Soccer fans in Phoenix might need to make a few adjustments to their sleep schedules for the next month.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is set to start in Moscow on Thursday, June 14, and the time-zone difference is not too convenient for Arizona fans. The earliest game kicks off at 3 a.m. local time. The latest starts at noon.
For the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, in which Germany beat Argentina in extra time in the final, Phoenix fans only had to account for a time difference of a few hours.
“A 10-hour time difference is a massive thing,” said Tony Wimberely, a manager at George and Dragon English Restaurant and Pub.
But despite the early start times, he still anticipates the bar will be packed for all of the Mexico and England games. He expects people to line up outside at 3 a.m. for England’s 5 a.m. game against Panama on June 24.
On this week’s episode of Planet Futbol, Luis Miguel Echegaray talks about England’s chances in the upcoming World Cup, and their potential for World Cups in the future.
WHERE TO WATCH THE WORLD CUP
A few places in town will open their doors earlier than usual for soccer lovers. A handful of others will show games during regular business hours and have specials for the matches. So, if you are not traveling to Moscow for the World Cup, here is where you can watch in the Valley:
George & Dragon English Restaurant and Pub
It is opening early for a majority of the games in the first round, including when England takes on Panama at 5 a.m. on June 24. It will serve an English breakfast, American breakfast and breakfast burritos to accommodate the early game times. With a projection screen in the dining room and six TVs around the bar, the games will always be in sight for anyone in the bar.
Details: 4240 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-241-0018, georgeanddragonpub.net.
Tim Finnegan’s Irish Pub
This Irish pub will open at 8 a.m. during the first round. It will continue to open early though the rest of the World Cup at a time to be determined. It will serve breakfast at halftime. Drink specials include $3 Estrella Jalisco and Irish whiskies, $4 Carlsberg and Kilkenny drafts and $4.50 Tito’s cocktails. The pub will have additional specials for yellow cards, red cards and penalty kicks.
Details: 17045 N. 59th Ave., Glendale. 602-875-8331, timfinnegans.com.
Native Grill and Wings
If you are looking to watch any of Mexico’s games, Native Grill and Wings is the place to go. This location will be the headquarters for Pancho Villa’s Army, a group that supports the Mexico national team.
On Father’s Day, the location will open at 7 a.m. for the Mexico game. Viewers can purchase a bowl of menudo or a traditional breakfast for $5. Tall Estrella beer can be purchased for $4.
Details: 5020 W Baseline Road, Phoenix. (602) 237-9068, nativegrillandwings.com/location/laveen.
Rose and Crown
During any match, patrons can purchase $3 Carlsberg drafts, $3 Heineken bottles and $4 Four Peaks drafts. For more information about early open times, visit the pub’s Facebook page.
Details: 628 E. Adams St., Phoenix. 602-256-0223, roseandcrownworldcup.com.
Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
Fans can stop by to watch the games at this restaurant. Rosie McCaffrey’s will have specials on Ketel One and Captain Morgan during games. A player from Manchester United will also do a meet and greet from 8-9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18. During the meet and greet, Casillero del Diablo wine and sangria will be available.
Details: 906 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602-241-1916, rosiemccaffreys.com.
On game days, the tavern will have happy-hour prices, which includes $3 domestic drafts and bottles, along with $5 house wines and well drinks.
Details: 4801 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. 602-840-3950, arcadiatavern.com.
Four Peaks Brewing Co.
Both locations will show games during regular business hours. Expect the sound to be one for more popular matches, along with the playoffs and final. They will have $3 pints of their Phoenix Rising Lager available during all World Cup games.
Details: 1340 E. Eighth St., Suite 104, Tempe, 480-303-9967; and 15745 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, 480-991-1795. fourpeaks.com.
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
The Titled Kilt Pub & Eatery in downtown Phoenix will be showing matches during regular business hours on their two large projector screens. The games will be aired with sound, and other smaller TVs around the eatery will have matches on, too.
Details: 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Other locations in Peoria, northeast Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. tiltedkilt.com.
Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill
This pub and grill will show World Cup matches during regular business hours. If you’re hoping to celebrate or cope after some of the later games, you can stick around for the daily 3-6 p.m. happy hour.
Details: Tempe Marketplace, Loop 202 and McClintock Drive, Suite 1041. 480-968-2920, thirstylionpub.com.
McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon
McFadden’s will open a few hours earlier for some of the games. It also will have $3 Estrella Jalisco.
Details: Westgate Entertainment District, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. 623-872-0022, mcfaddensglendale.com.
Venezia’s New York Style Pizzeria
During the World Cup, Venezia’s will offer fan $5 off orders of $30 or more. Fans can dine in and watch the game or opt to use the code FB1160 for online orders.
Details: Five locations in Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe and Gilbert. venezias.com.
This sports bar will have games on during regular business hours. The establishment has dozens of TVs, so you won’t have a problem tuning in to the game you’ve been waiting for.
Details: 2135 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-954-8946, twinpeaksrestaurant.com.
Zipps Sports Grill
The bar will air games during regular business hours. The establishment has about 16 TVs. If you stop by on the weekend for the later games, the bar will be running its Weekend Hangover special from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Details: 7551 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. 480-970-9507, zippssportsgrills.com.
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