Where to watch the World Cup in Sydney 2014

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The FIFA World Cup is on our doorsteps. Haven’t a clue where you’re going to watch the big matches? Aren’t you glad you have us, then?

I think it’s fair to say that if you don’t follow soccer in South America you’re personally responsible for putting yourself up for exile and exclusion. In Sydney, we’re a little more open to the idea that you might, repeat ‒ might ‒ not be so enthused about the sport…

Stuff it. If you haven’t caught World Cup fever by now, you should lock yourself in a closet for the next month. Because it’s all anyone is going to be talking about between 12 June and 13 July 2014.

For anyone who’s smart or lucky enough to have obtained tickets to see the games live in Brazil, we have three words for you: WE HATE YOU.

For everyone else, your next best option is to catch the game at the pub, where the Aussie Socceroos supporters are plenty, and the drinks flow like water. And these are the places that are playing the games, on the big screens, in full sound, to soccer lovers… even at 2am.

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Matches to watch

Before you even step out of the house, you should know when the important games are happening. Mark these dates in your diary and do not, I repeat, DO NOT, let any inconsiderate friends or family hijack them with their engagement, anniversary, birthday, or wedding celebrations.

For all other match times, visit the official FIFA website.

Group Stages

13 June 2014 @ 6pm local time14 June 2014 @ 8am Australian timeChile vs AustraliaGet behind your country, ya’ll.
14 June 2014 @ 6pm local time15 June 2014 @ 8am Australian timeEngland vs ItalyTwo heavyweights in the game.
16 June 2014 @ 1pm local time17 June 2014 @ 2am Australian timeGermany vs PortugalEurope’s finest pitted against each other.
17 June 2014 @ 4pm local time18 June 2014 @ 5am Australian timeBrazil vs MexicoLike you’d miss a Brazilian game.
18 June 2014 @ 1pm local time19 June 2014 @ 2am Australian timeAustralia vs NetherlandsGo Aussie, Go!
19 June 2014 @ 4pm local time20 June 2014 @ 5am Australian timeUruguay vs EnglandTough game. Bring lots of beers.
23 June 2014 @ 1pm local time24 June 2014 @ 2am Australian timeAustralia vs SpainViva Australia, viva!
24 June 2014 @ 1pm local time25 June 2014 @ 2am Australian timeUruguay vs ItalyDestined to be an interesting match.

The Final Stages

Quarter Finals (day 1)4 July 2014 @ 1pm and 5pm local time5 July 2014 @ 2am and 6am Australian time
Quarter Finals (day 2)5 July 2014 @ 1pm and 5pm local time6 July 2014 @ 2am and 6am Australian time
Semi Finals (day 1)Brazil vsGermany: 8 July 2014 @ 5pm local time9 July 2014 @ 6am Australian time
Argentina vs Netherlands: 9 July 2014 @ 5pm local time10 July 2014 @ 6am Australian time
Play off for third-placeBrazil vs Netherlands: 12 July 2014 @ 5pm local time13 July 2014 @ 6am Australian time
FinalGermany vs Argentina: 13 July 2014 @ 4pm local time14 July 2014 @ 5am Australian time
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Where to watch the World Cup live in Sydney

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Sports Bar at The Star

24/7 Sports Bar at The Star, Pyrmont

Address: 80 Pyrmont St, Sydney

Opening Hours: Open 24/7

  • Pre-game entertainment
  • Every game screened
  • Food and drinks available
  • Bookings/packages available
  • No lockout laws apply

One thing that The Star’s got right this soccer season is how to screen the FIFA 2014 World Cup. It’s airing ALL games across two of its venues: the 24/7 Sports Bar and the Event Centre. Game days will include Brazilian-inspired jugglers, Capoeira performances, and carnival entertainment in its Event Centre. Larger groups can book table packages in the sports bar for pre-game munchies, and non-stop beverages for up to 3-hours.

the ship inn

The Ship Inn, Circular Quay

Address: Corner of Pitt and Alfred Sts, Circular Quay

Opening Hours: 10am-late

  • Every game screened
  • Food and drinks available
  • Lockout laws apply. Arrive before 1:30am for 2am games. No alcohol served from 3am-5am. Doors reopen at 5am.

Live and loud is how The Ship Inn plans to play the World Cup games. They’ll be airing every single one on their big screen. As lockout laws apply, you do have to dock ship in this here watering hole by 1:30am, but when you do, you’ll be able to stay as long as you please, as they’re open 24/7. To keep you entertained before the match starts, they’ve got beer bucket specials from 1:30am. Stay until 7:30am cheering/drinking (delete whichever is irrelevant) and you can tuck into one of their big breakfast specials, too.

the hotel marlborough

Marlborough Hotel, Newtown

Address: 145 King St, Newtown

Opening Hours: 11am-late

  • Every game screened
  • Food and drinks available
  • No lockout laws apply

For anyone in the Inner West who’s seeking that pub-style sporting camaraderie and all the World Cup games you can kick a soccer ball at, the place to be is the good old Marly Bar. They’re screening every game loudly and proudly on their big screens, and are looking into food specials throughout the tournament. Best of all? No lockout laws in the west… yiiewwww!

Coogee Bay

Coogee Bay Hotel Sports Bar, Coogee

Address: 253 Coogee Bay Rd, Coogee

Opening Hours: 10am-late

  • Every game screened
  • Food and drinks available
  • No lockout laws apply

Sports bars don’t get much better than the one inside Coogee Bay Hotel. Located opposite Coogee Beach, it might be winter and it might be 2am, but you’re not here for a midnight swim, so neither of those matter. What does matter is that his bar is showing all the games live in their Budweiser Club House.

pyrmont bridge hotel

Pyrmont Bridge Hotel, Pyrmont

Address: 96 Union St, Pyrmont

Opening Hours: Open 24/7

  • Every game screened
  • Food and drinks available
  • No lockout laws apply

On any given evening, the Pyrmont Bridge Hotel will be buzzing with corporates and backpackers alike. On any game day evening, it’ll be overwhelmingly consumed by soccer fanatics cheering their team on from every corner of its three level venue. That’s three levels, and 15 screens. You do the math: even if you try, you won’t be able to miss a single pass or goal.

Their Facebook says they’re “always open and with snacks available 24 hours to keep the hungers away, expect fans to be trickling out as the sun rises over the harbour.


Cheers Bar, Sydney CBD

Address: 561 George St, Sydney

Opening Hours: Open 24/7

  • Every game screened
  • Food and drinks available
  • Lockout laws apply. Arrive before 1:30am for 2am matches. No alcohol served from 3am-5am. Doors reopen at 5am.

We think the slogan for this one says it all, this is “where good sports meet.” And soccer, yeah, that’s one good sport. The 24/7 sports bar has a pretty decent tipping comp going for the big event. Sign up at the bar for $25 and you could be living it up with a 1st prize of $500 by the end of the game. To put toward a celebratory beer, naturally.

Churchills Sports Bar

Churchills Sports Bar, Sydney

Address: 532 Anzac Parade, Sydney

Opening Hours: Mon 8am-4am, Tues to Thu 7am-4am, Fri to Sat 7am-6am, Sun 7am-midnight. Times will vary during the World Cup to accommodate games.

  • Every game screened
  • Food and drinks available
  • Prizes and giveaways
  • No lockout laws apply.

No surprises here that Churchills is on this list. This is one of Sydney’s best-loved sports bars – and with good reason. It has huge HD screens, is showing every single game of the tournament, has free prizes and giveaways during games, AND – for those of you a little behind on your shopping – has official soccer merch for sale.


Enmore Theatre / Factory Theatre, Enmore

Address: 118-132 Enmore Rd, Enmore

Opening Hours: Game time

Cost: $10-$15 + booking fee

  • Australian matches screened
  • Greek matches screened
  • Food and drinks available
  • No lockout laws apply.

Move over concert and comedy shows, tonight’s all about the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Enmore Theatre’s giving soccer fans a concert experience, and is showcasing Australian and Greek games with their massive 9m x 6m screen and concert-quality sound system. It’ll be as if you’re there, seeing and hearing the match in real life. Well, close enough. Its bar and cafe will serve food and drinks during the evening/morning. Note: some games will be shown at the Enmore’s sister venue, The Factory Theatre. See the website for full details.


Goodtime Diner, Bondi Junction

Address: 500 Oxford St, Bondi Junction

Opening Hours: 6pm-late

  • Australian games screened
  • Food and drinks available
  • No lockout laws apply.

The good times just keep rolling at GoodTime Burgers. Located on the ground floor of The Eastern, it’s showing all the Socceroos matches live for those living it up in the Eastern Suburbs. Happy hour starts at midnight and includes Moritz and VB tinnies. There will also be buckets of delicacies from the homes of the two countries playing that evening.

scruffy murphy

Scruffy Murphy’s, Sydney CBD

Address: 43-49 Goulburn Rd, Sydney

Opening Hours: Open 24/7

  • Every game screened (pending confirmation of 2am games)
  • Food and drinks available
  • Lockout laws apply. No alcohol served from 3am-5am. Doors reopen at 5am.

Breaking news: Scruffy Murphy’s does more than great Irish beer – it also airs the best sports LIVE on their screens. They’ve assured us they’ll be airing all 8am and 5am matches, however they’re still pending on the 2am game front due to lockout. Stay tuned, fans.

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Must-have gear to wear while watching the FIFA World Cup games

It doesn’t matter where you support your team, what matters is how you support them. Jerseys, scarves, schooners of beer – they’re all IMPERATIVE to the World Cup experience. Fallen behind on the merch-front? That’s okay, you can buy these up online now, and have the delivered to your home in time for the big games.

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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