Have a ball at these World Cup hangouts

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Have a ball at these World Cup hangouts

The World Cup has finally arrived to the delight of football fans across the globe, and Cambodia is no exception. The timing means most of the games take place in the early hours of the morning, but don’t worry Phnom Penh’s bars and restaurants have it covered. From matches screened live in packed bars to relaxed evening replays, numerous options are on offer for those itching to catch the action.

3Mangoes
3Mangoes

Live action @ 3mangoes
This British-owned bar doesn’t disguise its loyalties: every guest wearing an England shirt will get a free beer when the team plays. But with 24-hour World Cup coverage, fans of all nationalities can watch any game live on the guesthouse’s four big screen TVs. Some games will also have country-specific food specials served on the restaurant’s menu. American matches, for instance, may feature hotdogs. Halftime challenges with prizes will also take place.
3mangoes, #28 Street 360.

Score! Sports Bar and Grill Restaurant
Score! Sports Bar and Grill Restaurant

Live screenings @ Score!
Score! Sports Bar and Grill Restaurant, one of Phnom Penh’s most popular bars for football fans, will screen all 11pm games live. Score has made its reputation for screening major sporting events live, and they are gearing up for some early mornings. The others will be shown live according to demand, so ask ahead. All matches will be recorded and replayed the following day.
Score! Sports Bar and Grill Restaurant, #5 Street 282.

Gym Bar
Gym Bar

Prizes and games @ The Gym Sports Bar
Viewers at Gym Bar can play games such as ‘predict the score’ or ‘guess the first scorer’, with prizes including jugs of beer and promotional merchandise from the bar’s suppliers. The bar will not be open 24/7 to cater to the most inconveniently timed games of the World Cup, but the first match of the day at 11pm will be screened live. Replays will be screened daily in the mid-afternoon.
The Gym Sports Bar, #42 Street 178.

Sundance Saloon
Sundance Saloon

24 hours of cocktails @ Sundance Saloon
Viewers looking for a changing choice of tipples throughout the World Cup can come to Sundance Saloon. The bar, which will stay open 24 hours for the duration of the matches, promises to offer country-specific cocktails for many of the games. Mexican fans, for instance, can expect margaritas for their games and the English can look forward to gin martinis. No word on what will be on offer for Iran’s matches.
Sundance Saloon, #61AB, Street 172.

Hotel InterContinental
Hotel InterContinental

Replays over gourmet sandwiches @ InterContinental
Looking to watch the World Cup but would rather steer clear of drunk, sweaty barflies? For a more subdued atmosphere, try the lounge of the InterContinental Hotel. All matches will be broadcast from 6pm onward the day after the match. For $12, viewers can choose a sandwich from the restaurant to munch over a beer.
InterContinental Phnom Penh Hotel,#296 Mao Tse Toung Boulevard.

Paddy Rice
Paddy Rice

Pub grub and drink deals @ Paddy Rice
Since Brazil could not be in a worse time-zone for football fans in Cambodia, Paddy Rice has opted to show replays over breakfast and dinner instead of staying open into the early hours. In addition to the regular menu, the bar will offer English pub-style meals. These include homemade sausage sandwiches, gourmet burgers and mushroom pies.
Paddy Rice, corner of Sisowath Quay and Street 136.

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