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Top Places to Watch the World Cup in Los Angeles

June 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Soccer Garage

At Soccer Garage, we’re passionate about our favorite sport – soccer! So when the World Cup comes around, we can’t help but get excited about the best places to watch the games. Fortunately, Pinterest has made it easy for us by publishing a list of the best places around the world to watch the World Cup. The site has partnered with TripAdvisor, ESPN, and Conde Nast Traveler for a comprehensive guide that features bars, restaurants, and establishments around the world. It’s worth checking out, especially if you will be travelling during the games.

But if you live in L.A., we’ve got something special for you. Here, in no particular order, are three of our favorite places to watch the World Cup in Los Angeles.

Red Lion Tavern, Los Angeles

The oldest German bar and restaurant in L.A., Red Lion Tavern is a unique establishment featuring three levels of cozy rooms to eat, drink, and watch the World Cup, including a large outdoor patio with a bar. Serving authentic German good and beer, this great bar is one of our favorite places to dine and watch live soccer. Meals are hardy and the décor is dark, a fantastic place to get lost and enjoy the game. One of our favorite meals is the Red Lion Gehacktes Steak, ground beef patties topped with gravy and served with sweet red cabbage and smooth mashed potatoes.

The Montalban Nike Soccer HQ, Los Angeles

Ready to visit the cinema? Not a bar or a restaurant, the Montalban Theater in L.A. has been turned into Nike’s LA Soccer headquarters just in time for the World Cup. This cozy theater will be showing many live games during the World Cup – in high definition of course! Watch the games and don’t forget to visit the new retail shop upstairs, which carries everything from soccer apparel to memorabilia.

The Village Idiot, Los Angeles

A gastropub located in a trendy L.A. neighborhood on Melrose, the Village Idiot is a great place for soccer fans to enjoy the World Cup and chow down some comfort foods. This casual spot is usually frequented by a young crowd and is the perfect spot for a guy’s night out, couples, and singles. The restaurant promises to serve Brunch every day of the tournament, perfect for those early morning games. But late nights are also welcome here; the bar is open till 2am.
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The Best Places to Watch Soccer around the World

May 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Soccer Garage

Soccer is loved around the world. Sure, the game can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home on television, but if you’re a serious fan, there’s nothing like watching a live game at a great soccer stadium. The energy, excitement, and passion of thousands of people gathered in one place to support and cheer their favorite teams is an exhilarating experience that can’t be compared to any other live event. But you don’t have to be a fan to appreciate this live experience. Tourists who venture to popular European countries can consider watching a live game as a great way to experience the country’s passion for the game.

So where is the best place to watch a live soccer game? There are many renowned soccer stadiums around the world that offer the perfect setting for watching this beloved international sport. Some even have unique features you won’t find at just any soccer stadium. Here’s a list of our favorite soccer stadiums around the world.

Stamford Bridge, London

You can’t be a true Chelsea fan if don’t attend a game at Stamford Bridge in London England. This stylish stadium, home to the Chelsea Football Club, fits about 42,000 people and offers a great atmosphere to watch the live game. Guests can also enjoy the area’s many bars, restaurants, and two hotels nearby. When you’re done watching the game, don’t forget to visit the two-story megastore featuring soccer clothing, gear, and souvenirs. It’s been around since 1904.

Estacio Vasco da Gama, Brazil

Are you a fan of Vasco? It’s time to visit Brazil! Located in Rio de Janeiro, Estadio Vasco da Gama is where Rio de Janeiro’s Vasca da Gama soccer club practices and plays “the beautiful game.” With room for 40,000 fans, this unique venue has team benches and coaching areas located behind the goal line at the same end of the stadium. Other features that set this stadium apart from most include an onsite chapel, a trophy room, and an Aquatic park.

Allianz Arena, Germany

While many of our favorite soccer stadiums have been around for nearly a century, this one was recently built for the 2006 World Cup. Located in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, Allianz Arena is the home ground for both FC Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munich. It features a unique outer covering of inflated ETFE plastic panels which changes colors. This unique venue seats about 70,000 fans and features three day-care centers, a fan shops, and a megastore offering soccer t-shirts, gear, and souvenirs.
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Soccer Garage is an online retailer of soccer gear and equipment, including soccer clothing, replica soccer jerseys, uniforms, shoes, balls, and more.