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Bristol’s Hidden Gems: Alternative places to watch the World Cup

13 June 2018 | Charlie Kenber

With the action kicking off this week, and England’s form looking promising after our two warm-up friendlies, World Cup season is well and truly upon us. Whether you’re a staunch supporter of your national team, or just fancy catching some of the action from the whopping 48 games on offer, here are our picks of some great spots to view the games…

Racks Bar & Kitchen
If you want to do a thorough job of it, in a classic bar setting, then Racks in Clifton might be the place for you. They take the World Cup pretty seriously, turning all their screens to the task, and with a wide selection of drinks and food, and a strong reputation as a go-to destination for big events, it’s likely to be lively. So if you’re feeling particularly organised, why not even book a ticket in advance? It comes with food (steak sandwich anyone?), a beer, and of course a guaranteed view of the screens. Ticket prices start at £10, and are available here.

Image Credit: Racks Bar & Kitchen via Facebook

Racks Bar & Kitchen is on St. Pauls Road, BS8 1LX.

A great little pub in the city centre, Horts is operated and owned by Youngs brewery, which means you can be sure of some top notch beer. Recently restored and boasting a menu of classic pub fare to go with the drinks, it’s an ideal spot to meet up to watch a game. Incredibly, Horts even boasts its own cinema room (as well as a private dining option), so why not make an occasion of it, get some mates involved, and book the place out? There’s nothing like watching footy on the big screen, and you can even order straight to your seat!

Image Credit: Horts, Bristol via Facebook

Horts is 49 Broad Street, BS1 2EP.

Tucked into a series of old warehouse spaces behind Temple Meads Station, Motion regularly hosts some of the best club nights the city has to offer. To mix things up a bit, however, this summer they’re opening up their outdoor areas to screen the football – although of course with some typical Motion flare thrown in. To go with the cold beer there will be burgers on sale, plus they’ll be banging out music before the game, at half time and after the final whistle. A great excuse to have a party no matter what happens! They’re only showing England games, so knockout matches will only be added as, when (and if) we get that far… Don’t get your hopes too high. Entry is £6 a ticket, including a pint, and you can get it sorted in advance by booking here (booking fee applies).

Image Credit: Motion Bristol via Facebook

Motion is at 74-78 Avon Street, BS2 0PX.

Ashton Gate World Cup Village
After a great turnout during Euro 2016, Bristol City Football Club are once again putting together a World Cup Village at Ashton Gate for fans to enjoy the competition. Featuring everything from fish and chips and a barbeque to a cocktail bar, gin bar, and prosecco bar, they’ve certainly got you covered on the refreshments. It’s bound to be popular amongst Robins fans, and with the village open at 11am for afternoon kick-offs and 5pm for evening kick-offs, there’s plenty of time to settle in. Just make sure you check their listings to find out which games they’ll be open for, as they’ve selected only the biggest to screen.

Image Credit: Bristol City FC

The World Cup Village will be at Ashton Gate, Ashton Rd, BS3 2EJ.

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