Okay, we’re not claiming to know everything about football, but many of our Sassy girls are into their sports (see our guide to team sports in HK here!) and some of us are much more into watching it! Here at Sassy HQ, we’ve been bitten by the World Cup bug. That’s right arguably the biggest international sporting event has got us all excited! Since this year the matches are live in Brazil, viewing the games is a bit of a pain in the ‘Kong as they’re at such an antisocial time. But you may want to grab the girls (or be dragged along with the boys, whatever tickles your fancy), for some sporty action… here’s where we’d go to watch the World Cup matches.
We love popping over to Tsim Sha Tsui for a drink or two, especially along Alfresco Lane, as it has now been coined. Eastside Tavern may not face the harbour but it’s out of the way of the hustle and bustle of TST, and it’s a totally chilled sports bar. They will definitely be showing the midnight matches, and if there is a big enough crowd hanging about, they’ll remain open for the 3am matches. Friday’s match is USA v Germany at midnight. Check out our review of Eastside Tavern here.
Eastside Tavern, Shop 29, G/F, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.eastsidetavern.com.hk
What better place to watch a large-scale sporting event than a full on sports bar? Champs Bar in Wan Chai will be showing the World Cup games throughout the night. And honestly, what better place is there to be than Wan Chai if you’re looking for booze and a sports bar?
Champs Bar, 209-219 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2892 2286, www.champsbar.com.hk
The Barn II Pub & Restaurant
Yes, we know, we’ve got a fair few sports bars on this list, but it’s the way we roll. And the World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in town, so of course, they’re going to be going all out. If you’re looking to head out of Wan Chai – or want to remain close enough to the zone – Causeway Bay is a viable option. British-style pub The Barn II will be showing the World Cup matches and serving up pub grub. England fans, you can sit here and sob into your pint…
The Barn II, 1/F Cigna Tower, 470-484 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2591 0346, www.facebook.com/barn2cwb
Feel free to join the masses at yet another pub. McSorley’s are definitely joining in on the footie action by showing all the midnight matches. Indulge in a pint (we hear that it’s almost blasphemous if you don’t over here), which will undoubtedly win you some cool points with your S.O while you watch Neymar score on his home turf.
Get involved in the action at Thai food favourite Namo in TST (check out our full review of them here). They’re having beer towers (throw that diet out the window, girls!), and late night snacks to go with the match. Add to the atmosphere on Al Fresco lane by hanging out in this relaxed and stylish resto.
Namo, Shop G18, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2739 1133, www.mayfare.com.hk/namo
Watch the games with a bit of class at the sophisticated Dickens Bar. With a selection of over 80 beers and tons of classic British pub food dishes, we can guarantee you will be spoilt for choice. Their six 42” TVs and two big projection screens make Dickens Bar the go-to place for live screenings of the exciting matches. This will be a sweet retreat for those who want to watch the games in a more subdued environment. Check out their broadcast schedule to see which games you can watch live.
Dickens Bar, The Excelsior, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2837 6782, www.mandarinoriental.com/excelsior/fine-dining/dickens-bar
At Delaney’s, you’ll feel like you’ve escaped Hong Kong for a couple of hours and entered a genuine Irish pub. With branches all over Hong Kong there is sure to be one near you, but the Wan Chai branch will be showing all the biggies (England, Spain, the quarters, semis and the final). This is the place to watch the games if you want the big-screen projection of the matches, and you can book rooms upstairs for up to 160 people if you want to enjoy the games with all your friends. Drinks and Irish cuisine will be available throughout, and if you’re willing to wake up for the early morning games, there’ll be beer and bacon for breakfast!
Delaney’s, G/F & 1/F, One Capital Place, 18 Luard Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2804 2880, www.delaneys.com.hk
This Australian, dog kennel-themed pub is tailoring itself to footie fans for the whole month, so get ready to enjoy every match live on their eight screens! The Doghouse has branches in both Wan Chai and TST, which means you can watch the games from both sides of the harbour. From midnight until 8am, Budweisers and Vodka Red Bulls will only cost you $30, and why not grab a signature steak sandwich while you’re there! The atmosphere here is great, and if reputation is anything to go by, things are likely to get rowdy!
Doghouse, Shop A3, G/F, Hay Way Building, 72-86 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2528 0868, www.greatvision.com.hk/doghouse-wan-chai
Located smack-bang in the middle of Wan Chai, Trafalgar is in the center of all the action. Depending on whether you’re doing an all nighter or waking up early to catch the games, you can grab a beer or breakfast. This traditional British-style pub is the perfect setting to cheer on the always-underwhelming England team. The open balcony beer garden means you can watch the games outside or inside, on screens or big projections on the walls. Check their Facebook page to see which games they will be showing live.
Trafalgar, 5/F, The Broadway, 54-62 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2110 1535, www.trafalgar.com.hk
If you want a break from all the bars, head down to Discovery Park. They’ll be holding a World Cup Live Party, broadcasting all 64 matches live on two huge TV screens. What better place to enjoy the games than outside, along with 5,000 other spectators – and for free! You can pack your own picnic, or buy food and drinks there. Make sure to check out the game stalls when you need a break from cheering on your favourite team!
Discovery Park, 398 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan, 2940 2822, www.discoverypark.com.hk
If you’re still not sure about heading out to celebrate one of the most popular sporting events of the decade, or the anti-social hours are putting you off, you can always bring the party home. And if you’ve got the gang over, pop round to Club 7/11 and grab a few ZAVVA Shots!
Happy watching, girls!