June 12, 2014 at 4:21 pm

10 hot spots in Metro Detroit to watch the World Cup

Lefty's Lounge near Wayne State has 17 televisions, many of which will show World Cup games. (Detroit News file photo)

It’s easy to find a bar to watch the Tigers, but what about the 2014 FIFA World Cup?

Soccer (okay, football) is one of the most popular sports in the world. While it’s not as big as baseball, hockey, basektball or American football here in the states, it’s fun to watch with a group of friends or at a local hang out.

Here’s a list of some bars and restaurants in Metro Detroit that plan to air the games:

The Arena Sports Bar: One of Ann Arbor’s go-to sports bars, the Arena has televisions everywhere (even in the restrooms), plus a huge menu and two dozen beers on tap. 203 E. Washington, Ann Arbor. (734) 222-9999.

Claddagh Irish Pub: This bar and restaurant has a better-than-bar-food menu and a good Scotch selection. 17800 Haggerty, Livonia. (734) 542-8141.

Cadieux Cafe: This Belgian bar is known for steamed mussels, a killer European beer list and feather bowling. 4300 Cadieux, Detroit. (313) 882-8560.

Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub: Striving for authenticity, this Irish pub has traditional Irish food, music and atmosphere, and will be showing every game of the World Cup. 318 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 665-2968.

Green Dot Stables: It’s a horse racing-themed bar, but as it’s a frequent hangout of the Detroit City Football Club, it’s likely to be a hot spot to watch the World Cup. Green Dot has a full bar and is known for its unique slider menu. 2200 W. Lafayette, Detroit. (313) 962-5588.

Lefty’s Lounge: Located near Wayne State, Lefty’s loves all things sports and has 17 televisions and more than 50 beers. 5440 Cass, Detroit. (313) 931-5338.

McShane’s Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar: Also a sponsor of the DCFC, this Corktown spot is spacious and has a creative menu with a beer and spirit-friendly lunch and dinner menu. 1460 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-1960.

Red Fox: Located upstairs from Cantina Diablo in Royal Oak (formerly Memphis Smoke), Red Fox shows soccer games all year round. The English-style pub has a cool menu, too, with fish and chips, Scottish salmon, poutine and avocado egg rolls. 100 S. Main, Royal Oak. (248) 543-4300.

Sean O’Callaghans: A certified Guinness Pub, this Plymouth spot has 10 televisions on which to watch the World Cup. 821 Penniman, Plymouth. (734) 459-6666.

Thomas Magee’s Sporting House Whiskey Bar: We’ll have to agree with Buzzfeed on this one. The popular website named this new Eastern Market spot as the best bar in Michigan to watch the World Cup. 1408 E. Fisher, Detroit. (313) 263-4342.

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