If you happen to be hanging out in The City of Love during this for the World Cup Final 2014 this Sunday 13th July between Germany and Argentina, chances are you’ll definitely want to take some time out of your elegant Parisian activities to scream and shout at a live broadcast from Brazil.
Football frenzy has hit Paris hard this year, and if the festivities so far are anything to go by, you’re in for a treat for the final. This Sunday, the French capital will be decked out with buzzing sports bars and swanky hostel parties – all you have to do is get involved. The game will be airing at 9pm local time, so if you want to know how to find the perfect Parisian spot to cheer on Germany or Argentina, look no further…
Pubs and Bars
There isn’t much you can say about Paris that hasn’t been said before and it’s hard to visit without harbouring some seriously high expectations. The best way to enjoy the city is to try and forget everything you know, starting with the preconception that all Parisians are elegant intellectuals who spend their time discussing hefty philosophy in coffee shops. Of course this happens, but there’s also a huge sports bar scene running through the city, and it’s home to come of the best places to catch the final…
- The PlayOff, 35 rue Saint Georges, 75009
At The PlayOff, they understand that choosing between the English pub atmosphere and the buzz of an American sports bar can be a little bit like Sophie’s choice, so the owners have brought you the best of both worlds. This place has been party central so far, and there’s no reason to think it won’t be bigger and better during the final this Sunday.
- The Harp, 118 boulevard de Clichy, 75017
If a less rowdy, more family friendly atmosphere is what you’re looking for, The Harp is your place. Football is part of the history here – the pub is the official Paris meeting place for the French Celtic supporters club –so they’ll be taking the final very seriously.
- The Freedom, 8 rue de Berri, 75008
‘Satisfaction guaranteed’ is what they promise here at The Freedom, and if a traditional English pub atmosphere is what you’re looking for, you won’t be disappointed. With a big screen showing all the major sports events throughout the year, and some of the cheapest beers in Paris (a pint will set you back four euros), The Freedom is your one stop shop for World Cup Final excitement.
- The Great Canadian Pub, 25 quai des Grands Augustins, 75006
Just a stone’s throw from the world famous Notre Dame and firmly in the heart of Paris’s historically artistic quarter, The Great Canadian Pub was opened by two former Canadian hockey players who missed the sports bar atmosphere of back home. The Great Canadian have played every major game of the World Cup so far they’ll be pulling out all the stops for Germany vs Argentina. Be sure to get here early though, as this popular expat hotspot will fill up pretty quickly…
For some wholesome hostelling fun, head down to St. Christopher’s Paris, Gare du Nord. Here you’ll find all the excitement of the World Cup Final and all the fun of a backpacker’s hotspot in one place. St. Christopher’s is right next door to the buzzing Belushis Bar, where cheap drinks are always flowing and there are enough TV screens to make sure you won’t miss any of the action.
Big Screens and Street Parties
Sadly, due to the fact that France didn’t quite make it to the final, the powers that be have decided that there won’t be any outdoor World Cup Final gatherings, in the interest off fending off little nuisances like noise pollution and disruptive behavior… We’re just as shocked as you. Parisians can be noisy and disruptive? Who’d have thunk it?
The Royal Monceau Hotel will be hosting a very sophisticated screening of the final this Sunday in it’s very own, private 99 seat cinema. There’ll be strawberry and basil caipirinhas and a pop-up champagne terrace (it is Paris, after all). Perfect if you’d like a side order of fancy with your World Cup Final revelry…
So there you have it, everything you need to know about cheering on the victorious finalists for the 2014 World Cup Final. Now, I recommend you get planning ASAP, otherwise some other clever clogs will steal your spot…
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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