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21 Places that Almost Beat Watching The World Cup in Rio

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It feels like just yesterday we were all celebrating (or mourning!) Spain's World Cup victory, vuvuzelas in tote as we stampeded through Brickell's streets estílo La Rambla. This year the tournament is back with a vengeance, and with a host country like Brazil, the time between June 12 and July 13 promises to be one of the most exciting, most thrilling, most magical time periods in world history. Miami, we've got some matching up to do.

Below, we've rounded up 21 restaurants and bars that are going all out for the World Cup. Some are creating internationally inspired menus, others are setting up epic viewing areas with grande screens. A few are extending their hours so not to discriminate against teams playing midday, while others are holding parties or offering swag and prizes during certain games. After all, we may as well deem this the year of the Caipirinha, and there's no reason why you shouldn't be celebrating them GOALLLS!
—Ashley Brozic


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The Bar And Courtyard at The Setai

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If you want to watch the World Cup someplace classy, The Setai invites you to toast your team to victory with Champagne Taittinger and their signature cocktails. Complimentary canapes (think those small cheese, meat and cracker party bites) will be served during the inauguration.

SUSHISAMBA

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It's only fitting that SUSHISAMBA would go hard for the World Cup. Besides giveaways during major games like the quarterfinals and, of course, when Brazil plays, they're giving away a trip to Brazil. Yep, a whole samba-filled, four night stay during Carnaval 2015 plus round-trip air fare. All you need to do is attend any Mundial game from June 12 to July 13 and snap a crazy fan pic there. Upload it to all your networks and hashtag #SAMBASELFIE and you're once step closer to Brazil! As for the menu, it's Brazil-inspired, with $6 Caipirinhas and a special dishes like a Mundial Roll, Queijo Coalho and Brigadeiros (traditional Brazilian chocolates).

Traymore

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Traymore is offering discounted imported beers, half price Nolet Silver gin and a special tapas menu with hamburger sliders, chicken croquettes, beef and chorizo empanadas and more.

HaVen Gastro-Lounge

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Can you imagine Christiano Ronaldo running across Haven's never-ending digital walls? Oh the possibilities. Executive Chef Todd Erickson is creating a special menu to pay homage to the series' host country with a "Brazil Roll" (Hamachi, Wasabi Kewpie and Jalapeño Masago are amongst the ingredients), a "World Cup Burger" (which contains chimichurri, gruyere cheese and a quail egg), and special cocktails inspired by the top ranked teams. There will also be $5 beers from countries playing.

Tongue & Cheek

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Tongue & Cheek has a pretty solid lineup of World Cup specials, starting with $5 selected appetizers, $1 oysters, and $2 beef cheek sliders, and ending with $4 craft beers, $20 bottomless beverages and $15 craft pitchers. Or should you start with the bottomless beverages? With 64 games to go through, the possibilities are endless.

Tom's NFL American Sports Bar & Grill

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Tom's NFL Bar is where serious spectators head when they want to cheer on their team. During the games, expect beer specials and more HDTVs, so you don't have to worry about missing the game because you sat in the booth behind a bunch of giants. [Photo: Yelp]

Oak Tavern

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We might as well crown this the summer of the Caipirinha, as almost every restaurant will be serving their own rendition. If Oak Tavern's track record proves right, theirs should be as solid as their $5 country-themed libations, like Aguardiente-infused cocktails for Colombia, Tequila shots with Sangrita for Mexico and Gin and Tonic for England.

Barceloneta

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There's just something about a tapas bar that screams World Cup and at Barceloneta, they're roaring. They're going to start opening at 12pm, so whether your game plays in the wee afternoon or later in the day, it makes no difference. You can still indulge in $14 beer buckets all day. Happy Hour will run from 5 to 8pm (it usually starts at 6pm) on Monday through Friday, so you have an extra hour to sip on 2-for-1 well drinks and $9 signature cocktails.
Nestled in a slightly more remote area of the Grove, this neighborhood staple is setting up a Taurus Beer Garden, complete with a big screen in the back garden area and beer specials depending on who's playing. Guinness for England's match? Radeberger for Germany's? Hey, we're not complaining.

Yard House

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Yard House is always a safe bet for a great time, an endless list of beers and a spot near a TV. They'll be showing every match and have created a list of Brazilian-inspired cocktails, including a South American twist on the classic mule, with cachaça, citrus agave and lime, and a Brazilian Mai Tai made with cachaça and dark rum.

Lokal Burgers & Beer

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Lokal's World Cup special is simple. Enjoy $2 off any beer, so long as its country of origin is playing.

Latin House Grill

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Latin House Grill is all about team USA with $3 fritas and $3 non-craft beers when they're playing. Otherwise, dig into select half priced appetizers and $3 Modelo beers.

ROK:BRGR

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ROK:BRGR has 20 TVs to watch the games from and live commentary to match! Food specials will change weekly, as well as their drink and bucket specials, which will include Peroni, Miller and Coors.

Tapas y Tintos

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When Spain plays, Tapas y Tintos is the place to be. Sangria is half off (excluding pitchers), however they're tying in some Brazilian flare with $8 Caipirinhas. Estrella Damm buckets are $25, and they'll be serving up $10 spanish sandwiches. Who's down for some Chorizo and Manchego bites?

Meat Market

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Meat Market is celebrating the World Cup with an international happy hour menu at the bar, representing all 32 nations competing. So for Brazil we've got $30 Caipirinha pitchers, $7 Pimm's Cups for England and $7 glasses of Merlot for France. That's just an example though. The great thing is that you can pair them with International dishes like Argentinean Short Rib Empanadas and Gouda tater tots in honor of the Netherlands.

La Cote @ Fontainebleau

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The party doesn't stop at La Cȏte. Then again, does it ever at Fontainebleau? DJs will be spinning, Samba dancers will be strutting about and complimentary Leblon shots will be poured. It's the closest you're going to get to Rio without jumping on a plane.

Harry's Pizzeria

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Harry's Pizzeria is bring back their "Harry's High Five!" deal. They've got buckets and buckets of home brews, and they're giving away five for the price of four.
Where better to watch team Brazil dominate than in a Brazilian joint? They'll be broadcasting all their games on six TVs and two projectors, and when Brazil plays you can pick up their five for $16 special. Also, a DJ will be spinning before and after the games, which makes this a bomb place to celebrate no matter the team that wins. [Photo: Yelp]

Batch Gastropub

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With 17 TVs, there's not a dull spot at Batch to watch the game. They're separating the restaurant into fan sections, and you can reserve your group's spot in advance by visiting their site. As for specials, dip into a $20 bucket of Coors Light or Heineken, and munch out on a sampler of empanadas, arepas and a basket of fish and chips.

Barú Urbano

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If you happen to catch a game before 8pm, receive 50 percent off all drinks every day of the week. On top of that, there will be Caipirinha specials galore!

Toscana Divino

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If you miss the World Cup kickoff party this Thursday, catch the excitement at Toscana Divino, as they're kicking off the tournament on June 14, when Italy battles off the UK (there's an epic rivalry between their UK bred chef and Italian bred owners). The restaurant will have a cocktail and food menu inspired by all the countries participating. Bar bites go for $10 while cocktails go for $12.

The Bar And Courtyard at The Setai

If you want to watch the World Cup someplace classy, The Setai invites you to toast your team to victory with Champagne Taittinger and their signature cocktails. Complimentary canapes (think those small cheese, meat and cracker party bites) will be served during the inauguration.

SUSHISAMBA

It's only fitting that SUSHISAMBA would go hard for the World Cup. Besides giveaways during major games like the quarterfinals and, of course, when Brazil plays, they're giving away a trip to Brazil. Yep, a whole samba-filled, four night stay during Carnaval 2015 plus round-trip air fare. All you need to do is attend any Mundial game from June 12 to July 13 and snap a crazy fan pic there. Upload it to all your networks and hashtag #SAMBASELFIE and you're once step closer to Brazil! As for the menu, it's Brazil-inspired, with $6 Caipirinhas and a special dishes like a Mundial Roll, Queijo Coalho and Brigadeiros (traditional Brazilian chocolates).

Traymore

Traymore is offering discounted imported beers, half price Nolet Silver gin and a special tapas menu with hamburger sliders, chicken croquettes, beef and chorizo empanadas and more.

HaVen Gastro-Lounge

Can you imagine Christiano Ronaldo running across Haven's never-ending digital walls? Oh the possibilities. Executive Chef Todd Erickson is creating a special menu to pay homage to the series' host country with a "Brazil Roll" (Hamachi, Wasabi Kewpie and Jalapeño Masago are amongst the ingredients), a "World Cup Burger" (which contains chimichurri, gruyere cheese and a quail egg), and special cocktails inspired by the top ranked teams. There will also be $5 beers from countries playing.

Tongue & Cheek

Tongue & Cheek has a pretty solid lineup of World Cup specials, starting with $5 selected appetizers, $1 oysters, and $2 beef cheek sliders, and ending with $4 craft beers, $20 bottomless beverages and $15 craft pitchers. Or should you start with the bottomless beverages? With 64 games to go through, the possibilities are endless.

Tom's NFL American Sports Bar & Grill

Tom's NFL Bar is where serious spectators head when they want to cheer on their team. During the games, expect beer specials and more HDTVs, so you don't have to worry about missing the game because you sat in the booth behind a bunch of giants. [Photo: Yelp]

Oak Tavern

We might as well crown this the summer of the Caipirinha, as almost every restaurant will be serving their own rendition. If Oak Tavern's track record proves right, theirs should be as solid as their $5 country-themed libations, like Aguardiente-infused cocktails for Colombia, Tequila shots with Sangrita for Mexico and Gin and Tonic for England.

Barceloneta

There's just something about a tapas bar that screams World Cup and at Barceloneta, they're roaring. They're going to start opening at 12pm, so whether your game plays in the wee afternoon or later in the day, it makes no difference. You can still indulge in $14 beer buckets all day. Happy Hour will run from 5 to 8pm (it usually starts at 6pm) on Monday through Friday, so you have an extra hour to sip on 2-for-1 well drinks and $9 signature cocktails.

Taurus

Nestled in a slightly more remote area of the Grove, this neighborhood staple is setting up a Taurus Beer Garden, complete with a big screen in the back garden area and beer specials depending on who's playing. Guinness for England's match? Radeberger for Germany's? Hey, we're not complaining.

Yard House

Yard House is always a safe bet for a great time, an endless list of beers and a spot near a TV. They'll be showing every match and have created a list of Brazilian-inspired cocktails, including a South American twist on the classic mule, with cachaça, citrus agave and lime, and a Brazilian Mai Tai made with cachaça and dark rum.

Lokal Burgers & Beer

Lokal's World Cup special is simple. Enjoy $2 off any beer, so long as its country of origin is playing.

Latin House Grill

Latin House Grill is all about team USA with $3 fritas and $3 non-craft beers when they're playing. Otherwise, dig into select half priced appetizers and $3 Modelo beers.

ROK:BRGR

ROK:BRGR has 20 TVs to watch the games from and live commentary to match! Food specials will change weekly, as well as their drink and bucket specials, which will include Peroni, Miller and Coors.

Tapas y Tintos

When Spain plays, Tapas y Tintos is the place to be. Sangria is half off (excluding pitchers), however they're tying in some Brazilian flare with $8 Caipirinhas. Estrella Damm buckets are $25, and they'll be serving up $10 spanish sandwiches. Who's down for some Chorizo and Manchego bites?

Meat Market

Meat Market is celebrating the World Cup with an international happy hour menu at the bar, representing all 32 nations competing. So for Brazil we've got $30 Caipirinha pitchers, $7 Pimm's Cups for England and $7 glasses of Merlot for France. That's just an example though. The great thing is that you can pair them with International dishes like Argentinean Short Rib Empanadas and Gouda tater tots in honor of the Netherlands.

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La Cote @ Fontainebleau

The party doesn't stop at La Cȏte. Then again, does it ever at Fontainebleau? DJs will be spinning, Samba dancers will be strutting about and complimentary Leblon shots will be poured. It's the closest you're going to get to Rio without jumping on a plane.

Harry's Pizzeria

Harry's Pizzeria is bring back their "Harry's High Five!" deal. They've got buckets and buckets of home brews, and they're giving away five for the price of four.

Boteco

Where better to watch team Brazil dominate than in a Brazilian joint? They'll be broadcasting all their games on six TVs and two projectors, and when Brazil plays you can pick up their five for $16 special. Also, a DJ will be spinning before and after the games, which makes this a bomb place to celebrate no matter the team that wins. [Photo: Yelp]

Batch Gastropub

With 17 TVs, there's not a dull spot at Batch to watch the game. They're separating the restaurant into fan sections, and you can reserve your group's spot in advance by visiting their site. As for specials, dip into a $20 bucket of Coors Light or Heineken, and munch out on a sampler of empanadas, arepas and a basket of fish and chips.

Barú Urbano

If you happen to catch a game before 8pm, receive 50 percent off all drinks every day of the week. On top of that, there will be Caipirinha specials galore!