The World Cup is nothing like the Olympics. Everyone knows who won and understands how they did it. Everyone knows what a goal is. Everyone enjoys a scoring celebration. Because of that – and because Team USA needs all the support it can get – a crowd makes the event far more entertaining. Drinks don't hurt either. Here are the bars that will get busy during the tournament and regulars walk the line between enthusiasm and hooliganism.
Fifty/50 Bar, Chicago
The Vibe: With its cavernous indoor space and tables outside, Fifty/50 Bar is a major destination for soccer fans because its the one establishment in Chicago where they might actually get a seat. The food is also notably good so fans tend to hang out for multiple games at a time. The mood of the crowd will have more to do with whether or not the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup than if the U.S. Men's National Team makes it out of their group, but expect perogie-fueled enthusiasm regardless.
The Game to Watch: The Ukrainian Village neighborhood got its name for a reason so expect the locals to turn out for any team that goes up against Russia. The bar will be hopping when Belgium, the world's smallest soccer superpower, takes on Putin's boys on June 22.
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