Nothing compares to the feeling of watching the game at a bar, surrounded by your fellow countrymen (particularly when your team are winning).
But choosing the right spot is vital – you want a place that’s serving up greasy chicken wings and chips smothered in cheese, not a meal that requires knives and forks, and a place with a proper pub vibe.
In the Kingdom you’re overwhelmed with choice – but don’t worry, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites.
Read on for our guide to Bahrain’s best sports bars.
This American-Irish spot broadcasts all the Champions and Premier League matches, so you’ll never have to miss a game. You can grab great pub grub like nachos, buffalo wings, and fish and chips, and there are lots of hops on draught. Happy hour runs from 5pm to 8pm, Sunday to Thursday, and you’ll be able to get 25 percent off all drinks.
Daily 6am-2am. Bennigan’s, Juffair (1781 3750).
JJ’s Irish Restaurant
During a visit to JJ’s Irish Restaurant it can almost feel as if you’ve been transported to the Emerald Isle. This spot has a proper pub-like feel, and the major sporting events are all played here. You can pick up selected beverages for BHD2.3 and hops for BHD2.5 during happy hour, which runs from noon until 7pm between Saturday and Thursday, and from noon until 5pm on Fridays.
Daily 11.30am-2am. JJ’s Irish Restaurant, Hoora (3384 3005).
Grand Yard House
Not only does this American sports bar play traditional sports like football or rugby, you can also head here to catch the big fights too. The bar has a huge draught hops selection and on Thursdays you can get unlimited house beverages and wings between 7pm and 10pm for BHD15.
Daily noon-2am. Grand Yard House, Road 2414, Juffair (3625 5195).
This popular Irish spot has a number of flat screen TVs dotted around the bar as well as a huge projector outside for people who want to enjoy the game from the terrace. Happy hour here runs every day from 3pm until 8pm, and you can get 20 percent off house beverages during that time.
Daily noon-2am. McGettigan's, Road 3801, Adliya (1700 0415).
Player’s Lounge is worlds away from your typical grubby sports bar that’s covered in a layer of spilt hops, with a stylish interior and screens across the bar. You can get 20 percent off food and drink between noon and 8pm every day, and on Sundays you can also get buy one get one free on draught hops.
Daily noon-2am. Player’s Lounge Bahrain, Road 4003, Juffair (6631 6666).
This typical British pub broadcasts all the games, but if there’s a clash, there’s also headphone jacks to connect to smaller TVs inside the booths so you can still catch your favourite team. The bar serves typical pub grub and has a number of hops on draught.
Daily noon-2am. Sherlock Holmes, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa, Road 3801, Gudaibiya (1771 2450).