Where to see your favorite World Cup team in Los Angeles

The FIFA World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world, attracting fútbol fans and non-fans alike. Billions of people stop every four years and watch their country’s team wherever they can.

Those who shaped Los Angeles have always been a part of it. Speaking from over 150 countries and more than 220 languages, the immigrants and refugees of our metropolis have always been enthusiastic about the beautiful game.

This year’s World Cup is already proving controversial; Qatar has abused migrants in preparation for hosting the event and has a long poor record of protecting human rights. And the event has been pushed back to winter, as summer is too hot even to sit outside – let alone play – (in case you’re wondering why this didn’t happen six months ago). With the announcement of an in-stadium alcohol ban, many are wondering why FIFA chose Qatar in the first place.

Meanwhile, there is a global upheaval. While Russia was banned and Ukraine failed to qualify, Iran continues to use violence against peaceful protesters and South Korea still mourns the Itaewon tragedy.

But for every Angeleno who has lost faith, there is an Angeleno who still believes.

Let’s take the Lopez and Guelaguetza family as an example.

For years they have been reinventing their family’s Oaxacan restaurant in the heart of Koreatown to preserve their father’s legacy, including during the last World Cup when the parking lot was redesigned for a packed tour of the mundial.

Before, during and after a lockdown that rocked countless restaurants — and ribbons from the LA City Council President specifically offending Oaxacans in Koreatown — the family worked together to give our city a place to gather.

Just like countless other breweries, bars, markets, restaurants, halls, arenas, salas and squares in our dear city that are still there for us.

So this year, let’s get out of our homes, meet our neighbors and celebrate where we come from and what we share… and make drinking the day official with some games’ staggeringly early 8am start time.

La Casita de Cancun Olé (Hollywood)

4927 Maplewood Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004. (323) 492-9286

Games: Ecuador

Founded in 2003 as a meeting place for the Ecuadorian community, Cancún Olé serves as a venue for live music, soccer games and as a restaurant on Sundays.

Do you hesitate to show up at someone’s house? Calm your nerves with this Yelp review of Cancún Olé:

“Music is playing, football on TV and the owner makes sure everything is perfect. This place is a great place to bring the family, enjoy Abuela’s food and relax.”

Sounds like exactly who you want to organize a viewing of the opening match between Ecuador and Qatar!

Bolones, empanadas, bistek de carne, and tigrillo mas otras sorpresas are on the menu. Entrada gratis, Cinco Televisiones, and “Ambiente Familiar”.

Brazilian Mall (Culver City)

10826 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Games: Brazil

In the heart of The Brazilian Mall, a shopping center in Culver City, is a terrace bathed in natural light where fans of the Seleção gather to enjoy o jogo bonito. For $40, they offer an all-you-can-eat and BYOB experience from Esquina Brazil, a combination of three restaurants on the market. Selections for 11am games include feijoada, pizza, burgers, batatas and wings. Breakfast for games at 8am.

Their announcement says it best:

“Eu sei que 2022 não foi um ano fácil e passamos por muitas coisas, mas agora é hora de nos unirmos, nos darmos as mãos, esquecer os problemas e festjar um pouco. Então vista a sua camisa verde e amarela, bate no peito, mostra para todo o mundo o ORGULHO que é ser Brasileiro e vem torcer com a gente. AQUI E BRASIL!!! 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷❤️❤️❤️”

Translation:

“I know 2022 hasn’t been an easy year and we’ve been through a lot, but now is the time to come together, hold hands, forget troubles and celebrate a little. So put on your green and yellow t-shirt, bang your chest, show the whole world how PROUD it is to be Brazilian and come cheer with us. HERE IS BRAZIL!!! 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷❤️❤️❤️”

St. Anthony Croatian Catholic Church (Chinatown)

712 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Matches: Croatia

Four years ago, even before Croatia reached the final, one of the most exciting places was the Croatian Catholic Church of St. Anthony. Thousands packed the community hall during tours organized by LA Vatreni, an organization dedicated to uniting the Croatian diaspora. Ćevapi was on the menu, and everything – and everyone – was covered in plaids.

Two waves of Croatian immigrants settled in Southern California at the turn of the 20th century. The first from the Dalmatian coast found a new home in San Pedro and worked in fishing and shipbuilding much as they had done on the Adriatic for generations. The latter from Herzegovina and continental Croatia settled in the heart of LA. Their extensive building experience helped them build this city.

In what we now call Chinatown, the Croatian Catholic Church of St. Anthony promises to lift our spirits again. The matches are early this time, though, so breakfast burritos and palačinke are served instead.

Artesia Divino Espirito Santo (Artesia)

11903 Ashworth St., Artesia, California 90701

Games: Brazil

A group of people stand in a courtyard.  A woman wearing a blue shirt and sunglasses has her hands up and holding

Fans of the Portuguese community watch a game at Artesia DES

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The Artesia DES was founded in 1927 to promote the traditions of the Portuguese in Artesia, and hosting spectators of the World Cup does exactly that. Bifana sandwiches (marinated pork steak with grainy mustard and caramelized onions served on a soft chewy bun), pastéis de nata and beer were within reach.

Los Angeles State Historic Park (Chinatown)

1245 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Games: Mexico sponsored by Estrella Jalisco

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FAN FEST – Watch Party – MEXICO vs. ARGENTINA

It’s always a party here in LA when Mexico plays during the World Cup! Head to Chinatown and join the crowd for a spectacular viewing experience complete with music and giveaways. A great way to celebrate the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Events sponsored by LAFC

Different places

Matches: USA vs. Wales; Mexico vs Poland

LAFC, fresh off their championship win, will be hosting viewer parties throughout the LA area. Watch Team USA vs Wales and LAFC’s Gareth Bale at the Santa Monica Brew Works on November 21st. Then watch Mexico vs Poland at the Banc of California Stadium the next day. McDonald’s sponsors coffee and food, drinks are served.

Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza

1-11 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Match: USA vs. Mexico; sponsored by LA Galaxy

Like in 2014, the LA Galaxy will host watch parties at the Hermosa Beach Pier. Join thousands of South Bay residents and their closest friends for two of the city’s most popular teams: Team USA and Mexico.

Swapping Exchange Santa Fe Springs

13963 Alondra Blvd., Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Match: Mexico vs. Poland

Visiting the swap meet in Santa Fe Springs would be a typical Southern California experience if there was one. The converted drive-in cinema, located at 5 and usually known for hosting cover bands of your favorite musicians, will be hosting the Mexico vs Poland game and will open its doors at 6am. A live banda group will play the festivities that are sure to wake you up!

Red Lion Tavern (Silverlake)

2366 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

Games: Germany (and EVERY other World Cup game)

The loss of the restaurant at Alpine Village in Torrance will be felt more than ever in the coming weeks.

Luckily we have the Red Lion Tavern which not only shows Germany but all (yes all!) matches including the group stage which starts at 2am. Pajamas are recommended and sausage and eggs will be served.

Gaucho Grill (Downey)

8830 Apollo Way #100, Downey, CA 90242

Games: Argentina

It’s sure to be one of the best matchups of the first rounds of the World Cup, watch Mexico vs Argentina at the Argentine Steakhouse in Downey. For a morning of live music and a happy hour menu starting at 10am, it’s sure to be a fun party.

Good Time Cafe (Long Beach)

1322 Coronado Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804

Matches: Various

One of the best things about the World Cup is that seemingly nondescript locations turn into locations to watch the game. This Long Beach coffee shop, which also doubles as a plant and wine shop, will host a number of games throughout the tournament.

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