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Lancaster's Best Locations to Watch the World Cup

By Scott Sprunger/June 2014

Some people think [soccer] is a matter of life and death.
I assure you, it's much more serious than that.
-Bill Shankly

The World Cup is back and magic is in the air. Most of the time, the U.S. remains immune to the allure of the 'beautiful sport.' But this year, the soccer craze has caught on. ESPN has seen a massive ratings surge since the beginning of the World Cup. Between ESPN and Univision, almost 16 million Americans watched the U.S. beat Ghana 2-1 – a serious boost in ratings over the 2010 games in South Africa.

Soccer matches are best paired with good beer, large TV's, and a crowd of other fans to celebrate/commiserate with. Luckily, Lancaster City has a good share of all three. Below are three of the best spots in Lancaster to watch the World Cup:

Annie Bailey's Pub - 28 East King Street

The roots of modern soccer stretch back over a century ago in Western Europe so an Irish pub makes a lot of sense. Annie Bailey's is projecting some of the games outside on a 214" HD screen. They've also got a good deal on beer – if you buy their stein for $7, you can look forward to $2 and $3 dollar refills. It's a great option if you don't want to spend as much money watching the World Cup as it cost Brazil to put it on.

Federal Taphouse - 201 North Queen Street

A relative newcomer among Lancaster City watering holes, the Federal Taphouse opened its doors in Lancaster a year ago. But it's one powerhouse of a restaurant. They've got a huge bar and lots of open space. In addition to their already impressive array of televisions, they're projecting the games on a large screen along the back wall. Besides, if the game you're watching is a dud, their collection of 100 beers on tap will keep you entertained.

Tellus360 - 24 East King Street

In the few years since they set up shop, Tellus360 has become a staple among Lancaster City's concert venues. Now they're taking on the World Cup. Tellus360 is going to screen every single match from the opening game to the finals. They're also the official home of the Lancaster chapter of American Outlaws, the massive supporters club of the U.S. Men's National Team. Every time the U.S. plays, Tellus360 and American Outlaws are hosting a free viewing party open to the public, with specials on food and drinks and free giveaways.