Where to follow the 2022 World Cup in Shanghai?

It is again this glorious moment that we have been waiting for 4 years. The World Cup is back! It’s the time when even people with little interest in football stay up all night drinking in a noisy bar and cheering on their team. It’s intoxicating!

3 Taojiang Lu, near Hengshan Lu

Abbey Road, a friendly downtown neighborhood bar, is a good spot if you’re looking for something slightly more intimate, less rowdy and less akin to a sports bar. No need for an introduction for this Shanghai staple. They show all games on weekends and the earliest games on weekdays (not the 3am ones). During the World Cup period they offer 3 drinks at 100rmb which is also a good deal.

3/F, A Mansion, 291 Fumin Lu

Chez Jojo, located on Fuming Lu, transforms one of its huge covered terraces into a World Cup match viewing area, where most matches are shown on the big screen. On weekdays, they show every game except the 3 a.m. game, and on weekends, they show them all on the big screen. Fans of the France team may have the opportunity to see if their team can win a third World Cup.

No.2, Lane 321 Wuyi Lu, near Dingxi Lu

This craft beer bar located in the Changning district stays open late, very late, and shows all the matches on several giant flat screens. They also have one of the best drink deals on the list to go along with the excitement: 128 RMB for two hours of unlimited craft beer. It’s a beautiful venue with lots of screens and great beer making it a good spot if you’re in that part of town. Check out our listing for their other food and drink offerings.

B1/F, 158 Julu Lu, near Ruijin Yi Lu

The Brazilian bar in Shanghai is Boteco. All matches will be shown there and the cozy venue can be expected to be packed, especially for Brazil matches. In addition to the games, they will be offering a late night BBQ menu and beer deals.

3/F, Jing’an Sports Center

Everyone will meet at Cages – the two venues – for the World Cup. With a capacity of 800 people and huge screens everywhere, it’s the closest thing you can get to watching the World Cup in person. With the batting cages and the Jing’an site, they will be well equipped to deal with the inevitable football fan riot. This year, entry is free and there is no need to book, at least during the group stage. It’s up to you if you want to attend an event with 800 people because… well, you know… it’s the right atmosphere.

1/F, Xiangyang Center, 97 Xiangyang road

The Camel broadcasts just about every major sporting event, including every World Cup game. Their location in Xiangyang Lu is slightly smaller than the original location, so it should fill up fairly easily. They show all games, including weekends, on their big screen. There are no drink specials, but check our listings for weekly food and drink deals.

34 Yuyao Lu, near Haifang Lu

Tacolicious, a popular taco and cocktail restaurant located in Tonglefang in northern Jing’an, goes all out. It’s one of the few places in town to show all the games, even those that take place at 3am on weekdays. It has several giant screens and offers drink offers for all matches.

381 Hongfeng Lu, near Biyun Lu

The Big Bamboo family – ie the two Big Bamboo and Pistolera establishments in central Shanghai – provide live coverage of all matches. Shanghai’s premier sports bar offers a special late-night menu featuring entrecote, bbq, burgers, nachos, chicken wings and more. Many televisions are available at all of these establishments, but the Big Bamboo in Hongqiao offers screenings in a giant tent with a cinema screen. This is the perfect place to watch games with a large crowd, especially if you live in Hongqiao.

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