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Where to watch the World Cup in Hong Kong
Everywhere from local hangouts to huge shopping malls will be rowdy with World Cup fever beginning tomorrow. Here are the rowdiest
Get your team shirts ready and roll up to these kicking venues for a dose of World Cup mania.
Have your own favorite World Cup viewing venue? Share it with us in the comments box below. Or check out Openrice's World Cup page.
World Cup in 3D
While we were promised a 3D World Cup broadcast in Hong Kong cinemas, it now seems unlikely to happen for the opening week. Due to the inevitable technical difficulties that always seem to show up, it is estimated that the earliest 3D broadcast at Hong Kong cinemas will happen for the final 16 at the end of June. When the time comes, tickets will cost about HK$150 a pop at select cinemas. Alcohol is allowed on the premises, but only in paper or plastic cups, and drunks will be kicked out. Watch this space for updates.
Do it yourself
Sign up with iCable for their exclusive World Cup broadcasts and host your own booze-fueled World Cup viewing party at home. Since they won the bid for exclusive broadcasting in Hong Kong, an average of 1,000 football fans a day have been taking out iCable subscriptions, which cost around HK$33 a month. World Cup opening game, semi-finals, and finals will be shared with free channels in Hong Kong.
iCable World Cup
Cha chaan teng
The casual, dirt-cheap cha chaan teng is the ideal place for a late night, rowdy, no holds barred football fanatic gathering. Hong Kong-style cafes predict revenue to go up by HK$600 million for the month of June from the extra business they will get for showing World Cup matches. Cha chaan tengs that will be extending their hours into the morning just to show World Cup matches will most likely be requesting a minimum order of HK$30-50. We're looking forward to pulling up a chair next to taxi drivers at 有你有我 in North Point where the menu also includes hot pot and the games are shown on wall-mounted screens.
有你有我 Shop 6-10, Ka Wai Building, 146-166 Java Road, North Point, tel +852 2561 2823
Manchester United Bar and Restaurant
This football-themed restaurant is a no-brainer for serious fans. Mega-sized screens promise good viewing from every corner of the restaurant, and even toilets are outfitted with screens so you never miss a minute of the game. Reservations are a must. Read more about the restaurant here.
Manchester United Restaurant Bar. Open daily, noon to 1am. 32-34 Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel +852 2366 4880 www.manutd-cafe.com
For a truly Hong Kong-style mass viewing experience, head to a shopping complex such as apm mall and Olympian City.The apm mall in Kwun Tong has set up a huge LED screen for the matches as well as shower facilities and accomodation for those who need a place to crash after the World Cup matches.
apm mall, Olympian City