Where to enjoy (or escape) the World Cup this summer

With the 2018 World Cup now underway, we take a look at the best places to watch the games, from huge outdoor screens to classic pubs. And if you’re not into football, we’ve got you covered as well.

World Cup Winners

1. The Old Crown, Digbeth 

Following the unveiling of the brand new botanical gin garden, it’s time to cheer on your home team surrounded by fellow fans at Birmingham’s oldest pub, which dates all the way back to 1368. With free entry, DJs every weekend, street food and a huge outdoor screen, what’s not to love? Click here to find out more.

2. The Lord Clifden, Jewellery Quarter

With over 9 screens and plenty of seats throughout the bar and beer garden, you’ll not miss a second of the action as you enjoy one of The Lord Clifden’s cider slushies. An artistically eclectic venue located in the Jewellery Quarter, this pub will be showing the best live action throughout the World Cup, and while you’re there you may as well tuck in to some pub grub. Click here to find out more.

3. The Distillery, Birmingham Canals

This summer, The Distillery is offering a private upstairs room for groups wanting to watch the World Cup, with the option to book it out for a game of your choice. With an expansive outdoor area, onsite gin distillery and blissful canalside views, the chance to watch the game is just one of the many reasons to visit this spot. Click here to find out more.

4. Shooters, Broad Street

For an immersive football experience, Shooters is the sportiest place in town (it is a sports bar after all). If you want chants, crowds and pints, this is the place for you. It’s expected to get pretty busy, so we recommend booking a seat in advance, and if you’re making a day of it why not check out the food and drinks packages. Click here to find out more.

5. Walkabout, Broad Street

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This Aussie chain is set to screen every game of this summer’s World Cup live throughout June and July. Due to its central location on Broad Street, Walkabout is sure to get busy quickly, so we suggest booking a table ahead of time to make sure that you get the best view of the HD screen as you enjoy what’s sure to be a lively atmosphere. Click here to find out more.

6. The Rebel Chicken, Jewellery Quarter

Jewellery Quarter’s coolest new hangout is opening its beer garden for the World Cup so you and your friends can enjoy a relaxing drink and delicious variety of dishes in chilled surroundings (unless England score, and then we can’t guarantee any chill).

Football-free spaces

(If you want to avoid all things World Cup, these are the best places for you)

1. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Guaranteed to not have a tv in sight, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is an ideal way to escape the football for a few hours and immerse yourself in art, history and more. The world famous Dippy the Dinosaur will be a resident of the museum from 26th May – 9th September – book your free ticket ahead of time to avoid disappointment. Click here to find out more.

2. Mockingbird Cinema

If you’re still in the mood to watch something (as long as it’s not football), The Mockingbird Cinema in Digbeth is a quirky creative space that hosts blockbuster movies and specialist film night events. The onsite kitchen offers delicious treats such as mac ‘n’ cheese, chicken wings and burritos, and the bar’s selection of craft beers, wines and cocktails has something for everyone! Click here to find out more.

3. St Paul’s Square

Where inner-city meets inner peace, St Paul’s Square is a quiet place to relax in the heart of Jewellery Quarter. Far enough away to enjoy some down time, but close enough to meet friends if you change your mind about the football, we recommend bringing a picnic for some much-needed relaxation.

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