With the first round of the World Cup almost over, you’re not going to want to miss any of what’s coming. To help you on your way, we’ve compiled a list of the top five bars to watch the game in, no matter what you might want to be doing at the same time.
This Wan Chai bar aims to provide a welcome retreat to the intensity of the busy city, and with its balcony lounge, their outdoor marquee, and main bar serving a wide-range of snacks (along with first-rate wine, martini’s, cocktails, and beers), they certainly succeed in this respect. The comfortable seating for you and your friends doesn’t hurt, either.
Most importantly, though, the bar will be playing every single match live -- from kick off to final whistle -- so be sure to get yourself over to Bar 109 for some comfort as you watch your favourite teams in action.
Side note: Bar 109 also does shisha, making it one of only several venues where you can enjoy that and the game at the same time.
Bar 109 is located, naturally, at 109 Lockhart Rd, Wan Chai; www.bar109.com/.
Ideally located at the border of Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, this bar is well-known as one of the foremost sports bars in Hong Kong, and for good reason. Its walls are decked with sports memorabilia, it serves an extensive selection of drinks and food, and many frequenters are feverish fans of sports. Furthermore, games are broadcasted live on plasma TVs or any of 12 big screens.
Expect to enjoy some great snacks and brews as you shout alongside huge football fans, or just go to see what all the fuss is about.
Champs Bar: 209-219 Wan Chai Rd, Wan Chai; 2892 3386; champsbar.com.hk.
The Doghouse is a bar on Lockhart Road, so-named because of the phrase, going “on the lash and off the leash.” It’s a popular sport for drinks, music, and of course sports, but what differentiates it from some of the other sports bars out there are its delicious steak sandwiches and unique concept. It makes for an interesting experience each time there, such that even families frequent the place earlier in the day.
There is also a Doghouse in Tsim Sha Tsui on Mody Road, meaning you can go catch the upcoming match no matter what side of the harbor you live on.
The Doghouse (Wan Chai): Shop A3, G/F, Hay Wah Bldg, 72-86 Lockhart Rd, Wan Chai,
The Doghouse (Tsim Sha Tsui): Shop 7-13, G/F, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui; greatvision.com.hk.
The Barn II
The Barn II has a long and storied history as one of the most well-known sports bars in Hong Kong, having served the people here for 30 years. This place has excellent food and service, and a number of great drinks. However if that isn’t enough, they’ve also got beer pong, darts, a pool table, and even table football, meaning you’ll have plenty to keep yourself occupied during the lulls in the action broadcasting live on any one of The Barn II’s 18 TV screens.
The Barn II: 1/F, Cigna Tower, 470-484 Jaffe Rd, Causeway Bay, 2591 0346; facebook.com/barn2cwb.
It might seem cruel to go to a British pub given England’s disappointing performance at this year’s Cup, but the atmosphere (and perhaps-newfound objectivity) of a traditional pub – yes, not a bar – might be just what you need for a fun night out with friends. And if it gets too rowdy despite the home team having been all-but eliminated, Trafalgar has an open balcony beer garden that you can easily sneak off to.
5/F, The Broadway, 54-62 Lockhart Rd, Wan Chai; trafalgar.com.hk.
A taste of the local bar, a spacious and cheerful environment with refreshments served up fast and cold. Enjoy free peanuts with live sports and a wide selection of bo...
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