This Thursday, May 23, soccer hooligans will descend upon Busch Stadium. That's right, the world's most beautiful game will be played on a baseball diamond-turned "pitch" (that's British for "field," you noobs). The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and features two of the top contenders in the British Premier League, Manchester City and Chelsea. Tickets sold out almost immediately when they went on sale in early April, so in the likely event that your only chance to watch the game is via TV, Gut Check compiled a list of the best soccer bars in St. Louis. So throw on your kit (jersey), grab your supporter scarf and choose a side.
Amsterdam Tavern (3175 Morganford Road; 314-772-8224) The Amsterdam Tavern lives and breathes soccer, with scarves and jerseys from dozens of European clubs covering the walls and every TV showing games from leagues located all over the world -- it even opens early on the weekends for fans of the British Premier League. If the weather is nice, there's a large, newly remodeled covered patio and beer garden outside with big flat-screens so you can keep up with the match. A large draft list emphasizing English and Scottish ales combines with the Dam, a restaurant that shares a walkway with the tavern and specializes in burgers and bar food, to offer everything you'll need to last the full 90.
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