Where to watch the World Cup

Footie fans rejoice! The FIFA World Cup is on from June 14 to July 15, when 32 teams will sweat it out for the coveted trophy at Russia’s Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Lots of great venues across Sussex will be showing the matches, so here are a few of our top picks of where to watch the World Cup.

Fancy giving the over-crowded noisy boozers a miss but still want to watch the matches? Get down to the much loved Cafe Malbec on Church Road. Sit back, relax and enjoy the football in this friendly tapas and wine bar in Hove. A specially selected wine list is the main event here with authentic empanadas served as the perfect companion.

This ever-popular traditional boozer, just a stone’s throw from Brighton train station, is guaranteed to be busy but a lot of fun during the World Cup. They’re also running a Panini Sticker Swap Shop throughout the tournament for some old-school fun between halves.

The Better Half Pub is tucked away in Hove’s neighbourhood, only a five minute walk from the beach. It offers a fantastic selection of craft beers and local ales as well as a range of cocktails, wines and your classic spirits, keeping everyone happy whist watching the game. They are dog friendly too which for us is a winner!

The beach cinema has to be one of Brighton’s most scenic and atmospheric places to catch a match or two. Alongside the schedule of blockbuster movies, the World Cup  will be shown on the highest definition LED screen in the country, brought to you by The Luna Cinema.

Another of Brighton’s most popular pubs, The Black Lion, is a great place to head to if you want to see any of the matches whilst in the heart of Brighton. They’re showing every match and their website handily shows the full schedule so you can plan your diary accordingly. They serve great food too, exactly what you need to keep your energy up for all the excitement!

If you’re a fan of craft ales and would like to watch the matches in a venue that’s modern and super spacious, the North Laine Brewery is the place to be. They have their own brewery on the premises, a superb vibe and a tasty menu.

This creative, quirky bar that’s popular throughout the week for its live music and events and has built up a loyal clientele. Perfectly located in the lanes, not far from the seafront, it’s a cool and arty backdrop to the World Cup viewing. The food is also top-notch.

Get out of town and head to The Sussex Ox who have set up an outside World Cup tent where the games will be shown. Equipped with a big screen, hay bales to sit on and stunning views of the South Downs, we can almost guarantee you haven’t watched football in a setting like this!

One of Brighton’s newest pub additions in Brighton’s historic Lanes,The Walrus pub is a great central spot for some World Cup action! It has some of the best ales in the UK on offer and an extensive menu serving everything from Pizza to our favourite pub classics. After the game why not check out their roof top terrace, it has its own bar and is beautiful when the sun is shining!

The Joker pub is a bright and lively venue that sits in a prominent position at the busy crossroads of Preston Circus with the ever popular Lost Boys Chicken running the kitchen. They serve some of the best wings in the city so get a group of friends together and head up to London Road to watch this years World Cup matches. You won’t regret it!

Situated on the culinary capital of Hove, Church Road, Le Nantais Bistro is an all-day dining experience that celebrates the cuisine of France. Watch the matches here on a big screen while soaking up the French vibe and tasting some extraordinary dishes prepared by owner Pascal and his team.

Casual bistro pub in the heart of Hove is a big hit with the locals. The menu at Hove Place showcases the finest British produce created by chef, Phil Bartley, and served in a small plate style. With a extensive garden and great local ales on offer this is a great venue for a more chilled out approach to watching the World Cup.