With painted faces and enthusiastic fans dancing and cheering for their favourite teams, Brazil is all geared up to again kickstart the FIFA World Cup today after 64 years. Football fans who couldn’t make it to the host country for this year’s tournament can catch the action live at restaurants and cafés in their cities. As 32 countries battle it out for the month-long event in Brazil, we bring you a list of restaurants and cafés all around the world offering giant television screens, electrifying cocktail menu and cheap food deals.
Catch the action live at Fat Lulu’s, a popular pizza joint in Gurgaon. They have also introduced offers related to the World Cup teams playing on a particular night. For instance, the ‘Spain day’ deal includes a pitcher of sangria plus a tapas platter for Rs 1,499. The ‘Italy day’ food deal includes one portion of chicken wings, two 14-inch pizzas and one plate of pasta for Rs 1,499.
Vivanta by Taj’s Bar Tease in Gurgaon is showing 9.30pm FIFA World Cup matches. They have deals like ‘Golden Foot’ in which you can win signature Vivanta cocktails for guessing the player who’ll be striking the maximum number of goals during the match. Another deal ‘Goal Galore’ has unlimited draught brews with homemade bar snacks all for Rs 1,000 plus taxes.
Mia Bella in Hauz KhasVillagehasaninternational flags décor theme to celebrate this year’s football fever. They have two giant screens, one on its rooftop and one inside for those who can’t bear the heat. Both groups can enjoy the ‘beer bonanza’ offered by the restaurant that includes imported beer at discounted prices. They are also hosting games and contests during half-time and give away freebies (drinks/shots on the house) for guessing the correct names of players.
Apart from screening the matches, SOY in Khan Market has a special promotional offer, too. Any guest who can predict the match results gets a set of five vodkas/ five IMFL (any brand; standard servings). Also, on every goal, all registered customers (call the restaurant to make a reservation in advance) get a round of drinks from the restaurant.
Contact: 011-4579 5555
In West Delhi, Hinglish: The colonial Café atPacific Mall is showing the matches on their 4ft x 5.5ft screen. They also have unlimited starters and beer packages from Rs 1,599 during match hours. Throughout the screenings, if the guests are dressed in the colours of the teams playing (either matching the flag or the team jersey), then this café gives away special prizes, including Hinglish goodie hampers or meal vouchers.
Contact: 011-2598 4044
Johnny Rockets, the American chain in Saket and Gurgaon, is offering a combo meal for game lovers by adding Brazilian flavours to it. For the one month of World Cup screenings, Johnny Rockets has various combos for Rs 599 per person that include Coco Caramel Shake, Rocket Wings or Veggie Fingers, Chimichurri Burger and American Fries.
Contact: 011-33036772 (Saket), 011-33036830 (Gurgaon)
JW Marriott, Aerocity is screening the match live on their 51 inches plasma television at K3 restaurant. They also have special food menu that is available during the matches.
Soaked in the football spirit and dressed up in theme décor, Beer Café outlets across the city are screening the matches on high-definition LCD screens (6ft x 9ft, to be precise) and smaller television sets. There are complimentary tattoos and wristbands during the match hours.
Contact: 011-41564327 (Connaught Place), www.thebeercafe.com
Amour The Patio Restaurant Cafe & Bar in Hauz Khas Village has a special ‘FIFA cocktail menu’ available during match hours. Cheer for your favourite team while sipping cocktails from countries like the Neymar’s Caprioska (Brazil), Cameroon Kick (Cameroon), Red Hot Chile Peppers (Chile), Rooney’s Snake Bite & Black (England) and many more.
La Vie in Khan Market has a special menu throughout the World Cup screenings. Their special menu is named after The Most Popular Faces in World Soccer such as Rooney Shrooms, a smokey mushroom pizza; Balotelli pepperoni pizza, offering of pork pepperoni over mozzarella melt; Messi Margarita and many more.
Suryaa Hotel’s Atrium Bar & Lounge in New Friends Colony is showing matches on a large television screen along with serving their new Brazilian grills and cocktails like pineapple vodka, Blavod vodka and Amaretto.
Etc… Café Pan Asian in Mehrauli has a 10ft x 8ft screen. Throughout the World Cup, they have a special cocktail menu featuring deals like Free Kick (a pitcher of Long Island iced tea), Red Card (11 Indian beers), Golden Goal (20 Kamikaze shots) and many more.
To relish the aroma from the Mediterranean, Imperfecto inHauz Khas Villageand DLF Cyber HubGurgaon is showing matches on giant screens, with deals such as a bucket of six pints of beer for Rs 1,300 with free tapas.
Contact: +91-9811597696 (Gurgaon), 011-41090093 (Hauz Khas Village)
On the same lines, Ricks, anurban lounge barat the Taj Mahal Hotel on Man Singh Road, also has drink deals. Their offer is two beers for the price of one to all soccer fans during the live telecast and appetisers such as traditional nachos with charred tomato salsa and ranch dressing, jalapeno poppers.
Contact: 011-6651 3245
Live World Cup match screenings at the Italian Cultural Centre in Chanakyapuri. Diva restaurant will be serving pizza, pasta, beer and more to keep you pumped through your nightly match-watching. Entry is free; you need a valid Photo ID for non-members.
Contact: 011- 26871901
Eat, drink and cheer for your favourite players at Chili’s Grill & Bar inPowai while watching the game on a massive 10ft screen. They also have a special ‘stadium menu’ that includes flavourful cocktails such as Presidente Margaritas, Appletinis, Lynchburg Lemonade and Burger Bites Platter.
Contact: 022-6741 9001
In Lower Parel, The Barking Deer Brewpub & Restaurant is screening the World Cup both in the pub and in the Jameson Loft screening room.From June 13, they also have special deals for each day. With every purchase of their special tournament brew pitcher ‘Kick Ass Kölsch’, you’ll get a basket of baked nachos free.
Beachcomber Cocktail lounge & Bar at Sun N Sand Hotelis screening the matches indoors. A round of games and contests are held and winners get complimentary drinks and gifts. Late-night match screenings are at their 24-hour coffee shop, Aqua.
With a screen size of 57 inches x 64 inches, Terra rooftop café in Bandrais also part of the Cup action.
Xtreme Sports Café has no entry charge for the duration of the World Cup screening. They have also introduced a special food menu that includes chef’s special burgers, sandwiches and steaks dedicated to the tournament and also new cocktail menu inspired by Brazil.
Barleyz Sky Lounge in Kormangala is screening the match on its rooftop as well as indoors. They are also offering 1+1 deals on wines during the screening of matches at their lounge.
In this upcoming industrial city, Toons – The Cafe Down Under on MG Road is a student-friendly café with economical prices. They are telecasting the World Cup matches on their 75-inch screen with reasonably priced dishes and drinks.
Toss Sports Lounge in Kondhwa is open till 3am as they are screening all the matches, from 9.30pm, 12.30am and 1.30am. They have a total of six screens all over the place and that also includes one giant screen. Drink deals starts from Rs 600 for 5 beer pints. Post-midnight, entry has a cover charge of Rs 300.
Screening the matches on two big screens – 8ft x 5.5ft and 4ft x 5.5ft, Bakstage in Salt Lake is decked up in FIFA colours. They are also running a contest to guess who will win the Cup – after the final match, female patrons who have guessed correctly get special prizes. On the weekend, they have ‘Brasilia football nights’, with a special cocktail menu that includes Brazilian hits such as caipirinha, cerveja (beer) and agua de coco (normally coconut water, but in this case spiked punch).
Plush Lounge & Bar on Theatre Road (Shakespeare Sarani) is showing the matches on three television screens and one large screen and also offering happy hours.
Black Sheep Bistro on Swami Vivekanand Road in downtown Panjim offers a free beer when your favourite team scores a goal. But the condition is that you should also be wearing the team’s jersey.
Contact: 0832- 2222901
To watch the FIFA World Cup screenings live and loud at a bar, you can head to Cheenos at Baga for some exciting combination of food and music.
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A 12m wide (almost 40ft) screen makes Barasti Beach Stadium the ultimate viewing destination for the footie fever. The makeshift stadium setting is 35m in circumference and almost five floors high. Dubai doesn’t do anything on a small scale, you know! Entry is free and group packages for dining options are available.
With the largest indoor HD screen in the city at The Palladium, the World Cup party starts here. Seating for several thousands and a standing area filled with beanbags and low tables make it a relaxing space, too. Being a concert arena, they also have DJs before and after the matches – if this isn’t fun enough, then they have face painters, dancers and tons of competitions to participate in during half-time. Entry is Dh50 with one drink, plus a minimum charge at each table.
Along with a big screen, Somerset’s has created a country-themed food and drink menu. Other special arrangements include quizzes during half-time and lots of World Cup giveaways. Unusual offers include a free shot for every goal in the final and semi-finals (except penalty shoot, of course!)
Contact: +971-04- 3366000
It has been said that du Forum Yas Island is the biggest World Cup viewing venue this season. With several screens, the largest being a 6m x 4m LED screen, the preparations are huge. Entertainment at the venue includes arcade football games, penalty shootout competitions on an interactive field, football trivia and a night bazaar on the premises. Free entry from 7pm; food and drink cost extra.
Rush at Viceroy’s has put up super-sized screens and an elaborate Brazilian menu. They also have offers such as a drink on the house (on showing your passport) if your national team wins and 20 per cent off on drinks for Brazilians. Open till 2am.
With a beachside summer tent, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr has three large screens and several 42inch television sets showing the World Cup. Their resident DJ provides pre- and post-match entertainment along with their weekly raffle. The grand prize is a stay at any of the Fairmont properties around the globe – you might just get lucky! Dh100 for three drinks, Dh225 for unlimited food and selected grape and hops. From 10pm.
Stout in Manhattan is a three-level sports bar with an impressive selection of bottled and draught beers. It has multiple giant screens for the World Cup.
Address: West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001
If you want to kickstart your World Cup frenzy in a happy mood, head to Brooklyn for a celebratory viewing. Berry Park features Brazilian musicians and DJs to celebrate and a giant screen backs them up.
Address: 4 Berry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Join the excitement and drama of hundreds of fans at the Paley Center as they showcase hours of live screenings on big screens, all through the month. Admission free.
Address: The Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52 Street, New York City
With a beach bar and floating swimming pool, Arena at Badeschiff has giant indoor and outdoor screens showing all the World Cup matches. Admission free.
Website: www.arena-berlin.de, +49-30-5332030
Brandenburger Tor is Berlin’s biggest football viewing place, as it’s the official venue for street screenings. It has seven huge screens for the World Cup and is always jam-packed with dozens of food and beer kiosks. The grounds open during the match screenings from 1pm to 1am. Admission free.
Football lovers can rush to the Postbahnhof, where the football magazine 11 Freunde is organising the screening of all the 64 matches on one large screen and several smaller screens. With a capacity to accommodate 3,500 people, this place stands out for its small festival featuring live performances, street art and light art installations. Admission free.
Football fans in Paris generally flock to Stade Sébastien Charléty stadium as it can hold up to 20,000 people. The whole experience of watching the match live on screen at this stadium makes you feel like you’re really there.
P.S. We’re sad because…
Budget cuts and hooliganism reportedly forced Paris city authorities to cancel the traditional World Cup ‘fan parks’ with giant screens.
Catch theWorld Cup fever in the heart of the city. All the restaurants and cafés around Exchange Square have themed menus and décor along with street food vans and outdoor barbeques. There are ‘sporty’ challenges during match screenings.
With 11 screens inside the bar and two on its outdoor terrace, Camden
Get familiar with the Brazilian tones and tunes as the bar in the Northern quarter gears up for the World Cup. Black Dog Ballroom is in the grip of Brazilian fever with music and big screens. There are giveaway pizzas on the house at half-time for every England match.
Manchester is ready and happy to provide for a free festival of football at the former Granada Studios. A Brazilian-style beach soccer stadium, ITV’s Fever Pitch, has been created here for the World Cup. Along with huge screens, they have a high tempo zone for fans to test and showcase their football skills. Plus, there is an amazing beach bar.
The Merlion City is almost 11 hours ahead of Brazil, so all the action starts in the middle of the night. Harry’s Esplanade and Harry’s Claymore are accommodating fans all the way till 6am (they’ll serve alcohol, too). The cosy atmosphere at these restaurants lets fans enjoy the matches in a relaxed manner.
Contact: Harry’s Esplanade (+65-63340132), Harry’s Claymore (+65-67367330)
The backpacker-friendly Prince of Wales bars in Singapore are screening the semi-finals and final match of the World Cup from July 9 to 14 (as per local time).
Contact: Prince of Wales Boat Quay (+65-65572498), Prince of Wales Little India (+65-62990130)
One of the largest bars in the city, the Tokyo Sports Café can display two events at once. The café screens almost every major sports event from around the world. It also offers an extensive range of beers – domestic and imported – during the World Cup screenings. Happy hours are from 6pm to 8pm.
Roppongi Hills café has a football-themed menu and a massive screen. It is displaying match balls used in past World Cups and also screening videos of special World Cup moments.
The Star hotel and casino at Pyrmont has two match screening venues – the 24/7 sports bar and the Event Center – and a carnival on match days. They have Brazil-inspired jugglery, Capoeira performances and a celebration at the Event Center. Group bookings available for pre-game snacks and non-stop beverages for three hours.
With big screens and TVs, Churchills Sports Bar offers a lot of prizes to give away during match breaks. And if your thirst for shopping is never quenched, they also have merchandise on sale at the bar.
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