World Cup's hottest breakfast spots for tomorrow's big game
Don't sit at home (or worse, go to work) and watch tomorrow's 9 a.m. World Cup doubleheader of USA vs. Algeria and England vs. Slovenia over soggy Cheerios and lukewarm coffee when plenty of local bars are opening their doors bright and early for diehard fans to enjoy hearty breakfasts and generous drink specials.
NOMAD WORLD PUB The Nomad claims to be "where the world watches," and this devoted crowd of regular viewers makes yelling at the screen a sport of its own. Breakfast: The Nomad fires up the grill and offers a "hot breakfast sandy" of scrambled eggs, sausage and cheese along with a side of hash browns for $5.50. Drink Specials: Those who've entered the Nomad's pool get $4 beers when they bring in their official glasses, but other deals abound. Cans are $2.50, a 24 ounce Tiger lager from Singapore is $5, but the best deal is the prix fixe, which consists of a shot, a PBR tallboy and a cigarette for $5. If the Algerians start their day in the same manner, we should have no problem moving into the next round. Viewing: Multiple televisions, a large screen at the back of the bar, and even a flatscreen outside on the patio
BRITS "Every game, every goal, live." When we think of soccer we think of Brits, a bar that shows Premier League games throughout the year but really explodes during World Cup season. Breakfast: Fans can nosh on $4 breakfast sandwiches from 8:30 to 11 Drink specials: Heineken, Heineken Light, Newcastle Brown Ale, and Dos Equis are $4 pints and bottles during live games. Viewing: These folks take their soccer seriously: HD plasma TVs throughout the bar, two 55-inch all-weather screens on the third floor veranda, a 9-by-16-foot screen on the lawn, and two giant screens in the Long Room and the Clubhouse. Brits is also the only place we found that airs replays of the early morning games (Slovenia vs. England will replay at 9 p.m. Wednesday night, and USA vs. Algeria is in time for happy hour at 5 p.m.).
KEEGAN'S Sure, the Irish aren't contenders this year, but thanks to the ABE (anyone but England) policy of their fans, cheering is still as rowdy as ever. Breakfast: The weekend breakfast menu will be available for tomorrow's games, including Keegan's traditional Irish breakfast (a.k.a. the Ulster fry up) of eggs, bangers, Irish bacon, black pudding, hash browns, tomato, mushroom, and toast for $10.95. Drink specials: $3 refills if you were one of the lucky folks to buy a Harp glass during the recent World Cup promotion. Viewing: Almost any seat in the bar has access to an HD television screen.
KIERAN'S This new enormous location means more fans can pack into the bar--and onto the patio--to rally against the British Empire. Breakfast: Four options to choose from: the Irish bacon toastie, tarragon roasted breakfast potato, Kieran's nutty granola, or the epic Kieran's breakfast: two eggs, a meat option, roasted potatoes, and toast. Drink Specials: Happy hour starts early for the games, which means $4 tap beers, rail drinks, and bloody Marys. Viewing: A monstrous 140-inch HD screen is the focal point, though HD televisions are scattered throughout the bar.
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