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.