, which has large populations from both countries. The World Cup final will be played on July 15.

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