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In case you haven't noticed, World Cup fever has the entire globe in it's grips. While the US isn't exactly known for it's love of all things footy, it's hard to deny the excitement we feel when we're all rooting for one team as one nation. Even though my beloved Spanish players (can I get a helloooo, Torres & Ramos?? Haircuts have done you both verrry well) haven't been quite as up to snuff as their last World Cup, I can get behind this US team doing well through all of the broken nose antics.
Today the Germans take to the pitch to play against the Algerian national team for the chance to kick it in the quarter finals. While I'm sure we're all excited about the game, there are those of you out there who feel just like me - that the place you watch the game is just as important as the game itself.
While living in Berlin for a summer with my sister, I learned a love for beer that I hadn't had before (yes, I went through most of my college years not loving a cold one). To this day I still love a large hefeweizen and a good currywurst and even though we're not in Prenzlauer Berg anymore my sister and I can get our Berliner Dinner on over on this side of the pond. Check out the NYC locations below this afternoon for a beer, some soccer, and a whole lot of German pride while not spending too much of your hard earned cash. Click on the names of each spot to learn a little more about them.
1. Hallo Berlin - This makes the list due in most part to the handy location. Set right in Midtown in the heart of Hell's Kitchen, Hallo Berlin is a easy option for those of us who are trying to catch early afternoon games near the office. Leave the office a little early, forget about order the food here, and just grab a beer.
2. Lorelye - The firsthand fun of watching the US play Portugal here has hooked me - I'll be coming back to this spot! But beware, this place gets packed early and the bouncers are strict about the number of people allowed inside. Be sure to get there before the game starts to get a seat and your order in before the mad rush of soccer fans. They multiple viewing areas - the upstairs and downstairs bars as well as a garden out back. Reservations are needed for the garden. Order up gouda infused pretzels ($10) and some Kranz Kölsch served in 11 0.2L glasses on a traditional tray.
3. Paulaner Brauhaus & Restaurant - Under new management with a new look and menu, the Paulaner Brauhaus and Restaurant is worth a look. Lots of Paulaner brew to choose from and a huge screen in the oh-so-cool LES make this an easy choice if you're in the neighborhood.
4. Wechler's - This place is teenytiny but it's got a good sized projector, cheap currywurst ($7) and big beers. Squeeze into a table with a group of friends, or share a table and make new ones.
5. Biergarten at the Standard - For a little more swank with your sauerkraut check out the beirgarten at the Standard Hotel in Meatpacking. A go-to for summer happy hours and the start to many a great night, this beirgarten has the location, location, location bit down pat. Grab a few tickets from the booth at the front if you want beer or brats, and lock down a spot a table quickly - this place fills up fast!
6. Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden - This place is the O.G. of beer gardens in New York City. It's the oldest and one of the largest, sprawling through Astoria, Queens. While the menu is more Czech and Slovak with some confusing choices thrown in (nachos?) the beer menu is spot on. Pitchers are only $16 bucks too - perfect for sharing with a group of friends while watching the game.