The 10-hour difference between Los Angeles and Russia will wreak havoc on the lives of soccer fans – and the bars who cater to them – this World Cup. Many games of the first round will take place between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m., which drastically limits the number of bars open for the games. But don’t despair, there are still plenty of places to catch the games and have some breakfast with your beer.
The Fox and Hounds
11100 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
This traditional British bar is no stranger to early morning games. It already hosts Premier League games, so airing France vs Australia at 3 a.m. is just another day in the office for the venue.
3014 W. Olympic Blvd., Central LA
A traditional Oaxacan restaurant in the middle of Koreatown, Guelaguetza will open for most games, offering breakfast and its famous micheladas. This James Beard Award winner is also known for its mole, so even if you’re not cheering for Mexico, you’ll have plenty of reasons to visit.
465 N. Beverly Drive
If you want to watch the World Cup on the big screen (the way it was meant to be seen), then you can head to the Paley Center in Los Angeles or New York. Paley will show Fox’s broadcast, and for Latin American games, it will switch to Telemundo. Learn more here.
135 N. Maryland Ave., Glendale
For Brazil, the World Cup is a party as big as carnaval. And this churrasquería is keeping with tradition. It’s promoting its World Cup specials with samba dancers and picanha, and counting down the days to kick off with more enthusiasm than a kid before Christmas. Because Brazil is one of the favorites, so you can’t miss this party.
Ye Olde King's Head
116 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica
This pub, usually favored by Manchester United fans, is more than just a British bar, it’s a slice of England dropped in Santa Monica. Besides the traditional fare, it has a gift shop next door with products like Cadbury chocolate (the real one) and a bakery offering fresh pies and pastries. All this just two blocks away from the beach. Beat that, London.
A Mi Hacienda
613 Whittier Blvd., Pico Rivera
Although it’s a nightclub, A mi Hacienda will open its doors early for El Tri games, offering breakfast, drink specials, and raffles for its customers. Entrance is free. With a restaurant space and three bars, it promises a big party to support Mexico.