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5 Great Bars Around Australia to Watch the World Cup

Watch the Socceroos vs France open this year's World Cup
THE ICONIC
6 Jun
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The 2018 FIFA World Cup is just about upon us and the gods of match timings have been kind for the Socceroos opener against France on June 16. For one fixture only there’s no need to watch the game under the doona – it starts at 8pm AEST.

With that in mind, it won’t be hard to find a venue showing the match, but it always helps if you can soak up that extra-special WC atmosphere in style. So pull on your Australia jersey and pick from one of these five amazing inner-city venues.

News
|6 Jun|5 minutes

5 Great Bars Around Australia to Watch the World Cup

Watch the Socceroos vs France open this year's World Cup
THE ICONIC
6 Jun
Share:

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is just about upon us and the gods of match timings have been kind for the Socceroos opener against France on June 16. For one fixture only there’s no need to watch the game under the doona – it starts at 8pm AEST.

With that in mind, it won’t be hard to find a venue showing the match, but it always helps if you can soak up that extra-special WC atmosphere in style. So pull on your Australia jersey and pick from one of these five amazing inner-city venues.

ADELAIDE: The Elephant British Hotel

Where better to watch ‘the world game’ than a pub dedicated to those who brought the game to the world in the first place? Adelaide’s The Elephant has all the British hallmarks you could imagine, from the Chesterfield sofas to a menu filled with pub classics (think fish and chips and bangers and mash), and of course supersized screens for watching (predominantly English) football. But forget England: expect the place to turn fully green and gold come June 16.

MELBOURNE: The Crafty Squire

Expect a boisterous crowd cheering on the Green and Gold at The Crafty Squire in the heart of Melbourne come June 16. In a city famous for its love of sports, this is soccer territory - for the duration of the World Cup at least. Every game of the tournament will be shown live across two of the venue’s spacious floors, and with James Squire ales brewed in-house, what more could you want?

The Crafty Squire, Melbourne

PERTH: The Crown Perth Sports Bar

There’s nowhere you’ll feel closer to the action without actually booking a flight to Russia than at the Crown Perth’s Sports Bar. A series of giant screens (and we mean giant) paired with cutting-edge audio systems, and no doubt a rowdy Aussie crowd, will transport you instantly to the Kazan Arena as Bert Van Marwijk’s men do battle with France. If you’re feeling cash-happy, you can even book your own private viewing area, The Box, giving you all kinds of exclusive perks including a personal host.

BRISBANE: The Transcontinental Hotel

While elegance may not be a word generally associated with soccer fans, you’ll find it in spades at Brisbane’s Transcontinental Hotel. Just across from Roma Street Station, this three-storey 135-year-old colonial beauty is just as comfortable as a wedding location as it is a live sports venue - and will be rocking for the Aussies’ WC opener. A hefty selection of beers and a mouth-watering menu makes it the perfect spot.

The York, Sydney

SYDNEY: York 75

The tartan wallpaper and snug booths might make York 75 seem like every other kitschy retro haunt in the city – and that’s ignoring the old tennis racquets hanging from the wall – but this Merivale stalwart located in Hotel CBD has 20 screens to show all kinds of sport, and will be one of the best places in Sydney to follow Australia’s 2018 campaign from the get-go.

Call your mates, chuck on your fan gear or weekend sweats and head to the game.

THE ICONIC
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