The best places to watch the FIFA World Cup in Montreal

Jun 7 2018, 9:56 pm

The biggest sporting event of the summer is about to kick off.

The FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia from June 14 to July 15 and while Canada doesn’t have a team competing, the month-long tournament will attract soccer fans from across Montreal as they cheer on countries around the world.

A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 different venues, located in 11 Russian cities. 32 teams will compete for the championship which is currently held by the 2014 victors, Brazil.

In honour of the tournament, here are the best bars in Montreal that will show the games with sound. Some places will even host the games in the wee hours of the morning and sell alcohol.

Soccer and booze for breakfast, anyone?

McKibbin’s Irish Pub

McKibbin’s Irish Pub is always bumping. They have three floors, live music, a front and backyard terrace, and over 25 beers on draft. The early morning games won’t change the atmosphere at Mckibbin’s. The spacious pub, home to England and German FIFA fans, will be serving their full Irish breakfast for every weekend and early morning game. The establishment told Daily Hive that their “Guinness taps and Bailey’s Irish Coffees will be flowing all tournament long, regardless of the time.”

Address: Mckibbin’s Bishop: 1426 Rue Bishop
Phone: (514) 282-1580

Address: Mckibbin’s St-Laurent: 3515 St-Laurent Boulevard
Phone: (514-282-1580)

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Café Olimpico

Café Olimpico is an Italian cafe found in a 1970s pool-hall. Its intimate setting makes it an ideal spot to watch a sports game, especially the World Cup. The cafe is known for its European flavour and style which will definitely fit the bill for the FIFA tournament. The cafe doesn’t serve booze but their desserts and coffees are good enough to completely make you forget about alcohol.

Address: 124 Rue St-Viateur Ouest
Phone: (514) 495-0746

Ye Olde Orchard Pub & Grill

The Olde Orchard Pub franchise is scattered all over Montreal. They even have an off-island franchise for soccer fans not willing to make the trek into the city. They have great pub grub, 22 beers on tap, and an impressive selection of imported bottles. They’ll be cooking up their regular brunch, lunch, and dinner menus for the tournament and their appealing happy hour and shot specials will still apply.

Address: Ye Olde NDG: 5563 Monkland Avenue
Phone: (514) 484-1569

Address: Ye Olde Downtown: 1189 Rue De La Montagne
(514) 874-1569

Address: Ye Olde St-Laurent: 20 Rue Prince Arthur Ouest
Phone: (514) 845-7772

Address: Ye Olde Chateauguay: 66 Boulevard Salaberry, Chateauguay
Phone: (514) 692-5454

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Burgundy Lion

The Burgundy Lion is a modern, memorabilia-filled English pub fused with traditional English cuisine. Needless to say, this is the go-to spot for fans rooting for England but they’ve also built up a pretty big French following as well. Burgundy Lion has six different TVs with six individual service boxes so they’ll be showing a variety of World Cup games at the same time. That is, when England isn’t playing. They also boast one of the most extensive whisky selections in the entire city.

Address: 2496 Notre-Dame Ouest
Phone: (514)934-0888

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Caffe Italia

This old-school coffee shop decorated in 1950s decor is a prime time destination for Italian lattes, espressos, and snacks. This spot is a nice alternative to the big, crazy, and loud venues. The cafe doesn’t serve alcohol but they’re open from 6 am to 11 pm every day. The fans watching the game here know their stuff. Maybe don’t mention the fact that Italy didn’t qualify this year.
Address: 6840 St-Laurent Boulevard
Phone: (514) 495-0059

Club Español de Quebec

Club Español specializes in tapas, paella, and wine in an old-fashioned Spanish club hall. The restaurant plays flamenco music, has a gorgeous patio overlooking St-Laurent Boulevard and hosts a slew of soccer fans. This is the place to go if you want to be surrounded by Spain World Cup fans.

Address: 4388 St-Laurent Boulevard
Phone: (514) 842-6301

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Nextdoor Pub & Grill

Nextdoor Pub is a basement pub in NDG. It’s small and very cozy and boats an impressive cocktail menu and some tasty eats. If you’re looking for a spot to yell and scream at the World Cup in an intimate atmosphere, Nextdoor is for you. Try to lock down a table on a World Cup Sunday games when the pub offers a $25 unlimited caesars and mimosas deal and 29 cent wings.

Address: 5175A Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Phone: (514) 481-1596

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Bier Markt

Bier Markt is a massive and elegant two-story sports bar. This is the ideal spot to go to if you want to root for Germany, Belgium, and/or Sweden. They have almost as many TVs as beer options. They have over 150 different beers from 25 countries and 40 local options. A world of beer cups for the World Cup. You can’t go wrong.

Address: 1221 René Lévesque Boulevard
Phone:  (514) 864-7575

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Station des Sports

The Sports Station franchise is like a Chuck-E-Cheese for sports fans. Each location is massive and is overflowing with sports paraphernalia. Their food and drink selection may not impress you, but the sheer amount of TVs will. Some tables have TVs built into the booths and there are even televisions in the bathrooms.

Address: Station des Sports Mile End: 2501 Saint-Catherine Ouest
Phone: (514) 931-5559

Address: Station des Sports Downtown: 862 Saint-Catherine Est
Phone: (514) 903-8571

Address: Station des Sports South Shore: 5773 Taschereau Boulevard, Brossard
Phone: (450) 462-4587

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Moose Bawr

Moose Bawr is a cool, modern-rustic space that features a spacious patio. They make hefty and tasty cocktails, serve a variety of local beer and their food portions are massive. The bar has a big screen projector which will be showing all of the World Cup games. Moose Bawr doesn’t have a team preference, but it’s a great atmosphere for the casual soccer fan.

Address: 1817 Saint-Catherine Ouest
Phone: (514) 846-6673

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