The Women's U.S. National Team will hopefully end this long Fourth of July weekend with an extra dose of patriotic excitement as they take on the Netherlands in the World Cup final for their second straight global championship.
But why watch the big game and drink your invisible tea alone at home when you can who that with fellow fans? Thankfully, a lot of local bars had the same thought and are opening up early on Sunday morning for the 10 a.m. match – plus some other fun bonuses.
Here are 15 places where you should kick it on Sunday for the World Cup final. U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A!
1. Nomad World Pub
1401 E. Brady St.
Get ready for futbol madness down on Brady Street with not one, not two but three soccer finals – the Copa America final between Brazil and Peru at 2 p.m., the Gold Cup final between the U.S. Men and Mexico at 8 p.m., and, of course, the Women's World Cup championship. With all that going on, Nomad's got no choice but to shut down Warren Avenue starting at 9 a.m. so people can drink and eat in the street – not to mention party with a DJ set from Fuzzy Logic from 4-8 p.m.
2. Old German Beer Hall
1009 N. Old World 3rd St.
Watch the United States give the Netherlands the boot in the World Cup final – and then get yourself a boot, as the Old World Third Street bar will offer limited edition half-liter soccer shoe boot glasses for $10, plus $5 refills, that you get to keep. Get there early, however, because they've only got 90 of these tasty collectors items.
3. Moran's Pub
912 Milwaukee Ave.
Moran's is one of the city's most famous soccer bars – so of course they're going all out for the World Cup final, featuring the game at 10 a.m., tasty food served from the Rose Mob Grill food truck, drink specials including $5 imports and $3 Tully shots, and even prizes for two lucky attendees. In case a U.S. win wasn't enough of a prize.
4. Deer District
1134 N. Vel R. Phillips Ave.
Milwaukee's primo basketball zone will become soccer central on Sunday morning, as both The MECCA and The Deer Garden The Beer Garden will host soccer festivities featuring $3 Miller Lite taps, $5 Bloody Marys, $10 buckets of Miller Lite and obviously the Women's World Cup final – as well as the Men's Gold Cup final later in the day – plastered across its many VERY large screens. According to Deer District's Twitter account, drums and vuvuzelas are allowed, but they will enforce a very strict no stroopwafel policy.
Join us in the @DeerDistrict for Soccer Sunday!!
The @USWNT takes on the Netherlands at 10 AM in the @FIFAWWC!!
Bring your voices, drums and vuvuzelas!
(Stroopwafels are banned from the Deer District on Sunday)
THEN, cheer on the @USMNT vs MEX in the @GoldCup at 8 PM! pic.twitter.com/bY8xEM5RIL — Deer District (@DeerDistrict) July 6, 2019
5. Mo's Irish Pub
10842 W. Bluemound Rd.
Check out the Wauwatosa location for a breakfast and World Cup domination! Mo's Irish Pub will open at 9 a.m., serving up $3 Miller Lite drafts. Then, at 10 a.m., the final will kick off and the kitchen will open up, serving $6 breakfast boxties (Irish potato pancakes).
6. Three Lions Pub
4515 N. Oakland Ave.
A party so big they have to shut down the street. Starting at 9 a.m., Three Lions Pub will shut down the street and put up a jumbtotron television screen to watch the Women's World Cup final. (Be sure to bring your own seating!) If you're nervous and need a distraction from the game, the festival will also have live entertainment, food and beverages, local vendors, a video game station for kids and a marketplace dedicated to female-owned businesses.
7. Lowlands Grand Cafes
Root for the U.S. or root for the Netherlands? It'll be conflicting allegiances over at the Dutch-influenced Lowlands Grand Cafes (Benelux, Hollander, Centraal and Bavaria) but there should be no conflict over whether or not you should drop by any of their many locations for the World Cup final at 10 a.m. sharp. In addition to serving up the game and surely an animated crowd for both sides, they'll also cook up a specialty Bloody Mary, quiches and other drink specials.
8. Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub
1203 N. 10th St.
Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub earns the blue ribbon when it comes to throwing a World Cup final viewing party. The Downtown location will not only open up early at 9:45 a.m. before the morning match, but it'll also serve up happy hour all day – which means $2 Pabst and Miller Lite taps, $3.50 tap beers in general as well as house wines and rail cocktails, a dollar off appetizers, $10 bottomless mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar. No matter if the U.S. win or lose, you'll definitely leave the champion of Sunday Funday.
9. Who's On Third
1007 N. Old World Third St.
This Old World Third Street spot may be named after a baseball reference, but on Sunday morning, they'll be all about soccer, opening up at 9 a.m. and serving up a free mimosa with brunch orders, as well as $2.50 PBR tallboys and $6 Double Tito's mixers.
10. Red Lion Pub
1850 N. Water St.
Head to Tannery Row for a viewing party at Red Lion Pub. Doors open at 8 a.m. with plenty of drink specials to get the celebrations started early and plenty of TVs – including outdoor screening options – for watching the women take the World Cup!
11. Leff's Lucky Town
7208 W. State St.
This Tosa hotspot will open early on Sunday prior to 10 a.m. to help people snag a seat before the big soccer match. And if you'd rather bring your own seat, go ahead as Leff's will fire up the big screen outside for maximum America cheering.
12. Highbury Pub
2322 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
This Bay View pub always draws a crowd for soccer – so of course they'll host a special World Cup viewing party on Sunday to help cheer on the U.S. Women's Team. Come early and stay late!
750 N. Jefferson St.
This Downtown bar is called SportClub ... so yeah, you know they'll open up early for the World Cup final – as well as the Copa America final and the Gold Cup match.
14. Champion's Pub
2417 N. Bartlett Ave.
This East Side tavern will open two hours early, at 9:30 a.m., for those who want to watch the U.S. Women's Team take home the trophy. (Again. Like the bosses they are.)
15. Jack's American Pub
1323 E. Brady St.
Jack's American Pub will be rooting for America this Sunday, opening up early at 9 a.m. so U.S. soccer fans can gather early and cheer on the red, white and blue on Brady Street at 10 a.m.
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