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Originally published by Jenny Leung. Last updated by Enoch Ngan.
With the 2022 FIFA World Cup in full swing, fans around the world are rooting for their country’s team to win the largest international tournament of the year. Luckily for viewers in Hong Kong, we have dozens of diverse sports bars to cater to all football fans. From mellow pubs with relaxing vibes to visually stimulating modern bars with massive televisions, here are some of the best venues to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
With locations in Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui, Zerve is a popular name on the streets. Apart from multiple HD screens spread around its venue, Zerve also has pool tables, dart machines, and all the beer pong tables you need. So if you’re waiting for your match to start, or just need something to keep you occupied during half-time, this is the perfect place to be. If you’re planning to go along with a group of friends, be sure to call ahead and book yourself a table first, as this popular joint is always packed!
Zerve & Zerve Plus Bar, 8/F–9/F, Zing!, 38 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay | (+852) 5688 2723
Arena Bar by Zerve, 1/F, 10 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 9683 7083
Looking for some all-around boozy entertainment to go with the football matches? There’s nowhere better than Pong. Decked out with numerous TV screens and award-winning digital PongConnect tables, all three Pong venues are spacious enough for fans to kick back and cheer on their favourite teams, while still providing plenty of fun and games for everyone. You can even book yourself a karaoke room and turn your night into a private affair with close friends at Pong Knutsford or take things outside at the LKF location!
Pong, 2/F, 10 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2536 0322
Pong, 1/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, Lan Kwai Fong, Central | (+852) 2802 6869
Tucked away on the upper floors of Broadway building in Wan Chai, Trafalgar is just like your local pub, with the added bonus of a terrace. Now, while we’re not promising a quiet evening, but at least you are slightly removed from the Wan Chai street-level madness. This traditional British pub will be juggling a mixture of live and replayed World Cup action, while pouring drinks and serving up hearty pub grub dishes.
Trafalgar, 5/F, The Broadway, 54–62 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2110 1535
Dare we say it—Joe’s Billiards is certainly one of the local OGs when it comes to sports bars in Hong Kong. Not only does this classically stylish billiard bar have plenty of TVs screening sports games all day, every day, but you will also find pool tables, dart machines, and beer pong tables too. And we must give Joe’s food menu a shout-out, as it has everything from your healthy green salads to giant snail sausage (our favourites are the Monster Wings!), which are sure to satisfy your mid-game hunger pangs.
Joe’s Billiards & Bar, 11/F, 1 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3188 1010
Just a few minutes from Times Square in Causeway Bay, Champs Bar is up there with the reigning sports bar favourites in the city. Armed with three large projector screens and nine plasma TV screens, you’ll feel like you’re on the side of the pitch with this wall-to-wall viewing. An established local spot for sports fans, this basement venue promises atmosphere as well as a selection of irresistible food and drink deals—buffet lunch, anyone?
Champs Bar, B/F, The Charterhouse Causeway Bay, 209–219 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2892 3386
Grab a pint, tuck into a pie, and watch the action as it unfolds on the pitch at The Globe. Open daily from 10 pm til late, this Central hangout screens all major football matches, with an extensive happy hour running throughout the day until 8 pm. The Globe also has many beers for you to choose from (and we mean a lot), as well as all the pies you can scoff, keeping you fed and watered throughout the matches.
The Globe, Garley Building, 45–53A Graham Street, Central | (+852) 2543 1941
If Happy Valley is your hangout of choice, then The Jockey is right on your doorstep. With a jam-packed schedule of evening showings featuring a full variety of events, outdoor space for four-legged friends to join the party, and a hearty English menu to tuck into, this place looks set to be a bustling spot throughout the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The Jockey, G/F, 33 Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley | (+852) 2572 2266
Along the streets of Wan Chai lies Bar 109, a social pub that attracts all kinds of visitors. With a groovy DJ that plays relaxing Motown and blues music, top-tier customer service with friendly staff, and a large selection of areas for group activities, it seems that Bar 109 really does have it all. Bar 109 is only a few short steps away from Wan Chai MTR’s Exit C, so if you are ever looking for a place to wind down or grab a drink, Bar 109 might be the place for you.
Bar 109, 109 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2861 3336
Wanchai Stadium’s dozens of massive screens across the walls make it impossible to miss a second of your sports game. The red sofas and brick décor imitate a cosy American sports diner, so you’ll feel right at home during your visits. Wanchai Stadium opens its doors at 11 am up until 3 am, covering most matches played in the FIFA World Cup.
Wanchai Stadium, Shop A3, 72–86 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 3579 4466
If chowing down on tasty meals during a football match suits you more, The Blind Pig in Sai Wan Ho has a myriad of delectable dishes to choose from while you watch your favourite team—hopefully—dominate on the pitch. Its quiet location in the Sai Wan Ho neighbourhood fits any football fan who prefers to enjoy their match without the usual dose of rowdiness.
The Blind Pig, Shop GB12–14A, Site B, Lei King Wan, 45 Tai Hong Street, Sai Wan Ho