Where to watch the 2018 World Cup in Hong Kong

Want to know what Hong Kong bars are showing the football this summer? We’ve got you covered
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World Cup 2018 is here! The event kicks off in Moscow on June 14 and football fans can look forward to 64 matches across the next five weeks. If respectable, sedate appreciation of the beautiful game from the comfort of your home isn’t your thing, there are plenty of lively bars showing many, if not all, games this tournament. Here are our top picks for places to soak up the atmosphere and savour the action.

RECOMMENDED: If you’re looking to celebrate after a significant victory – or drown your sorrows following defeat – check out our list of the city’s best bars. Or, if you’ve been bitten by the sporting bug, try one of Hong Kong’s best darts bars instead.

Photo: Image: Danilo Borges/copa2014.gov.br Licença Creative Commons Atribuição 3.0 Brasil [CC BY 3.0]

Where to watch the 2018 World Cup in Hong Kong

Restaurants, Mexican

Cali-Mex

icon-location-pin Central

Not somewhere you might expect to be big on sports, but Hong Kong’s largest Mexican food chain is going all-in for Russia 2018. Its outposts in Lan Kwai Fong, TST, Sai Ying Pun, Kennedy Town and Stanley are scheduled to show every single game of the World Cup. The first three of those locations are planning special parties for the semi-finals and final, too. And if that isn’t enough enticement, there are specially themed nachos representing major nations in the tournament.

Bars and pubs

The Canny Man

While Scotland – heartbreakingly – will miss out on yet another major tournament the city’s premier (and only) Scottish pub is still showing the action. Come join the city’s Jock contingent as they moan about missing out yet again.

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Bars and pubs, Sports bars

Champs Bar

icon-location-pin Wan Chai

Unlike most of the bars along nearby Lockhart Road, which will also show some games, Champs in Wan Chai Road won’t be full of randomers strolling in to catch the odd game. This is a spot for dedicated fans that should be full of World Cup fever. The underground vibe seems to accentuate the noise and atmosphere, making it a great place to hunker down and enjoy the tourney. Back in 2014, the venue screened every game of the tournament, so expect similar dedication this time out.

Bars and pubs, Café bars

China Bear

icon-location-pin Mui Wo

Spent the day on Lantau and want to catch a game come the evening? Fear not, this Mui Wo pub is a cracking option. Given the town’s formidable English contingent, you’ll be in good company if that’s who you're rooting for. Otherwise, expect some good-natured ribbing.

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Restaurants, Italian

Ciao Chow

icon-location-pin Central

If you’re worried about going hungry during some of those late night kick-offs, Ciao Chow is the place for you. The LKF venue is serving pizzas all night long throughout the World Cup, so you can stay full while you gorge on the footie showing across the restaurant’s two projectors and three flat-screen TVs.

Bars and pubs, Pubs

Delaney’s (Tsim Sha Tsui)

icon-location-pin Tsim Sha Tsui

Since Ireland will unfortunately not be in Russia this year, Delaney's opens its doors to fans of other competing nations. Back in 2014, the Spanish and Mexican fans made this place home so expect something similar this time around.

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Bars and pubs

Dickens Bar

icon-location-pin Causeway Bay

If you’re a sports fan who isn’t into the rowdier places, Dickens offers a more reserved atmosphere, letting you watch the game in peace while still enjoying a decent pint with a good view of the action.

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Dockyard

icon-location-pin Hung Hom

Forget Dockyard’s sweeping view of the Hong Kong skyline and fix your eyes on its TV screens this World Cup. The casual bar and eatery is showing the entire World Cup live. Entry is free except for the final on July 15 when the venue is partnering with Carlsberg to offer free-flow beer for the entire match for just $150. There’ll be plenty of chicken wings, satay sticks and nachos too, to help keep stomachs lined.

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Bars and pubs

Forbes 36

icon-location-pin Kennedy Town

While it could be said that Kennedy Town is something of a haven for cool, hipster bars that would scoff at the notion of showing sports, Forbes 36 belies this burgeoning stereotype by being something of a bastion for football. With loads of seating and TVs economically arranged so you get a view no matter where you're sitting, it's a World Cup mecca at the western end of the Island Line.

Restaurants

The Globe

icon-location-pin Central

With one of the largest draught beer selections in the city and a menu replete with hearty favourites, The Globe is tailor-made for watching sports. The space is peppered with loads of TVs, meaning you’re not getting that ‘everyone together staring at the same screen’ experience, but it’s ideal if you want to catch a game with your mates in generally less crowded surroundings.

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Restaurants

The best fry-ups in Hong Kong

Whether it’s English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh or Ulster – the fry-up is a hallowed meal for many. And it always seems to taste best after a heavy night of beer drinking and yelling.

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