World Cup action around Ballard

The World Cup is officially underway and several Ballard establishments are making the most of it. Here are a few of the local places showing the games and having World Cup specials.

  • The newly opened Market Arms (2401 NW Market St) has a full schedule of soccer action that will be shown on their five big screens, including one out front for this weekend’s sunny weather.
  • Conor Byrne (5140 Ballard Ave NW) will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday to broadcast the US v England game. They will have “take a dive” drink specials – a new special will be announced every time a player takes a dive or claims an injury. The game will be broadcast over a projector or on a new flat screen, whichever gets hooked up first.
  • The Stepping Stone (5903 24th Avenue NW) will be playing every game during the World Cup on their projection screen in the back as well as the HD plasma monitor. The bar will open early at 11am on Friday and Saturday and playing the rest of the games at 5, 7, and 9pm each night.
  • The Ballard Loft (5105 Ballard Avenue NW) coins itself as “Your World Cup Headquarters.” They will be open at 7 a.m. for all World Cup matches with happy hour from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. with $3 Bloody Marys, well drinks & draught beers.
  • The Dray (708 NW 65th St) will be open for all the live games, including the 4:30 a.m. matches. They’ll serve breakfast food, $2 coffee and beer starting at 6 a.m. For Saturday’s USA V England game (11:30 a.m.), they’ll have a mimosa tent set up out back. Masquerade Wines will be serving fresh squeezed juice and their sparkling wine. They’ll also have a few of their other wines on hand.
  • Zayda Buddy’s (5405 Leary Ave NW) will be showing all World Cup matches during regular business hours and will open early for all U.S.A. and Britain matches. Match requests are gladly accepted. Wash down your game-time grub with specials on Lienenkugel and team-themed drink specials as the World Cup tournament plays on.
  • If you know of other local bars that will be showing the games, let us know in comments. We’ll be updating this post throughout the day.


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    Barfly
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    Barfly

    A sport played by hooligans and watched by hooligans (or in Seattle by folks desperately trying to feel foreign).

    Jesse
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    Jesse

    I don’t know what the Loft’s viewing schedule is, but they have all 32 nation/s flags up on the facade of their building, in group order A-H left to right, and pot order 1-4 top to bottom.. So I’d say SOMEONE is quite into it there.

    Ytoo
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    Ytoo

    Hey barfly all those weenie kids who played soccer need move too.

    Ytoo
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    Ytoo

    opps make that LOVE too. : (

    bmvaughn
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    bmvaughn

    Hhaaha the Market Arms wasn’t even open this morning I’m told. Sad, sad.

    Rudy
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    Rudy

    Jesse: They are open for all 7am games and I assume that means they’ll be open for all but the 4am starts. Decent crowd in there today.

    Reading is Fundamental
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    Reading is Fundamental

    Actually, the Market Arms is not due to open until…right about now, 9:30am, per the link, if you had bothered to look.

    great idea
    Member
    great idea

    saw south africa play mexico this morning…on my computer, where I will probably be watching most of the games.

    I’ve also decided to treat myself to some ‘specials’ as well found around the house.

    for instance, I’m sitting on my wife’s silk eye pillow while getting ready for Uruguay v. France

    The Mayor
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    The Mayor

    why is the loft not on this list? kinda bugs me thats its not! they are the best sports bar in ballard. might not be an English bar but im sure the games will be on full time there.

    skip
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    skip

    You know why so many people play soccer? So they don’t have to watch it.

    Reading is Fundamental
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    Reading is Fundamental

    Disregard my semi sanctimonious post above, 9:30 is what time the MA is showing the game not what time they’re open. I apparently have issues with reading.

    ANate
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    ANate

    Better add The Dray as well. They’re definitely a soccer bar and I believe showing all the games.

    Not sure what Barfly’s problem is. How are Seattlites “desperately trying to feel foreign” when there is a local soccer team and the US qualified for the World Cup?

    Geeky Swedes
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    Geeky Swedes

    Thanks all – we’ve added The Ballard Loft and The Dray to the line-up of places to watch the World Cup.

    The Dray seems the most hard core, opening at 4:30 a.m. to show the early games live.

    Have name
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    Have name

    I also thought La Isla was advertising they would have all the games as well.

    Scott
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    Scott

    Yawn. Why is it these are all bars. Is it becauses one needs a drink to watch this boring event? It is rather funny though to see my silly neighbor getting cable TV, again, just for soccer, then he cancels. DOH. I still feel worldly without soccer. and w/out a drink.

    rodmunch
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    rodmunch

    yeah, because watching testosterone-happy football (aka throwball) players run a few yards and then call for the oxygen mask, along with half-naked chicks bobbing around in unison + beer commerical after beer commercial after truck commerical, reminding us of what it means to be a man, is SO much better. NOT. i’ll take the most popular sport in the world, football (aka SOCCER) any day of the week.

    The Mayor
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    The Mayor

    thanks for adding the loft! they deserve it

    ANate
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    ANate

    Norwegian, you make no sense. “Why are these all bars?”

    Because bars buy big screen TVs and subscribe to satellite TV packages. duh.

    I’d go to a library and watch the World Cup if it was a fun atmosphere to spend time watch sports, but alas, people like to read quietly there. Go figure.

    Barfly
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    Barfly

    Seattleites love footie because it fits in with their politics: the unqualified, weaker team can, out pure, dumb, s**t luck, still win.

    phinney
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    phinney

    If you don’t want to watch in a bar, the Phinney community center has set up a big screen tv and is showing all of the games!

    ANate
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    ANate

    heyyy, there you go Norwegian. A non-bar option! hooray!

    Barney Stinson
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    Barney Stinson

    Why do soccer haters always go out of their way to scream the loudest against something they don’t like?

    Barfly
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    Barfly

    Soccer?

    Football mate.

    Barney Stinson
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    Barney Stinson

    Barfly,

    In America it is called soccer.

    And nobody says “mate”

    Ytoo
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    Ytoo

    Why Barney? Because American soccer fans are funny.