The World Cup, the biggest event on the world football calendar, is about to get underway in Russia. But if you didn’t fancy flying to Moscow don’t fret, because there are plenty of places in Melbourne that will be screening all the action. Head into one of these six local haunts to watch and celebrate the 2018 World Cup, from the first kickoff to the last penalty shootout.
Let us set the scene: it's 1am in the morning, your team is about to kick off but you can't watch the game at home. Luckily the Crafty Squire is open 24/7 over the World Cup period. The pub will be playing every match across all their screens, meaning you won't miss a single goal (or dive). Plus the microbrewery will keep you watered and fed with their craft beers and classic pub meals.
Fed Square's home of craft beer isn't just screening every World Cup match, they're celebrating the participating countries' best brews as well. Hit up the Beer DeLuxe bar for a beer scorecard and taste your way around eight World Cup countries including Japan, Belgium, Denmark, England, Poland, Argentina, Germany and Australia. Sample a beer from every country and you'll score yourself a Beer DeLuxe hoodie to keep you warm on the way home from your late-night soccer screenings.
The Imperial is already known as Melbourne's home of the English Premier League, so it's no surprise that the pub is screening every World Cup match as well. The pub will be heaving, so make sure you arrive early to secure your seat and live your best World Cup life. Hungry? Try the pub's new parma pizza, where Imperial's chefs swap out a traditional pizza base for a chicken parma.
The Duke's commitment to showing live sports from around the globe naturally means they'll be screening the World Cup. Head into the Duke to catch select matches across the pub's nine screens and experience the sports-mad atmosphere. To celebrate soccer's biggest event they'll also be serving pints of the Bounce Lager for $10.
The folks over at the Provincial will be supporting the Aussie team with pride this World Cup. The pub will be showing every Australian match starting on Saturday June 16 when the Socceroos take on France. Back it up when Australia faces Denmark on June 21 and Peru on June 27. Rock up early during the weeknight matches to take advantage of the Provincial's happy hour ($7 drinks between 4pm and 7pm).
The Antipodean pride continues at the Local Port Melbourne where any fans who come dressed in the Aussie team colours will get $8 pints during Australian games. Every single screen in the southside pub will be screening the Socceroos as they take on France, Denmark and Peru. Team your soccer match and pint with one of the Local's classic pub meals and you've got a winning combo.