World Cup 2018
The time has come. It’s the biggest sporting event of the year. That’s right, it’s none other than the FIFA World Cup 2018. Can we just take a moment to realise how quickly the past four years have gone? Okay, the moment's passed. Anyway, with the tournament kicking off in Russia on the 14th of June, Hopewiser has put together your essential guide for the best places to watch the matches across the UK. That’s providing you’re not one of the lucky ones jetting off to Russia to see a game or two in the flesh.
However, just because you’re staying at home this year doesn’t mean that you have to simply sit on the sofa with your eyes glued to the television. There’s an array of World Cup events being held all over the country for you to enjoy, so why not make a day of it with your friends and family and head down to your local bar? Read more to see which of these takes your fancy.
Cafe Football National Football Museum
Let’s start with the heart of the North-West, Manchester, of course. As you can imagine, this footballing city is hosting numerous events throughout the four and a half week period in honour of the World Cup. The one that we find the most striking belongs to Manchester United legends, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, Cafe Football at the National Football Museum. Fans are invited to watch the tournament unfold in the cafe along with an array of limited edition food and drink. There will be plasma screens in abundance, so you won’t have to worry about not catching a glimpse of the action! This event is for all the family, including bingo and Cafe Football’s very own collectors sticker book. This is just one of many events being hosted in Manchester, so there will be something to cater for all tastes and types.
National Football Museum, Urbis, Manchester M4 3BG
Bierkeller and McCooleys
If you fancy enjoying a bit of European culture then just a stone's throw away in Liverpool you will find plenty of overseas delights to make your day all the more authentic. If you’re a fan of German beer and large TV screens then Bierkeller is the one for you! Take a pew on the communal long benches whilst Bavarian-dressed waitresses serve you ice-cold beer all day long. If you enjoy this experience then be sure to return for one of their beer and wine tasting evenings, in addition to the live entertainment that takes the stage at the weekends.
6 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool, L1 8LW
If you have any Irish friends or relatives that you’re dragging along to watch the England match, then perhaps a trip to McCooleys will soften the blow (hopefully). This traditional Irish bar is renowned for its budget-friendly food and drink prices (perfect for anyone who’s tightening the purse strings) along with plenty of sports screens and pool tables to keep you entertained throughout the afternoon and into the night time. If you fancy moving on after the match has ended, then simply head outside into Concert Square and you’ll find yourself in the heart of Liverpool’s bar scene and in the midst of its lively nightlife.
Concert Square, Liverpool, L1 4AQ
Tropicana Beach Club
If you live in and around London or are heading down that way during the World Cup then a visit to the Tropicana Beach Club is a MUST! Whilst it probably gives off more Caribbean vibes than Russian, this party paradise hotspot promises tropical entertainment mixed with World Cup themed celebrations all summer long. Each of the England matches will be broadcast on the big screens which come complete with surround sound, meaning it will feel as though you’re at the stadium. In addition, you can look forward to exciting drinks deals and the venue is also available for semi or full hire throughout the World Cup.
New London Theatre, Parker Street, London WC2B 5PW
The Jekyll and Hyde
Last on the list is Birmingham’s The Jekyll and Hyde. If you’re a fan of weird and wonderful cocktails then this venue is definitely the one for you! With match tickets priced at just £5 per person including a bottle of beer, or for an extra £5 you can get a burger as well, who can say no to this offer? Also available for private hire, the bar is screening the matches on projector screens so that everyone can have a front row seat for the game. Located smack bang in the city centre, this bar is a great choice for anyone travelling to the area for a weekend away.
28 Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6BJ
Wherever you decide to watch the World Cup, Hopewiser has got you covered. Simply download our free and easy to use app, Proximity, to find your nearest transport links to the match. Enjoy!