Fri. Dec 1st, 2023

Some of you after reading “Part I” said, “But, but, but what about such-and-such?” and others said, “sheesh, glad that article’s over.” For the record, this Part II is for the first group.

Los Sánchez – Minneapolis

2539 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Photo by Matthew Johnson

If you want to watch the Men’s World Cup en Español, head to Nicollet and 26th. I have fond memories of watching CONCACAF games at Pancho Villa. Pancho Villa still has their Monticello location. Their former Nicollet Ave location is now Los Sanchez, who have added Eat Street to their New Hope & Richfield locations.

With the ownership change comes a spacious remodel, but some things never change. Pacifico and Dos Equis are on tap. Telemundo is on the TVs — and after busy day of soccer, I love watching some EXATLON while sipping a tasty margarita.

Open: 10 AM games and later, eventually 9 AM games and later

  • Family Friendly Atmosphere
  • Rotating Drink and Food Specials – see their facebook
  • 15 televisions & plenty of space

Interlude: Interview with American Outlaws MSP Chapter Vice-President Jamie Campbell

American Outlaws MSP at 2016 USWNT vs Switzerland
Jamie, Emily, Jake, Abe, and Aaron

MJ: Describe what the American Outlaws to someone who has never heard of the American Outlaws?

JC: The American Outlaws dedicates itself to organize passionate and enthusiastic support for [U.S.] men’s and women’s teams wherever and whenever they take the field. We commit to a welcoming, inclusive, and accessible atmosphere for all at our games and events. We host watch parties for all men’s and women’s national team matches.  

MJ: How does one become a member Nationally or to the local Minneapolis-St. Paul chapter?

JC: Through and selecting Minneapolis/St Paul as their chapter.

MJ: What locations will the AO MSP be at this World Cup cycle?

JC: For the World Cup, we will have two locations for watch parties for all USMNT matches. In Minneapolis we will be at Ninth Street Soccer and Coffee, and in St Paul we will be at Black Hart of St Paul. [See Part I for more about those locations.]

Jake Lammi slinging AO MSP merch at Ninth Street Soccer and Coffee – Photo by Matthew Johnson

MJ: Any merch we can buy at those locations?

JC: We will have chapter scarves and chapter t-shirts for sale at both watch party locations. Our merch can also be ordered at for shipping.

Merlin’s Rest Pub

3601 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406

With permission of Merlin’s Rest Pub

“We are British Isles pub. We celebrate England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales as well as the Americas. We have been in business for 16 years. We’ve become really that staple in the neighborhood. We are a premier single malt scotch and Irish whiskey house. We definitely have a niche. However, it’s not we’re not stuffy. We really thrive on the fact that everyone is welcome, whether you’re two years old or you’re 102 years old.”

Nichole Munce, manager at Merlin’s Rest Pub

Open: 10 AM and eventually 9 AM games and later

  • house-made double sausage, egg and cheese croissant sandwich
  • brown butter mushroom and caramelized onion, veggie egg sandwich
  • blueberry scones, a cranberry orange scone, and a cinnamon apple muffin
  • high-traffic games: limited menu but will sitll include Bangers and Mash, Irish burger, Fish and Chips, Scotch eggs, etc.
  • Finnegans plus many imports on tap, e.g. a perfectly poured Guinness takes 5-7 min. They take time to pour it the right way “no matter how busy we are,” Nichole says.

Nichole also added that Merlin Rest’s sister location Eagan Arms Pub
will have the same food specials but a slightly different schedule. Check the link above.

Eastlake Craft Brewery / Moroccan Flavors

920 E Lake St #123 / #122 [Southeast corner of Midtown Global Market]
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Photo by Davin Haukbo-Bol

“We’re in an international food court. So on any given day, it’s a great place to eat. . . . During the World Cup, you can get food from Morocco, Mexico, Venezuela, from all over.”

Davin Haukebo-Bol, Events & Outreach for Eastlake Craft Brewery

Open: 10 AM and eventually 9 AM games and later

Photo by Matthew Johnson

While Eastlake is not offering any specials during the World Cup, the closest Midtown Global restaurant Moroccan Flavors is. Chef and owner Hassan Ziadi let me try some of their Roasted Vegetable Tapanade with Spicy Moroccan Olives and Baguette Slices.

Photo by Matthew Johnson

This Tapanade + Spicy Olives would pair well with Eastlake’s Blueliner (American Pale Ale), the hoppier Leafy Greens (West Coast IPA), or lemony and crisp Silenzio, Bruno! (Italian Pils collaboration with La Doña) on the lighter side. Eastlake also has a Black IPA and vegan Almond Milk Stout for the dark beer lovers too.

Whew! I made it. You made it. Two articles about where to watch the Men’s World Cup in the Twin Cities. Again, comment here or reach out on twitter if we missed your favorite spot [Note: your comments inspired Part III]. Enjoy the games, food, drink, and the Sota Soccer content.

By Matthew Johnson

Matthew "MJ" Johnson is a freelance writer based in Minneapolis. In 2007, he discovered UEFA Champions League. His complex spreadsheets went from college football bowl season to European club soccer, and his fandom soon followed. In 2011, a friend Wes made the mistake of inviting him to an NSC Minnesota Stars game, where he fell in love with local soccer. Matthew co-hosts The Daves I Know podcast and occasionally guest hosts the MN Fútbol Show. When not playing broomball or watching soccer, he repairs bicycles and sharpens knives for money but fuses cuisines for fun. Follow Matthew on Twitter @mjmattsui

4 thoughts on “Where To Watch the Men’s World Cup in the Twin Cities, Part II”
  1. Great list and thank you for keeping this updated. I just want to add DelSur Empanadas in Minnetonka. Was at the Arg v Mex game and that place was buzzing. Seems like the Twin Cities Argentine community congregates there.

    1. Added DelSur to my Part III. You and my friend from Chile both recommended it. Have fun where ever you watch!

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