In the next few weeks, the nation will be glued to our TV sets and swept up in the excitement of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Then as inevitable as the change of seasons, we'll once again begin to believe that football is coming home. But where will you be?
Some of you will be scoring thrills on the high-flying coasters of Orlando's theme parks instead. Yet we can help make this holiday truly in a league of its own: discover the top 9 sports bars in Orlando below - so you never miss out on the action.
NBC Sports Grill & Brew at CityWalk, Universal CityWalk
Keep your eyes on the prize at NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal CityWalk. This buzzing bar scores highly on drinks, food, and excitement. With nearly 100 high-definition televisions displayed throughout, you'll never miss a moment of the beautiful game. Get a kick out of the extensive drink selection with over 100 bottled beers, ciders, and draughts. The friendly bar staff will happily top up your drink so you're ready to toast to every goal. Plus, with mouthwatering burgers, sandwiches, nachos, and other finger-eating foods, you won't even have to look away from the match!
Lion’s Price Soccer Pub & Grill, Orlando
Affiliated with Orlando City Soccer Club, Lion's Pride Soccer Pub & Grill is something to cheer about. Who needs VAR when you have an impressive 200-inch screen? No matter where you turn, 40 high-definition televisions line the pub for a stadium-style experience. If the game fails to impress, their mouth-watering burgers certainly won't.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Davenport
Warm up to hearty Irish beers at Beef 'O' Brady's, the perfect balance of knock-out food and super sports for families and groups watching the footie. This chain of Irish pubs is dotted throughout Florida and the States, but our favourite one has to be in Davenport, close to Orlando’s theme parks and certain to be showing the biggest games during the World Cup.
Buffalo Wild Wings, Kissimmee
In the past, this place has taken the World Cup spirit under its wing, and we expect it to be no different this time around. Besides the football and lively ambience, we recommend sampling their big-game-player chicken wings. Served with 16 signature sauces and 5 seasonings, you are spoilt for choice at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Millers Ale House, Kissimmee & International Drive
Miller's Ale House bags the silverware with over 75 beers on tap and a wide range of wines and liquor. So there is plenty of alcohol for celebrations or commiserations. With branches in Kissimmee and International Drive, you're never too far to dive in.
Murphy's Pub Orlando, International Drive
Band together with other English locals at Murphy's Pub Orlando, an Irish sports bar on International Drive. Renowned as one of Orlando's top soccer pubs, they show European and English football games all year round. With 15 large screens, surround sound, and World Cup food and drink specials, Murphy's excellent man management will win the hearts of many.
WildSide BBQ Bar & Grill, Kissimmee
Eat like a champion at the WildSide BBQ Bar & Grill, featuring plenty of televisions to watch the big games. You'll be rooting for extra time as you sink your teeth into the succulent Texan-aged BBQ steaks and ribs. Wash it all down with a range of bottled beer for a class-act finish at this all-American watering hole.
Gator’s Dockside, Orlando
Cheer on the Three Lions at Gator's Dockside, where good times and great beer flow like tiki-taka tactics. And you'll never be caught offside at another table in this casual diner with many big screens in your field of vision. Tackle the signature grilled wings or speciality gator platters for a winning meal. Gator's Dockside is a game-changer!
Planning on spending a day at Disney during the World Cup? Despite the hectic schedule of a theme park day, fear not, the Rix Sports Bar & Grill in Disney Coronado Springs Resort is a great equaliser. You'll feel part of the action with 31 large screens positioned around the place and state-of-the-art surround sound. This upscale diner serves local craft beers, cocktails, and lip-smacking meals of juicy pulled-pork sliders and cheesy bacon fries.
Ready to get the team together in Orlando? Get in touch with our Travel Specialists here.