Where to watch the World Cup 2010 in Kirkland

For the diehard soccer fan, there are few pleasures in life better than watching a the World Cup at a crowded pub. The first of the 52 games will start Friday, broadcast live from South Africa. ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will broadcast every game live at 4:30 a.m., 7:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Pacific. A big match to watch this Saturday is the USA vs. England, starting at 11:00 a.m. on ABC.

Wilde Rover (111 Central Way - Downtown) is well-prepared for the matches and proudly hangs a banner outside declaring it a "World Cup Destination." The Irish pub in downtown Kirkland has big plans for the month including all Stage 2 and later matches. Wilde Rover will be opening early at 6:45 a.m. for the 7:00 a.m. games on 6/11, 6/16, 6/18,6/20, 6/23, and 6/25. With plenty of space and two decks for overflow crowds, Wilde Rover is sure to be a favorite spot for catching a match.

George's (108 Kirkland Ave - Downtown) will be showing live World Cup matches (and a particular South Korea vs. Greece match at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning for those who couldn't watch it live at 4:30 a.m.). Flat screen TVs will be tuned to whatever match is live.

Here are a few other bars around town with televisions where you can watch your favorite match:

Hector's (112 Lake Street South - Downtown)

Parkplace Pub (505 Parkplace Ctr - Downtown)

Time Out Sports Bar (218 Central Way - Downtown)

Pub 85 (12859 NE 85th St - Rose Hill)

Sluggers Bar & Grill (12506 NE 144th St - Kingsgate)

Lucky 7 Saloon (12715 NE 124th St - Totem Lake)

The Game (13510 100th Ave NE - Juanita)