Ahhh, the advantage of a European based World Cup is definitely the kick off times! With this cup being over in ye’ ol’ mother Russia, the games get going here anywhere between 12pm–9pm, meaning you can catch a whole lot of them. And what better way to enjoy to watch it than in amongst the atmosphere of a bar or public viewing area screening there matches (yelling at the TV screen is just sad, yelling at it with a bunch of friends and strangers is totally socially acceptable).
Besides your own local Beisl or bar screening the games (tell us about them in the comments on our Facebook page!), below is a list of the best spots to catch the World Cup 2018 in Vienna:
Header photo is courtesy of ©Strandbar Herrmann
Strandbar Herrmann – Where to watch the World Cup
Where: Herrmannpark, 1030
Nestled in a cove beneath the towering Urania, the umbrellas are up and the round bar is as busy as it is every year. The bar is a veteran of all this public viewing malarky and has the added advantage of early openings and TVs to accompany its big screen, which means that not only has it got plenty of space, but you can also catch the earlier games here that kick off around midday. Having upped their food game in recent years, it is unsurprising to see that on the weekend game days they are now offering a breakfast.
Aspern Nord Public Viewing – Where to watch the World Cup
Where: Ostbahnbegleitstraße (vis a vis U2 Aspern Nord)
One hour before the first game
While this may be a bit far out for some of us (although what is exactly far out in Vienna??), for others living out near Seestadt, this will be the dream location to watch a game or two. With free entry to a area that looks more like a small section of some festival grounds, this alternative to the inner city viewing spots is a brilliant. Where most of other places offer only one food option, as the Aspern Nord location will be set up a la festival, there will be a number of different food trucks dotted around the place. We would recommend this for a big game day, where there are a number of back to back offerings of decent teams so you can really settle in out here. We’ll be heading out there just to see what it’s like!
Summerstage – Where to watch the World Cup
Where: Roßauer Lände 17, 1090
varying times, from May to September, depending on the weather. It usually opens at 5pm, but will be opening earlier for the 3pm kick-offs
With only TV screens on offer here, this would be the option you go for when you want a meal with your match. The numerous restaurants on offer mean that you can easily book a table for your favourite games and try all of them throughout the world cup! This is perfect for the smaller, more discerning group. Also, with the newest addition at Summerstage, Pastis (bought to you by the owners of Le Troquet), you could imagine there will be a large contingent of Frenchies heading down there for the French games – allez les bleus!
Stiegl Ambulanz in the Altes AKH – Where to watch the World Cup
Where: Spitalgasse 2, 1090
The Altes AKH will always be a quality spot for almost any event, whether it’s the Christmas Markets or mini festivals. Those of you who were here for the Euro Cup will remember this as a pumping little spot for the Austria matches, and while there may be no Austria in this World Cup, you can be sure that it won’t stop all the fun and atmosphere happening. An advantage of heading here is that there are a number of viewing options, from deck chairs to restaurant tables even to just sitting on the grass with a picnic, perfect if you are taking the whole family or larger groups.
Chelsea – Where to watch the World Cup
Where: U-Bahnbögen 29–30, 1080
Another inner city venue, but a dangerous one, on account of the fact that you could actually spend all day (and night) there, even when it begins as a I’m-just-going-to-watch-the-game kinda’ night. With this well-established and grungy club (that obviously holds some affection for Britain) opening up earlier than normal to accommodate screenings of the World Cup, they will also keep their buzzing evening programme of concerts, so you could find yourself still there 12 hours after the match wondering how did this happen! While the summer may be a time for the canal, come rain or shine, the Chelsea is great – they’ll be screening on TVs and projector screens, inside and out. That and their garden is pretty shady for those of a paler disposition.
WUK – Where to watch the World Cup
Where: Währinger Straße 59, 1090
Depending on events, check here for details, however, they do promise to be open for all World Cup matches
This is like the epicenter of World Cup celebrations in Vienna this year. With the WUK filling their outside courtyard with beer benches and tables, there’s going to be plenty of sitting and plenty of noice echoing throughout their red bricked walls. Again with both indoor and outdoor viewing areas, this is also a good option when raining. They will also have the FM4 crowd hosting the whole shenanigans, as in the FM4 crowd are putting on the public viewing for you, which means that if you keep an eye out on the old website (here), there may some mega events attached to the screenings. The radio station will even be doing live broadcastings from the fan zone and throwing in a few DJ line ups for the post final party (hosted by Stuart Freeman, naturally).
Sand In The City – Where to watch the World Cup
Where: Lothringerstraße 22, 1030
Daily: 2pm–12am (April 20 – September 2)
Another viewing location to watch the games from a deck chair on a beach is Sand in the City. It’s promising a screening of every match throughout the World Cup, and refreshing cocktails, other cold drinks and street food. Its central location also makes it an easy one to jump to from the office or wherever else you may be.
Pratersauna – Where to watch the World Cup
Where: Waldsteingartenstraße 135, 1020
Pratersauna will be opening daily from 12pm just to show the games. Pair this with the fact that they also have the pool setup and you’ve got yourself the perfect place to catch a match, especially if A: you’re hanging out with people who have no interest in the games, or B: you promised a football fanatic that you would hang out with them even though you have no interest in football.They other the added bonus that after the games are done with, they won’t be kicking you out, but calling on your to party on! Sooo, Bob’s your uncle, Fanny’s your aunt and you have free entry to the club. Boom. Party on Wayne.
ADRIA – Where to watch the World Cup
Where: Obere Donaustraße 77, 1020
ADRIA will be screening all of the evening matches
Come rain or shine, the makeshift looking beach bar of the Donaukanal, ADRIA, will be there for you. Yep, that’s right, even if it’s raining, the show will go on at this open air location – who you ask? They’ll screen the games underneath the neighbouring bridge! So if like the sound of a you, a beach, cold drinks, football and hanging waterside with a few friends while watching the game, open a big screen, this is a solid option. Keep in mind though, they’ll only be screening the matches happening in the evening.
Badeschiff – Where to watch the World Cup
Where: Donaukanal (underneath the Urania building on the canal. You won’t miss it – it’s a boat with a pool on it), 1010 Wien
Badeschiff will only be screening the evening matches
The ship on the Donaukanal that never seems to go anywhere (wink, wink) will be screening matches on 3 screens. They’ve got deck chairs and nice cold drinks to settle in with. They don’t offer much info on their screenings so it’s probably safer to give them a call ( +43 660 31 24 703 ) before you head there. And why not play a game of cage soccer yourself in their pitch above the pool, or go for a dive in the pool before or after the match! Warning: drinking and swimming may cause drowning, or inappropriate skinny dipping.
CREAU – Where to watch the World Cup
Where: Meiereistraße 12, 1020
Check when they’ll be open for match screenings, here.
This very funky event location that in its former days was a horse stable will be screening a whole bunch of World Cup games, as well. What exact games they’ll be showing, you can check out, here. And while this location is at its best when the sun’s out, it will also be screening matches when it rains in the actual renovated horse stables! A-Whaaaat?! There will be a family-friendly atmosphere in the air, drinks and a table tennis and Foosball table to entertain young and old at half time.
The Irish bars – Where to watch the World Cup
Where: Various locations. Check out the best Irish bars in Vienna, here.
You can always rely on the Irish bars of this city when it comes to the screening of the big sports games! During this World Cup, you can also retreat to one of the many Irish bars in the city to catch the matches with an international crowd. These are especially a good option if the weather turns sour, or you get sudden cravings for Guinness.
Here’s a list of the best Irish bars in Vienna.