Watching a game on the couch in the living room has its merits, but going out with friends to enjoy a game at a bar or restaurant is enough to triple the excitement of soccer.
To enjoy the games of the 2014 Brazil World Cup, which begin on June 12, some restaurants and bars in Nicoya, Nosara and Samhave set the goal of offering the best party.
If you are headed to Nicoya, the bar Casa Jungla encourages guests to wear a red shirt on the days that the National Selection (the Costa Rican national soccer team) plays. Those who do will get a free shot on the house.
According to Sait Leon, the bar’s administrator, they will have promotions of buckets of beer (with six beers) for ₡4,000 ($8), and for every Costa Rican goal, they will give out a free shot of chiliguaro (a drink made with Cacique liquor and hot sauce). In addition, for the month of the World Cup they will offer combos of hamburgers, quesadillas and nachos with a soda or beer for ₡2,500 ($5).
For residents and visitors to the district of Nosara, the World Cup games will be celebrated with good pizza.
For example, Rancho Tico will have a special for game days, with large pizzas for ₡5,000 ($10), instead of the normal price of ₡6,500 ($13). In addition, for every goal that the Selection scores, they will give away a shot on the house.
In Playa Pelada, Il Peperoni pizzeria will offer a combo of a bucket of beer and a large pizza for ₡10,000 ($20). For those who don’t want to drink alcohol, they’ll have a package deal with a two-topping pizza and a 1.5-liter soda for ₡7,000 ($14). The owners will have a big screen available to watch the game.
In Playa Guiones, the Sunset Shack Hostel will broadcast the games on their big screen, which measures two by three meters. Beers will cost ₡1,000 ($2) and they will also serve appetizers. The Gilded Iguana restaurant and bar will be showing all the World Cup matches and, according to the owners, they will instead show the matches via cable instead of satelite, to avoid any possible disruptions due to rain.
If you’re looking forward to watching the games but don’t want to go too far from the beach, Bar Lo Que Hay in Samara offers visitors the chance to keep their feet in the sand.
Along with big screens, the bar will stir up soccer passion with specials of imported beers for ₡1,500 ($3), including Quilmes, Beck’s, Leffe and Stella Artois, to name a few.
In addition, according to Luis Abado, the bar’s administrator, they will also have competitions at the bar – whoever most accurately guesses the results of the games will get free cocktails.
Also in Samara, the restaurant bar Rancho de la Playa will give away free appetizers on days that the Selection plays, such as chifrijos (pork rind and beans), small salads and patacones (deep fried plantains), among others.
Saturday games will be livened up by live music.
The first game of the Costa Rican National Selection in Brazil will be Saturday, June 14 against Uruguay, and it is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Don’t Miss the Selection’s World Cup Games!
Saturday, June 14 at 1 p.m. CR vs. Uruguay / City of Fortaleza
Friday, June 20 at 10 a.m. CR vs. Italy / City of Recife
Tuesday, June 24 at 10 a.m. CR vs. England / City of Belo Horizonte