This summer is set to be one of the most exciting FIFA World Cup tournaments ever. Brazil is the only country to have won the World Cup trophy five times making it one of the most famous nations in the history of football. Not all of us, however, can make it over to the home of football royalty and caipirinhas.
If your 2014 summer plan consists of hanging out in the Eastern corner of the world, have no fear, you can still nab a piece of the action in several sporting hot spots throughout Asia. Here are the best places to catch the FIFA World Cup in Asia’s most happening cities…
Sukhumvit is the centre of expat culture in Bangkok. Most foreign residents and holiday makers flock here for a taste of home, and the bar scene has taken notice. With most sports bars staying open until the wee hours, you can catch important games in spite of the 11 hour time difference.
The Game Bangkok
Opened with the ‘sole intention of being the answer to every sport fan’s dreams’, you’ll find everything you need for the ultimate World Cup experience, including some scrumptious bar grub.
137 Soi Sukhumvit 9, Klongtoey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok
Champions is open 24 hours, so you can catch all the matches that kick off at unfriendly times, and with more than a sensible amount of TV screens, you’re sure to get a great view.
18, G FL., President Palace Hotel, Soi Sukhumvit 11, North Klongtoei, Wattana, Bangkok
Beijing is also home to one of the world’s largest international communities, great for finding your own noisy corner to support your team. For a chance to scout out some fellow supporters, try these:
Paddy’s Irish Bar
With a mural of U2 and more Guinness memorabilia than you’ve ever seen before, Paddy’s is a small bar devoted to the spirit of Irish drinking. There are also five screens showing the biggest sports events of the moment, and it doesn’t get any bigger that the World Cup.
Second Floor, Tongli Studios, 43 Sanlitun Bei Lu, Chaoyang district
If you enjoy a touch of fine exotic cuisine alongside your football chanting then Cu Ju is the perfect place. Still need convincing? Last year, they won an award for being an ‘Outstanding Sports Bar’.
28 Xiguan Hutong, Off of Dongsibeidajie, south of BeixinQiao
You have to be tough to make I through the chaos of Delhi, luckily there are some impressive sports bars to escape the madness.
With countless TVs and what feels like an endless supply of entertainment (namely board games, music videos, darts, pool tables and much more) you’re guaranteed a World Cup experience to remember. They even run a buffalo wing challenge…
F 138, 1st Floor, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
Game of Legends
Can you think of a more fitting title for the site of your nation’s battle in the FIFA World Cup? We can’t. HD televisions are also an added perk in this Mecca for Dehli’s sports fans.
Level 3, City Square Mall, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi
Ho Chi Minh City
The heart of down town Saigon is a hub for international socialising, so if you’re interested in a touch of competitive spirit while supporting your team then this is the place to be. They boast six wide screens and a projector for the biggest games.
46-48 Ton That Thiep, District 1
Game On Saigon
This is the only bar in central Saigon to house two giant projectors, so your World Cup games will be transformed into a cinematic experience. Game On is popular amongst locals and tourists, giving every game the benefit a mixed crowd.
115 Ho Tung Mau, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
With a skyline that’s been lifted straight out of a sci-fi film, Tokyo’s mismatched buildings and dense population make it an impressive experience for any traveller. Luckily for you footy fans, there is an endless supply of impressive sports bars too. Here are our favourites:
Tokyo Sports Café
The Sports Café is one of the oldest and biggest sports bars in the city, and with a daily happy hour between 6pm and 8pm, it’s really no wonder that locals having been frequenting here for so long. Cocktails are quite delicious, might we add…
Fusion Blg.2F, 7-13-8 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Legend Sports Bar
If the old-school American sporting experience is what you’re looking for, this is your place. Buffalo wings, chips and chilli, cold beer and friendly staff give the Legend Sports Bar a no nonsense sports atmosphere.
Aoba Roppongi Bldg. 1F, 3-16-33, Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
Want to learn a little more about the host nation? Check out Lonely Planet’s Celebrate Brazil Mini-Guide to find out all the amazing Brazil has to offer (besides just the football).
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