The Earl of Sussex, 431 Sussex Dr.
It starts on day one as fans of Brazil and Croatia say they will be here to watch the tournament’s opening match between the two countries. Fans of the Netherlands also say they’ll be watching their country’s games here. The Earl of Sussex will have an outdoor projector screen and multiple mounted flat screen TVs inside.
The Georgetown, Old Ottawa South
With HD plasma and large screens, the Georgetown is known for showing soccer matches early each and every weekend of the football season. It’s only natural this pub is a World Cup hot spot. Fans of England, the Netherlands, Germany and Nigeria all say this is the place to watch their country’s matches.
Sala San Marco, 215 Preston St.
The owners of Sala San Marco, located on Preston Street in Little Italy, are Italian and Spanish. No more explanation needed. The banquet hall will show all Italy and Spain matches on two large projector screens and you can be sure there will be large crowds for each game. Note: The first Italy game will be shown outside because there is a wedding scheduled at that time.
St. Anthony Banquet Hall, 523 St. Anthony St.
Near Sala San Marco is the St. Anthony Banquet Hall, where fans of some countries will watch the games. Games featuring Italy (of course) and Bosnia and Herzeogovina will be the biggest draws.
Heart and Crown, ByWard Market & Preston Street
There are two Heart and Crown locations showing World Cup games. The location of Preston Street will, of course, bring fans of Italy and especially the game between Italy and England (That includes some players from Ottawa Fury FC). The ByWard Market location will attract around 200 Brazil fans, they say.
Café Caco, 77A Montreal Rd.
This will be a huge place to go for fans of Brazil, Portugal, Spain, as well as the Latin American countries. There will also be free food offered during games to help “soak up the alcohol,” according to the store owner, Emilio Goncalves.
The Hometown Sports and Grill, 1525 Bank St.
The owner is Greek so there will surely be a crowd for all that country’s games. There are also viewing parties for games featuring the Netherlands, including the key June 13 match against Spain. The Hometown is the former location of the flagship Local Heroes.
Black Irish Pub, 15 Selkirk St.
The Bytown Boys Ottawa FC supporters club watches most of their games here, so there’s sure to be a crowd. Also, where there’s football and the Irish, there’s sure to be a party. The pub caters to the Irish and Spanish so it will be a draw for Spain fans.