The World Cup 2014 Final is happening this Sunday (13th July if you’re still not sure), and sadly, The Netherlands won’t be competing – it’s Germany vs. Argentina. For all you good sports that want to cheer on the lucky finalists, the game kicks off at 9pm local time, and we have all the best places to catch it right here…
What’s more, since Amsterdam is the international party city; you’ll usually find somewhere that’s playing your team’s games, wherever it is you come from. So, with the World Cup 2014 Final just around the corner, expect to find even more of the ‘Dam’s bars and pubs joining the footie festivities.
Bars and cafés
The Leidsplein is the tourists’ favourite area of Amsterdam. Well, maybe it’s not their favourite but it is where most of them congregate, pulled in as if by some gigantic invisible magnet. Even if you don’t like being caught in the tourist trap, this is the area that will no doubt be the centre of the most international rivalry – perfect if you’re looking for a little competitive edge to your Germany vs Argentina experience.
- Satellite Sportscafe, Leidesplein 11, 1017 NS
This is probably Amsterdam’s ultimate sports bar. Not only does it show all the European favourites, but most international sporting events too. Though, saying that, they’ll undoubtedly be dedicating their countless screens solely to the match this Sunday. On top of being a monster of a sports café, it’s also a pancake house and sells an incredible range of other food besides – no excuse not to line your stomach.
- Hole in the Wall, Leidseplein 8, 1017 PT
Every city or town in England has a Hole in the Wall pub, somewhere, that is just the way of things. Well, now it seems Britain has become too small for the disciples of that hole in the wall and its cult has found its way onto the continent. It doesn’t disappoint either. Amsterdam’s Hole in the Wall is a lively but traditional looking pub (or café) that serves great beer and an energetic atmosphere with the games and tasty food to boot. You can never go wrong with a good Hole in the Wall.
Found right behind the ‘Heineken Experience’, this is where you’ll find the highest density of bars and restaurants per square metre. Thus, you’ll find a lot of football too.
- O’Donnell’s Irish Pub, Ferdinand Bolstraat 5, 1072 LA
An ideal footie pub for the supporter away from home, they are known for showing lots of European games with particular emphasis on the English league. It’s a specialised sports pub and has plenty of TV screens set in positions picked with scientific precision for your optimum viewing pleasure. The excellent selection of beers will, along with their menu of pub grub favourites, keep you revved and raring to go throughout the tension of this year’s grand finale.
The Jordaan district is where you’ll find most of Amsterdam’s traditional ‘brown cafés’. These are the places with the typical ‘brown’ interiors, stained by years of smoking with wooden bars and stools. They look a little like the traditional English pub and serve pretty much the same purpose, perfect if you’re looking for somewhere cozy to cheer on the finalists this Sunday.
- Café Thijssen, Brewers 107, 1,015th GD
A favourite with Dutch supporters, this lively but picturesque spot is perfect for those looking to get in with some locals. They’ll be showing the game on their many screens and have a fantastic selection of eight draft beers to keep you refreshed through all that stress of watching the German and Argentinian players run around a field.
- O’Reilly’s, Paleisstraat 103, 1012 ZL
Another classic straying Irish pub right in the heart of Amsterdam, it’s a fine place for a pint of the black stuff (or just a larger) while you take in the game. Usually gathers a pretty good crowd and has a decent, energetic atmosphere during the matches.
Both Reijnders and Café Hoopman are sister bars of the Hole in the Wall and will no doubt be pulling out all the stops for the final.
- Time-Out Sportcafé Ookmeer, Dokter Meurerlaan 7, 1067 SM Amsterdam
- Teasers, Damrak 36, 1012 LK Amsterdam
When you think Amsterdam, beaches are hardly the first things that spring to mind. In fact, I know only one person who knows the city even has them and that’s because he lived there for about a decade. Still, it should hardly be surprising, since Amsterdam sits by the water. It was the Netherlands’ most important port city, and a big money-maker for exporting during the 17th century. I suppose the evidence is in all those canals.
For the World Cup Final, they’ll be combining sun and sand with football action at the city’s Strandzuid. This 2000 square meter strip of sand has a terrace, restaurant, bar and barbeque. You’ll need to buy a ticket to enter the area, but there are few better experiences than watching the footie on a packed out beach.
Like with the bars, most hostels are pretty good at showing the football any time of year. Considering most hostels have bars attached to them, this kind of overlaps with the pubs section anyway. However, here are the best accommodations to book if you want to kick back and watch the football from the comfort of your hostel.
The Globe, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 3, 1012 EH
The Globe is well known by Amsterdam veterans for its dedicated sports bar (creatively named The Globe). They’ll be showing the final this Sunday on their nine televisions and two big projector screens. Hostel guests can enjoy a 20% discount on the food menu and everyone can take advantage of the happy hours that run Sunday to Thursday.
Both the Flying Pig Uptown hostel and Downtown hostel have their own riotous bars with great drinks and food deals for guests along with those all-important TV screens. Since a little excitement over the football is a great way to make a few new friends with your fellow travellers, it’s worth sticking around in the crowded hostel bar for at least one match.
Check out all our Amsterdam hostels and book your World Cup trip now!
Want to learn a little more about the host nation? Check out Lonely Planet’s Celebrate Brazil Mini-Guide to find out what the amazing Brazil has to offer (besides just the football).
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