Best Sports Bars To Watch World Cup Soccer In Cleveland

May 22, 2014 8:00 AM

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Cleveland may not be known for its soccer fans, but they do exist! World Cup soccer is a perfect reason to get out and enjoy what local bars have to offer, ranging from simple TVs on display to events and specials built around the game.
Flannery’s Pub
323 E. Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 781-7782
www.flannerys.com

A Cleveland landmark, Flannery’s Irish Pub is located downtown, making it a perfect combination between the hustle and bustle of the downtown social scene and a friendly, down-to-earth pub. Being an Irish-themed establishment, Flannery’s puts great emphasis on the inclusion of soccer for its customers. This makes Flannery’s a great choice for a World Cup viewing party. Between the enthusiastic staff, the perfect 20-ounce pints and a mutual love for soccer, you can’t go wrong.

Cleveland Beer Cellars
11500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 795-2337
www.clevelandbeercellars.com

Cleveland Beer Cellars is growing in popularity in Uptown due to its unique business model and the draw of a unique experience. With hundreds of beers to choose from, the beer cases and taps provide built-in decor for this low-key bar. But, despite its relaxed atmosphere, Beer Cellars does partake in game viewing, with large TVs hung above the bar and friendly bartenders ready to accommodate all fans. Just remember, this bar is all about the beer, so don’t expect to get any mixed drinks or food here. But feel free to stop at any of the surrounding food establishments and grab some takeout to eat while watching the World Cup.

The Jolly Scholar
11111 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 368-0090
www.thejollyscholar.com

Located on Case Western Reserve University’s campus, The Jolly Scholar is a great retreat from the hustle and bustle of typical restaurant and bar “strips.” A little brighter and more unusual due to its location, this sports bar is actually a great place to relax and watch a game, since some people even come here to simply get some food and do homework. Often running specials related to special occasions, you can expect a level of excitement for the World Cup that will keep you relaxed but engaged.

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Around the Corner
18616-20 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
(216) 521-4413
www.atccafe.com

One of the largest sports bars in Lakewood, Around the Corner has something for everyone. In addition to fun summer games, great food and plenty of brews to go around, Around the Corner also boasts a multitude of TVs, ready to accommodate any sports fan. The World Cup is likely to bring a large crowd to this bar, and it can more than handle the party, so grab your friends for a fun night out in Lakewood.

Claddagh Irish Pub
25389 Cedar Road
Lyndhurst, OH 44124
(216) 691-0534
www.calddaghirishpubs.com

Claddagh is conveniently located near Legacy Village and the Beachwood Mall, so you can recover from shopping with a pint and some traditional Irish eats. You can easily sidle up to the bar here and check out some of the game, even if your friends don’t want to, since this bar isn’t based entirely on the rowdy bar crowd. It also has an elegant dining area and relaxing patio for a more refined evening out.

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Kaitlin Dershaw is an Ohio native with a distinct love for Cleveland. She enjoys making new discoveries from tasty places to eat and drink, to perfectly unique live music venues. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.