The conclusion to one of the best FIFA World Cups is upon us. It’s been a rollercoaster of a tournament, seeing the defending champs Germany getting knocked out in the group stages thanks to losses to Mexico and South Korea, and favorites Argentina and Brazil getting knocked out in the second round and the quarter finals, respectively. The final today is between 1998 World Cup champions France and Croatia, who are playing in the finals for the first time in the short history of the independent nation. Whoever wins, history is sure to be made. There are multiple places in Dhaka where you can witness history with your friends and watch the final on a big screen. Here are 6 places you could consider watching the final of the world cup.
Arena Café & Lounge
Address: Ring Tower (4th Floor), 6/A Ring Road, Mohammadpur, Dhaka.
If massive screens are your only priority, then look no further than the 150-inch behemoth at Arena Café & Lounge. Arena offers the biggest screen in the city that’s not a movie theater, and it certainly has better food than most theaters. The only downside is that their seating capacity is a measly 60, meaning that you better call for a reservation right now if you want to watch the final on their giant screen.
Address: Multiple Locations
Even though the quality of their food has gotten abysmal in the recent years, Pizza Hut still boasts one of the better environments in the city, alongside a fairly big screen. It’s the perfect place to grab a slice of pizza with a large party of mates and watch the game. There are way too many Pizza Hut’s showing the final, so I suggest you hit up their facebook page to find out which Pizza Hut outlets showing the final is closest to you.
Address: House 10, Road 138, Gulshan 1, Dhaka.
One of the rising stars in the restaurant game, 138 East has also offered world cup viewing during this entire season, and the final is no exception. This is probably the best place for you to go if you want to have good food with your friends as you watch the game. It doesn’t boast a ridiculous screen to show the game on, but the TV at the restaurant does a decent job of showing the game in HD. Perfect if you’re more interested in the food and the environment, but still want to keep up to date with the game.
Address: House 52, Road 12/A, Block H, Banani, Banani Model Town, Dhaka.
Tastebud has been one of the favorite places for every sweet tooth in the capital. The fantastic desserts are enough of a reason to go to this place. Yet, I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that they were showing the world cup on their rather large 75-inch HD TV.
The White Canary Café
Address: 40/8 North Avenue, Gulshan 2, Dhaka.
The only place on this list that mandatorily requires a reservation to even watch the game, The White Canary Café is surely one of the fanciest entries on the list. For all of its exclusivity, however, they will be showing the game on a projector instead of an actual screen. They are also offering a pizza for free for every two bought, while also organizing a contest of sorts for correct predictors of the final score and the man of the match, with the winners of the contest winning free desserts.
Blaze: Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden
Address: Airport Road, Dhaka Cantonment, Dhaka.
Easily the most expensive place on this list, Blaze is for those who are either rolling in money, or have saved up for the special event that is the final of the world cup. Situated at the Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden, Blaze boasts a giant LED screen to show the final, while having some seriously exclusive and delicious food. Reservation is not mandatory but would make your life much easier, as seats could vanish in an instant if all the rich people in Dhaka showed up to watch the game and have exquisite food. Easily the most exclusive place in the list, the only real drawback to watching it here would be the strain on your wallet. If that’s not an issue for you, then by all means, live it up.
There are many places in the city to watch the final and have food. Now you guys have fun visiting one of these places, while I go buy some fried street food to watch the game at home on my PC. No, I’m not jealous at all.