Get big-screen live football action, beers and atmosphere at these top venues
The World Cup is upon us and that means beer, late nights, early mornings, and a lot of shouting at television screens. And you know what’s better than shouting at your television alone? Doing it with a bunch of strangers and drinking someone else’s beer. This year, the World Cup is held in Brazil, meaning we’re 13 hours ahead. These are our pick of the venues dedicated enough to screen them live…
The Duke is actually Melbourne’s oldest licenced pub, but you wouldn’t know it since the refurbishment. Open from 7am daily, their first screening will be Chile v Australia, Saturday June 14 from 8am. It’s going to be one loud morning. Melbourne.
The George Cinema have revamped their website and have changed their name to the George Stadium for the World Cup period, screening every single match of this year’s World Cup. That’s 64 matches on three gigantic screens in the heart of St Kilda with options of ‘Stadium’, ‘Lawn’ and ‘Superbox’ levels of seating. St Kilda.
If not one of the best-known sports bars in Melbourne, it’s certainly one of the rowdiest due to a 24-hour licence. It may be a hard one to get into but the Imperial will be pumping from June 13. Melbourne.
Better known as the James Squire Brew House, this hotel actually has a 24-hour licence and is screening all of the World Cup games. Make sure to come early, because it’s already one of the busiest pubs in the city. Melbourne.
Want to stay in your neighbourhood to watch a game? The Provincial in Fitzroy will be screening all Spanish and Australian games starting with the Spain v Netherlands game at 5am, June 14. Set your alarms, folks. Fitzroy.
Get amongst the month long FIFA World Cup celebrations at West Space gallery, where the Reading Room (now Tully Moore’s World Cup Breakfast Bar) will have your coffee, toast and beanbags ready to enjoy the live action. Melbourne.
It may be a typical waterfront restaurant on the Yarra, but they’ve committed themselves to opening the doors at 7am and screening games that start at 1.30am while still serving their full food menu and drinks list to World Cup enthusiasts. Now that’s dedication. Southbank.
Cheer on your team outdoors on the edge of the Yarra or – if it’s a bit cold – inside by the fireplace. The Boatbuilders Yard will be screening all the 8am games and serving up breakfast from 7am-noon through the week and from 8am-1pm on weekends. South Wharf.