Where To Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Watch the World’s Biggest Football Tournament
We’re nearly there now. In just a few days, Brazil will kickoff the world’s biggest football tournament on home turf against Croatia in São Paulo and one of the greatest months of sport will be off and running. Will you be there? We sure will!
If you’re coming to Brazil and have tickets to matches, you aren’t likely to have any trouble whatsoever finding a tailgate thrown by your respective country, a party on the way to the stadium or a Brazilian or 100 to show you some caipirinha– and samba-fueled homegrown hospitality. Enjoy yourself – this is what Brazil does best!
If you couldn’t manage tickets to any games, no worries! There is no shortage of goodtime locations to soak up the atmosphere, knock back bottomless glasses of ice-cold chopp (draft beer) and mingle amongst a league of nations with a common goal: Make this the most memorable football tournament ever!
In each of the tournament host cities, official parties will take place (even Recife will throw a party, which was previously canceled due to lack of funds and/or security concerns, but was announced as back on this past April). These officially-sanctioned parties will be held in prominent public squares and beaches in each city and will feature giant LED displays broadcasting matches live, food and drink, concerts, cultural programs and a whole boatload of people soaking up the Carnaval-like atmosphere. Otherwise, there will be plenty of bars and restaurants throughout Brazil hosting parties as well, many of which will have cover charges and drink minimums during games. If your heart is set on watching games at a particular bar or restaurant, it’s best to call ahead to see if reservations for tables are accepted – otherwise, prepare yourself for a battle of wills and elbows! Below we have compiled a list of Fan Fest locations as well as some of our favorite football bars in each host city.
Your Brazil Insider will be live-Tweeting, Instagraming and Vining from games, parties, football bars and other points of interest all over Brazil throughout the tournament. If you’d like to get in on the action, follow @RaubOntheRoad (Twitter), @kevinraub (Instagram) and Kevin Raub (Vine).
Official Party & Great Football Bars in Each Host City:
1. Belo Horizonte
Official Party: Expominas
Where to Drink: Pinguim
Official Party: Taguaparque
Where to Drink: Choperia Maracanã
Official Party: Parque de Exposicoes
Where to Drink: Choppão
Official Party: Pedreira Paulo Leminski
Where to Drink: Aos Democratas
Official Party: Praia de Iracema (Aterrão)
Where to Drink: Boteco Praia
Official Party: Ponta Negra
Where to Drink: Touchdown
Official Party: Praia do Forte
Where to Drink: Decky
8. Porto Alegre
Official Party: Anfiteatro Pôr do Sol
Where to Drink: Chalé da Praça XV
Official Party: Cais da Alfandega
Where to Drink: Portal do Derby
10. Rio de Janeiro
Official Party: Praia de Copacabana
Where to Drink: Mud Bug Sports Bar
Official Party: Aeroclube (under evaluation by the Host City)
Where to Drink: Porto Brasil
12. São Paulo
Official Party: Vale do Anhagabau
Where to Drink: Boteco São Bento (Itaim)
TAM operates nearly 50 flights per week between Miami, New York and Orlando to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. From there, domestic flights are available to all host cities.