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Where to Watch the World Cup in Madrid

We’re now one week into the start of World Cup 2010 – temperatures are rising and all eyes are on this season’s hottest teams. Although Spain lost its first match against Switzerland, that only means we have to cheer harder for La Roja! With this season’s World Cup kicking up a storm all over the world, everyone is glued to the tv for world cup actions and updates. You’ll find almost every single bar in Madrid showing Spain matches, so if you are a Spain fan, then definitely head out to any bar in your neighborhood and you’re sure to have a wild time.
But if you are rooting for other teams and don’t want to be outnumbered, then these are the best places to watch the World Cup in Madrid, listed according to the district they are located in.
Malasaña district:

  • One of the most popular hangouts for football fans, Molly Malone’s has a royal following, especially among foreigners. If you are rooting for UK, USA or Australia, you might be better off here. On game days, the bar is opened till 3am.
  • O’Connors, another busy Irish pub, has excellent drinks promotions on weeknights. Drinks are 2×1 on Wednesday nights, mixes and pints go for 4euros on Thursdays and Fridays 10-11pm.
  • A hot favorite among U.S. sports fans, Triskel Tavern broadcasts every single World Cup match live. What’s more, a football half-time trivia question will keep you entertained throughout the game and whoever gets it right wins a pint of beer! With 1 giant screen and 3 other TV screens, you’re sure to watch the matches in awe.

Plaza Mayor:

  • Moore’s & Co. have a few branches in town – with the one in Plaza Mayor winning the crowds. Be sure to get here early to grab a seat and make full use of its happy hour. The bar opens early on Spain match days.
  • James Joyce Irish Pub is packed with foreigners, the only thing that makes this venue stand out is its menu – excellent international food served up in generous portions and an array of beer to choose from.


  • Pool & Bar Sports Bar is pumping with energy, with most of its crowd hailing from the UK. The bar opens from 6pm to 3am every night, expect to find good deals on beers and food during the World Cup season.
  • German fans alert! Restaurante Kruger is an authentic German tavern that transforms into a pumping bar when a match is on. Sip on ice cold German beer while supporting your favorite team!
  • Wild Thing Bar is an atmospheric vinyl bar/lounge, decked out in classic music posters from the 60s’ and vinyl record players. The ambiance here is calm and chilled out, but once the World Cup matches are on, expect a roaring crowd to scream with you! All matches will be shown on projected screens here, and Heinekens beers go for 2euros during the matches.

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