This Saturday, Dec 10, the Sounders visit the Great White North to take on Toronto FC for the MLS Cup. This is a first for both Toronto, the boys in green, and local soccer fans looking to wave their scarves and subsequently send pints of beer careening around Seattle bars and restaurants. Hit the pitch at these six local spots.
Beveridge Place Pub
This West Seattle taphouse has around 200 beers on draft and bottled, which should satiate the horde of fans pouring in to watch the game on the 10-foot projection screen. If not, the discounted weekend wine special ($1 off glass pours) makes certain.
Known as the place to watch Premiere League and La Liga matches in Capitol Hill, the French cafe will be all Sounders come Saturday. The bar should stay lively, but expect a more refined viewing experience, with some croque monsieur, a glass of muscadet, and maybe just intermittent cussing at refs.
Putt-putt golf is like soccer in that there is green involved and a ball goes into a thing. It does not, however, require astonishing athleticism and therefore makes a great halftime activity at this Pioneer Square basement bar. Flatstick also has a ton of TVs and is within sprinting distance of CenturyLink field in case a spontaneous celebration breaks out in the parking lot.
The George and Dragon Pub
Even if it's 8am on a Saturday, Fremont's British pub fills up for big games on the international stage. This should be doubly so for the Sounders. An expansive, wrap-around bar, traditional pub grub, and an outdoor patio and TV make George and Dragon a destination spot for soccer fans on either side of the canal.
The Noble Fir
Ballard is poised to become a block party on Saturday, due in part to bars like Noble Fir that offer a thoughtful selection of beer and small plates (beaucoup meat and cheese) as well as a safe space to scream really loud at televisions if the moment calls for it.
St. Andrews Bar and Grill
If you're looking to be in the thick of it during the Cup, it's going to get rowdy off of Aurora. St. Andrews remains one of the more popular watering holes for soccer fans in the city, due to the boisterous lot who congregate there, the hefty scotch lineup, and the likelihood of someone doing cartwheels across the long bar.