Philly Beer Week continues apace, but before it winds down on Sunday, a few local bars will be kicking off their World Cup festivities. While most of the soccer bars around town have tap lists that might be considered serviceable at best, a few committed craft beer bars will be open for every World Cup game.
As a rule, there are not that many occasions for which it’s socially acceptable to enjoy a beer and a taco before 10 am (or, for some games, as early as 7.30 around these parts), the first game of this year’s tournament is a perfect opportunity to enjoy Jose Pistolas always-tasty tacos and great beer lineup as Mexico takes on hosts South Africa on Friday morning (10 am in Philadelphia). They’ll be open for every game – but for those who prefer a morning – or afternoon – pretzel and pilsner, Brauhaus Schmitz will also be ready to serve all your World Cup needs. A lucky fan will win a beer a day for the next year.
In the suburbs, the Iron Abbey will kick off their foosball tournament on Saturday, just in time for the US-England game that afternoon – but they will be open for every other game as well. Expect it to fill up for this game – as well as any involving Portugal, in keeping with their menu. Further beyond the city limits, The Whip Tavern may be an English-style pub, but they’ll be supporting both national teams with specials – cheesesteaks and Yuengling for the US, Tetley with fish & chips for England.
But the usual suspects will all be offering World Cup specials as well (although, as noted above, with a less-diverse beer lineup – although there are typically at least one or two local craft options) – Sláinte, The Dark Horse, Tír na nÓg and Fadó will be open for most (if not all) games, usually with special breakfast and lunch menus for the earlier games – check with each venue for opening times.
We know American beer has come a long way over the past decade; the US national team finally has a chance to prove that they can shine on a world stage as well. It’s only fitting to follow their progress with a great beer – no need to stick to macros!
263 South 15th Street, Philadelphia
718 South Street, Philadelphia
The Iron Abbey
680 Easton Road, Horsham
The Whip Tavern
1383 N. Chatham Road, West Marlborough
3000 Market Street, Philadelphia
Dark Horse Pub
421 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia
1500 Locust Street, Philadelphia
Tír na nÓg
1600 Arch Street, Philadelphia