From comically large screens to drink specials and favorite sports bars.
As football fans all over the globe gather in hope for the World Cup 2022 (except for the English who wallow gleefully in failure), check out Bangkok’s most interesting spots to catch the matches. Enjoy yourself. You paid for it.
It’s a bit of a hike, but there is one truly good—slightly unbelievable—reason to want to go there to watch the World Cup: the largest TV in Bangkok (7x4-meter 4K TV) on top of 15 other TVs. Also, G&Ts start at B380. Pink Giraffe on the roof opens from 5pm, perfect to catch the sunset over their 205-yard driving range, serving Cali-Japanese food.
This pub favorite moved to a much smaller venue but closer to the BTS, still serving surprisingly good food. Right on Sukhumvit next to the BTS station (Exit 3), the newly revamped Old English is known for their for their Western food and “adult” milkshakes (B290), the Old English Pub has been a staple sports bar in Thonglor since opening in 2018 and revamped as the Old English in October. The bar is still serving up good fare and cheap beer—a pint (of Leo) for a pound (B45) weekdays between 2-5pm.
There’s a lot to recommend Robin Hood, including large taps and a sports-friendly atmosphere, but it’s mostly known for being staggering distance from BTS Phrom Phong and showing every game you want to see. If you want to be there on a Sunday, don’t miss their epic and reasonably priced Sunday roast (B399 two courses / B449 three courses).
This place has the feel of a traditional British boozer. Here, you’ll find plenty of screenings and, of course, British people. These days, we mostly find our way there for the Comedy Club Bangkok upstairs, but the second floor is also a more chill spot for game-watching and beer drinking.
Let’s face it, some of the sports bars in Bangkok have a…reputation. Still, the Sportsman, in addition to playing a lively role with the local fight scene, is undoubtedly a place to find plenty of people watching the matches late and on the regular—and reading the Daily Mail with a grimace. Every game will be shown live, and if you need to watch early, they’re open at 7am.
Few pubs in Bangkok can boast the pedigree of this spot, which has been serving up booze and food to regulars for a quarter century. It’s fun, sporty, and surprisingly trendy—and great pub food to boot. As an entertaining (perhaps heartbreaking) extra, it’s happy hour for all England games until the first goal is scored. So maybe get your pints in early.
Book your matchday early because the Clubhouse is sure to be packed. The Clubhouse eschews the dark wood and bric-a-brac covered walls of the British pubs. Instead, it offers a less claustrophobic vibe, helped by the large covered terrace that lets you enjoy the sport while watching the world go by.
Did you know there is a sports bar in the Mahanakhon Cube? Normally, this is for market bros, but it’s a good spot to check out the game on a 200-inch projector screen. Oddly, there’s real-time screens that feature electronic boards of asset trades at the Exchange Bar for the money-minded, but the main communal area is the Stadium.
You’ve got three floors and a lot of good company at Ekamai Beer House. The regulars here are loyal, and the food and beer are reasonably priced. You can get two pints of Chalawan pale ale for B399. The first floor is the rowdiest, and the top floors are fun when it’s packed.