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The FIFA World Cup starts (literally) on Sunday so here’s our starting lineup guide with quick stops and hotspots to catch the world’s best football teams from November to December 18th when a new champion is crowned in Qatar. Check out the game series over brunch at Mullets or over lunch with friends at Gilroy’s.
Team USA will play their first game in Group B against Wales on November 21 at 13:00.
This guide features a wide variety of game days, as well as watch parties starring Iowa Pro and Des Moines Menace, so show your best when choosing where to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
barn town brewing
Order Barn Town Brews and burgers while watching games this month. With a full menu of beers on tap and plus-size TVs, it’s time to settle down with the ’55, a cheeky classic burger with American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and red onions, named after the Ford F-100 is named The Bar by Barn Town Brewing.
Location: 9500 University Ave., 1100, West Des Moines
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m
Contact: 515-978-6767; www.barntownbrewing.com.
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The Chicken Coop Sports Bar & Grill
Home of flame-grilled wings and specialty pizzas, The Chicken Coop’s three locations offer great spots to watch the game and sip on beers, cocktails and mixed margaritas. If you like it spicy, order the Pepper Jackoroni Pizza Pie with Pepper Jack Cheese, chili peppers and red peppers.
Location: 1325 SW Oralabor Road, Ankeny; 12725 Meredith Drive, Urbandale; 5906 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines
Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m
Contact: 515-289-1578, chickencoopurbandale.com
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Gilroy’s Kitchen + Pub + Terrace
Gilroy’s shows all FIFA World Cup matches on its large screen TVs in the bar area. Customers can order from the weekend brunch buffet or sample crispy tempura-fried white cheddar cheese curd with ranch dressing. On the menu, try Gilroy’s crispy fried chicken, an upscale version of the Southern dish served with green garlic beans and scalloped parmesan potatoes.
Location: 1238 Eighth St., West Des Moines
Hours: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m
Contact: 515-809-1727; gilroyskitchen.com.
Pub grub and game viewing go hand in hand, especially when you can order all of The Hall’s specialty menus at once. Watch the game on The Hall’s giant screens and grab finger foods like fried Brussels sprouts and nachos from FoodWorks. Order a red lager or a giant pretzel from DieHalle. Burgers with fried jalapenos or poblano peppers and verde sauce come from a burger stand. Pizza and sandwiches are also on the menu. Grab a beer or craft cocktail while catching the players on the court.
Location: 111 S. 11th St., Suite 200, West Des Moines
Hours: Monday to Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m
Contact: 515-608-4100; thehalldsm.com.
The barrel stand
This West Des Moines sports bar is a great place to relax and play games while watching the game. Share some corn nachos with friends and bite off appetizers like breaded baby portobello mushrooms with a side of ranch dressing, or indulge in The Keg Stand’s signature Boom Fries with bacon, cheddar, sour cream and chives.
Location: 3530 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines
Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m
Contact: 515-327-7429; thekegstanddm.com.
The bar at Mullets is a great place to watch the games. The Mullet’s massive menu offers a wide range of American favorites, including breakfast dishes like chorizo hash browns and chicken and waffles, large pizzas with taco fixing or brisket mac and cheese, and burgers decked out with jalapenos or avocado and egg.
Location: 1300 SE First St., Des Moines
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m
Contact: 515-244-1443; mulletsdm.com.
The other place
The Other Place has two spots in the subway where you can watch FIFA World Cup matches on big screen TVs. Try the hand-breaded onion rings with ranch dressing or share the smokehouse pizza, which is loaded with smokehouse pizza sauce, ground roast beef, smoked ham, bacon, red onions, four cheeses and cilantro, then drizzled with barbecue sauce.
Location: 12401 Universitätsallee, Clive; 2010 SE Delaware Avenue, Ankeny
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight.
Contact: Ankeny, 515-963-9494; Clive, 515-225-9494; theotherplace.com.
Players Sports Bar & Grill
Players Sports Bar & Grill is ready to play during the FIFA World Cup. Munch on some hot wings or bite into one of eight different burgers, like the Juicy Pipin’ Lucy, a half-pound burger made with melted cheddar and topped with Pepper Jack Cheese, jalapeños, bacon, Chipotle Ranch, lettuce, and tomatoes cucumbers.
Location: 1760 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines
Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., closed on Wednesday; Thursday and Friday, 3 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m
Since 2001, this grub pub has been bringing a touch of British style from across the pond to the heart of the city centre. This is a must for the FIFA World Cup Metro games whilst enjoying traditional fish and chips, scotch eggs or shepherd’s pie. Wash it down with one of over 100 single malt scotches behind the bar.
Location: 210 Fourth St., Des Moines
Hours: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m
Contact: 515-282-2012; royalmilebar.com.
Saint’s Pub + Terrace
The Saints Pub + Patio in Waukee plans to show FIFA World Cup matches on a number of TVs. Try the pub nachos with pickled jalapenos, pico de gallo and spring onions with sour cream and zesty beer cheese queso or chicken poblano dip, served with tortilla chips or flatbread. Opt for a Philly Cheese Steak or French Dip to satisfy larger appetites.
Location: 87 NE Carefree Lane, Waukee
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m
Contact: 515-216-1654; saintspub.com.
The Station on Ingersoll
FIFA World Cup fever is coming to the station on Ingersoll, which is set to open daily at 10am from kickoff day, November 20th. Order crab rangoon nachos, beer cheese pretzel bites, fried pickles and State Fair pickle dip with ham and pub chips. Try a White Russian flavored with pumpkin pie or a Drunken Appletini Shot.
Location: 3124 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines
Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m
Since 1982, Wellman’s Pub has been the place to watch games and enjoy classic pub fare like pizza, burgers and wings. Try the delicious Buffalo Chicken Mac — tender chicken paired with penne pasta and the restaurant’s new Buffalo Cream Sauce with cornbread crumb crust, blue cheese crumble and Buffalo sauce.
Location: 2920 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines and 597 Market St., West Des Moines
Hours: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m
Contact: DesMoines, 515-245-9737; West Des Moines, 515-222-1100; wellmanspub.com; Ingersoll Facebook; West Des Moines Facebook.
Pro Iowa and Des Moines Menace host watch parties
Pro Iowa, the initiative aimed at bringing professional football to the state, and the Des Moines Menace are inviting Iowans to attend a select series of watch parties for national teams including the United States and Mexico. The open-house-style watch parties are family-friendly and kick off on November 21 when attendees watch USA take on Wales and Germany take on Spain at Hessen Haus (101 SW Fourth St., Des Moines).
Watch Parties will be added to new games, and attendees who sign up for Watch Parties will automatically be entered into a sweepstakes with great prizes up for grabs, including $100 gift cards from select locations and a 65- Hisense inch flat screen TV. An additional 65-inch Hisense flat panel TV will be reserved for a winner who attends in person the final event on December 18th.
A list of places where Watch parties are held:
- Monday 21 Nov: USA vs Wales at Flix Brewhouse; kick-off at 1 p.m.; 3800 Merle Hay Road, Suite 1300, Des Moines; flixbrewhouse.com/des-moines, 515-612-9200.
- Tuesday 22 Nov: Mexico vs. Poland at Senor Tequila; kick-off at 10 a.m.; 3411 SE 14th St., Des Moines; senortequiladsm.com, 515-528-2050.
- Friday, November 25: USA vs. England at Big Grove Brewery; kick-off at 1 p.m.; 555 17th St., Des Moines; biggrove.com, 515-777-2337.
- Saturday, November 26th: Mexico vs. Argentina at Kinship Brewing Co.; kick-off at 1 p.m.; 255 NW Sunrise Drive, Waukee; kinshipbeer.com.
- Sunday 27th Nov: Germany vs. Spain in Hessen Haus; kick-off at 1 p.m.; 101 Fourth St., Des Moines; essenhaus.com, 515-288-2520.
- Tuesday, November 29: USA vs. Iran at Kinship Brewing Co; Kick-off at 1 p.m
- Wednesday, November 30: Mexico vs. Saudi Arabia at El Fogon in West Glen in West Des Moines; kick-off at 1 p.m.; 5465 Mills Civic Pkwy., West Des Moines; 515-221-7981.