The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off tonight!
If you can’t be bothered to call your cable provider for Pay-Per-View service – the next best thing is to head over to the nearest sports bar for a sporting good time.
Apart from that unmatched energy and countless screens to watch the game on, most sports bars serve chow like pizza, burgers, wings, and other comfort food– with cocktails, shots, and ales to celebrate or commiserate accordingly.
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Whether it’s the Superbowl, the NBA Playoffs, the Masters, the World Series, the Grand Slam, or the World Cup – this list of sports bars around Metro Manila will have you covered.
Bugsy’s Sports Bar and Bistro – various branches
Bugsy’s is a full service bar and bistro serving drinks and comfort food. They offer lunch specials and a monthly specials menu with a rotating roster of meals like Grilled Tenderloin, Salmon Belly, and Stuffed Porkchop. It’s a fun place to catch sporting events
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T.G.I. Friday’s – various branches
The Bistro Group introduced TGI Fridays in 1994, the first American casual dining restaurant in the Philippines. Serving up American classics that appeal to the Filipino palate with an assortment of appetizers, steaks, salads and pasta, chicken, seafood, burgers and sandwiches, desserts, wine, cocktails, and beer.
The Belle & Dragon – Legazpi Village
The Belle & Dragon is a gastropub that highlights Western & Asian cuisine, with dishes like curry calamari and masala mac and cheese. They also offer a special selection of imported and local craft beers.
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Howzat – Poblacion
When it comes to major sports tournaments, even obscure ones like cricket or rugby, Howzat is the place to be. No list of sports bars could be complete without it! They’re open 24 hours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Insider Tip: Any of the establishments on our list can claim to offer a viewing experience that lets you enjoy the game from multiple angles, but not a lot of places can boast of screens in their bathroom!
Reservations are not accepted
8471 Kalayaan Ave cor Fermina St, Poblacion, Makati
Another hit by Ton Gonzales, Tipsy Pig Gastropub is not only a go-to bar to get drinks with your friends, it’s also a one-of-a-kind restaurant that offers a delectable gastronomic experience! Must-tries are the Beer Can Chicken, Boneless Crispy Pata, and their Belly Good Sisig Tacos. From their drinks, the Salted Caramel beer and Peach beer won us over.
Buffalo Wild Wings – various branches
Buffalo Wild Wings, from Columbus, Ohio, is a sports bar and restaurant most popularly known for three things: hand-spun wings, range of cold beer and wall-to-wall sports. Their signature buffalo-style chicken wings are available in 20 different bold and flavorful sauces and seasonings.
Filling Station Bar and Cafe – Poblacion
Filling Station is a 50’s-themed diner and sports bar that serves American, Mexican. and Filipino dishes. It’s a fun place to watch games with the bros, as well as take Riverdale-esque photos with your gal.
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Handlebar – Poblacion
Handlebar Bar and Grill is a watering hole that caters to hardcore bikers. It stays open for those avid fans of motorcycling, serving as a hideout for them to drink, race, and play billiards. Even so, the restaurant still attracts a variety of clientele thanks to their live music nights and live sports screenings.
Reservations are not accepted
31 Polaris St. Bel Air, Bel-Air, Makati
Cable Car – various branches
Cable Car first rose to fame among students and yuppies thanks to their live music sets, cocktail promos, beer pong area. It’s the place to go for a guaranteed good time if all you need for a fun night is food, drinks, and sports.
Pig and Whistle Sports Grill – Aguirre Ave.
The Pig and Whistle Sports Grill is a classic pub that serves a mix of Western and Filipino dishes such as Fish & Chips, Chicken Salpicao, Buffalo Chicken Wings, Crispy Pata and more! Along with their courteous staff and chill ambiance, the bar offers a homey feeling to all that come over to unwind after work.
Reservations are not accepted
319 Aguirre Ave, BF Homes, Parañaque
Snaps Sports Bar – Sofitel
Snaps Sports Bar is a 24-hour modern sports hub in Sofitel Hotel. Its modern interiors and large LCD screens provide optimum lounging and viewing experience as guests select from a menu of bar favorites including burgers, pizzas and a variety of other gourmet comfort food. Wines and spirits are available for a sporting good time, with a billiard and foosball table available for impromptu matches.
Chili’s – various branches
Chili’s is an American bar and restaurant serving their signature Southwestern-inspired dishes like burgers, fajitas, steaks, nacho as well as margaritas. It’s a fun place to catch sporting events like the NBA finals or Premier League Cup.
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Draft Gastropub – various branches
Draft is a casual dining, restobar perfect for a chill night with friends. They serve a wide-range of quality European beers and hefty servings of your favorite late-night comfort food.
Skinny Mike’s – MC Home Depot Taguig
Skinny Mike’s has been a favorite among Manila’s football fans for its use of HD internet TV to stream live games. They’ve got twenty 42″ LCD TVs and a projection screen to ensure that you don’t miss a second of action. Be warned, they get especially packed on Tuesday nights thanks their 10-peso wing promo!
Brotzeit – various branches
Brotzeit is a German-inspired pub from Singapore. It offers specialties like pork knuckles, sausage platters and world famous German beers. They’re especially fun to visit once Bundesliga season kicks off!
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