The 2019 Soccer Women’s World Cup is exciting as all getout! It begins June 7, culminating July 7, with teams from 24 countries. It happens only once every 4 years, and is looked forward to as if the Olympics. The thrill, the drama, and supreme athleticism are 10 on the scale. If your team is in the Cup and better yet, wins, all the better! This is what Team USA did in 2015.
Host country this year is France; therefore we in SoCal are relegated to following via remote. Los Angeles, with its multi-cultural diversity and wide array of ethnic eateries, is literally the best place on the globe to watch the Cup while dining, in terms of viewing on TV at a venue corresponding to the country of the team that’s playing. That is a highly recommended excursion adventure, and the post herein is a guide to doing exactly that.
Due to the time zone differential, some matches are starting as early as 4am California time; before many of our local venues open. This impacts what venues are shown in the list below. Please check carefully before you make the trip to the bar/restaurant. Link to the match schedule: https://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/matches/
USA: Tom’s Urban in downtown LA at the LA Live complex is having a watch party for every Team USA match, which is being put on by LA’s pro men’s team, The Galaxy. Get there early; it will get packed.
Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste, 1770 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, despite its concept as a Britpub with French twist, is a stronghold for USA women’s soccer fans. Possibly this is because of its proximity to college campuses. Venues near LA’s colleges lean toward women’s soccer; i.e. try Rocco’s Tavern near UCLA, 1000 Gayley Ave., and so forth.
The Village Idiot, 7383 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, is slated to show all the USA games.
ARGENTINA: The Mercado Buenos Aires, 7540 Sepulveda Blvd., Van Nuys.
New Buenos Aires Bakery & Cafe, 1723 W. Verdugo Ave., Burbank.
AUSTRALIA: No strictly Aussie venue in LA so instead head on over to Ye Olde Kings Head, or if after 11am to the Cock ‘n’ Bull, as the US-Australian Football League has been known to throw its parties at the latter. (See England/UK for info on both.) You’ll run into a few Aussies at these places, however neither venue serves Australian food.
BRAZIL: Roma-Bella Vista Brazilian Pizza, 10826 Venice Blvd., Culver City, opens 11:30am, is fairly spacious and sunlit, with big soccer mural on the wall. The pizzas have standard toppings but also feature some adventurous Brazilian ones: green peas, catupiry, hardcooked eggs, bland calabrese sausage, squash, beef stroganoff with potato sticks (yes, you read correctly, that is a topping).
Café Brasil, 11736 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, opens 11am, is colorful, tropical, and casual. This is not a “churrasco” joint by any means. Rather, it has feijoada and carefully-seasoned combo plates; grilled sandwiches; and fruity drinkables. A sweet-touch avo-type cooks and oversees. Terrible service and mismanagement with the crowds during the men’s Cup last year; hopefully they will have corrected their sins since then.
CAMEROON: No strictly Cameroonian venue in LA, but a pan-African eatery such as Sumptuous African Restaurant, 1170 S. La Brea, LA (opens 11am) would likely be supportive.
CANADA: No known Canuck venue in LA anymore, since the Redondo Beach Café changed hands last year.
CHILE: Rincon Chileno, 4352 Melrose Ave., East Hollywood, and also at 15418 Hawthorne Blvd. #B, Lawndale; both open 10am.
CHINA: Tons of Chinese restaurants/bars in LA; the challenge is to find one you like that’s got a TV tuned to soccer and is open at 6 in the morning.
ENGLAND/U.K.: Lucky Baldwin’s, 17 S. Raymond Ave., Old Pasadena. Parking in the city garage 2 doors south. Britpub fare, with xlnt fish & chips. Beer/wine only. Indoor/outdoor.
Lucky Baldwin’s Delirium, 21 Kersting Ct., Sierra Madre.
Fox & Hounds, 11100 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, opens 11am/6am on weekends. Traditional Brit pubfare, plus American burgers and sandies and breakfast stuff. Darkened, somewhat rockmusic interior.
The Robin Hood, 13640 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks, opens 11am. Lower-key vibe with a nice dining room separate from the bar; has the most comfortable seating of the pubs. Free parking lots around the back. Full menu. Very nice place; gauged to be THE best overall venue in all of LA for the men’s Cup last year!
Cat & Fiddle, 742 N. Highland Ave. in Hollywood, opens 11:30am, is indoor/outdoor and rockingly quaint. Thoughtful kitchen which goes past (albeit includes) the usual Brit slop. Beware of tow-away on Highland; best to park on a sidestreet.
Cock ‘n’ Bull Pub, 2947 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, opens 11am, has dimly-“lit” interior and blue collar appeal to go with its very-Brit decor and standard pubfare. Free parking lot.
Ye Olde Kings Head, 116 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica a half block away from the beach, opens 9am, is the most established and well-known gathering spot for limey expats in L.A. In the past they haven’t taken women’s soccer very seriously; supposedly this year they’re going to try to be better about it (though you may have to request the TV be turned to the game). Am listing this venue last…(LoL) Park in nearby City pay-garages, such as the one on 2nd Street, for about $10.
FRANCE: The Atmosphere Mar Vista, 12034 Venice Blvd., may as well be the hub of the French soccer fan community in LA, being French like the host country plus still in ecstasy over the France championship in the men’s Cup last year. Terrific, well-prepared food extending far beyond the usual café stuff. Recommended.
Moulin Bistro, 248 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach will likely be the hub for OC.
GERMANY: Wirtshaus, 345 N. La Brea, LA will open early for some of the games, but not all. Call first; 323-931-9291. Millennials-heavy crowd, eating many sausages, drinking lots of beer, and Instagramming their friends every hour.
HOLLAND/NETHERLANDS: Springbok Bar & Grill, 16153 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys is actually South African. However, Dutch fans come here for their games, probably because of Holland’s big part in South Africa’s history.
ITALY: Euro Caffe, 427 N. Canon Dr. #111, Beverly Hills, opens 7am, closed Sundays. Easiest parking is in city lot a few doors north, and first 2 hours are free.
JAMAICA: Natraliart, 3426 Washington Blvd., LA, opens 11am. Recommended.
We Jammin, 5103 Pico, LA opens at 10am.
Ackee Bamboo, 4305 Degnan, LA opens 11am.
JAPAN: Head to the restaurant/bar (called “the Ise-Shima”) at the lovely Miyako Hybrid Hotel, 21381 S. Western Ave. (enter on 213th St.), Torrance; the bar has the TV broadcast. Japanese and American breakfast buffets available. Nice all-ages crowd. This is a posh 4-star facility, state of the art, brightly lit and clean as a whistle. Free parking out front.
Las Galas, 103 Japanese Village Plaza on E. 1st St., LA, in Little Tokyo, opens 11am, and has many monitors, though not much of a cheering crowd. Best price parking is in the city lot around the corner on Judge John Aiso Street between E. 1st and Temple.
Fukagawa, 1630 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Gardena, tucked quietly in the corner of the open-air Pacific Square shopping plaza, has a breakfast menu of Japanese items; then shifts to equally Japanese lunch plates mid-day. All are reasonable priced.
SOUTH KOREA: Toe Bang Café, 3465 W. 6th St., Koreatown, opens noon on some days (2pm otherwise), and has 11 TV screens. Not yet vetted; fingers crossed!
NEW ZEALAND: Tangaroa Fish Market, 12604 Washington Blvd., Culver City, opens 11:30am, has indoor/outdoor seating with mainly seafood menu. Their oysters can be xlnt. Beer/wine.
NIGERIA: Totos,15355 Sherman Way, Van Nuys is a real-deal ethno-diner run by nice people who just so happen to love soccer! Lots of stew-y bowls and jollof rice plates.
NORWAY: Olson’s Scandinavian Café & Deli, 5660 Pico Blvd. is a delight, serving its roster of gravlax, herring salad / egg salad sandwiches with Danish havarti cheese, Swedish pancakes, shrimp skagen, of course Swedish meatballs, the open-face sandwich smorrebrod, more. Olson’s is a combination cafe, diner, deli, candy store, and bookstore; with even a bin of free books you’re welcome to take. It’s also an amenable place to bring kids. The flags of Norway and Sweden outside their front door hail you in.
SCOTLAND: See England/U.K.
SOUTH AFRICA: Springbok Bar & Grill, 16153 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, normally opens at 11am; call first re 9am matches (818-988-9786). Casual sportsbar owned by South African expat guys, featuring a few South African specialties (boerewors sausage, peri-peri chicken) in addition to pubstyle fare and American standards. Free parking lot around the back.
SPAIN: No Spanish venues open early enough. Try a neutral sportsbar (see below).
SWEDEN: See Norway re Olson’s.
THAILAND: Thai Patio, 5273 Hollywood Blvd., has an extensive menu, free parking lot, is brightly daylight, family-friendly, and more spacious than most.
Crispy Pork Gang, 5253 Hollywood Blvd., is open 24/7. Rah!
Palms Thai Restaurant, 5900 Hollywood Blvd., opens 11am, is an Asian entertainment-oriented venue where aspects other than just dining draw the clientele in (such as, their Thai Elvis impersonators). Be advised they can’t get the games which are on FOX, though.
Further, there are plenty of Thai restaurants in Thaitown and beyond…easy to find in LA.
NEUTRAL: The key to a good neutral venue is that it is open fairly early, and has plenty of monitors; such as:
6th & La Brea Brewery, 600 S. La Brea, LA, is proudly screening the games (including opening early for some) and having $4 tap specials.
1739 Public House, 1739 N. Vermont Ave., LA/Los Feliz, opens 11am.
Alpine Village, 833 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance, is opening early for some of the games and having special Cup menu. Their schedule: http://alpinevillagecenter.com/2019-womens-world-cup/
Barney’s Beanery, 99 E. Colorado Blvd., Old Pasadena (opens 10am); plus 250 N. 1st St., Burbank and at the Redondo Beach Pier (open 11am, earlier on weekends).
The Crest, 1625 Cabrillo Ave., Old Town Torrance, opens 11am and allegedly earlier on weekends.
Golden Road Brewery, 5410 W. San Fernando Rd., LA, opens 11am/10am on weekends.
The Gordon Biersch, 145 S. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank, opens 11am.
Joxer Daly’s, 11168 Washington Blvd., Culver City, opens weekdays 11am but earlier on weekends…
…and many more. These are just a few examples.
Enjoy the Cup and the ethnic experience, definitely! And please share here how it goes for ya!
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