We're all for chilling at home and enjoying respectable, sedate appreciation of the beautiful game. But there's nothing quite as exhilarating as some good old-fashioned tribalism – being surrounded by your fellow and rival countrymen – enhancing the atmosphere and making even the dullest game a spectacle. So, with the World Cup 2018 kicking off in Russia on June 14, here are our picks of the best bars in Hong Kong with big screens up on the walls that are screening as many games as poss this summer.
If you're looking to class it up a bit after (probably) Germany have won the World Cup, you might wanna check out our list of the city's best bars. Or, if you prefer your sports actually in the watering hole rather than up on a big screen, check out Hong Kong's best darts bars. Otherwise – c'mon [insert country of choice]!
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Where to watch the 2018 World Cup in Hong Kong
With one of the largest draught beer selections in the city and a menu replete with hearty favourites, The Globe is tailor-made for 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.
Unlike most of the bars along Lockhart Road, which are largely showing the World Cup, Champs in Wan Chai Road won't be full of randomers just strolling in to catch the game. This is a bit more of a dedicated spot for football fans that should be full of World Cup fever. The underground vibe seems to accentuate the noise and atmosphere, making it a great spot.
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.