By Joe Veyera
With the 2014 World Cup now just days away, opportunities abound for those looking to get out and join their fellow football fans to watch the action in Ballard.
- Kangaroo & Kiwi (2026 NW Market St) is expecting big crowds, and will open early for all games. Along with their nine televisions inside, the pub will also have two outdoor screens set up with an outside bar, quick food, and beer towers. Replica jerseys for the U.S., England, Australia, Argentina and Mexico will also be available. Full schedule here.
- The Market Arms (2401 NW Market St) will be open for all matches. 21+ over. Full schedule here.
- Ballard Loft (5105 Ballard Ave NW) will be open for breakfast for all 9 a.m. matches, and boasts 22 flat screen TVs, two full bars, and an open patio. Specials include $6 Absolut Bloody Marys, $5 Mimosas, and $12 Bud Light pitchers. Happy Hour is from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 4 p.m. to close on Monday and Sunday. The bar area is 21+ at all times, while the dining room, loft, and patio are all ages until 9 p.m. For a full list of specials, click here.
- The Leary Traveler (4354 Leary Way NW) bills themselves as “your home for the World Cup” and will be open for all matches.
- Molly Maguires (610 NW 65th St) will have four screens showing all the games, and boasts a 102″ screen for World Cup viewing.
- Ballard Station Public House (2236 NW Market St) will open early for much of the action, including every U.S. game. For a full schedule of games the public house will be opening early for, click here.
- Bad Albert’s Tap and Grill (5100 Ballard Ave NW) will be open early for all matches, and will serve breakfast. The tap house has 12 TVs showing all games. For more details, click here.
- La Isla Cuisine (2320 NW Market St) will adjust their hours for World Cup action, opening at 9 a.m. for the duration of the tournament, and will be offering brunch during the first game each day. For more details, click here.
- The Dray (708 NW 65th St) will be open for all games. For a full schedule, click here.
- EETBAR (1556 NW 56th St) will open early for most of the World Cup (except group stage weekday 9 a.m. matches). Specials include a $4 premium draft of the day, snacks from $5 to $9, and sandwiches from $10 to $14. For more details, click here.
- Phinney Center (6532 Phinney Ave N) will provide a family-friendly, all ages atmosphere for World Cup viewing, showing games live on their 14′ by 8′ movie screen. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, click here.
- Stoup Brewing (1108 NW 52nd St) is bringing back its big screen and projector for World Cup action for Saturday and Sunday games, and will also be open Monday from 2 to 7 p.m. for the USA’s match against Ghana.
- Zayda Buddy’s Pizza & Bar (5405 Leary Ave NW) has also announced that they’ll be showing World Cup play.
Do you know of other places in the neighborhood that have World Cup fever? Let us know in the comments, or email us at email@example.com, and we’ll add them to the list and map!