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Soccer's 2015 Women's World Cup runs June 6 thru July 5, and features 24 different nations' teams. Here is a list I've compiled of eateries at which the games may be viewed on TV. All are in reasonable areas. There's no need to arrive early at most venues, i.e. to get parking and seats; until June 30. It's most fun to watch a particular team's game in a venue corresponding to that country.
Canada is hosting the event; hence the game times and time zones factor is not too radically different from California. However, please beware of conflicts with the NBA Finals (games June 7,9,11 and possibly 16); public sports TVs will tend to favor that. (Go Warriors!)
U.S.A.: 1739 Vermont Street Public House, in the Los Feliz area, is a spacious, supportive and overall excellent venue to cheer on Team America. Over 20 screens. Plus many brews, full bar, and surprisingly good food/variety for a sportsbar.
Another, although it’s also listed herein as a place to see England, is Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste, 1770 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Many U.S.A. fans come here; likely because of its nearness to college campuses. L.A.’s other college-adjacent areas would likely have venues screening our games.
AUSTRALIA: Any of the British pubs (see England) draw the Aussie element. Probably the best choice would be the Cock ‘n’ Bull in Santa Monica, as the U.S.-Australian Football League throws its parties there. 2947 Lincoln Blvd.
BRAZIL: Café Brasil, 11736 W. Washington Blvd. A smallish restaurant with savory and varied Brazilian ethnic cuisine, including fruity drinks. (This is not a churrasco joint.) They LOVE soccer here! If you’re in it for the long haul you can stay on the premises at their motel, a small and colorful enclave of tiny rooms at about $100 each.
There's also the other Café Brasil, 10831 Venice Blvd., a small “palapa shack” outdoorsy vibe with luscious exotic menu; and right across the street, Bella Vista Brazilian Pizza, 10826 Venice Blvd. Spacious, well-lit, indoor/outdoor. Brazilian interpretations of pizza, i.e. toppings such as peas, egg, tuna, and beef stroganoff. Yep!
CAMEROON: No strictly Cameroonian venue in L.A., though rumor has it that the Industry Jazz & Café in Culver City (6039 W. Washington Blvd.) has Cameroonian presence. Alternatively you may want to try a pan-African restaurant such as Nkechi African Café, 2717 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood.
CANADA: The host country has exactly one foodie epicenter here, and that is the Redondo Beach Café. This is a casual, upbeat Canadian/Greek/American fusion diner owned & run by Canucks. Menu features poutine, sandwiches of Montreal smoked meats, and Canadian beers. THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE for the opening ceremonies, and the Team Canada games. 1511 S. Pacific Coast Highway.
CHINA: The L.A. Chinese immigrant community doesn’t have comparable enthusiastic ties to their homeland as other expat groups do. Hence I don’t know of a particular venue to recommend. Chinese sit-down restaurants with a TV at the bar are plentiful. Maybe pick one convenient to you; or I reckon one in Chinatown could be fun.
COLOMBIA: La Fonda Antioquena, 5125 Melrose Ave. Charming place embraced by the locals. Their menu features mainly stewed beef and chicken dishes; but also beef/chicken empanadas, rich-stocked soups, and thin grilled meats ("lomo") with sides of plain white rice and soupy pinto beans.
COSTA RICA: Costa Rica Restaurant, 2500 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim. Plenty of free parking in the lot outside, and once inside you’ll like the nautical seashells & fishing nets “with a latin twist” décor. Food is unusual, nicely ethnic, and reasonably priced.
ECUADOR: El Caserio, 401 Silver Lake Blvd. Both the food and décor are beauteous here. Owned/operated by women; as this is a women’s sport, it could be a very inspiring place to experience the game. Recommended.
ENGLAND: Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena has two locations; 17 S. Raymond Ave. in Old Pas, and 1770 E. Colorado Blvd. The former is brew/wine only and has Britfood including, in my humble, THE best fish & chips in L.A. The latter has a more expanded pub menu, and full bar. More fans of female soccer turn out at the Colorado Blvd. location.
If in the Valley, you may want to try the Fox & Hounds, 11100 Ventura Blvd., and the Kings Head, 12969 Ventura Blvd., both in Studio City. The Robin Hood, 13640 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks, is nice, but expect it to be rather sedate and not much of a gathering for the games.
(Note: don’t bother with Ye Olde Kings Head in Santa Monica; last time, i.e. in 2011, they weren’t even aware of the Women’s Cup, and when I showed up and asked, wouldn’t put it on the TV!)
FRANCE: Possibly La Poubelle in Hollywood will have the game on its sole monitor. 5907 Franklin Blvd.
GERMANY: Two good choices: Wirtshaus (a modern bar/sausages kind of place popular with the under-50s), 345 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood; and…
…good old Alpine Village in Torrance. This is a terrific place to see any of the other games too. German continental menu, full bars, with adjacent European deli/market. 833 W. Torrance Blvd. @ the Harbor Freeway.
Re the Red Lion in SilverLake: This venue doesn’t usually have a TV beergarden anymore; which means only about four in its interior, all smallscreens. Also, in 2011, the staff was clueless that the Cup was even going on. They quickly switched it on the TV, though, upon request.
HOLLAND/NETHERLANDS: Springbok, 16153 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys. Although this is a South African venue, the local Dutch community likes this place, probably because of Holland’s historical influence in S.A.
IVORY COAST: See Cameroon.
JAPAN: Bar Nirvana in Little Tokyo will be lively with a mostly younger crowd, cheering on their asurito! Full bar, with some minimal munchies; brace for bad service. 314 E. 1st St.
KOREA: Two equally excellent sportsbars, both located on the same block in Koreatown:
Biergarten, 206 N. Western Ave. Also doubles as a gastrobar, with selections ranging from bulgogi fried rice to bratwurst sampler plates!
Piper’s, 222 N. Western Ave. Spacious free parking lot. A variety of food can be ordered in from the diner area, but the specialty and favorite is the broasted-style chicken.
MEXICO: Guelaguetza, 3014 W. Olympic Blvd. A large, partly-skylit hub of killer Oaxacan cuisine. Full bar; several TVs. Obviously there are many Mexican venues in L.A., but for a pro-mujeres atletas vibe, the delightful Guelaguetza gets my vote.
NETHERLANDS/HOLLAND: Springbok, 16153 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys. Although this is a South African venue, the local Dutch community likes this place, probably because of Holland’s historical influence in S.A.
NEW ZEALAND: No Kiwi venue per se in L.A. A few expats might show up at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, or the Springbok in Van Nuys.
NIGERIA: Totos in Van Nuys, 15355 Sherman Way. Small ethnic diner, female owned/operated, nice people.
Also: Veronica’s Kitchen, at 528 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, is tiny, with only 7-8 tables and one monitor; but could be fun! BTW, the aromas coming out of that kitchen are exquisite.
NORWAY: Olson’s Scandinavian Delicatessen, 5660 W. Pico Blvd. They close at 5pm, and all day Mondays which could pre-empt or rule out some of the games (i.e. June 15), but hey, maybe they’ll stay open if enough viewers show up and order herring salad and thin pancakes.
SPAIN: Two venues; Spain Restaurant in the Edendale neighborhood, at 1866 Glendale Blvd., offers Spanish cuisine, and despite the Argentinian origin of its proprietors, they will be rooting for Spain! Also Little Spain Restaurant at the Farmers Market, 3rd & Fairfax; a glass of sangria, a plate of fideo, and a great sports game. What more could you ask for outdoors on a summer’s day in L.A.?
SWEDEN: Gravlax, 12400 Culver Blvd., Culver City, is fusion Swedish-Turkish (that’s a first!); maybe they’ll have the game on. Unfortunately the TV is broken at L.A.’s other Swedish fusion eatery, the 4141 in Toluca Lake.
There’s also Olson’s Scandinavian Deli; see Norway.
SWITZERLAND: The Chalet Edelweiss in Westchester, not far from LAX, 8740 Sepulveda Blvd., has rich Swiss/Euro food, with open-fire pizzas too.
There’s also the wonderful Swiss Chef USA in Van Nuys; probably little awareness of the Cup there but if you ask to put the game on the bar TV, I’m sure they will. Chef Ueli makes Swiss cuisine here better than you can get at a haute Alps lodge!
THAILAND: The Palms, 5900 Hollywood Blvd., might be having a Word Cup viewing, as they’ve always had a dimension of entertainment in addition to dining.
U.S.A.: (see top of article)
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