World Cup 2018: Abu Dhabi bars and pubs to watch the action

The capital's best venues to catch all the games

World Cup 2018: Abu Dhabi bars and pubs to watch the action
When it comes to watching World Cup games you have a pick of places to settle in and watch the goals roll in.

You’ll also find dozens of deals and competitions during the games, so even if your team isn’t winning, you might.
Here, we've compiled a list of Abu Dhabi's pubs and bars to watch the action.
Appaloosa Bar
Like to win when you’re singing? Well you can belt your heart out while entering the draw for a weekend staycation for two, with dinner, in Dubai at Appaloosa.
The lucky winners will be announced during the final match, while other mystery prizes are up for grabs.
Groups of ten or more will enjoy a 30 percent food and drink discount too. Oh, just don’t forget to actually watch the football.
Free. Open daily noon-3am. Marriott Hotel, Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City A (02 201 4000).

Abu Dhabi Golf Club
Wear your country’s shirt and get a free drink every time they score, or if the game’s a stalemate with no sign of anyone breaking the deadlock you can entertain yourself by tucking into dishes from the live food stations – including Russian specialties such as pampushki (sweet breads), as well as the usual favourites of chicken wings and sliders. The fan zone will be split into three distinct areas, each with its own large TV beaming out the game.
Free. Open daily for matches only. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Khalifa City A (056 536 2260).

Barfly by Buddha-Bar
Head down to this spot in the Venetian Village and you’ll find a range of special offers, activities and prizes that can be won during the World Cup. Staff aren’t giving away too much about what the mystery prizes are, but we’re sure they’ll be better than watching yet another England penalty shootout.
Free. Open Sat-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri 1pm-2am. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (056 177 7557).

Belgian Café Yas Island
Cheer on Eden Hazard and the Belgian boys in true Red Devils style (that’s Belgium’s nickname, not just Manchester United) at this popular venue – where you can also win the chance to halve the price of your bill by correctly predicting the match score. There’s a daily happy hour from 4pm to 6pm, where you can also enjoy 50 percent off all drinks. Belgian Café has eight HD TVs and one massive LED screen and will serve food from different participating countries, as well as the usual à la carte.
Free. Open Sun-Thu noon-2am, Fri-Sat noon-3am. Radisson Blu Hotel, Yas Island (02 656 2406).

Blu Sky
There will be 14 screens beaming out all 65 games at Blu Sky. Happy hour runs from opening to midnight every day, with selected drinks costing just Dhs18. Anyone visiting the early group games will have the chance to win a VIP package worth Dhs1,000 for the final – including food, drinks and an overnight stay in a suite with breakfast. Other food offers include a burger and pint for Dhs69, pie and pint for Dhs75, bucket of six hops and wings for Dhs169 or bucket of six hops and a sharing platter for Dhs179.
Free. Open Mon-Fri 3pm-3am, Sat-Sun noon-3am. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina, Al Zahiya (02 818 4888).

c.mondo bar
Fun, food and a World Cup to remember (hopefully) awaits at c.mondo bar. With two large projection screens and HD TVs c.mondo will show all the games with special combos of food and drinks, along with a menu of delicious bar bites and happy hour beverages. There’s also a raffle you’ll be entered into if you spend Dhs100, where you’ll have the chance to win a ticket to see one of the quarter-finals in Russia.
Free. Open daily noon-1am. Centro Capital Centre, Al Safraat (02 096 666).

If you’re used to watching the footie in a traditional pub with wooden panelled walls and barman who knows your name, then you’ll find a home at Cooper’s at Park Rotana. The friendly, homely venue has multiple screens dotted around, with tonnes of great food and drink deals, pub games and prizes to be won. You’ll find pub bites from Dhs15, hop buckets from Dhs97, bucket and pub grub combos for Dhs125 and themed cocktail selections. During matches, you can have unlimited selected beverages for ninety minutes for Dhs129. While you’ll earn a free house drink if you wear the shirt of any team playing.
Free. Open daily noon-2.30am. Park Rotana, Khalifa Park Road Eastern Ring Rd (02 657 3325).

Want to watch the match with the biggest drink you can find? Head to Hemingway’s and you can buy a tower of hops for Dhs180 during the live screenings, or Dhs160 after the game. If that’s a bit too much like hard work, then the bar also serves nachos, chicken wings and hops for Dhs80.
Free. Open daily noon-2am. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Rd W (02 692 4247).

Tucked inside the stunning five-star Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort is L’attitude, where daily prizes can be won for correctly guessing the score. You’ll also find a tasty deal of a snack platter or pizza with two drinks for just Dhs99. It’s a dark, cosy bar and perfect for anyone wanting to watch the match away from the raucous crowds that will take over other spots.
Free. Open Sun-Wed 4pm-1am, Thu-Sat 4pm-2am. Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort, Jebel Dhanna (02 801 2222).

The Mexicans topped their qualifying group and will surely bring, ahem, juan or two moments of magic to the tournament. So combine it with some authentic Mexican beverages and food at Loca. Buy four drinks and get one free every day and sit back in front of any of the nine screens plus one muy grande projector.
Free. Open daily noon-2am. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 582 3639).

We think everyone will be missing Ireland at the World Cup, especially their feel-good fan following. However, the craic goes on at McGettigan’s all day, every day throughout the tournament. While on Friday June 15 you can enjoy a special five-hour footie brunch of free-flowing drinks, an international buffet celebrating the teams competing and live entertainment. It will run from noon to 5pm and anyone dressed in their country’s colours will have the chance to win a mystery prize.
Free. Open Sun-Wed 3pm-3am, Thu-Sat noon-3am. Al Raha Beach Hotel and Resort, Al Raha Beach (02 652 4333).

NRG Sports Café
This Abu Dhabi favourite runs a daily happy hour from 3pm until close, offering selected drinks for just Dhs25, as well as 25 bottles of hops and four-person platter for Dhs450. Anyone who visits at least five times during the group stages will be rewarded with a 30 percent loyalty discount off all future World Cup bills. Feeling lucky? Predict the final score of the game during the first half-time and get a chance to win a free drink. There will also be raffles and games to enjoy too.
Free. Open daily 3pm-onwards. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Tourist Club Area, Al Zahiyah (02 697 4382).

Porters English Pub
It may not be England’s year this time, or next time, nor after that. However, you can join the rest of the red and white army in wishful thinking at Porters English Pub. You’ll find big screens, live music and enough food and drink to keep you going all the way to penalties (and inevitable knockout).
Free. Open daily noon-3am. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street, Al Wahda Complex (02 495 3936).

Sky Lounge Thirty One
Located on the 31st floor of the Grand Millennium Al Wahda, you’re guaranteed a wonderful spectacle, even if the games aren’t going your way. Book a table and enjoy full waiter service, as well as some delicious traditional Arabic food. There’s usually live entertainment too.
Free. Open daily 6pm-2am. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street, Al Wahda Complex (02 495 3916).

Stars ’N’ Bars
Not one screen, not two, not even three… but a whopping 76 HD TVs can be found at the reigning Time Out Abu Dhabi Best Sports Bar of the year. Stars ’N’ Bars is also running a series of deals including a buy one get one free option on selected hops, buy five beers and get the sixth one free and the chance to win your own height in hops. There are daily prizes to be won too.
Free. Open Sun-Thu 5pm-2am, Fri-Sat noon-2am. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 565 0101).

The Sportsman’s Arms
One of the city’s top sports bars is setting the standards even higher with strong drinks deals throughout the World Cup. You’ll find Dhs15 hops and a 14-hour happy hour (that’s right) with other selected drinks for Dhs22. Launched in September 2016, The Sportsman’s Arms was named Highly Commended Pub of the Year at Time Out Abu Dhabi’s Music and Nightlife Awards the same year. And with ten large screens, delicious American pub grub including sliders, wings and nachos, you’ll see why.
Free. Open daily noon-2am. First Floor, International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City (02 447 1066).

Grab five pals and book a booth at TWELVE for Dhs400 and you’ll enjoy a free drink. Plus you’ll get the Dhs400 back to spend on food and drinks that night. Cracking offers to enjoy while watching the game include a bucket of five hops for Dhs120 or sharing platter for Dhs99. Plus, wear your national team’s shirt and bag yourself a free drink.
Free. Open daily 5pm-2am. Aloft Abu Dhabi Hotel, Khaleej Alarabi Street, Adnec (02 654 5138)

Velocity Sports Bar
Pints on Thursdays cost just Dhs12, all day. But you can finally get the freebie you’ve been waiting for as Velocity Sports Bar are serving selected hops for free until the first foul is called during every World Cup match. Not only that, but happy hour runs from opening until midnight every day. You’ll also have the chance to win a Dhs3,000 cash prize with every purchase of selected drinks. There are 38 screens beaming out the footie too.
Free. Open Sun-Wed 4pm-2am, Thu-Fri noon-3am, Sat noon-2am. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Al Wahda (02 304 7777).
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