The wait is over. The 2018 FIFA World Cup will kick start in Russia in a little more than 24 hours and football fans in Sri Lanka will just have to watch it on TV screen like the rest of the world.
The FIFA World Cup, easily the world’s most widely viewed sporting event is enjoyed by thousands of people from all parts of Sri Lanka.
The 2010 World Cup in South Africa was broadcasted in 204 countries on 245 different channels and back in 2006, 715.1 million people watched the World Cup final.
For football fans in Sri Lanka, Colombo in particular, we’ve sourced the best sports bars and cafes where fans can watch Saudi Arabia take on Russia and all other games to follow on giant HD screens.
IL Ponte – The Ultimate Football Destination
Location: 2 Sir Chittampalam Gargdiner Mawatha, Colombo.
Head over to IL Ponte and catch the action from game one beside scrumptious food stalls, international beverages, games and activities, competitions, live entertainment and a whole heap of fun.
Fans are encouraged to come in team colors and are entitled to win a number of prizes including air tickets to Singapore.
All games are set to be displayed on a giant screen surrounded by cheerleaders and raving fans.
Hosted by The Hilton Colombo.
FIFA at the Vistas Rooftop Bar
Location: 24 Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka
If you’re looking for more of an open-air ambiance, head over to the Vistas Rooftop Bar, 24 storeys high at the Movenpick Hotel. All games will be displayed on giant screens with snacks and amazing beverage offers (up to 50% discounts).
You are also entitled to a 15% discount if you predict the winner prior to kickoff.
Hosted by The Movenpick Hotel Colombo 3.
FIFA World Cup at Cheers Pub
Location: 77, Galle Road, Colombo 3, Colombo.
Experience every moment of glory and cheer for your favorites at Cheers Pub from 14th June to the 15th of July.
All games will be displayed on big screens and fans are entitled to amazing beverage deals throughout the season.
Hosted by Cinnamon Grand Colombo.
World Cup Fan Fest at Shangri-La Hotel
Location: 1 Galle Face, Colombo 2
Catch the World Cup action LIVE on the biggest screen at the biggest venue in the city and revel in an unbeatable atmosphere at the elevated lawn with a marquee.
Enjoy amazing offers on food and beverages, a special kids zone and lots of prizes too.
Hosted by Shangri-La Hotel.
FIFA World Cup 2018 at Playtrix
Location: Racecourse Grand Stand, GS08, Reid Avenue Colombo 7
Watch your favorite teams battle it out to be the number one in the world at Sri Lanka’s go to Sports Bar, Playtrix.
Book your tables early and expect a large crowd and a fantastic atmosphere throughout the season.
All games are set to be displayed on a gigantic HD screen closed in by 12 HD Tv’s and a surround sound system to bring about a true stadium feel.
It gets better. They have Extra-time happy hours from 5-9pm every weekday: Buy 1 get 1 Free on all bar drinks and 30% off on Food with a special late-night Bar Bites Menu for those cracking late games including the one between Spain and Portugal on Friday.
Fans are entitled to special prizes on certain nights including free beer pong. Fans wearing winning Team jerseys will also get special prizes/discounts.
Hosted by Playtrix Sports Bar and Cafe.
Note: This is just a list of five interesting places. You’d find at least 50-100 more in Colombo and other cities/towns in different parts of the island.
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