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The Best Places to Watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Don’t miss a game from Russia as Leeds goes World Cup crazy.

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It’s almost here – the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be taking over Leeds this summer, but where can you watch all the big games?

The World Cup is the biggest football tournament in, well, the world, and anticipation is already building. Hopes will again be high for the England national team as they aim to rekindle the spirit of 1966 and end 52 years of hurt. They’ll warm up with a friendly against Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday 7th June 2018, then you can find out if they’ll go all the way in Russia when the tournament kicks off on Friday 15th June 2018. Here’s where to watch it.

Millennium Square

Football Millennium Square

Yes! It’s been confirmed – all of England’s World Cup games will be shown live on the big screen in Millennium Square, even if they go all the way to the final on Sunday 15th July 2018. Fingers crossed. Once again, it will be free entry – but as in the past, thousands turn up to cheer on the Three Lions, so get there early to avoid the queues and watch the game.

Millennium Square, Calverley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AD.

Shooters

Shooters Sports Bar

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Shooters is one of Leeds’ best known sports bars, so it’s no surprise they’re going all out for the World Cup. They’ll have every game live on the TVs scattered across the venue, as well as one of the biggest non-cinema screens in the city. Book your seat early and make the most of their food and drink packages, which start from just £10 a head for an Oktoberfest Hot Dog, a can of Heineken or Rekorderlig, a VIP seat with a cracking view and table service throughout the match.

Shooters, 123 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RD.

O2 Academy Leeds

O2 Academy Leeds is one of the best places in Leeds to watch the FIFA World Cup. They’ll be screening all of England’s group games against Tunisia, Panama and Belgium live on the big screen with loads of drink offers available on the day. Tickets are free, but you need to pick them up from the box office to guarantee entry before the match. You have to go in at least 45 minutes before kick off so you can get a seat too, and if there’s enough space at that point, people without a ticket will be allowed in. And if England qualify for later rounds, they’ll show the games live as long as they don’t clash with any of their concerts.

O2 Academy Leeds, 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AW.

The Original Oak

For live sport, The Original Oak is a great shout. As long as the weather stays kind, they’ll show every game possible on their massive outdoor screen. But if not, they have plenty more inside, including a projector screen, so you won’t miss a moment, whether it’s a big England match or just Morocco taking on Iran. If you’re planning ahead, you can book a table with a pick ‘n mix bucket of 12 Peroni, Sol and Budweiser for just £40.

The Original Oak, 2 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2DG.

Roxy Lanes

Roxy Lanes

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Roxy Lanes isn’t just a bowling alley, it’s also a sports bar – and they’re going to be showing every game of this year’s World Cup. Watch it on any of the six 60-inch HD TV screens or the two massive 3-metre wide projection screens. Hell, you can even watch while you bowl with screens above every alley. Book ahead to get VIP seats with 2 large pizzas, 4 baskets of fries and 12 cans of Red Stripe for £50. Plus, get a FREE half time pint with our exclusive deal…

Roxy Lanes, 1 Bond Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5BQ.

The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes

Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes, Leeds

There are HD screens everywhere you look in The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes – they even have four massive screens above the bar, so you can watch while you order a round in. They’re going to show every FIFA World Cup game live, as you wait to see if England can make it through to the all-important knockout rounds of this year’s competition. If you book early, they’ve got loads of food and drink packages you can add, from pie platters for £12.50 to cases of beer for £80.

The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes, 54 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.

Live Bar

Live Bar World Cup

Live Bar will be showing every game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup live from Russia. They have a 32-foot screen that can be divided in two, so you can watch two games simultaneously. You can book a spot in front of the big screen or catch the action on any of the 20 HD TVs dotted around the venue. While you’re there, grab a a four-pint pitcher of draught beer or a bucket of Corona, Peroni or Budweisers for £15.

Live Bar, Victoria Gate, 26 Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7JL.

The Dry Dock

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Want to watch the World Cup on a boat? You can thanks to The Dry Dock. They’ll have a big screen up, with loads of TVs across the rest of the ship, and they’ll all be showing the match. So whether you’re cheering a last minute winner or sobbing over a heartbreaking penalty shootout, you can see all the action. And if you book ahead, you can get reserved seating in front of their screens.

The Dry Dock, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AX.

The Box

The Box Sports Bars in Leeds

The Box has guaranteed live coverage of every England game in Russia, starting with the group stage matches against Tunisia, Panama and Belgium. If they go through, expect later matches to be shown too, and they’ll also have loads of games from the rest of the tournament on, including the final. There’s no need to book ahead, they just recommend going down early – a bit like Ashley Young.

The Box, 8 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AD.

Parkside Tavern

Parkside Tavern Beer Festival

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Parkside Tavern is getting in on the action too. They’re putting up a massive projector screen, which will show every game live from Russia throughout June and July. Whether you’re shouting for England, or one of the other 31 teams, they’ve got you covered – especially if you book ahead. You can get VIP seats with 4 large pizzas and 12 cans of Red Stripe for £50 with an extra 6 beers available for £15 a pop as and when you want them. Plus, get a FREE half time pint with our exclusive deal…

Parkside Tavern, St Johns House, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JE.

Walkabout

Walkabout

Walkabout is back and it’s got all the FIFA World Cup goodness you could possibly need this summer. They’ll be showing every minute of every game live across the bazillion screens scattered around its two floors, from the opening ceremony to the final itself. There’s no need to book in advance, but you can guarantee one of their booths with a built-in TV and add a bucket of 5 beers for just £15 or a bucket of 10 craft beer cans for £30.

Walkabout, 43 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3HQ.

Sid’s

Sid's Bar

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If you like to watch the footie on a huge screen, get down to Sid’s. This cool little sports bar is renowned for its craft beer and gin selection. Upstairs, you can grab a seat in front of a massive projector screen, while downstairs, they have another one – as well as a 42-inch TV, a 65-inch TV, two 50-inch TVs and two 55-inch TVs. They’re planning to add an outdoor screen too, just in time for the first World Cup game to start.

Sid’s, 24-32 Bridge End, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4DJ.

Belgrave Music Hall

Belgrave Music Hall

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Belgrave’s going ‘football crazy, football mad’ for the FIFA World Cup. They’re opening up their first floor gig venue to show as many games as their events calendar allows. It’s free entry for all, but with a big focus on England’s journey in Russia, you’ll want to make sure you get down early to get a good spot in front of the projector. Belgrave always has a brilliant atmosphere during international competitions, so where better to watch our boys battle it out for a place in the final.

Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1a Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.

The Pit

The Den at The Pit

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The Pit will be showing every match during the tournament, whether England get knocked out in the group stages or go all the way. You can just turn up and watch the games in their underground home, but if you’re planning ahead, you’ll be richly awarded as they have burger and beer deals for groups of 4 at £25 per person. In a big group? You can book out The White Room or The Bunker for a special private viewing experience.

The Pit, 9 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.

Roxy Ball Room

Roxy Lager

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Roxy Ball Room will be showing every game of this year’s tournament live in Leeds. You have two venues to choose from now, the original one on Boar Lane or the new one on Merrion Street – both will have big projector screens for the occasion, so you can see the action unfold in vivid detail. Book ahead to get VIP seats with 2 large pizzas, 4 baskets of fries and 12 cans of Red Stripe for £50. Plus, get a FREE half time pint with our exclusive deal…

Roxy Ball Room, 9A Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ & 58 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.