Where to watch the 2018 World Cup in Hong Kong
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the morning after...
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.