We all know that football will dominate most TVs in our local bars this time of year, but if you go to the right places at the right time, you might be able to squeeze in a few minutes of “the most beautiful game.”
For those of you who don’t know what I mean — and I’m guessing there’s a few people scratching their heads — I’m talking about soccer.
Yes, it isn’t just something that happens once every four years. Soccer is broadcasted as much and actually more regularly than the NFL now.
It seems crazy, but it’s true.
Now some local bars are getting in on the action and even featuring specials just for soccer fans.
But first, I want to tell you some of the advantages of watching soccer at a bar.
- They are early games, so this gives you a very valid excuse as to why you’re heading to a bar before 10 a.m. (If you need one).
- It gives you the chance to watch sports all day because most games are played on Saturday mornings and are over by noon. Naturally all of the TVs will then switch to football or basketball depending on the time of year.
- Soccer is the easiest sport to predict how long a game will last. It will never be over two hours and you will not have to deal with dozens of commercials. So you can really plan your day around it.
Now you have the info, where do you go?
OPEN: Saturday & Sunday at 10 a.m.
No team affiliation
This is my top-pick!
With their always rotating draft list you are sure to find a brew to start your day off on the right foot. I usually start with a Guinness. There’s no real reason, but usually if I’m having a drink that early I like to have something easy to drink with substance.
While their whole menu is free game, the best bet of the day is the Footballer’s Feast. Scrambled eggs, bacon, baked beans, sausage, grilled tomato and toast all for $9.
It goes perfect with my pint of Guinness.
OPEN: During Arsenal games
Arsenal team affiliation
MoMo’s has been home to the Central Pa Gooners (Arsenal’s local fan club) for almost five years now. They have grown from three people to now over 40 for the bigger games.
The good news for Arsenal fans is that game-time doesn’t matter. Whether it’s a kickoff at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday or 3 p.m. on a Monday, they are open.
Specials vary on the day along with how many people are there. If more than 24 people show up for a game, the food is actually half off!
Be sure to check game times before heading out.
The Gooners will also be accommodating to other fans as well, but MoMo’s will not open specifically for anything but Arsenal matches before normal operating hours.
Download and use the Pango parking app to take advantage of the free parking offered on Saturdays. Sundays are always free.
The list is small, I know. The good thing is that we have this list at all. There is no doubt that it will continue to grow as demand becomes more prevalent.
So if you happen to be sitting at a bar early on a Saturday or Sunday morning, ask the bartender to put on the game for you. That’s what I do and I have never been turned down.
Soccer is here people, now we just need more places to watch.