Where to watch England v Sweden in Abu Dhabi

11 great venues to catch the World Cup quarter final clash

Where to watch England v Sweden in Abu Dhabi
English football fans are starting to believe it’s coming home after their side netted a place in the World Cup quarter finals with a win over Colombia on penalties.
Three Lions supporters are hoping Harry Kane and co can make this year their year as they prepare tackle Sweden for a place in the last four.
The two European outfits will go head to head at 6pm UAE time on Saturday in what promises to be a nervy and exciting clash.
And there are plenty of great venues in Abu Dhabi for fans of both sides to catch the action.
Here are 11 of our favourites.
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 England lose.

Free. Open Sat-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri 1pm-2am. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (056 177 7557).

BALLERS FAN ZONE
Le Royal Méridien and PJ O’Reilly’s have opened up a huge tent for the World Cup, which sits over the hotel’s pool.
It is filled with big screens, hosts brunches, has daily challenges and games, and fans are able to win loads of prizes throughout the tournament.
There’s also live music from bands including The Boxtones, Sweet Chilli Jam, The Sheenagh Murray Trio and the Yeah Yeah Nahs.
Entry is free and the tent will be hosted by radio star Sonya Mac. There’s also a VIB (that’s Very Important Ballers to you and me) area, which has deals on food and drinks and a WAG’s Oasis (for all the wives and girlfriends that don’t want to watch the games).

Free. Call for opening times. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).

BELGIAN CAFÉ ABU DHABI
The biggest sporting event of the year is being shown in the venue’s tent that has been set up on the terrace overlooking the marina.
There is food inspired by each game, deals on drinks and prizes to be won.

Dhs100 minimum spend. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (800 423 463).

BELGIAN CAFÉ YAS ISLAND
The Belgians tackle Brazil in the quarter finals on Friday night, which is sure to be an epic battle.
But you can also watch England take on Sweden at this popular Yas Island spot.
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, Abu Dhabi Yas Island (02 656 2406)

BRAUHAUS
There are ten 55-inch HD screens showcasing the football in this special tent.
It costs Dhs100 to enter, however you’ll be given it back to spend on food and drink.
There is room for up to 200 seated in the shaded courtyard. Perfect for cooling off as the games heat up.
Dhs100. Open daily 2pm-1am. Beach Rotana, Al Zahiyah (02 979 011).
EMIRATES PALACE TENT


Football fans can relax in the cool comfort of the spacious tent and never miss a single moment of action across the two 28 sq m LED screen.
There are 500 sofa seats, with plenty more screens dotted around inside. Happy hour runs an hour before every kick-off and all throughout, where you’ll get 15 percent off beverages.

Free (Dhs100 minimum spend). Daily 2pm-midnight. Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road (02 690 9000).

HILTONIA BEACH GARDEN
The Corniche hotel has a mega fun arena showing all the big games.
The German Emirates Club partnered up with the hotel to run the venue, and although Die Mannschaft didn’t make it through to the quarter finals, and traditionally there’s something of a rivalry between England and Germany, there’s still a lot of goodwill to go around.
Up to 1,000 people can fit in the area, which has indoor and outdoor spaces (which is where the massive screen is located, with amphitheatre-style seating). There are smaller screens dotted around the stadium and there’s a DJ playing tunes in between matches as well as other entertainment throughout.
There’s food from around the world as well, meaning you can tuck into a plate of fish and chips to cheer on the men wearing three lions on their shirts.
It’s free to get into the arena, but for Dhs75 you can join the German Emirates Club and get a sausage, house beverage and T-shirt on the day.

Hiltonia Beach Garden, Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West (02 692 4247).

MCGETTIGAN’S
The craic has been going on at McGettigan’s all day, every day throughout the tournament.
Enjoy a range of great food in a bar always guaranteed to have a great atmosphere on match day.

They weren’t highly commended for Best Sports Bar in the Time Out Abu Dhabi Music and Nightlife Awards 2018 for nothing.

Free. Open Sun-Wed 3pm-3am, Thu-Sat noon-3am. Al Raha Beach Hotel and Resort, Al Raha Beach (02 652 4333).

STARS ’N’ BARS
Not one screen, not two, not even three… but a whopping 76 HD TVs can be found at this sports bar giant.
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 WAREHOUSE
Throughout the World Cup, The Warehouse is showing all the games on big screens in the cool venue.
There are daily specials and a score prediction game – choose your team, pick a variety of grape to go with the side, post your prediction on social media using #thewarehouse and those who choose correctly will win prizes.
Sounds like a fun way to get involved to us.

Free entry. Open daily 4pm-1am. Pearl Rotana, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5591).

VELOCITY SPORTS BAR
Pints on Thursdays cost just Dhs12, all day, at our new Time Out Abu Dhabi Best Sports Bar 2018.
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, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).

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