Where to watch the 2022 World Cup finals in Denver

Argentina and France face off on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 8 a.m.
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A photo of Lionel Messi adorns Maria Empanada’s Platt Park location in time for the World Cup. Nov. 16, 2022.
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The World Cup isn't coming to Denver in 2026, but it is coming to our screens in just a few days.

Hosts Qatar take on Ecuador in the 2022 World Cup kickoff from Qatar, marking the start of an unprecedented winter tournament. Despite facing controversy over its human rights record and systemic homophobia, 32 teams, including the U.S. Men's National Team, will be competing for soccer's most coveted trophy over the course of the next month.

The U.S. is bringing a golden generation of talent to Qatar, including Chelsea F.C.forward Christian Pulisic, Leeds United midfielder Brenden Aaronson and A.C. Milan wingback Sergiño Dest.

Maria Empanada's Platt Park location is decked out for the World Cup. Nov. 16, 2022.
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All World Cup games will be streamed on the NBC streaming platform Peacock and telecast on FOX Sports, as well as on Telemundo in Spanish.

But, if you want to experience the drama and passion of the World Cup surrounded by fellow soccer fans, here's a list of places to catch World Cup games in Denver.

Note: This list is not comprehensive. Email [email protected] or [email protected] if we're missing any notable venues. 

DNVR Bar -- 2239 E Colfax Avenue

The DNVR Bar, the sports bar side business of the eponymously named Denver sports publication, is teaming up with the Colorado Rapids to host watch parties for almost every World Cup game this year.

All games, except ones with a kickoff time before 6 a.m. and ones that fall on Thanksgiving Day, will be shown at DNVR.

Attendees will be able to order from a special breakfast menu from the bar. The Rapids are also advertising "food and drink specials, surprise guest appearances, exclusive merchandise offers, giveaways ... and more" during USMNT and Mexico games.

Maria Empanada -- 1298 S Broadway

Not many things will stop Argentinians from watching Lionel Messi's likely-final attempt to cement his status as soccer's greatest player at this year's World Cup. For Denver-based Maria Empanada, not even the painfully early 3 a.m. kickoff time for Argentina's first game against Saudi Arabia will get in the way of hosting patrons eager to watch La Pulga grace the field.

Maria Empanada's Platt Park location is decked out for the World Cup. Nov. 16, 2022.
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The empanada joint will offer free coffee to customers who show up to its watch party for the 3:00 a.m. game against Saudi Arabia on Nov. 22. If that's too early for you, Maria Empanada will also be showing all World Cup games during regular business hours.

Tom's Watch Bar -- 1601 19th St Unit 100

The McGregor Square sports bar, in partnership with the Colorado Sports Association, will host watch parties for all three USMNT group stage games. The Colorado Rapids' Street Team will be there with giveaways and raffles. MLS team mascot Rapid Man will also be in attendance, in case that's something you're into.

Raices Brewing Company -- 2060 W Colfax Ave

The Latino-owned brewpub will show most games, including all USMNT and Mexico group stage games, offering free Wi-Fi, breakfast and coffee for those 6 a.m. kickoffs. You can find a full schedule of watch parties on Raices' event calendar.

Cerveceria Colorado -- 1695 Platte St

The LoHi taproom will host watch parties for the USMNT and El Tri's group stage matches. Customers will be able to order from a specialty food truck and a michelada bar, or drink any of their craft cervezas, as well as enter for  jersey giveaways.

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