Where to Watch the World Cup Final Matches in Atlanta
With the World Cup wrapping up this weekend, there are plenty of places to catch the last two matches. But if you're leaning a certain way, we'd recommend hitting up these spots.
If You're Rooting for Argentina: Most of the Argentinean spots around town are fine dining steakhouses, so you're better off heading Downtown to Stats, where the interior seems almost wallpapered with televisions. And you'll be right around the corner from Der Biergarten if you want to amp up the Sunday afternoon rivalry (300 Marietta St. NW; 404-885-1472). However, if you're up in the northern 'burbs, swing by Pampas Steakhouse in Johns Creek, where they'll have a room set aside for the game and you can count on lots of blue and white (10970 State Bridge Rd., Johns Creek; 678-339-0029).
If You're Rooting for Germany: With spirits high after this week's wicked treatment of their Brazilian hosts, Germany must be heading into this Sunday game pumped. To get into the Teutonic spirit, head Downtown to Der Biergarten, where the open-air good times flow as freely as the beer into the massive steins (300 Marietta St. NW; 404-521-2728).
If You're Rooting for Brazil: After this week's whomping at the hands of Germany, Brazil's challenge against the Dutch may feel like little more than a consolation prize. That's no reason to skip Saturday's 4 PM match for third place. Swing by Little Five Points' Brewhouse Cafe, a lively spot that's had a solid crowd of Brazil fans at every match (401 Moreland Ave. NE; 404-525-7799).
If You're Rooting for the Netherlands: There's not a big Dutch presence in Atlanta, but Saturday's match will be a fun one regardless, and recent Netherlands games at Rí Rá Irish Pub in Midtown have been lively (and projected on a massive screen). They've also got $4 brunch drinks on Sundays… unless Heineken's more to your taste (1080 Peachtree St. NE; 404-477-1700).
If It Doesn't Matter and You Just Want a Party: Normally closed on Sundays, the outdoor Bar Amalfi will show the game on the city’s only 16-foot LED wall screen, just installed last week. Part of the street around Bar Amalfi and the whole Little Italia complex (Antico Pizza, Caffe Gio, etc.) will be closed so kids and families can play soccer while watching the game, drinking and eating (1077 Hemphill Ave., 404-844-2707).