UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. More information about events at Eastlake Bar and Grill has been added.
The World Cup competition begins in South Africa on Friday and soccer fanatics are looking for places to go out and watch the games, which will be on TV here in the early morning hours.
At least two Eastlake restaurants will be open for the matches: Kristos Eastlake and the Eastlake Bar and Grill.
If you go to Kristos, 3218 Eastlake Ave. E., you’d better be rooting for Greece. Nikos Leontis, events manager at Kristos, is Greek; the restaurant serves Greek food; and Leontis expects the place will be filled with cheering Greeks when the national team takes the field against South Korea at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.
“All Greeks are crazy for soccer,” Leontis says.
Leontis says they’ll close at 2 a.m., then reopen at 4 a.m. in time for the start of the game. They can’t serve liquor at 4 a.m. (state law forbids it between 2 and 6 a.m.) but they will have Greek music, pizzas, gyros and fries. And, if Greece wins, everyone in the bar will get a shot of ouzo on the house.
That sounds like a good way to celebrate!
They won’t close after the Greece-South Korea game. The U.S. will take the field against England at 11:30 a.m. and they’ll stay open all Saturday morning and be ready for that game, Leontis says. And he says Kristos will be open for every Greek game. The next one will be at 7 a.m. Thursday, June 17.
Just down the street, the Eastlake Bar and Grill, 2947 Eastlake Ave. E., says they’ll be open whenever there’s a game, starting at 7 a.m. on Friday with South Africa vs. Mexico.
They’ll have a U.S. Soccer Pep Rally Friday night at 11 p.m. ($1 Bud and Bud Lite) and they’ve installed a TV on their deck so you can watch the games outside (good weather forecast this weekend).
They’ll be featuring food specials keyed to national cuisines of some of the more popular teams. And they’ll also be having drink specials: $3.99 pints of Widmer Hefeweizen and $4 Headbut shots (that’s a mix of Bailey’s, Frangelico and a float of 151 rum).
Since there are more games in the first couple of weeks (4:30, 7 and 11:30 a.m. PDT on game days), they’ll be open early (7 a.m.) almost daily for World Cup fans. After that, the schedule tapers off but they’ll be open whenever there’s a game.
What are your plans for the World Cup? Going out to watch the games or staying in?