The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is around the corner and there’s no better place to catch the action than at a bar with fellow footie fans, in a hotel with unique staycation packages or in some public places with other fans. Now that restrictions on opening hours and seating limits at Hong Kong’s nightlife venues are relaxed, you can truly enjoy the world’s biggest football sporting event right here in the 852.

Here’s our round-up of how you can watch the matches in the city.

Bars & restaurants

Rula Live — Lan Kwai Fong

There are loads of places in Hong Kong’s party district where you can watch the World Cup. Rula Live is screening the matches on their three big screens. Plus, they have a beer-bucket deal by which you pay HK$300 for six bottles of Heineken.

G/F, Grand Progress Building, 58-62 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central & Western District, Hong Kong | +852 6031 2116

Trafalgar Wan Chai

This Wan Chai bar is a favourite among sports fans for its cozy vibe and outdoor balcony area. Watch the FIFA matches live on their big screens or even play a game of pool between kick-offs. If you want to head back for a non-match outing, check out their Tuesday pub quiz nights.

5/F, The Broadway, 54-62 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai | +852 2110 1535

Cali-Mex multiple locations

Cali-Mex is adding a World Cup spin to their F&B offerings, courtesy their Nachos of the World Cup menu that features nine country-themed nachos for HK$198 per portion. Catch live kick-offs at Cali-Mex restaurants in Stanley, Discovery Bay, and Sai Ying Pun. If you’re keen on watching the 3am games, you can book a private viewing party at one of these outlets.

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Locations in Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, New Territories, and Island Districts | +852 6050 9332

Tophouse Tsim Sha Tsui

If you’re in TST, head to Tophouse, which will screen all 64 matches of the tournament on three screens — one that’s 95 inches and two that are 65 inches. There’s a minimum charge of HK$300 that will cover food and drinks for the semis and final.

Shop 14-15 LG Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong | +852 2295 0500

Delaney’s multiple locations

This hotspot has been around for nearly 30 years and is popular among enthusiasts of rugby, football and American sports. The Wan Chai branch will screen all 64 matches of this year’s World Cup, while the TST and Cyberport outlets will screen around 19 free-to-air games on large flat-screen TVs.

Locations in Wan Chai, Pok Fu Lam and Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2544 1131

Misty’s Wan Chai

If you’re a fan of watching Grand Prix races, football and cricket matches, and rugby games, then Misty’s is the place to be. You can catch all the World Cup action on their projector and five big TV screens. Want to have a drink during match time? Take your pick from their all-day bucket-of-six promotion on Sol (HK$150) and their happy-hour offer on San Miguel (HK$35).

68-70 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | +852 2503 0080

Victoria 22 Causeway Bay

Need an excuse to party? Victoria 22 is screening selected matches of the tourney, including the opening match, two quarter-finals and the final. Games will be screened on a 164-inch nine-screen LED monitor, which you can enjoy over free-flow beer, and red and white wine.

22/F, Sugar+, 25-31 Sugar Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong | +852 9683 4949

Ministry of Mussels Lan Kwai Fong

Watch the World Cup action live in 4K while you dine on bistro food and sip wine or knock back a beer. Ministry of Mussels is a family-friendly spot, in case you’re bringing the little ones over and catching one of the earlier matches.

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Ministry of Mussels, 3/F, California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong, Central | +852 2838 4588

de Belgie Sheung Wan

This Sheung Wan bar will screen the World Cup games on two projectors and two TV screens. There’s a minimum charge per guest for each match they watch, depending on which stage of the tournament it is — HK$250 (group stage), HK$350 (round of 16), HK$400 (quarter- and semi-finals), HK$500 (final). Seating is limited, so we recommend you call ahead and book a table.

de Belgie, 108, Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong | +852 2869 8388

Dockyard Kowloon

Dockyard will screen 36 matches of the tournament and serve up World Cup-inspired dishes, including Buffalo Chicken Wings, Twice-Cooked Whole Pork Knuckle, Truffle & Cheese Fries, and FIFA beer combo sets (priced at HK$160 and HK$400). Fans can also attend a special viewing party from December 17-18 to watch the third-place match and final, during which fans can get a three-hour free flow package and complimentary limited-edition World Cup souvenirs.

Level 1, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong | +852 2252 5228

World Cup staycations

The Murray Hong Kong — Central

Some of the F&B offerings from The Murray as part of their staycation package. They include beer and snacks such as sliders.
Get free snacks and beer as part of The Murray’s World Cup Staycation Package (© The Murray via Facebook)

If you book The Murray’s 2022 World Cup Staycation Package, you get one night at the hotel’s superior rooms at HK$2,600 per night, along with three complimentary snacks from the special World Cup 2022 menu and two bottles of Budweiser on the house. Plus, anything in the mini bar that’s non-alcoholic is free on the day you check in. Book before November 21 to get an upgrade to the N1 Deluxe Room.

22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong | +852 3141 8888

WM Hotel Sai Kung

A family watches a football match in a room at the WM Hotel. They have snacks in front of them and the room is decorated with flags that represent the various countries participating in the tournament.
Catch the World Cup action on a 55-inch IPTV at WM Hotel (© WM Hotel via Facebook)

If you book a one-day World Cup Staycation at any of the WM Hotel’s rooms, you can watch the matches on a 55-inch IPTV, and get a complimentary breakfast and pork knuckle set with two pints of Lowenbrau draught beer. The package includes a coupon for HK$300 for snacks and drinks, as well as and an extra 5% off on extra rooms for your footie friends. Watched one of the 3am matches and want to have a lie-in the next morning? The deal includes a late check-out on weekdays for this very purpose.

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28 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong | +852 2196 6888

Public spaces & fan zones

Central Market — Central

The set-up at Central Market for the World Cup For All event at Oasis, the outdoor lawn area.
The proposed set-up at Central Market for the World Cup For All event (© Central Market via Facebook)

Central Market is running a month-long event called World Cup For All, where footie fans can watch matches for free at Oasis, win prizes if they correctly guess the winning teams for the day, and catch football-themed musical performances. To watch a match, you have to spend at least HK$300 at any of Central Market’s F&B stalls to get free tickets, as well as a pint of Budweiser beer.

93 Queen’s Road Central and 80 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong | +852 3618 8668

Sino Malls — multiple locations

Football fans watch a World Cup match at Olympian City on a giant screen.
Football fans watch a World Cup match at Olympian City (© Olympian City via Facebook)

Sino Malls is bringing back its Goal Together campaign by installing massive TV screens in three of its malls so patrons can watch all 64 World Cup matches for free. Head to tmtplaza, Olympian City, and Citywalk to get a near-stadium feel of the tournament.  

Tmtplaza, 1 Tuen Shun Street, Tuen Mun, New Territories | +852 2450 7782; Olympian City, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon | +852 2397 3636; Citywalk, 1 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan, New Territories | +852 3926 5700

At home

Of course, if you prefer to catch the FIFA action in the comfort of your own home, you can get Now TV’s World Cup 2022 channels (618 and 619) and watch all 64 matches for HK$480, but it involves a two-year commitment for new subscribers and existing customers. If you want to take the free-to-air route, Viu TV will broadcast 19 matches, which include the opening match, the semis, and the final.

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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