We seem to have come across the perfect place to see World Cup matches: a little hole in the wall that offers, get this, free food, free valet parking, free foosball table games, free stadium seating for 250 people, huge screen to see the match, and finally, free beer! though it is bottom of the barrel selections with either Corona or Bud-Light, oh well. But it’s free, I kid you not! Better than that though is the huge main projection screen and lots of other tv’s around the space (they even have one in the bathroom) to keep an eye on the game at all times. How could this be? It turns out to be some Nike sponsored venue (boo, hiss) which I assume must be some temporary marketing scheme, figures. Despite that, even without the freebies, it’s a good place to check out the remaining matches. We got to see France eliminate EspaÃ±a (can you believe it?) with a mostly Francophone crowd that buried the notion that only Mexican football fans are louts. Here’s a short video clip after the 3rd goal and after the beer spilling died down. Even though I was rooting for the country that imposed one of its languages on the Americas, giving us countless opportunities for creative mangling, it was still fun seeing the fans of le France get excited about a decent win: the guy next to me was twitching his leg just as fast as I was last week watching Mexico play, nervousness is quite universal.
If you want to check out the spot, here’s the address: Football Club 7018 Melrose Ave. Don’t tell them I sent you, they might not let you in!