As you may be well aware, football season has started and will continue until the 15th July. Hosted by the Russians and with the first matches already under way, it looks set to be one of the most exciting football seasons yet. So where are the best places to watch the matches?
Delaney’s Irish Bar
Basement, Mary Building, 71-77 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
An establishment in Hong Kong since their opening in 1994, Delaney’s were the first Irish pub in the city to serve draught Guinness. Delaney’s is one of the original and best Irish bars, which means you can expect all the usual downsides, including raucous groups of men and spilt beer everywhere. However, they do have large TV’s and are sure to be showing a wide variety of games.
McSorley’s Ale House
G/F, 46 Staunton Street, Soho, Central and Block B, G/F, D Deck, Discovery Bay
McSorley’s is the kind of place to go to if you expect to spend the entire day (or night) in a bar. They have a great menu, with plenty of traditional pub food dishes as well as curries. Their drinks menu is extensive, with beers, wines, spirits, whiskey, cider and craft beer. They also have a selection of imported beers from Mexico, Holland and Italy. The screens are huge, with the option for multi-screen viewing.
Charter House Hotel Wan Chai, 209-219 Wan Chai Road
One of the cooler kids on the scene, Champs is a dedicated sports bar and restaurant that has a great atmosphere. Their coverage is second to none, thanks to their variety of live broadcasts, sporting events and cable TV channels. The bar is less crowded than the others and they have an enormous drinks menu. Just be aware that there is a minimum charge of HKD$180 for two drinks when a match is on.
FRITES are a chain of Belgian beerhouses that offer European food as well as Hong Kong’s largest selection of draught and bottled Belgian beer. Their decor is unique, styled after 1920’s Belgian beer halls, with enormous ceilings, beerkeller tables and stained glass windows. They also have a kids area, if you decide to bring the children along. They have locations all over the city but their flagship is in Causeway Bay. Matches are shown from 6pm every night.
Garley Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central
The Globe is the kind of place that you go to start a night out, thanks to it’s raucous atmosphere and Central location. They are screen all matches that start before 2am, and they also have Happy Hour from 9am-8pm. They have a great selection of bar food, including fish fingers, chicken skewers and pub fare like pies and pasties. They are also members of the Craft Beer Association in Hong Kong and so you can guarantee a wide variety of craft beers as well as the old classics.
The Canny Man
57-73 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
The Canny Man is special in it’s own right, due to it being Hong Kong’s only traditional Scottish bar. Their menu features all the traditional dishes, such as haggis, neeps and tatties, steak and ale pie, mince and tatties plus Scotch pie. Needless to say, their selection of malt whiskey is second to none and they also sell craft beer. The Canny Man has an excellent atmosphere and is one of the best places to watch football in the city.