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The 10 Best Bars in Chicago to Watch Women’s Soccer

Everyone will be watching this year — join them

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With more than 2 billion people projected to be watching this year’s women’s world championship — you better be ready for soccer. The women of Team USA will be repping our nation in the tournament, so you could consider it a patriotic duty to tune in. To help coordinate your watch parties, we teamed up with Johnnie Walker, a long time supporter of women’s sports.

The matches start on July 20, and while D.C. has passed a law where bars can stay open to show the matches in real-time, for most of the nation (including us here in Chicago), bars will be on replay mode during the days. So go ahead, check the schedules, coordinate with friends, and get ready to kick back with a Johnnie Walker cocktail to view the soccer matches. We’ve got the best bars in Chicago to do so.

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A. J. Hudson's Public House

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Known as “Chicago’s original soccer pub,” A.J. Hudson’s Public House is located near North Center (just a 15-minute walk from Wrigley), and is the ideal spot for cheering on Team USA — it offers a ton of TVs and has been hosting soccer lovers since 1992. Their full sports schedule offers a ton of different games, but the cup holds precedence. Order a burger and fries, pour some Black Label neat, and catch the game.

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The Globe Pub

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Located in North Center, The Globe Pub is the epicenter for all things European soccer — so yes, it’s the perfect spot to watch the women’s games. With a huge selection of cocktails, plenty of TVs, and great food, it’ll likely become one of your regular spots throughout the championship, too. Order up some nachos and wings or indulge in their British fare of bangers and mash or fish and chips, then watch some football, er, soccer. 

Fadó Irish Pub

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As a traditional Irish pub, this bar in River North has everything you could want to hunker down and watch the games: great drinks and a great atmosphere. With locations in Atlanta, Columbus, and Philadelphia, Fado continuously delivers on the same vibe — soccer on the TV, friendly people at the bar, and tasty dishes ready to order. Go ahead and grab a plate of corned beef and cabbage, or just a good ol’ burger, and get ready to see your favorite teams (including Ireland, of course) with replays that better suit our time zone. 

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Located in River North, this sports bar over-delivers on comfort and service — a bit more upscale than your typical sports bar, you might say. Self-billed as “Chicago’s best sports bar,” you can rest assured that you’ll find your favorite teams and games on the screen, including all of the women’s team games. With daily food and drink specials to keep you going, this lounge will welcome you back again and again.

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Woodlawn Tap

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Woodlawn Tap, also known as Jimmy’s for the longtime bar owner, is a watering hole for the University of Chicago crew and Hyde Park neighborhood. Open since 1955, while nothing fancy, this bar is one of those places that caters to all who come there — it’s chill without being a dive, it’s cozy without being boring, and it shows sports on the TVs without it being a “sports bar.” Enjoy a cocktail and catch your favorite matches.

Fatpour Tap Works - Wicker Park

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With two locations, one in Wicker Park and one near McCormick Place in the South Loop, Fatpour is your go to for, well, fat pours, great cocktails, and great food, all while displaying the best in sports on their big screens. At either location, expect lots of fans and fanfare, good vibes, and drink specials. (Win-win-win.) The burger is raved about, so make sure to order one if you’re hungry, and get ready for some solid soccer watching.

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Joe's on Weed St.

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This venue is known for its live music, but it also does a great job keeping the energy going with game-day viewings. With its big, open space, it’s a great spot to catch a special event (cough cough the women’s championship matches). Quite literally, they tout themselves as “the best spot to watch all the games,” so go ahead and put that to the test. It’s a 21-and-over spot, and they feature game-day specials.

Sluggers World Class Sports Bar and Grill & Dueling Pianos

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With more than 40 TVs, this Wrigleyville spot has been in operation for more than 35 years. The first floor is the bar that houses most of the viewing action, while the second floor offers batting cages (yes, really), skee-ball, air hockey, and other games — so you’ll have a full day or night of sports, should you so choose. And with regular drink specials, you’ll be ready to cheer on Team United States (or okay, whichever team you love) with fervor.

El Nuevo Vallarta Sports Bar & Grill

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Just outside the city, this Berwyn sports bar offers a ton of seating and TVs for sports fanatics, including a large outdoor space for those wanting a break from the action (or some sun). Located in an old bank building, the bar is a local haunt offering Mexican food and seafood specialties that’ll have you coming back.

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A. J. Hudson's Public House

Known as “Chicago’s original soccer pub,” A.J. Hudson’s Public House is located near North Center (just a 15-minute walk from Wrigley), and is the ideal spot for cheering on Team USA — it offers a ton of TVs and has been hosting soccer lovers since 1992. Their full sports schedule offers a ton of different games, but the cup holds precedence. Order a burger and fries, pour some Black Label neat, and catch the game.

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The Globe Pub

Located in North Center, The Globe Pub is the epicenter for all things European soccer — so yes, it’s the perfect spot to watch the women’s games. With a huge selection of cocktails, plenty of TVs, and great food, it’ll likely become one of your regular spots throughout the championship, too. Order up some nachos and wings or indulge in their British fare of bangers and mash or fish and chips, then watch some football, er, soccer. 

Fadó Irish Pub

As a traditional Irish pub, this bar in River North has everything you could want to hunker down and watch the games: great drinks and a great atmosphere. With locations in Atlanta, Columbus, and Philadelphia, Fado continuously delivers on the same vibe — soccer on the TV, friendly people at the bar, and tasty dishes ready to order. Go ahead and grab a plate of corned beef and cabbage, or just a good ol’ burger, and get ready to see your favorite teams (including Ireland, of course) with replays that better suit our time zone. 

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Theory

Located in River North, this sports bar over-delivers on comfort and service — a bit more upscale than your typical sports bar, you might say. Self-billed as “Chicago’s best sports bar,” you can rest assured that you’ll find your favorite teams and games on the screen, including all of the women’s team games. With daily food and drink specials to keep you going, this lounge will welcome you back again and again.

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Woodlawn Tap

Woodlawn Tap, also known as Jimmy’s for the longtime bar owner, is a watering hole for the University of Chicago crew and Hyde Park neighborhood. Open since 1955, while nothing fancy, this bar is one of those places that caters to all who come there — it’s chill without being a dive, it’s cozy without being boring, and it shows sports on the TVs without it being a “sports bar.” Enjoy a cocktail and catch your favorite matches.

Fatpour Tap Works - Wicker Park

With two locations, one in Wicker Park and one near McCormick Place in the South Loop, Fatpour is your go to for, well, fat pours, great cocktails, and great food, all while displaying the best in sports on their big screens. At either location, expect lots of fans and fanfare, good vibes, and drink specials. (Win-win-win.) The burger is raved about, so make sure to order one if you’re hungry, and get ready for some solid soccer watching.

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Joe's on Weed St.

This venue is known for its live music, but it also does a great job keeping the energy going with game-day viewings. With its big, open space, it’s a great spot to catch a special event (cough cough the women’s championship matches). Quite literally, they tout themselves as “the best spot to watch all the games,” so go ahead and put that to the test. It’s a 21-and-over spot, and they feature game-day specials.

Sluggers World Class Sports Bar and Grill & Dueling Pianos

With more than 40 TVs, this Wrigleyville spot has been in operation for more than 35 years. The first floor is the bar that houses most of the viewing action, while the second floor offers batting cages (yes, really), skee-ball, air hockey, and other games — so you’ll have a full day or night of sports, should you so choose. And with regular drink specials, you’ll be ready to cheer on Team United States (or okay, whichever team you love) with fervor.

El Nuevo Vallarta Sports Bar & Grill

Just outside the city, this Berwyn sports bar offers a ton of seating and TVs for sports fanatics, including a large outdoor space for those wanting a break from the action (or some sun). Located in an old bank building, the bar is a local haunt offering Mexican food and seafood specialties that’ll have you coming back.

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