After much anticipation, the FIFA World Cup 2014 has finally arrived! Soccer – or football to everyone else- may not be the number one sport in America but in the rest of the world, it’s practically a way of life. This year’s World Cup is held in Brazil, which is arguably the football capital of the world. Seriously, Brazilians LOVE their football. While we couldn’t snag tickets to the big event in Sao Paulo, we are excited to congregate in our favorite local watering holes to watch the exciting matches unfold over the next month. While it’s easy enough to post up on the couch at home for the excitement, there’s just something about the World Cup that calls for crowds and camaraderie. Check out a few of the places you can find us this month for all of the World Cup action:

Pizza Tugos

Route 50 & 611, West Ocean City, MD


Pizza Tugos in West Ocean City is our go-to spot for sports viewing. The 60-inch flat screen HDTVs are plentiful and visible from just about every spot in the bar and restaurant. During football season, we find ourselves here for the craft brews and the AUCE pizza specials. There’s also an excellent lineup of appetizers, wings, salads, subs and more. All month long Pizza Tugos will be playing ALL of the World Cup matches with the sound turned ON. Pizza, beer and world class sports entertainment? Yep, we’ll be there.

The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille

9616 Stephen Decatur Highway ,Ocean City, MD (multiple locations)


For sports, beer, and grub, The Greene Turtle consistently delivers with specials that never disappoint. On tap for the entire four weeks of World Cup madness are outstanding draft specials during every game. $3.49 for 22-ounce Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Lite and Coors Lite; $4.99 for 22-ounce Blue Moon and Stellas; and $1.99 for mugs of Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Light and Coors Light.

Skye Bar at Galaxy 66

6601 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD


The Skye Bar at Galaxy 66 is welcoming the World Cup 2014 with their Skye Bar 33 Challenge. For 33 days you’ll have 33 chances to win gift cards; one $25 gift card per week and one $100 gift card. To boot, all of the games will be broadcast on the Skye Bar’s flat screens alongside the Skye Bar’s usual lineup of ice cold libations, raw bar, and stellar menu offerings. Plus you’ll be outdoors! Doesn’t get much better than that.

De Lazy Lizard Brick Oven Brewery

25 Philadelphia Ave., Ocean City, MD


The Lizard invites you to join them at their Brew Pub location for all the World Cup action, not to mention some freshly brewed, local beers. With 10 TVs and surround sound all day long, it’s the perfect spot to post up and root for your favorite team. Cheer on Team USA this Monday, June 16th and stick around for the Grand Opening party which kicks off at 6pm. Specials for the party include $2 drafts, $5 all-you-can-eat pizza, wings, salad and crab dip. And keep an eye out for World Cup Specials all month long!

Abbey Burger Bistro

12601 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD


We got hooked on the Abbey Burger last summer after sampling their delicious and unique burgers. The selection is seriously diverse with everything from kangaroo to bison to veggie burgers, each piled high with toppings. Beyond the burgers there’s a massive selection of beers on tap and in bottles. Burgers and beers? Sounds like the perfect combo for World Cup action. The Abbey Burger is celebrating with some terrific specials, including $4 Palm and Magners Pear Cider Draft and $5 crushes all day every day.