It might be taking place 12,000 kilometres away, but there’s no shortage of places to catch all the atmosphere here in Bahrain.
An Nada Lounge The Sheraton’s relaxed lounge bar will be screening all the early kicks-offs before the Holy Month begins. And you’ll be well watered while you watch, with buy-one-get-one-free on selected drinks between the opening hours of 1pm until 1am. The food menu starts from BD1.8++ and beverages start at BD2.4++, and you can also watch out for a daily raffle. During Ramadan the bar will shut but screenings will continue in the hotel’s Al Iwan Meeting Room. Sheraton Bahrain Hotel, Central Business District (17 553 533).
Bushido/Bushra Yes – you read that right. Throughout the earlier part of the month hip Japanese lounge Bushido will be screening all the action, with an ongoing, ‘afterwork’ two-for-one on mixed drinks perfectly timed for the early kick-offs (5pm-8pm). Then when the Holy Month begins the venue will be transformed into Bushra – a special shisha and World Cup Lounge. Shisha is not normally served in the upstairs lounge, and alongside a special temporary Arabic food menu, will be served for this limited period only. Nice. Seef (17 583 555).
Club Buffalo A Wild West-themed nightclub favoured by visiting Americans, Club Buffalo will be getting in on the action with LCD screens, competitions and promotions. A pitcher of drinks will you set back BD9, while a bucket goes for BD12 and a pitcher of mixed drinks at BD13. The club will shut during the Holy Month, but screenings will continue in neighbouring sports bar Legends. Ramee California Hotel, Juffair (17 826 001).
Elements Pool & Lounge We’re happy to report that the Intercontinental’s classy in and outdoor venue will be screening all the games throughout the entire tournament. Entry will cost BD5++, but that’s redeemable on food and drinks. The sleek modern environment might feel a million miles (well, 7,000 technically) from the sweaty dugout of the touchline, but the venue is setting up 90 inch (230 cm) screens that will make any footie nut swoon. Plus a Fan Zone promotion will offer five-for-four on selected drink to keep you refreshed. InterContinental Regency Bahrain, Manama (17 227 777).
Harvesters There will be various promotions on different drinks at Brit-themed watering hole Harvesters during the early stages of the tournament, plus a ‘predict the score’ prize draw. During the Holy Month screenings will move to a different venue in the hotel (TBC at the time of press). Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (17 531 122).
JJs Irish Restaurant The place where everyone knows your name – JJ’s is, of course, screening all the football action. Stop by between 7pm and 3am throughout the group stages of the tournament to catch the bulk of matches. Bustan Hotel, Gudaibiya (17 742 323).
Legends Sports Lounge With 20 screens scattered throughout the venue and a clear sports theme, this relaxed bar is perfectly placed for the World Cup, so expect it to be buzzing with deals throughout the month of action. As well as draws and giveaways, there’s a raft of drinks promotions, including a draft pitcher drinks for DB9, a bucket for BD11, plus mixed drinks pitchers for BD12. Unlicensed screenings will continue during the Holy Month. Ramee California Hotel, Juffair (17 826 001).
Maki Bahrain Savor the finest Japanese fusion dishes like Amer Maki™, Nano Maki™, and Tara Maki™ with friends and family at Maki Bahrain’s elegant lounge, while watching your favorite World Cup Teams on several screens, minimum charge of BD10++ per person. Maki Bahrain, Bahrain World Trade Centre, West Tower (1752 2733).
Overlook This Brazilian-themed nightspot would perhaps be missing a trick if they chose not to screen all the action direct from Brazil. To celebrate the opening match on June 12, Overlook will host a special Brazilian buffet complete with mixed drinks (from 8pm, BD15 for Ritz-Carlton Sports Club members and BD20 non-members). Then there will be extra drinks and food promotions throughout the rest of group stages, with all 7pm and 11pm kick-offs shown live. After Ramadan commences, screenings will move to the hotel’s Al Khayma Tent. The Ritz-Carlton, Manama (17 580 000).
Sofitel World Cup Tent The Sofitel is pulling out all the stops for the greatest of sporting events, hosting a huge World Cup tent well stocked with HD screens so you’re never away from the action. There will be an Arabian theme to the venue, which offers the atmosphere of being under the night sky while remaining in air-conditioned bliss, plus plush couches and distinctive decor. Shisha will be served throughout the tournament, with beverages on offer during the earlier stages. This definitely looks set to be one of the most memorable places to catch the match. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa, Manama (17 6363 63).
The Polo Lounge And the award for most inventive promotion goes to... Polo! Already known for serving up a tasty burger, the venue will be offering up a daily special inspired by the teams on the pitch. So for a Group A clash you can look forward to a Mexican-themed burger, Group B a Spanish spin on your patty, and so on. What’s more, with a late licence Polo will screen games and keep serving food and drink late into the night for all group games. However Polo will be shut during the Holy Month and will not screen knock-out games. Polo at The Palace Boutique Hotel, Manama (17 725 000).
The Royal Golf Club Watch the final matches at the Royal Golf Club on July 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12 and 13. Head Chef Paul Gindra has created a series of World Cup platters for sharing with friends, as well as World Cup buffet options for larger groups which can be enjoyed in private viewing rooms (these must be booked a day in advance). Alternatively, enjoy an a la carte meal in the club’s restaurants while watching the tournament. Royal Golf Club, Riffa Views, Riffa (1775 0777).