Approximately eight thousand miles from Buenos Aires, our teams are getting prepared for the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, which is now just a matter of days away. We can practically hear the deafening screams of enthusiastic football fans all over the city already, and it’s getting us very excited (or anxious, or both).

Not that we are biased or anything, but you have probably found yourself in the best country in the world to watch the World Cup. Don’t expect to see anyone in their right mind more than 10 feet away from a TV when Argentina is on the pitch, and you’re crazy if you think that the 6-hour time difference between here and Russia is even a little bit of a deterrent for those earlier matches.

Photo via CNET.com
Photo via CNET.com

 

Argentina’s national football team is one of the most successful in the world, having taken home the trophy twice already, once in 1978 and then again 1986 (probably best not to mention that oh-so-close, oh-so-painful loss to Germany, 2014 Cup). Naturally, there is a sense of optimism from Argentine fans that they can clinch a third win this year, with that innate passion magnified significantly by the mere mention of a football field.

Whether you support Argentina or not, we guarantee that you won’t want to miss the experience of enjoying any part of the 38 wonderful days of the World Cup. That’s why we have scouted out some options for you to ensure you’ve got the best seat in the house.

At Home or the Office

If you’re a homebody, or maybe you couldn’t get that time off work and will be stuck in the office (let’s hope your bosses are football fans), you might need an option for the big screen. Don’t worry, your options aren’t necessarily limited.

Photo via lovingbsas.blogspot.com
Photo via lovingbsas.blogspot.com

DirectTV

DirectTV is the main player in transmission of the World Cup. If you are already a customer, you will be able to watch all 64 matches live from the comfort of your own couch (and in 4K if you are lucky enough to have the technology available). For this eventuality, expect people to invite themselves over; we recommend that you provide plenty of beer and snacks for the anxious stress-eaters among the bunch.

If you aren’t at home for the matches, the DirectTV Play app allows you to watch from your mobile device in any location, provided you have a decent enough internet connection. If you aren’t a customer, you can find someone who is, or you can be self-sufficient and get your very own prepaid service for the month of the World Cup, which could work pretty well for the office if you can sweet talk your bosses into investing.

Flow by Cablevision

In 2016, Cablevision launched a platform called Flow, which will be showing all matches that are transmitted through both Public TV and TyC Sports. To access this platform, you must have a contract directly with Flow or you must be an HD client of Cablevision. If you are a customer of any other Cablevision service, you can pay an extra AR $110 to access the application. If for some reason you miss the match in real time, you can catch up later with their On-Demand service.

Telecentro

Telecentro has its own platform to watch live matches, both online and through its app, Telecentro Play. With the HD plan, it’s free, but if you just have the regular plan, you can pay a monthly fee of AR $95 for the privilege.

TyC Sports

TyC Sports has the rights to 32 of the 64 matches, including all of those played by the Argentine team. If you are a customer of the service, you can access these through any device using the TyC Sports Play app. Match days for Argentina will also include special previews which you can access exclusively through this service.

Cont.ar

If you find yourself without a TV or any money to invest in extra services, but you do have a decent internet connection and a computer screen, you’re in luck. Just in time for the World Cup, the government has launched a website for watching TV online for free, kind of like an exclusively Argentine Netflix but with public television instead of La Casa de Papel. It is called Cont.ar and through this you can watch every single one of Argentina’s matches live, plus all those leading up to and including the final. This will equate to half of the 64 matches that will be shown live through the site. For the rest, you will be able to catch them later, on demand.

Out and About Town

Perhaps you’re fortunate enough not to have to be in the office on match day, or you’re stuck without a decent device or internet connection to watch from home. Or maybe you just want a bit more of an atmosphere and the chance revel in the heightened enthusiasm and excitement of other football fans. Or, it’s the weekend! Yay! Whatever the reason, the city has a heap of sports bars to enjoy the matches and many other spots will be opening their doors and bringing out their big screens for the grand occasion.

Photo via Clarin
Photo via Clarin

 

Here we provide a list of places you can head to watch most matches. These places will be showing all games during their normal opening hours and for afternoon fixtures, but most of them will also be opening especially for earlier matches. At the time of writing, some places were unsure of their exact plans for morning games, so call ahead to alleviate any doubts.

La Cigale 

Where? 25 de Mayo 597
Screen size? 2 x 1.4-meter TVs
Reservation required? Yes
Email: lacigalebar@gmail.com | Tel: 4893-2332
Open: Monday to Friday, 12 PM to 3 AM; Saturday, 9:30 PM to 3 AM

Chicken Bros

Where? Thames 1795
Screen size?  4-meter projector and 2 x 40-inch screens
Reservation required? No
Email: info@thechickenbros.com | Tel: 4833-9127
Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 12 PM to 12 AM; Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12 PM to 1 AM; Wednesday, Closed

The Stand

Where? Av. Cordoba 3528
Screen size? 40-inch screen and 48-inch screen
Reservation required? No
Tel: 4863-1235
Open: Monday to Saturday, 10 AM to 1 AM

Dubliners

Where? Humboldt 2000
Screen size?  3.05 x 4.65-meter HD projector
Reservation required? No
Email: info@dublinersirishpub.com.ar | Tel: 4771-6178
Open: Monday to Sunday, 6 PM to 4 AM

El Alamo

Where? Av. Córdoba 5267
Screen size? At least 2 x 48-inch screens
Reservation required? No
Tel:
 4778-1726
Open: Monday, Tuesday, Sunday 8 PM to 4:30 AM; Wednesday to Saturday, 6 PM to 4:30 AM
Extra information: They told us they would be showing ALL matches!

Photo via Tripadvisor
Photo via Tripadvisor

The Gibraltar

Where? Perú 895
Screen size?  50-inch screen
Reservation required? No 
Tel:
 4362-5310
Open: Monday and Tuesday, 12 PM to 3 AM; Wednesday and Thursday, 12 PM to 4 AM; Friday and Saturday, 12 PM to 5 AM; Sunday, 12 PM to 2:30 AM

Desarmadero Bar

Where? Gorriti 4295
Screen size?  2 x 65-inch screens
Reservation required? Not required, but recommended
Email: Contact them through Facebook
Open: Monday to Thursday, 6 PM to 2 AM; Friday, 6 PM to 3 AM; Saturday, 1 PM to 3 AM; Sunday 1 PM to 1 AM

Strange Brewing

Where? Delgado 658
Screen size? An entire wall (’nuff said)
Reservation required? No
Tel:
 15-5966-6462
Open: Sunday to Thursday, 6 PM to 12:30 AM; Friday and Saturday, 6 PM to 1:30 AM; Tuesday, Closed
Extra information: Showing all afternoon games (3 PM) in which Argentina will be playing

Bar La Academia

Where? Av. Callao 368
Screen size? 3 x 48-inch screens
Reservation required?
Tel: 4372-2765
Open: 24 hours
Extra information: Showing all matches

La Puerta Roja

Where? Chacabuco 733
Screen size? Large projector
Reservation required? No
Tel: 4362-5649
Open: Monday to Sunday, 12 PM to 5:30 AM
Extra information:
Showing all matches from 9 AM plus France vs. Australia at 7 AM on Saturday, June 16th

La Choppería

Where? Gurruchaga 1711
Screen size? 2 “very large screens” (as per the lovely individual that talked to us on the phone)
Reservation required? Not required but recommended
Email: lachopperiadepalermo@gmail.com | Tel: 4831-6277
Open: Monday to Thursday, 6 PM to 3 AM; Friday, 6 PM to 5 AM; Saturday, 1 PM to 5 AM; Sunday, 1 PM to 3 AM
Extra information:
Definitely showing all Argentina matches that are played during their regular hours, but TBC on whether they will be showing earlier matches.

Locos x el Fútbol

Where? Av. Gral. Las Heras 2101
Screen size? 12 x 43-inch, 4 x 50-inch, 1 x 75-inch
Reservation required? No
email: locosporelfutbol.argentina@gmail.com | Tel: 4807-3777
Open: Monday to Sunday, 6 PM to 2 AM
Extra information:
Showing all matches that start from 10 AM

Sullivan’s

Where? Jorge Luis Borges 1702
Screen size? 42-inch screen, 50-inch screen
Reservation required? Not required but recommended
Email: sullivanspalermo@gmail.com | Tel: 4832-6442
Open: Monday, 9:30 AM to 5 AM; Tuesday to Thursday, 9 AM to 2 AM; Friday, 9 AM to 5 AM; Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 AM to 5 AM
Extra information:
Showing all matches

El Club Bar

Where? Honduras 5028
Screen size? “Giant screen”
Reservation required? No
Tel: 15-5461-1342
Open: Monday to Sunday, 6 PM to 4 AM
Extra information:
Showing all afternoon matches that start at 3 PM onward

La Fábrica del Taco

Where? Gorriti 5062
Screen size? “Giant screen”
Reservation required? Recommended
Tel: 4832-0815
Open: Monday, 7 PM to midnight; Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 PM to 1 AM; Thursday to Saturday, 12 PM to 3 AM; Sunday, 12 PM to 1 AM
Extra information: Showing all Mexico matches and offering special promos on match days including 2 x 1 tacos

If you can’t narrow it down from this diverse list, our top three picks include Chicken Bros, which will be offering exclusive promos for game days, Strange Brewing who have promised an entire wall on which to watch the matches, and the early birds over at La Puerta Roja, which will be showing all matches that start from 9 AM.

Public Places

The government has also installed giant 4K screens in Plaza San Martin and Parque Centenario which will be displaying every match live. We recommend that you bring thermoses, blankets, and plenty of snacks if you opting for this one.

Photo via TN.com
Photo via TN.com

The World Cup officially begins on Thursday, June 14th with Russia vs. Saudi Arabia, kicking off at 12 PM Argentina standard time. Argentina’s first match will be against Iceland on June 16th at 10 AM (pretty sure you knew this one by now, but hey, just in case).

Major dates to have in your diary:

Who? Argentina vs. Iceland When? Saturday, June 16th, 10 AM
Who? Argentina vs. Croatia When? Thursday, June 21st, 3 PM
Who? Nigeria vs. Argentina When? Tuesday, June 26th, 3 PM

Final: Sunday July 15th, 12 PM



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