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Jun 10, 2010
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The FIFA World Cup 2010 officially kicks off on June 11! The football fever is all the same, really. But tell that to millions of football crazed fans around the world wishing they could be in South Africa to watch it live.

With so much hype going around, it’s simply a matter of where everyone’s going to be watching, rather than whether you’re watching or not. We can always catch the games on cable TV, but we would all rather watch it with a group of buddies, yes?

Here are four of the greatest spots to watch the football games come show time.

National Sports Grill
Location: Level 3, Greenbelt 3, Makati City
Budget: Starts at PhP300 (first come first served basis)
As the manliest of them all always say – sitting on the couch all day while watching sports over a can(s) of beer and a bowl of chips is the ultimate dream.

All NSG branches in the metro basically personify that description, with their sportsman environment and wide array of FIFA memorabilia hanging everywhere. Just like a sports pub in England, we dare say.

Known as the “dining choice of champions,” FIFA fanatics can munch on their menu of Box Score Burgers, given that the games are televised live at night.

Their Nachos of Olympus is also quite appropriate to the season, and their Post Game Pleasures features a menu of cakes and pies perfect around the same time the FIFA games end.

Check out their game viewing schedule here.

Sofitel Manila
Location: CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
Budget: PhP1,000+ (sports bar) 2,000+ (buffet)
You may be watching the games in a first class venue, but the number of FIFA supporters that are going to be watching in Sofitel Manila’s Spiral Bar and 7Picados is incredibly huge.

A massive viewing screen will be set up at the buffet area, featuring cuisine fit for the nations competing at the World Cup: Brazil, Italy, and even England.

The games will be shown live, and unlike most sports bars, Spiral Bar will broadcast the games from evening until dawn.

If you’re looking to indulge in the perfect FIFA audience environment, this is the place to go to. Trust us when we tell you that you will never encounter as many Cristiano Ronaldo looking guys in one place again.

Manila Pavillion
Location: United Nations Avenue, Ermita, Manila
Budget: PhP300 (consumable); PhP4,000 (World Cup package)
If you’re looking to find a place where hugs and brawls are possible, the Manila Pavillion could very well be that place.

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The hotel’s casino area is a bonus on its own, and the Boulvar Sports Bar is also reportedly keen on broadcasting the biggest sports events in the country, be it pro boxing, mixed martial arts, or international football.

The games will be shown on their Sony LCD screens, and their surround sound system will combine the noise from South Africa with your own.

The Pavilion however, has a better offer: You can check-in instead and avail of their World Cup promo, where a buffet breakfast, cocktail food, and drink vouchers for two are at hand.

Red Box Karaoke
Location: Level 3, Greenbelt 3, Makati
Budget: Starts at PhP399
The FIFA World Cup 2010 will take off at Red Box starting tomorrow, June 11. Those who are in dire need of a massive yet private place to watch the games are encouraged to call as soon as possible for reservations.

The place’s inventory of foreign alcoholic beverages is impressive, and their menu isn’t bad as well.

The highlight of this place however, is its surround sound system, being in a karaoke room and all. And when the games are all but over, feel free to use what’s left of your screaming voice and sing out loud Ricky Martin’s “The Cup of Life” if you dare.

Still can’t get enough of the World Cup fever? Check out Spot.ph for more FIFA World Cup viewing venues.

WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO

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