Many have been looking for places to watch the World Cup in Vancouver but for this Sunday’s match it’s a whole other deal. The finale between Spain and Holland will be a big one this weekend so I turned to the biggest fan of Holland that I could find (Ariane Colenbrander) and have asked her to put together a list of where she recommends cheering on the Oranje.
The following was contributed by Ariane:
As difficult as it is to be so far away from the true action in The Netherlands (my husband’s country and mine through marriage), it’s also been fun to watch it with a mixed crowd of Dutch and worldwide fans here in Vancouver. Joe’s CafÃ© on Commercial Drive (and William) has been the mainstay for the past few games. The owners are very friendly and get into the action by cheering both sides on every so often.
As well, The Libra Room (at Commercial and Graveley) took the Brazilian quarter final loss against the Dutch in stride and is fully supporting the orange wave this Sunday.
A Facebook page was created earlier this month in order to bring Dutch soccer fans together to watch the games.
According to the Vancouver Sun, the 700 block of Granville Street hosted the Spain vs. Germany semifinal match and will probably repeat the party on Sunday.
Yelp’s website has a viewing party listing for Rogue’s Kitchen and Wet Bar at Waterfront Station (601 West Cordova).
My best bet is to watch it somewhere on Commercial Drive. The colourful vibe can’t be beat and fans of all nations have been gathering here for days to watch their various teams compete. If you want a seat, make sure you allow plenty of time to arrive before the 11:30 am start. We arrived just past 10:15 for the semifinal and grabbed the last few seats facing the main room’s screen.
You can follow @ariancdesign on Twitter for all of her updates throughout the rest of the World Cup.
Fans of Spain can feel free to list their favourite venue (if not already mentioned) in the comments or I would be happy to accept a guest post as well.