The World Cup is getting underway today, and there are plenty of places across the region to cheer on your country’s team (well, except for the Dutch. And America. And a few others…)
Thanks to Sikkom’s hard work, we have a comprehensive overview of bars and restaurants in the city of Groningen where fans can catch the matches. The Northern Times found a couple of sports bars in Drenthe and Friesland that will be broadcasting the action, but where are you planning to watch the World Cup? If you have any tips for good spots to catch the matches here in the north, let us know and we’ll add them to the list!
This roomy restaurant on the corner of the Schuitendiep canal will be broadcasting every single match during the World Cup. here is a bucket of beer in it for you if you manage to accurately predict the final score of any given match.
Hoogstraatje 3- 5
The rooftop terrace (weather permitting) of this meat-centric restaurant in the heart of Groningen will feature every game during the month-long championship. This viewing experience is capped off with a DIY grandstand built out of Heineken crates.
This bar prides itself on being the go-to location for all big sports events throughout the year, and they have the copious number of television screens to back that claim up. Extra incentive to view the matches here: for each match they watch, visitors get a new notch in their punch card, which they can redeem for special prizes.
Fans of the German team can head straight to Het Heerenhuis, which is transformed into Deutschlandhuis during every World Cup. The bar will show the German matches on a massive projector, and guests can enjoy traditional German snacks, beer and songs.
Oude Boteringestraat 17
The Dog’s Bollock’s is all about the England team, but all matches will be on the tv screens in the bar. If you’re there when England wins a match, everyone in the pub gets a free roung of Meantime London beer.
Australia’s first Wold Cup match will kick off on Saturday, and Bar Pacific seems like the only logical place to be. Good food, good drinks and a good sized projection screen – what more could you want?
Even though the Dutch team did not quality for this year’s World Cup, Café de Rus in Leeuwarden is still broadcasting all of the matches on their big screen during their World Cup with the Dutch Month. So if you’re in the mood for a somewhat ironic party, this is probably the place for you.
This bar has one of the biggest (if not the actual biggest) television screens in Leeuwarden, and the bar will be broadcasting all the games on their normal televisions and the most popular matches – typically England and Germany – will be shown on the big one. Visitors to the bar can also feel good about ordering a cocktail: Paddy O’Ryan has reusable straws.
With multiple screens and a projector, Cheers, a British-style pub in Assen, will broadcast the games being played during their normal opening hours (open at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m on Sunday)
Opening at noon every day of the week, Kings and Queens is a sports bar in the centre of Assen and will be broadcasting the matches, but they do not have any special plans for specific viewing party events.
Photo source: Flickr/Mariya Butd