The biggest sporting tournament in the world is nearly upon us and as 90% of women all across Dublin prepare to lose their men to the TV for a month the only big shame is that Ireland are not there. Across the capital this week people are picking their teams in sweepstakes, buying replica jerseys and reading up on Chile's diamond formation. Football is of course best enjoyed out with friends in a lively atmosphere which is why we decided to put together this list of the top 10 places to watch the football in Dublin this summer...
10th. Sam's Bar
The world cup is a huge opportunity for pubs to get the punters in the door and we wish would be as smart with their marketing as Sams Bar. Anybody scores in the first 10 minutes of a game and you get a free pint. Eh you'll find us there for every match we watch we think!
9th. The Goat
Slap bang in the middle of Dublin and just out of the craziness that is Temple Bar. Get here early enough and you'll get a seat and with a couple of floors you'll always find a great vantage point and be able to spill out the front or back if it gets too hot or if you are a smoker.
7th. The Bleeding Horse
What we love about the Bleeding Horse is that they have TVs outside so as you can sit with a drink in the summer shade, watch the match, talk to your smoking friends and not have to worry about being inside. Quality spot with loud commentary and solid bar food.
6th. Dicey's Beer Garden
Great spot that is especially popular with all the foreign students supporting their teams. Packed full of Spanish, Italians, Brazilians others enjoying cheap cold pints and an outdoor BBQ before it all goes to shit and descends into a messy nightclub. Even the Irish rain can't hurt here.
5th. The Arlington Hotel
You'll not find a bigger screen in Dublin and with the volume cranked up and lots of bars this place might be busy but you'll not care because even after the matches finish there is live music as well to keep it all going.
4rd. Home Sweet Home
When I was researching this list and asking around it was amazing how many people said they'd rather watch football at home these days. Why not just get some great craft beers in, cook up a storm with our recipes and crank the volume as high as you want and not have to fight your way to the bar.
3rd. The Grand Social
While The Grand Social is best known for always having loads of sessions and great bands playing there, they also have a serious set up for the World Cup this year. It's a very casual bar and the bar staff are probably the soundest bunch you're going to come across. Inside they have a huge room with a massive full screen and loads of seating, the beer garden is also amazing with two new wide screens in there specifically for the world cup.
You know a place is going to be good for watching football when they even think about putting a TV outside on the main street for smokers so as they don't miss any action. Huge downstairs bar with commentary up loud, a cracking atmosphere for most games and great staff.
1st. The WoolShed
This is not just the best place to watch the World Cup in Dublin but pretty much any sport going. You'll find loads of TVs, huge screens, jugs of beer and the mixed nationality crowd means an incredible atmosphere. The highlight has to be the terraced seating but it gets super busy so get here early.