The World Cup is one of the largest and most highly televised spectacles in the world. Often, it can seem like only America has a sports and television addiction, but throw soccer into the mix, and you’ve got yourself a worldwide frenzy. Soccer may not be as popular in the States as it is in the rest of the world, but it is growing in popularity, and sports bars around the Metro Detroit area are beginning to tune in to draw more crowds to their establishments.
Sean O’Callaghan’s
821 Penniman Ave.
Plymouth Township, MI 48170
(734) 459-6666

Nestled in the quaint and quiet downtown of Plymouth is Sean O’Callaghan’s, a traditional Irish public house and pub. This establishment is a certified Guinness pub with an additional 22 beers on tap and a complete assortment of authentic Irish dishes to serve you and your friends during the big World Cup match this year. European sports are the top bill here and you can always find an outlet here to make sure you see the big match, whether or not it’s the World Cup. An old-world pub with Victorian design and mahogany woodwork to boot will help get you into that “European” mindset.

The Commonwealth Club
30088 Dequindre Road
Warren, MI 48092
(586) 751-9560

Back in the 1950s, an influx of folks with British backgrounds began to flood into the area, along with those of many other backgrounds, in order to take advantage of the city’s booming industrial scene. With so many English people settling into one place with no where to meet as a group, it was only natural that The Commonwealth Club was born. Celebrating its 50th anniversary back in 2012, this establishment is now one of the oldest – if not the oldest – British Ex-Pat social clubs in the United States. As with any English social club, soccer is one of its main gathering points. And the World Cup will be no exception. For a truly authentic, British-soccer-loving experience, The Commonwealth Club has it all.

Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub
318 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 665-2968

Located in the heart of the bustling cultural crossroads of Ann Arbor, Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub is certainly one of Metro Detroit’s biggest Irish-themed pubs around. With private rooms available for rental for your party or work gathering, and plenty of televisions to boot, any soccer-related gathering can be accommodated by this fine establishment. As with any European-themed pub, anytime there is a major soccer match on, you can bet Conor O’Neill’s will have the best seats open for the diehard soccer nuts looking to watch the game. With a full range of fantastic food and beers on tap, this pub could be your World Cup destination for years to come.

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The Arena Sports Bar and Grill
203 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 222-9999

One of the major advantages of having a large, world-famous university within your city is that you’re sure to have a wealth of people from outside of your country visiting and living within your city limits as well. As is the case with the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor. The Arena Sports Bar and Grill is known throughout the area for playing and hosting parties for many different cultural sports experiences – especially soccer. Fans flock here for anything from World Cup matches to your regular bout between Manchester United and Liverpool. In a city dominated by American football, The Arena makes sure to not forget about the rest of the world’s true passion – soccer!

John Max Sports & Wings
3208 Dougall Ave.
Windsor, ON N9E 1S6, Canada

Sometimes the football-, hockey- and baseball-crazed atmosphere of Detroit can be too much for a hardcore soccer fan who is prepping to watch the World Cup. In times like this, why not try popping across the border – an age-old border city favorite – and head to lovely Windsor, Canada for a little soccer love north of the border? John Max Sports & Wings makes it well worth the trip for those Americans and Canadians alike who are trying to watch their favorite soccer game, including the granddaddy of them all – the World Cup! With 25 televisions, 24 beers on tap and a plethora of great pub food, John Max is the top soccer-watching location in the Detroit area on the opposite side of the border.

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at