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Tampa Bay bars, restaurants gear up for World Cup final between Germany, Argentina

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Fancy fans can take their World Cup Final with a side of prime rib at Rococo Steak at 655 Second Ave. S, St. Pete. Doors open at 1 p.m. and tickets are $55 in advance. That gets you a seat, a premium feast from the buffet, and two drink tickets. Before kickoff, Tampa Bay Rowdies players will be signing autographs, and amateur Peles can burn some calories with soccer games on the lawn. For more information, call (727) 822-0999 or visit rococosteak.com

Party like a Deustchlander at the German American Club at 8098 66th St. N in Pinellas Park. The cultural club offers $5 single day memberships for the chance to sing German fight songs and watch the Fatherland's boys duke it out for the chance to be the champs. Doors open 15 minutes before the match. For more information, call 727-343-8018 or visit germantampa.com

Rooting the other way? Renzo's Argentine Steakhouse will conclude its full month of World Cup viewing parties with a final bash at both Tampa locations. Check out the tapas and beer specials and find the closest Renzo's to you at ­renzosgourmet.com.

Team USA won't be gracing the big screen at Tampa's ­MacDinton's Irish Pub Sunday but their supporters, the American Outlaws, still will be out in full force. Take this opportunity to learn the fight songs, chants and disses for next year's Women's World Cup, where the United States is sure to go deep. Drink specials include $4 Miller Lite, Coors Light Draft and Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, and $5 Heineken pints and Bacardi Superior, Gold and Oakheart. Both locations, Tampa and St. Pete, will be broadcasting the final; for more info visit macdintons.com.

TV too small? Catch the action on the big screen for free at Villagio Cinemas, 11778 N Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, and earn some serious fan cred. Doors open one hour before kickoff, and the bar will offer up $15 Bud Light buckets to go along with your regular movie theater fare. For more info, call (813) 498-2800 or visit ­VillagioCinemas.com.

Our friends to the far north don't have to make the trek to see the game in style. Café Ole at 10020 Cross Creek Blvd in New Tampa is offering Mahou beer specials in its cafe section decked out with five new TVs and six tapas and dinner specials. Happy hour begins at 3 p.m. and runs to 7 p.m., just in case the game goes to penalties. Seating is first come, first served and mangers are expecting a crowd. For more information, call (813) 907-5242.

For a solid month, the faithful and dedicated have been trekking to The Pub at international Plaza to rack up visits toward rewards and winning a $250 drawing. On Sunday night, the winner will be crowned, the drink specials will be flowing and the stalwart regulars will get to meet for the last time — until the next time they decide to go for drinks. For more information, visit experiencethepub.com.

Those looking to take in the game sans the hooliganism can roll over to Piquant, 1633 W Snow Ave. in Tampa, for some French food, attitude and soccer etiquette. Nestled nicely in an area where postgame drinks won't be a problem, the atmosphere is guaranteed to be more relaxed than your local Irish pub. Come early and catch some Tour de France and have a couple of craft cocktails. For more information, visit piquanthydepark.com.

So what if you're not German or Argentinian? You've watched this much of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, so you might as well finish strong. • Neither of the highly skilled squads has hoisted the cup in this century — Germany won it all in 1954, 1974 and 1990; and Argentina won the title in 1978 and 1986. Both have been knocking on the door, though, with the German team being stopped short of the final in the past two tournaments. And most importantly, they've got history. Argentina was eliminated from the 2006 World Cup by Germany in Berlin in a tense penalty shootout. • With so many reasons to see the action, Tampa Bay-area venues are stepping up their game to give you a place to park yourself during the last chapter of the world's love letter to the beautiful game. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. Sunday. Don't have too much fun. There's still work on Monday. — Robbyn Mitchell [email protected]

Tampa Bay bars, restaurants gear up for World Cup final between Germany, Argentina 07/10/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 10, 2014 4:37pm]
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