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Where to Watch the World Cup

The 2010 World Cup takes place June 11 to July 11 and there's tons to cheer about around the city -- even if Canada didn't make the cut. The province is allowing bars and restos to start serving alcohol at 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m., so fans can enjoy a brewski while watching their favourite teams take to the field. Keep checking back for more updates.

For the early risers: take advantage of the extended liquor license
Philthy McNasty's: The bar opens at 10 a.m. so fans can catch the early games. It's also the home of the $7 lunch, so you can grab some pub grub while you’re there.

The Football Factory is also open early. The bistro-bar is dedicated only to to soccer (football to you hardcore types) and was named after a 2004 documentary about obsessed English football fans. They also serve up a game-day breakfast for $7.95. Or, try Huevos Divorciados for $12.95 during the Mexico games.

Elephant and Castle will be open early, serving breakfast and offering free WIFI so you can work while you watch the game.

Scallywags in midtown just bought new TVs so you can catch the games in HD.
Camp Four is opening at 9 a.m. so you can get in early for the 10 a.m. games.
Shopsy’s will be featuring “Beer and Breakfast.” Starting at 10 a.m., two pints or two specialty Caesars or two glasses of wine plus Shopsy’s Canadian breakfast can be had for $20.
If you need to be surrounded by your favourite team’s colours (and other obsessed fans):

Italy (the 2006 World Cup champions) matches can be found all over town but the Italian atmosphere is guaranteed in Little Italy and Corso Italia. Check out Café Diplomatico, where there's an outdoor TV for passersby. Also, Bar Italia, Il Gatto Nero, and most bars on College Street will be showing the games. Just follow the screaming.

France was close in 2006, but can they make it this time? Le Saint Tropez will be filled with French fans and so will Zazou Bar. The Alliance Française de Toronto will broadcast live matches on big screen, it’s totally free.

For the Australia and New Zealand fans, there’s Hemingway's. The owner is from Down Under and so are some of the bartenders. Accents come free with purchase. Also, the Australian Canadian Association is hosting the Australia games at Sports Centre Café.

Sip on Coronas and eat nachos while watching the Mexico games at La Mexicana or El Jacal.


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