Germany vs Argentina Friday, June 30, 11 am
Though the Goethe Institute (163 King West, at University, 416-593-5257), the German cultural centre in the downtown core, won't be serving food or drink - grab a knockwurst with sauerkraut on the corner from the hot dog stand first and pack a hip flask of schnapps - it will be showing the match on a 10-foot projection screen in its 90-seat theatre. Over at Beerbistro (18 King East, at Yonge, 416-861-9872), the game will be broadcast on a just-installed 60-inch plasma TV complete with surround-sound. Fans will cheer each earth-shaking goal while downing pints of German wheat beer sided with Belgian mussels and frites. Show up early when the doors open at 9 am if you expect to get a seat for Friday's quarter-final at Sky Ranch (2473 Dufferin, at Castlefield, 416-787-0491), Toronto's only Argentine resto bar. Though the suds don't begin to flow until kickoff, the kitchen will be turning out substantial Buenos Aires-style steak 'n' eggs breakfasts kicked with chimichurri hot sauce all morning long.
Portugal vs England Saturday July 1, 11 am
The Brits will be raising jars to Wayne Rooney's rapidly recovering metatarsal at popular Scallywags (11 St. Clair West, at Yonge, 416-922-3737). The sports-themed pub's got 10 TVs on its rooftop deck alone, and another 10 as well as a projection screen in its first-floor main room. Doors open at 9 am for a pre-game eggs 'n' baked beans breakfast. Don't even think of showing up at the Duke of Gloucester (649 Yonge, at Charles, 416-961-9704) without buying a $10 advance ticket (actually a $10 voucher good for food or beer) if you expect to see the game on one of this second-floor watering hole's five TVs or 13-foot projection screen. Bonus: steak and kidney pie! The Bow and Arrow (1954 Yonge, at Davisville, 416-487-2036) gets the party started at 10:30 am.
Note that the pub's grub tends toward Brit-centric noshes like Moosehead-battered fisn 'n' chips, but the lager lineup consists almost exclusively of Canadian microbrews.
Down in Little Portugal, terrific barbecue spot Bairrada (1000 College, at Havelock, 416-539-8239) will be showing the match in its huge backyard grotto on two 50-inch rear projection sets and on another 8-foot model indoors alongside its not-to-be-missed roast suckling pig. A more sophisticated but no less vocal crowd gathers at the chic Coffee Shop @ If Lounge (1212 Dundas West, at Lakeview, 416-588-4900), where the game will be broadcast on two high-definition plasma TVs, one 56-inch, the other 42. Make sure to try the sensational and much-imitated mini-burgers.
Around the corner, too-cool Crooked Star (202 Ossington, at Dundas West, 416-536-7271) will be showing the game. Does this mean even hipsters have caught Cup fever?
"In this neighbourhood it's kind of difficult not to," says Star's manager Jason Luttrelle.