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GQ gives props to Atlanta’s Brewhouse Café

Even the fashion magazines are getting World Cup fever, and a slice of soccer nirvana well-known to many Atlantans is getting some national (even global) attention for its local reputation.

GQ Magazine has named the Brewhouse Café in Little Five Points as one of the “best soccercentric bars in America,” sharing that billing with some other vaunted footy watering holes, two of which this blogger has sampled for herself: Summer’s in Arlington, Va., and Fadó Irish Pub in Seattle.

The others are Woodwork in Brooklyn, Cock ‘N Bull Pub in Los Angeles and The Globe Pub in Chicago.

In its mini-reviews (available only in the print magazine), GQ writes that the Brewhouse will be “setting up a tent in the parking lot for match viewings on 3-D TVs.”

That’s all they said, since these truly were thumbnail reviews.

As those of you who have haunted that place know, the parking lot at the Brewhouse is rather small, but outside viewing should relieve some of the packed throngs inside.

The Fadó location in Buckhead has sent out its own “World Cup Media Alert” on Twitter. I especially like the link to “The Free Beer Movement” site, with its objective of “building American soccer one beer at a time.” A new one on me.

Here’s GQ’s online World Cup guide, which includes a Q and A with new fashion boy Oguchi Onyewu, among other things.

Trying not to be outdone, Vanity Fair has a fairly decent World Cup blog, and you might have noticed the beefcake cover of the magazine this month with Didier Drogba and Cristiano Ronaldo. They were among the World Cup stars (along with Landon Donovan) who gladly went before the cameras for Annie Leibovitz.

This was shot well before the final rosters were due, since Brazil’s Pato and Michael Ballack of Germany are featured:

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