Mumbai: Pubs and bars in the city to enjoy football World Cup matches
We fill you in on what pubs and bars in the city have in store as excitement levels soar ahead of the business end of World Cup
Ireland didn't make it to the World Cup this time. But a pub themed on the country is joining in on the excitement by adding typical football snacks to its menu, like chips and dips and sweet corn pops.
Till: July 15, 12 pm to 1 am
At: The Irish House (available at all outlets across city).
Call: 8879773315 (Fort)
Goa is one of the most football-crazy states in the country, along with West Bengal and Kerala. So it follows that a Goan restaurant in the city is revamping its menu for the occasion. Tuck into football-friendly nibbles such as sausages, onion rings, fish fritters and tenderloin skewers.
Till: July 15, 12 pm to 1 am
At: O Pedro, unit no 2, plot no C-68, Jet Airways-Godrej Building, BKC.
Fun events will kick off
Watching football matches on a giant screen in a stadium-like atmosphere is a popular trend in the West, but hasn't really caught on in India. That option is now available at a BKC venue that is planning to host a whopping 5,000 fans for the final match.
On: July 15, 4 pm to 11.30 pm
At: Jio Gardens, BKC, Bandra East.
Log on to: kasakaimumbai.com
Cost: Rs 499
Who is the only player to have scored a hat-trick in a World Cup final match? If it took you only a split second to answer, "Geoff Hurst", head to a pub that is hosting a quiz themed on the World Cup, with prizes worth Rs 20,000 up for grabs.
On: July 11, 9.30 pm onwards
At: MRP, Dharamputra Pritam Estate, Lokmanya Tilak Colony, Dadar East.
Deals to aim for
A pub in Andheri is calling the shots, almost literally, when it comes to World Cup-themed offers. It's offering free shots every time one of 10 different things happen during the game, including fouls, yellow cards, penalties, diving, and a tussle between two players. What's more? There are other deals too, such as a pitcher of beer, sangria or LIIT at a 50 per cent discount. We say, best of luck standing on your own two feet at the end of the match.
On: July 15, 9 am to 1 am
At: Autumn Bistro and Bar, Commercial Premises, opposite City Mall, New Link Road, Andheri West.
We aren't saying that a gambling habit is something to be proud about. But what's the harm in engaging in a round of harmless betting where you don't stand to lose anything, but may gain free beer. Make the correct prediction for the winning team, number of goals scored and the player of the match, and guzzle some lager that's on
Till: July 15, 11 am to 12.30 am
At: The Beer Cafe (available at all outlets across the city).
Call: 40226000 (Powai)
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Actor and musician Luke Kenny, who's riding high on his gritty portrayal of an assassin in Sacred Games, usually prefers watching the matches from the comfort of his home. "But if there are a few friends around who are game to watch it a venue, I don't mind either," he shares, adding, "I love the game itself. So I'm not really a team supporter. 'May the best team win,' as they say. But the underdogs are always interesting to root for." He also says that it looks like England will take home football's ultimate prize this year. "But a team like Croatia can always cause an upset, since they are quite a strong unit this time around."
Trust chef Saransh Goila to organise a party for his friends that is a perfect blend of food and football. "We are having a pizza party for the semi-finals at my place. Most of my friends love food and everyone will make their own pizzas. Since I am supporting France in the first semi-final, we are going to have some fun with French cheeses for the toppings. And because they are playing against Belgium, we will also throw in some chocolates in the mix, since that's what the country is famous for.
It will be a cheese and chocolate themed event," he says. He adds that this World Cup has been full of unexpected results. "All the underdogs did well, which has made this a really exciting tournament for people who genuinely like football," Goila thinks
Mandira Bedi is working on both days of the semi-finals. "But I am sure that when I get home, I will find my husband watching the match with friends on the large screen we have, since that's what invariably ends up happening. But for the finals, I have a couple of invitations - one from a club in BKC and another for a screening that a fashion magazine is hosting. So I will choose from either, depending on how much I want to dress up!" she quips.
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