The biggest sports tournament in the world takes place in Russia from Jun 14-Jul 15. While all 64 matches will be shown live and free of charge on TrueVisions, Amarin TV and Television Channel 5, you’ll want to leave home to catch all the color and banter at these bars, which are staying open until the late 1am and 2am kick-offs.
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Why here: Not only is this glitzy California-hailing chain open 24 hours, it’s one of the few places that lets you create your own burger from an outrageously long list of cheeses, condiments and toppings. From 3-7pm during the World Cup, guests get buy-one-get-one on all sides, selected beers and cocktails, while from midnight-3am it's buy-two-drinks-get-one-side. Stay tuned for more special events and giveaways, too.
G/F, Pullman G Hotel, 188 Silom Rd., 02-352-4192
Why here: From Jun 14-Jul 15, you can watch live football games projected on a big screen while sitting in an air-con courtyard. Be sure to try their World Cup-inspired cocktails like Kick Off, Fair Play and Russian Rule, starting from just B120/glass.
Anantara Siam Hotel, 155 Ratchadamri Rd., 02-126-8866 (ext.1210). email@example.com
Why here: Because there are some crazy drink deals. B3,999 gets you a beer tower and three sets of snacks, while B9,900 gets you two towers, bottles of Gold Label and Moscato, three snacks plus two mains. There’ll be live bands every night too.
72 Courtyard, 72 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-392-7770
Why here: The added thrill of hearing grizzled Australian Rules fans act like soccer experts all of a sudden. Oh and some damn fine lamb chops (B620).
4/6 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-661-7176
Why here: The beers are ice-cold and you can always grab a game of pool if your team’s down at half time.
8 Sukhumvit Rd., 099-616-0008
Why here: Currently one of the tastiest and funnest restaurants in Bangkok right now, Bunker’s also rolling out an exciting World Cup bucket promo: B750 gets you five bottles of beer, fries and chicken wings. Yum!
118/2 Sathorn Soi 12, 092-563-9991, 02-234-7749
Why here: The vibe’s not as claustrophobic as your usual wood-paneled British pub, tons of screens, and a burger that’s the envy of other sports bars.
21/1-3 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-664-1376
Why here: The big projector positioned in its semi-open beer garden and, er, the luck of the Irish.
Four Points by Sheraton, Sukhumvit Soi 15, 02-309-3255. www.thedrunkenleprechaun.com
Why here: For some Latin flair. The second floor of Revolucion cocktail bar has transformed into a fake grass-clad pop-up bar promising beers, burgers and guest appearances from Bangkok’s own footballing elite.
50 Sathorn Soi 10, 02-235-4823
Why here: The in-depth tactical analysis. Duh.
Silom Rd., 088-928-6276
4 Sukhumvit Soi 4, 084-901-9669
4 Sukhumvit Soi 15, 02-006-6001
Why here: To offset England’s inevitable quarter-final exit with good brews. Head to this classic brewpub on Wednesdays for “Pint & Chicken Parmigiana Night” when you can taste the pub staple along with the house pour for B299.
1178 Pattanakarn Rd., 02-022-8025
Why here: Let’s face it, the Germans are bound to go far in the tournament. If you can’t beat them join them. From 2-7pm and 10pm-1:30am all Thai beers, house red and white wine, and simple mixer drinks are B99.
Sukhumvit Soi 11, 02-651-3838
Why here: This Mediterranean restaurant sits in a sprawling blue and white house transforms into a mini football stadium for the World Cup, serving up a special new tapas selection (including croquetas, patatas bravas and aioli, chicken wings, B190 each) as well as drinks deals like B99 Singha beer and B100 Rickard.
39 Ekkamai Soi 12, 063-267-7778
Why here: This 20-year-old British pub is just the place for a pint, a plate of bangers and mash (B280), and a side of English disappointment.
595/10 Sukhumvit Soi 33/1, 02-662-1650
Why here: The house-cum-bar’s beer garden vibe and links to Bavaria’s Schneider Weisse brewing company are a match made in football-viewing heaven.
24/2 Soi Ari 4, 092-279-4884
Why here: The incredible craft beer list and American comfort food almost make up for the USMNT’s absence from the tournament.
34 Phahon Yothin Soi 7, 02-116-3308
51 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 087-460-2626
Mahatun Plaza, 888/64 Phloen Chit Rd., 087-460-2626