Make Las Vegas your goaaalll for World Cup soccer

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Rio De Janeiro isn’t the only city preparing for World Cup madness. Here in Las Vegas hotels, restaurants and bars will be showing all the games and offering specials to welcome fans during the 2014 FIFA World Cup (June 12 – July 13, 2014).

In Las Vegas, World Cup matches take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. (local time). The first match on June 12 – Brazil versus Croatia – will be broadcast Thursday, June 12 at 1 p.m. on televisions in sports books, bars and restaurants around the city.

Here are just some of the local venues showing World Cup matches and offering food and drinks specials. Plus, you can always stop by a local casino sports book.

An aerial view of The Cosmopolitan at sunset.

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
The month-long World Cup party at The Cosmopolitan starts June 12 at Book & Stage inside the hotel’s casino. The combined sports book and bar will be showing all the matches on 15 screens plus a 7-foot by 11-foot projection screen television. There will also be food and themed cocktails. Guests who want a more exclusive experience can reserve a table or couch. The Cosmopolitan’s World Cup celebrations will culminate July 13 with a party in The Chelsea from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the final match. For $50 per person, guests can enjoy two complimentary beverages, seating, access to interactive soccer games, pool tables and arcade games. A custom dining menu will also be offered. The final match will be broadcast on two large 15-foot by 26-foot video walls and more than 20 LED video displays in the Cheslea.

TAG Lounge & Bar at The LINQ
TAG Lounge & Bar will show World Cup games on 40 high-definition televisions including two 80-inch screens. TAG has 300 bottled, canned and on tap brews, from around the world as well as beer cocktails. But the experience doesn’t end there. Check out their Touchline Experience Package offered during all Team USA matches (June 16, 22, 26) and the semi-finals and finals of the World Cup. For $25 per person, the Touchline Experience Package includes two free beers, a T-shirt and a raffle ticket to win a High Roller Package that includes a two-night stay at the Jubilee Tower at Bally’s, two show tickets to Jubilee, $200 comp dinner for two at BLT Steak and two High Roller observation wheel passes.

Cabo Wabo
Soccer fans can watch all the World Cup action on 20 HD TVs throughout the restaurant and bar or on two 180-inch projection screens on the restaurant’s second level. During games, Cabo Wabo will offer $19 buckets of Coors Light beer and $5 drafts of Blue Mon and Coors Light. There will also be three specialty cocktails available for $10 during matches – a classic Caipirinha made with Leblon Cachaça, sugar and fresh lime; a peach frozen margarita made with premium El Jimador Blanco tequila and the South of Sao Paulo, which combines  Açai berry, fresh-squeezed lemon and 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey. Cabo Wabo also has a loft available for private World Cup parties.

Celebrate at O'Sheas Casino.

O’Sheas Casino
O’Sheas Casino, located just off The Quad’s casino floor and also accessible from The LINQ, will show all World Cup games. The Irish-inspired bar and locals’ favorite has 12 TVs and plenty of beer (60 varieties) plus table games (beer pong!) to keep you occupied during commercial breaks. O’Sheas will also be offering the Touchline Experience Package during all Team USA matches (June 16, 22, 26) and the semi-finals and finals of the World Cup.

Hard Rock Café
The Hard Rock Café on Paradise Road kicks off their World Cup celebrations with a party on Saturday, June 14. Guests cane enjoy an appearance by the Las Vegas Legends, the local soccer team; a foosball completion (with prizes that include free bar tabs and staycations); and drink specials including $3 Bud and Bud Light all day. Matches will be shown on 18 televisions throughout the bar and patio area.

Crossroads Bar at House of Blues
Crossroads Bar at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay is rolling out a specialty menu, drink offers and select discounts for fans during the World Cup matches. Guests can enjoy food themed after the major World Cup teams, sip cocktails inspired by Brazil and get a 15 percent discount on select merchandise for guests in team jerseys. Just by attending match viewing parties, soccer fans can earn chances to win a “Best Fan” package at Crossroads for the final game on July 13. Check in with House of Blues to see which games are being shows each day. The party starts with the June 12 opening match between Brazil and Croatia.

Due Forni at Town Center
Chef Carlos Buscaglia was born in Italy, grew up in Argentina and now has a restaurant in Las Vegas. So it’s no wonder he has triple the World Cup fever. To celebrate, from June 12 through July 13, Due Forni restaurant will be open early for select games involving teams USA, Argentina and Italy. During the games, which will be broadcast live in the bar area, guests can enjoy breakfast specials (ham and fontina pizza with an over-easy egg, yum!) and lunch specials (pulled pork sliders with Calabrian cole slaw and pickles). Plus, the restaurant will offer drink specials that include $5 Peroni draft beer, $6 mimosas and $7 Bloody Marys during morning games and $5 Peroni draft beer at afternoon games.

South Point Hotel  
Stop by the Grandview Lounge at the South Point Hotel from June 12 – 26 to watch World Cup games while enjoying $15 buckets of five Bud or Bud Light products and $3 shots of Jose Cuervo. The viewing parties are open to anyone 21 and older, but the drink specials are only good in the Grandview Lounge while the matches are going.

Julian Serrano at Aria Resort & Casino
Chef Julian Serrano serves up Spanish Tapas, perfect for sharing as you cheer your team on to victory.  During all World Cup matches the restaurant will have half-priced glasses of their signature sangrias.

PUB 1842 at MGM Grand
It’s a double celebration at chef Michael Mina’s PUB 1842. In honor of the restaurant’s one-year anniversary, there is a weekly burger and beer pairing  for $18.42 and a three-course dinner special for $30. Include television screens tuned to the World Cup matches and you have a delicious way to celebrate soccer.

Public House at Luxor
Soccer fans can enjoy a menu of dishes inspired by the teams competing in the World Cup plus $6 Heineken draughts, Patron cocktails and margarita specials, $5 Bud Light draughts and $8 Budweiser commemorative bottles.

Rhumbar at The Mirage Hotel & Casino
In celebration of the World Cup, Rhumbar will be showcasing new specialty cocktails June 12 – July 13. Highlights include a Brazilian barbeque cocktail, the Leblon Cachaca, the 17th Battalion and more. Adding to the fun, Rhumbar will pass out Funkin Gooaall! shots, which Hargrove describes as “a tropical twist on a Tom Collins,” each time a goal is scored throughout the tournament. Rhumbar will show all the matches except those starting at 9 a.m.

Bar Prohibition in Downtown Las Vegas
It’s all World Cup, all the time at Bar Prohibition in the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. Between June 12 and July 13, the bar will broadcast all 64 matches and offer $2 Budweiser drafts during the games.

A bit of Rio in Vegas

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Rampart Casino
JW Marriott is celebrating the World Cup and host city Rio De Janeiro with a whole series of Brazilian-themed and World Cup options. Every Wednesday during the World Cup, guests can enjoy Brazilian Steakhouse Night at Rampart Buffet for $21.99 (less if you have a players club card) from 4 – 9 p.m. Every Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Rampart Casino’s Race & Sports Book there will be drawings for authentic team jerseys. Bet more than $20 on a soccer match and you are entered for a chance to win. Also, for every $20 soccer bet, you will receive a free well drink or draft beer at J.C. Wooloughan’s Irish Pub (limit three per day). J.C. Wooloughan’s Irish Pub will also be extending their hours, showing all the World Cup matches and offering drink specials including $2 Coors Light drafts, $3 Heineken drafts, $4 shots of el Jimador Blanco Tequila, $5 margaritas and $7 Dos Equis beers with an el Jimador Blanco Tequila shot.

IBar at Rio Las Vegas
You may not make it to Rio De Janeiro, but you can still enjoy Rio — or rather the Rio Las Vegas. IBar at the Rio Las Vegas will have 18 televisions tuned to World Cup games. Enjoy drinks plus IBar’s interactive tables (with videos and games) while you cheer your team on to victory.

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Las Vegas.

Support Team England
Looking for locations to cheer on England while surrounded by fellow fans? Check out these spots. They’ll be showing all the World Cup games, but we know in their heart-of-hearts guests will be rooting for Roy Hodgson and his squad to win it all. It may be an uphill battle with odds makers listing the team between 25/1 and 30/1 to take the cup. England’s first game is Saturday, June 14 at 3 p.m.

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill will be tuned into World Cup games on their 23 televisions so you can stop by for Yorkshire Fish & Chips, Scottish Salmon and Sticky Toffee Pudding and not miss a single goal. The pub portion features 36 beers on tap and another 63 varieties of bottled beer.

Crown & Anchor British Pub
Vegas’ longtime favorite British pub is open 24 hours and will be showing all the games live. There will also be beer specials throughout. For tourists, we recommended the easily accessible location at 1350 E. Tropicana, about 2.5 miles from MGM Grand on the Strip.

Support Team Germany
Fans of team Germany will feel right at home at these locations. Germany joins Brazil, Argentina and Spain as the top favorites to take this year’s World Cup. Expect a crowd hoping that Germany can overcome the loss of injured Marco Reus to take the cup. Germany’s first game (against Portugal) is Monday, June 16 at 9 a.m.

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas exteriorHofbräuhaus Las Vegas.

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas
Can you get a better pairing that a traditional German beer hall and futbol? OK, here’s even more — a live band, authentic German cuisine with plenty of bratwurst, sauerkraut and more, plus beers brewed onsite using original recipes more than 400 years old. At Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, located across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, all the games will be broadcast on big screens, but who will you root for on June 26 at 9 a.m. when it is Germany versus USA? Let’s just order a drink every time either team scores.

Bier Garten at Plaza Hotel & Casino
Located at Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas, this indoor and outdoor European-style beer garden at the west end of the Fremont Street Experience will be showing all the World Cup games on eight television screens. Bier Garten will also offer buy one get one free specials on select beers and authentic German cuisine.

Where else

Other locations around Las Vegas that will be celebrating the World Cup by offering food and  drink, specials, plus making sure televisions are tuned in to the matches include:

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