Brazilian fans cheer during the 2014 FIFA World Cup at Blue Charcoal Brazilian Steakhouse in Richardson.

Brazilian fans cheer during the 2014 FIFA World Cup at Blue Charcoal Brazilian Steakhouse in Richardson.

Brad Loper/Staff Photographer

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is upon us, and while the United States won't make a showing this year, there are plenty of other teams worth watching. Peru, for example, hasn't competed in a World Cup since 1982. Favorites to take the title include Germany, Brazil, France and Spain.

The tournament kicks off on June 14 and takes place at a dozen stadiums in Russia, which means you may have to rise and shine early to tune in live. But that's OK because several bars Dallas-Fort Worth will be open to show the games. And what better excuse to crack a cold one before noon?

Here are bars where you can watch the 2018 World Cup. And be sure to follow our correspondent Silvana Pagliuca, who is in Russia, on Twitter (@DeportesDallas) and Instagram (@AlDiaDallas).

Ojos Locos in Dallas is always a hot spot to watch Mexico's World Cup matches.

Ojos Locos in Dallas is always a hot spot to watch Mexico's World Cup matches.

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Balones Sports Bar

2905 Webb Chapel Ext., Dallas. 214-358-4449.

The sports bar is debuting new hours for the soccer championship. The spot will be open 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day. To accommodate the new hours, the bar will have breakfast foods for purchase, like chilaquiles, omelettes, smoothies and coffee. There will also be its usual Tex-Mex fare and beers for afternoon viewers.

Game dates: See the full World Cup schedule here.

British Beverage Company (BBC)

2800 Routh St., Dallas. 214-922-8220

FC Dallas is hosting World Cup watch parties at British Beverage Company, which will open at 7 a.m. every day during the tournament. The team moves the party to Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum for the final on July 15.

Game dates: See the full World Cup schedule here.

The British Lion Pub

5454 Main St., Suite 123, Frisco. 214-618-5025.

There’s no game too early for The British Lion Pub in Frisco, which will broadcast every World Cup match in the group stage and beyond. Fans should expect doors to open around kickoff time when it's earlier than the bar's usual hours. The kitchen will offer a breakfast buffet ($10 for adults, $7 for kids) from open to 11 a.m. Mimosas, screwdrivers and Bloody Mary cocktails cost $3 each on the weekend.

Game dates: See the full World Cup schedule here.

El Tesoro Restaurante

733 N. Belt Line Rd., Irving. 972-313-9495

This restaurant is known for serving authentic Peruvian cuisine, so it's no surprise it will be a go-to watching spot for Peru's World Cup matches. The restaurant serves dishes such as lomo saltado (sauteed lean beef with potatoes, onion, garlic and spices), ceviche de mariscos (seafood ceviche), and arroz chaufa (Peruvian-Chinese-style fried rice with chicken).

Game dates: Peru vs. Denmark (Saturday, June 16 at 11 a.m.); France vs. Peru (Thursday, June 21 at 10 a.m.); and Australia vs. Peru (Tuesday, June 26 at 9 a.m.).

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Four Corners Brewing Co.

1311 S. Ervay St., Dallas. 214-748-2739.

This brewery in Dallas' Cedars neighborhood plans to open its taproom and show every World Cup match that begins after 8 a.m. local time. Stop by on June 17 to enjoy live music from DJ Big Texican and bites from Trompo taqueria.

Game dates: See the full World Cup schedule here.

Guadalajara Mariscos Mexican

1004 E Division St., Arlington. 817-299-0357.

When Guadalajara Mariscos Mexican is open, soccer fans can expect to find the World Cup featured on its many TVs. Pair that with one of its happy hour specials -- 99-cent margaritas, anyone? -- and you're in for a win no matter how your favorite team is playing. The bar and restaurant's hours of operation are Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Thursday and Sunday 10 a.m. to midnight.

Game dates: See the full World Cup schedule here.

Happiest Hour

2616 Olive St., Dallas. 972-528-0067

Happiest Hour in Victory Park is often a go-to for American football watching, but it changes the channel during the World Cup and will also open early for several games. Soccer-themed cocktails include the Messi Pomelo (gin, grapefruit and basil syrup) and the CR7 (vanilla vodka, passion fruit, egg white and orange peel granish).

Game dates: Portugal vs. Spain (Friday, June 15 at 1 p.m.); Argentina vs. Iceland (Saturday, June 16 at 8 a.m.); Germany vs. Mexico (Sunday, June 17 at 10 a.m.); Brazil vs. Switzerland (Sunday, June 17 at 1 p.m.); Russia vs. Egypt (Tuesday, June 19 at 1 p.m.); IR Iran vs. Spain (Wednesday, June 20 at 1 p.m.); France vs. Peru (Thursday, June 21 at 10 a.m.); Argentina vs. Croatia (Thursday, June 21 at 1 p.m.); Germany vs. Sweden (Saturday, June 23 at 1 p.m.); Japan vs. Senegal (Sunday, June 24 at 10 a.m.); Spain vs. Morocco (Monday, June 25 at 1 p.m.); Nigeria vs. Argentina (Tuesday, June 26 at 1 p.m.); England vs. Belgium (Thursday, June 28 at 1 p.m.).

Roeien Baldrich, right, embraced Leonie Leiber during a Dallas watch party after Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Roeien Baldrich, right, embraced Leonie Leiber during a Dallas watch party after Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Legacy Hall

7800 Windrose Ave., Plano. 972-846-4255

FC Dallas is hosting World Cup watch parties at the outdoor Box Garden venue at Legacy Hall, which will open at 9 a.m. every day during the tournament -- except for June 18 and June 22, when it opens at 8 a.m. and 7 a.m., respectively.

Game dates: See the full World Cup schedule here.

La Brasa Bar and Grill

430 N. Coit Rd., #400, Richardson. 469-845-7353.

This will be another place to watch the underdogs. La Brasa is airing all of the Peru team's matches that start after 9 a.m. The restaurant, which is known for its fried chicken, will have a big screen set up to watch parties.

Game dates: Peru vs. Denmark (Saturday, June 16 at 11 a.m.); France vs. Peru (Thursday, June 21 at 10 a.m.).

The Londoner (Addison)

14930 Midway Rd., Addison. 972-458-2444.

This game day hot spot will live up to its reputation this World Cup by showing every match in the tournament. The bar and restaurant will open around kickoff time when broadcasting games before its usual business hours, and serve items from a brunch menu. You can also expect drink specials.

Game dates: See the full World Cup schedule here. The Londoner hosts a kick off party on Thursday, June 14, during which Guinness will be etching pints glasses for guests.

The Londoner (Rockwall)

308 N. Fannin St., Rockwall. 469-314-1126

England soccer fans can find camaraderie at The Londoner pub in Rockwall, which will feature the team's matches. That includes opening early for a 7 a.m. kickoff on June 24 when England takes on Panama. The bar features its regular happy hour Monday through Friday 2 to 6 p.m., but when England plays, discounts begin at 1 p.m.

Game dates: Tunisia va. England (Monday, June 18 at 1 p.m.); England vs. Panama (Sunday, June 24 at 7 a.m.); England vs. Belgium (Thursday, June 28 at 1 p.m.).

Las Palmas

3957 Belt Line Rd., Addison. 214-730-0135.

This Colombian restaurant is shifting its hours to open Tuesday through Sunday at 6 a.m. to accommodate World Cup watchers. And when the home team plays, it will be offering specials such as empanadas colombianas and rifas. Columbia plays Japan on Tuesday, June 19 at 7 a.m.; Poland on Sunday, June24 at 1 p.m.; and Senegal on Thursday, June 28 at 9 a.m. Las Palmas is a BYOB establishment. 

Game dates: See the full World Cup schedule here.

Las Ranitas

325 E. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas. 214-942-4400.
2100 E. Abram St., Arlington. 817-226-2444.
4200 South Freeway, Fort Worth. 972-555-1923.

Mexico fans are in luck: All Las Ranitas locations in D-FW plan to air every Mexico game during the World Cup. To do that, they'll be opening at various times depending on when Mexico plays, and they'll replay the matches in the afternoon for fans who miss them. In honor of Russia hosting the World Cup, Las Ranitas will also turn into a "Russian Embassy" by adding themed decor and flair to the bars and menus. The restaurants are located next door to bars called Los Sapitos, which are also expected to show the games. They offer $4 billiard happy hour from noon to 4 p.m. and $2.75 beers from 3 to 9 p.m.

Game dates: Germany vs. Mexico (Sunday, June 17 at 10 a.m.); Korea Republic vs. Mexico (Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m.); Mexico vs. Sweden (Wednesday, June 27 at 9 a.m.).

Brazil is a favorite to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup title.

Brazil is a favorite to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup title.

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Ojos Locos (Arlington)

1620 E. Copeland Rd., Arlington. 469-673-1180.

Ojos Locos in Arlington may not open for the earliest World Cup matches, but if you're there during normal business hours, expect to find the tournament on its TVs. The bar and restaurant's regular hours are Sunday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to midnight, and Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Game dates: See the full World Cup schedule here.

Ojos Locos (Dallas)

10230 E. Technology Blvd., Dallas. 972-354-5626.

Wear red, white and green to Ojos Locos in Dallas, which plans to showcase all the of Mexico's soccer matches. In addition to indoor seating, the bar and restaurant will have an outdoor area with a projection screen, plus food and beer.

Game dates: Germany vs. Mexico (Sunday, June 17 at 10 a.m.); Korea Republic vs. Mexico (Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m.); Mexico vs. Sweden (Wednesday, June 27 at 9 a.m.).

Peticolas Brewing Co.

1301 Pace St., Dallas. 214-234-7600

Brewery owner Michael Peticolas is a soccer fanatic, so beer drinkers can bet on catching a game there. Peticolas is releasing a special red ale for the tournament called Rumble in Russia, and reviving several other soccer-themed recipes, including the Thrilla in Brazilla IPA and Match Day pale ale. 

Game dates: Portugal vs. Spain (Friday, June 15 at 1 p.m.); Argentina vs. Iceland (Saturday, June 16 at 8 a.m.); Germany vs. Mexico (Sunday, June 17 at 10 a.m.); Brazil vs. Switzerland (Sunday, June 17 at 1 p.m.); Russia vs. Egypt (Tuesday, June 19 at 1 p.m.); IR Iran vs. Spain (Wednesday, June 20 at 1 p.m.); Argentina vs. Croatia (Thursday, June 21 at 1 p.m.); Serbia vs. Switzerland (Friday, 22 at 1 p.m.); Korea Republic vs. Mexico (Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m.); Germany vs. Sweden (Saturday, June 23 at 1 p.m.); Nigeria vs. Argentina (Tuesday, June 26 at 1 p.m.); Iceland vs. Croatia (Tuesday, June 26 at 1 p.m.); Serbia vs. Brazil (Wednesday, June 27 at 1 p.m.); Switzerland vs. Costa Rica (Wednesday, June 27 at 1 p.m.); Panama vs. Tunisia (Thursday, June 28 at 1 p.m.); England vs. Belgium (Thursday, June 28 at 1 p.m.); plus knockout rounds once they begin. 

PhD/Pour House Dallas

1919 Skillman St., Dallas. 214-824-1170.

This sports bar in East Dallas won't open early for most matches, but if it's open, fans can expect soccer on the TVs. There is one exception: PhD will open at 9 a.m. on June 27 to show Mexico play Sweden. And anytime Mexico's team is playing, Tecate and Modelo beers cost $2.75 each. PhD’s regular hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Thursday and Sunday 11 a.m. to midnight.

Game dates: See the full World Cup schedule here.

Rene Moreira, of Dallas, played with Bichos Unidos Selecta for El Salvador fans before a friendly soccer match between El Salvador and Ivory Coast prior to the start of the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

Rene Moreira, of Dallas, played with Bichos Unidos Selecta for El Salvador fans before a friendly soccer match between El Salvador and Ivory Coast prior to the start of the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

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Rugby House Pub de Plano

8604 Preston Rd., #100, Plano. 972-668-8034.

Rugby House Pub in Plano is the official host of Barcelona fans, according to co-owner Sasha Kim, but the bar accepts all fans for the World Cup. And while it won't be showing all games, it'll be featuring the ones broadcast during normal business hours. The pub is open Monday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Even if you don't catch a game, you'll catch happy hour, which lasts all day, every day.  

Game dates: See the full World Cup schedule here.

Sonora Factory Grill

1050 Flower Mound Rd., #310, Flower Mound. 972-410-3501.

This Mexican restaurant is firing up the grill for World Cup matches that start at 8 a.m. and on. Need an incentive? Soccer fans posting up to watch the tournament get their first drink free, says an owner. The restaurant also has daily specials, such as free queso on Monday and $3 beers and margaritas on Thursday.

Game dates: See the full World Cup schedule here.

Trinity Hall

5321 E. Mockingbird Ln., Dallas. 214-887-3600

This spot in Dallas' Mockingbird Station has been a World Cup-viewing mainstay since 2002. No matter your team, you'll be able to watch the game here on three large projection screens and additional TVs throughout the dining area. The restaurant opens a half-hour before the earliest matches and offers breakfast options, like the Irish breakfast.

Game dates: See the full World Cup schedule here.

Nataly Keomoungkhoun contributed to this report.

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