The beer is chilled. The big screen a riot of coloured jerseys and the company: well, a band of football fanatics. The winger sends in an incredible cross and your favourite Number 10 times his jump to perfection. Goooooooooooooooal! goes the commentator and all hell breaks loose. Chests bump, beer mugs spill and the shouting brings the roof down.
The Beautiful Game is best watched on a giant LCD screen with a beer mug in hand, over some snacks and banter.
“The atmosphere at a live football screening is electric. I've been waiting for the last four years to get together with my mates and cheer for Argentina,” says Vibhas Dhingra, 35, a software engineer and football fanatic.
Just don’t look for free kicks.
Cup of joy, brimming over
Feeding the football frenzy, literally, with live telecasts, booze and food discounts between June 10-July 10 are the city’s restaurants and hotels. Here are a few cool options:
At Le Meridien, down some beers or nibble on Shish Tauk and Sweet Chilly Lime Fish. Buy a Budweiser and get the other free. Snacks are priced between Rs 550 and Rs 650 for the veggie and non-veggie options respectively.
At Radisson Suites, Gurgaon, the Penalty Shootout package offers imported beverages that include Corona Beer, Deewars White Label whiskey, Havana Club Rum, Starmoskowya Vodka and Finsbury Gin, served with house appetisers for Rs 1199
Pebble Street, the sports bar in New Friends Colony, offers football formations: English, French, Italian, German and Brazilian. Play the English Plan in a 4 (defenders/Tequilas), 3 (midfielders/Kamikaze) and 3 (forwards/Sambuca) plan; or go the Samba way in a 5-3-2 formation, for Rs 2010
At Spice Market, Select City Walk Saket, get six pints of your favourite brew for the price of four. Choose from Kingfisher, Kingfisher Blue, Foster, Budweiser, Tuborg or Carlsberg.
At the Smoke House Deli, Masjid Moth, build up your appetite with Iced Chicken Liver Pate and Apple Marmalade for Rs 320. In cocktails, take any four for Rs. 1200.
At the Tapas, Lodhi, nibble on tapas while sipping sangria, cocktails or wines, at a 20 per cent discount.
At The Tasty Tangles, DLF Promenade, savour a toddy cocktail at Rs 329, or savour two 330 ml pints of Tuborg beer for Rs 149.
At the Hub Lounge and Bar, Gurgaon, sample dishes such as Defender (Cajun chicken burger), and Dribble (Grilled vegetable Panini), Rs 189 onward.