The World Cup Finals kick off this morning at 10 a.m. Naturally, every soccer hooligan in Charleston is going to gather at the pubs bright and early to watch their favorite country kick the living crap out of a spotted ball, and maybe each other along the way. CP's got you covered with a few of the city's leading soccer venues, paired with specials to make the most of your soccer-viewing experience.
The Buccaneer is extending its hours daily, especially on game day and is scheduled to air South Africa vs. Mexico (June 11), Germany vs. Australia (June 13), Slovenia vs. USA (June 18), Italy vs. New Zealand (June 20), Mexico vs. Uruguay and France vs. South Africa (June 22), Slovenia vs. England and Algeria vs. USA (June 23), Portugal vs. Brazil (June 25), the Second Round (June 26-29), and the Quarter Finals (July 2-3). Games begin at 10 a.m.
Mellow Mushroom on King Street opens at 9:30 a.m. every day during the World Cup. They're serving Bloody Marys for $4 and bottled Heinekens for $2.50. They even created an entire breakfast menu dedicated to the World Cup. They're serving three different kinds of 10-inch breakfast pizzas, all oil and garlic based with mozzarella and cheddar cheeses.
First up is the Pancetta Egg Pie ($9) topped with Boar's Head pancetta and two fried eggs. Then there is the Choriza ($10), which contains roasted red peppers and onions, diced tomatoes, and fresh chives. They also have a Hash Brown Pie ($9) with red tomatoes, diced green peppers and tomatoes, onions, and fresh chives.
If you can't tackle a whole pizza on your own, Mellow's got some special international dishes. Germany ($8) is served with traditional German sausage links and a soft baked pretzel with German mustard on the side (perfect with whatever German beer they have). Spain ($8) is a traditional Spanish Tortilla with pan con tomate and sliced chorizo (perfect with Rioja beer). Then they have the American classic: two cold slices of pizza, either pepperoni or cheese, for $6. Pair this with a Bud or a PBR, and you're good to go. If you're looking for a light breakfast, Mellow's also got some yogurt with granola and fresh berries for $6.
Over at the Dog & Duck, they have 16 beers from the World Cup's participating countries, including German, Denmark, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Amsterdam, England, Brazil, and much more. Anyone who comes in on a game day and orders any one of their international beers, they receive a card with a full list of World Cup beers. It becomes a game of "gotta drink 'em all" once you start drinking down the list (at your own pace of course). Once every beer has been drunk, you receive a Dog & Duck World Cup of Beers T-shirt and a chance to spin the Wheel of Win.
Bacco will be showing most games from the World Cup, mainly the ones starring the U.S. and Italy. In the mornings, they'll be serving some light breakfast items such as cappuccinos and Nutella on fresh baked bread. Yum. In the afternoons, they'll be serving daily antipasti and espresso specials throughout the entire series. Also available are a number of Italian beers such as Peroni. In support of the game, Bacco is even opening its doors on Mondays (they're usually closed that day).
And we can't leave out North Charleston's favorite pub, Madra Rua. They will be open for every single game, even the 7:30 a.m. ones. For the early birds, they're serving $3 Bloody Marys and breakfast sandwiches. They're also serving lunch an hour early (10 a.m.). For a complete game schedule, visit madraruapub.com.