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City Gardens, Odessa, Ukraine


Public Viewing is not a big thing in Odessa also the number of niche bars dedicated to the world cup is limited. Reading kyrillic letters and speaking Russian is not our forte so we had no idea what the microbrewery’s name was, where we went to see football in the City Gardens. Anyway beer was cheap, the location so-so for world cup watching and it had a strong german influence, serving bratwurst and the like….

Zentralstube WM Bar, Zentralstrasse, Zurich


As soon as the world cup comes around, all the amateur football fans start coming out of their dark hiding places. Hence some of the bars are full with greenhorns and women. If you’re looking for a bar for experts, check out the Zentralstube. The average patron is over 50 and the place is really dated, but it has two large plasma screens facing the street. This implies you can sit outside, have a great view of what’s happening and smoke if you’re among the remaining opressed second class citizens. If football is all you want, you’re absolutely right here. You will never have an issue with finding a seat.

Bombay Bar, Mämä’s Secret Hiding Place, Zurich

It’s the world cup and real life stops for two weeks, for intense bar hopping. The biggest football nerd in Switzerland runs a little place the Bombay Bar which has an indoor and an outdoor viewing area. A nice touch is the Bratwurst (4 CHF) which you can buy and grill yourself. The only thing to keep in mind is to arrive early if you want a good seat. The funniest thing here certainly are the toilets, the international sign for the ladies is Alain Sutter with long hair and for the men it’s Alain Sutter with short hair.

Sportsman Club, Birmensdorferstrasse, Zurich

Sportsman Club

We lie about 200 times a day and your favourite sinner had to wiggle a bit today. 16:00 CET Europe time a telco with the New York office was on the agenda. Since South Africa was playing Mexico and it was the kick-off of the biggest sporting event in the world, some creative excuse was needed to free up the calendar. Arriving at the Sportman Club, it made a decent impression. The corrugated iron sheets and timber around the garden really gave it that township impression which is typical for the not so flashy areas of South Africa. SAB Castle Lager beer and biltong round off the experience. The complete building is painted and decorated and if it isn’t raining, the garden is quite quaint. The only downside were the electrical problems, missing the kickoff and causing for a picture failure every 15 minutes or so… maybe the idea was to mimick a fickle diesel generator in Soweto.