Celebrate World Cup 2022 gooooals at watch parties around Greater Houston

The Phoenix features TVs indoor and outside for the big matches of the World Cup | Courtesy of The Phoenix on Westheimer

Cheer on your country and the biggest stars of soccer with fans at pubs, bars and other places to watch the 2022 World Cup around Greater Houston.

Held every four years, the World Cup returns this month with its first ever winter tournament, hosted by the Persian Gulf country of Qatar.

Group stage action kicks off on Sunday, November 20 through Friday, December 2 and features 32 international squads hitting the pitch in four games each day. Houston broadcast times for these matches will be at 4am, 7am, 10am and 1pm.

Then, from Saturday, December 3 to Sunday, December 18, knockout stages simplify the schedule a little bit with matches spread out over the final two weeks, airing at 9am and 1pm.

Check out some of the 2022 World Cup schedule highlights below, then scroll down to find places where you can gather with fans from around the world and take in all the action.

2022 World Cup Schedule Highlights

  • USA vs. Wales | Monday, November 21 at 1pm
  • Mexico vs. Poland | Tuesday, November 22 at 10am
  • USA vs. England | Friday, November 25 at 1pm
  • Mexico vs. Argentina | Saturday, November 26 at 1pm
  • USA vs. Iran | Tuesday, November 29 at 1pm
  • Mexico vs. Saudi Arabia | Wednesday, November 30 at 1pm

View all the games of the 2022 World Cup schedule.

Catch exciting World Cup matches at pubs and bars across Houston | Courtesy of Hugh O’Connors

Where to Watch 2022 World Cup in Houston

Houston is home to many soccer pubs and bars that will be carrying World Cup matches throughout the tournament. Here, we highlight some of the best that will open their doors for the biggest matches—and some that will be open even for those earliest kick-off times.

Be sure to call ahead if you’re trying to secure a spot for an earlier match, as not every place will offer viewings for all games.

Social Beer Garden in Midtown

Social Beer Garden carries every game of the World Cup (including the 4am matches) | Courtesy of Social Beer Garden

The Midtown beer garden hosts every game of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including those early eye-openers at 4am.

Games are shown in English and Spanish through 20 indoor TVs and a large outdoor screen. Enjoy drink specials, coffee and breakfast for the early games, wifi, and more. Kids and pets welcome.

Pitch 25 Beer Park in EaDo

Celebrate many of the 2022 World Cup matches at one of Houston’s premier soccer bars | Courtesy of Pitch 25

From Houston Dynamo legend Brian Ching, this spacious soccer bar just one block from PNC Stadium is known to get packed for soccer matches throughout the year, but especially during the World Cup.

Gather your fanatical friends and take to the rows of seating that offer great views of the indoor soccer pitch, or head to the breezy outdoor patio to root on your favorite team as you sip from more than 100 beers on tap.

Along with Karbach Brewery, Pitch 25 will also share official watch party duties with the Houston Dynamo. Check out the full schedule from the Dynamo.

East End Backyard in East End

East End Backyard hosts afternoon matches throughout 2022 World Cup | Courtesy of East End Backyard

Near the corner of Scott and Polk Streets in East End, this dog-friendly patio provides spacious digs for casual hangs and is known for their local sports watch parties on the outdoor projector screen. While there, you can also enjoy cocktails and beer from the tap, as well as visiting food trucks and other goodies.

They’ll be open for select matches during the World Cup, beginning with USA’s first two matches (against Wales and England), and a huge Mexico and Argentina showdown on Saturday, November 26. Follow their social media for the latest schedule updates.

The Phoenix on Westheimer in Montrose

Gather with fans at indoor and outdoor screens at the Phoenix on Westheimer | Courtesy of the Phoenix on Westheimer

At the corner of Westheimer and Hazard, this English-style pub is a popular go-to for global soccer, hometown games, Dynamo and Dash road matches, and other sporting events across the spectrum.

Grab an ale with some fish and chips and stake your spot in front of the numerous TVs and projector screens. Years of hosting watch parties for massive moments in sports means they’re skilled at handling the biggest crowds and can expand into the outdoor parking lot to allow a little more shoulder room, so attend with confidence.

Keep an eye on their social media for the latest scheduling updates.

R Bar in Fourth Ward

R Bar in Fourth Ward hosts select matches of the upcoming World Cup | Courtesy of Houston Red Army

On Houston Avenue, a block from Stanton’s City Bites, you can find this laid-back pub with a dog-friendly patio serving up plenty of televisions to catch every minute on the pitch.

Home to watch parties for a Houston chapter of Manchester United fans, the bar is no stranger to soccer watch parties and offers a chill vibe for you to see the games.

They’ll be open early for matches that feature the United States and games that include the biggest talents, so stay tuned to their social media for schedule updates.

William Price Distilling in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest

For most World Cup matches, the Garden Oaks distillery pulls out the big screen | Courtesy of William Price Distilling

The distillery on Wakefield Drive hosts watch parties throughout the World Cup for all countries, shown live on a 20-foot indoor screen on the production floor, with multiple TVs in the tasting room and lounge. Coffee, food, cocktails, beer and wine will be available, and you can even take advantage of the free wi-fi if you’re looking to work remotely.

William Price will be open early for all 7am, 10am and 1pm matches, as well as all games featuring USA, Mexico, England, Brazil and Argentina (including the 4am kickoffs). Private watch parties are available if you’re looking to catch a 4am match outside of their planned schedule.

Richmond Arms in West Houston

Catch World Cup action at indoor and outdoor areas of Richmond Arms | Courtesy of Richmond Arms

In West Houston, Richmond Arms has long been a bustling spot for World Cup and global soccer matches, bringing in a truly multicultural crowd rooting on their home countries.

The outdoor patio can be configured for covered seating in all weather, but expect a packed indoor environment for major events as the intimate pub space is known to fill up often and early.

Still, if you’re looking to root on a soccer team, the atmosphere at Richmond Arms is one of the best in town. Known for opening early during the World Cup, their schedule is still tentative, so check ahead with their social media before heading over.

Hugh O’Connors in West Houston

Catch the afternoon matches of the 2022 World Cup at Hugh O’Connors two locations | Courtesy of Hugh O’Connors

With locations in the Energy Corridor and at the Marq-E Center on I-10, both outposts of this Irish pub are known to host supporter groups for soccer, football and plenty of locals looking to root on Houston’s beloved teams.

An official spot for Liverpool FC supporters, Hugh O’Connors accommodates any fan with plenty of TVs, delicious grub and a classic pub vibe.

Sure to be a go-to spot for the biggest matches of the tournament, check their schedule on social media.

Baker St. Pub & Grill in Katy, Sugar Land & The Woodlands

Three outposts of the British pub will host select World Cup watch parties | Courtesy of Baker St. Pub & Grill

The three outposts of this popular British-themed bar and grill serves up burgers, fish and chips, and other pub fare along with a row of taps featuring expected standbys and brews from local and regional taprooms.

Throughout the World Cup, you can expect them to open their doors for 10am and 1pm matches, playing on TVs throughout the pub.

The Blue Lion Pub in The Woodlands

Gather with soccer fans at the Blue Lion Pub in the Woodlands | Courtesy of Blue Lion Pub

Located at Grogan’s Mill, Blue Lion Pub is home to local Chelsea supporters throughout the Premier League season, and they’ll be turning their attention onto the World Cup over the next month.

Schedules for matches are still to-be-determined, so keep an eye on their social media for the latest updates, but you can expect to find early afternoon matches on TVs here.

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins keeps an eye out for all sorts of happenings in H-Town, including breweries, sports, concerts, must-see destinations and much more while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston.