By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — During the World Cup matches with England and USA playing, The Rio Times is hosting a series of special Rio World Cup MixUp events, bringing fans together to watch the matches at the Gringo Café in Ipanema. Today’s (June 19th) match with England playing against Uruguay will kick off at 4PM on a large screen with drink promotions, food specials and a DJ for before and after the matches.

England fans cheer on the Three Lions, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil News
England fans cheer on the Three Lions in their first Group Game match against Italy last Saturday, photo by Vito Photography.

For an international crowd of local expatriates and Brazilian fans and guests, The Rio World Cup MixUp will be co-hosted by the British and Commonwealth Society of Rio de Janeiro (BCS), British Chamber of Commerce (BritCham) and with support from the UK Consulate in Rio. Also co-hosting is the U.S. Consulate General and the American Society of Rio de Janeiro (AmSoc Rio).

Sam Flowers, owner of Gringo Café, has supported several of the Rio MixUp events in the past. He shares why he is looking forward to the next one. “Watching the games in a group is so much better,” he smiles. “It makes it a collective experience and more sociable. It’s a special feeling.”

He adds, “the Gringo Café is unique. It is big enough to host an event like this, yet small enough to create an intimate atmosphere where fans get a chance to mingle and socialize. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

A special contest will go on throughout each game with one of the sponsors, Gilson Martins, giving away a World Cup themed bag from their newest collection “Sou+Brasil.” Contest details will be available on site. Other sponsors include Gloria Erthal Bio-Jewelry, Cachaça Magnífica and Budweiser.

The entrance is free and has special discounts on beers at R$5 long necks and R$10 caipirinhas during the match. Due to heavy turnout, reservations are suggested for VIP table seating, call asap: (21) 98194-0631.

What: Rio World Cup MixUp @ Gringo Café
When: Thursday, June 19th at 4PM
Where: Barão Da Torre 240, Ipanema, RJ
Entrance: FREE