It’s rolling 'round again, folks. Get ready to chuck on your green and gold and show some serious Aussie spirit, because the 2018 FIFA World Cup is kicking off 14 June (AKA this Thursday).
This year's games are probably the first EVER that haven't been broadcast at 4am on a Tuesday bloody morning. So if you’re looking to get out of the house and sink an ice cold bev (or 10), it’s your lucky day. We’ve found all of the best bars and pubs in Melbourne that'll be screening the games for you and your mates.
The Corner Hotel
Well known for their love of all ball-related sports, these guys will be screening every single one of the big games. Book a table ASAP to secure a spot close to the big screen. It’s first in best dressed, and this place is sure to be jam-packed. For details, click here.
The Empress Hotel
The Empress Hotel will be hosting all of the Aussie games (and more) live from Russia. There’ll be plenty of food and drink going around too. For details, click here.
Come along and watch Australia v France at Transport (8pm Saturday just FYI). They’ll be playing the match live on ALL of their cinematic screens. Word on the street is they have pizza for you, too. For details, click here.
The Sporting Globe
With numerous locations around town, of course The Sporting Globe is getting in on the FIFA action. In true Aussie spirit, they'll be showcasing their support for our Socceroos by screening all three Aussie games live. For details, click here.
The Precinct Hotel
As if these guys weren’t going to get in amongst the action. They’ll be playing every Aussie game ‘live and loud’ across all of their screens. For details, click here. And don't forget a pre-game sanger at the excellent Big Dog's Deli.
Middle Park Hotel
You can be sure that Middle Park Hotel will definitely be screening some of the games. However, they’re being a tad secretive about which ones they will show. To find make an enquiry, click here (it's pretty safe to say Aus v France will be on the cards).
Get amongst all the action for Australia vs France live on the Waterside's roof! The location is top-notch, and you can bet it'll be packed. And if watching soccer on a roof wasn’t awesome enough, they’ll have icy cold beer at the ready and an abundance of scrumptious food. For details, click here.
College Lawn has definitely caught the World Cup Fever. They're taking table bookings for select games (check out the list here). Pro tip though: this place gets RAMMED on sports nights. Get in very early, and bulk buy the booze. You might not be able to reach the bar come kickoff.
Authentic Brazilian Churrascaria with a side of soccer? Bring it on, baby. Copacabana on Smith St will be running a bunch of Russia 2018 World Cup Games on the big screen, and you can keep the energy levels up with chargrilled marinated lamb. Check 'em out here.
The Duke's ground floor always goes off for big sporting events, and the World Cup is no exception. They'll be running $10 pints on game nights, and you can even book your mates a table (hurry, they'll go quick). Check out the calendar here.
The Crafty Squire
The Crafty Squire will be screening all the big Aus games at this year's World Cup (plus a heap of others), and you've got crafty pints and pub grub to keep your tummy happy. You can check out the full schedule here.
Cheap pints and big screens? We're there. Come dressed in your green and gold colours and The Local in Port Melbourne will shout you $8 pints all night long. Every screen in the building will be showing the Socceroos when they play France, Denmark and Peru (and hopefully finals beyond that). Details here.
if you're looking something a little more...VIP, we have just the thing. Crown Melbourne is launching a new sports pop-up called The Lounge. It's an ultra-exclusive sports watching facility, primed for the World Cup, and they're giving 7 mates the chance to WIN a Lounge screening of a World Cup Finals game, complete with private waiter, leather recliners and soccer memorabilia. The comp will go live on their FB page on Thursday 21 June, so keep your eyes peeled.
Feel like a drink without the screaming fans? Fair enough. Check out our definitive list of Melbourne's best bars.
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