The 2018/19 Premier League may be over, but with next season’s league fixtures freshly announced just yesterday, we won’t blame you if you’re already planning which matches to watch and where to go. Luckily, Hong Kong has a myriad of watering holes that cater to all football fans alike. Whether it’s a cosy pub to make you feel right at home, or the newest sports bar with more HD screens than you can tackle, here are some of the best venues to catch all the action for the upcoming Premier League 2019/20 season.
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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!
Slide on 79
Adding a touch of class to the former Rude Bar, Slide on 79 is a playful, vibrant, and relaxing place to chill and lap up some colourful pop art over a drink or three. Not only does the bar have amazing happy hour deals on beer, bubbles, wine, and cocktails every day of the week, but there is also a range of delicious food bites that are simply too good to resist. Conveniently located just off Wyndham Street in Central, Slide on 79 is your go-to for sports nuts to catch a few games throughout the tournament.
Slide On 79, Upper Basement, 79 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 2779 9279
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 Midtown or Knutsford, or take things outside at the IFC location’s outdoor terrace.
PONG Midtown, 26/F, Midtown Soundwill Plaza II, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2301 3988
PONG IFC, Podium Level Four, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central | (+852) 2595 9966
PONG Knutsford, 2/F, 10 Knustford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2536 0322
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McSorley’s Hong Kong
If you’re looking for something a little more laid-back, then pull up a seat at McSorley’s in Discovery Bay. With Tai Pak Beach just a stone’s throw away, the pub has a refreshing selection of pale ales and ciders and a classic gastro menu, make it an ideal place to keep the whole family entertained while the footie madness unfolds.
McSorley’s, Block B, G/F, D’Deck, Discovery Bay | (+852) 2987 8280
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, at least you are slightly removed from the Wan Chai madness. This traditional British pub will be juggling a mixture of live and replayed Premier League action, while pouring drinks and serving up hearty pub grub classics.
Trafalgar, 5/F, The Broadway, 54–62 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2110 1535
Offering a mouth-watering selection of dishes—we’re talking pizza, pub grub, build-your-own burgers, finger foods, and even chocolate lava cake—Forbes 36 is suitable for every occasion. And with different weekly events such as pub quizzes and salsa lessons, no matter which night you visit, you know you’re in for something exciting. Of course, for those who just want to focus on catching a football game or two, you can check out the bar’s sports schedule online to see what’s showing and which teams are playing.
Forbes 36, 36 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town | (+852) 2813 5335
Joe’s Billiards & Bar
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 has 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 favourite 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
5/F Mong Kok City Centre, 80 Sai Yeung Choi Street | (+852) 3188 3818
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Just a few minutes walk 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 10pm til late, this Central hang out screens all major football matches, with an extensive happy hour running throughout the day until 8pm. 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 well fed and watered throughout the matches.
The Globe, Garely Building, 45 – 53 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 in 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 Premier League 2019/20 season.
The Jockey, G/F, 33 Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley | (+852) 2572 2266