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Budapest's best places to watch the World Cup

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  • ildi.amon

6/23/2014 4:33 PM

The time-zone difference between Europe and South America means that the games are played between 6pm and 5am in Hungarian time, but there is always a Budapest venue open to show live broadcasts. So don’t miss anything – no matter which team you’re rooting for, this roundup reveals where you can join loads of other cheering fans, often at locations offering drink specials and other soccer-related promotions.

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The World Cup is on from June 12 – July 13, so check out the match schedule and make sure you set the Hungarian time zone. While you're changing your schedule to accommodate the football frenzy, take a look at the country groupings too.

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Millenáris Park

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1024 Budapest, Kis Rókus utca 16-20.

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Continental Tires are one of the sponsors of the World Cup, and they’re setting up a mini-Brazil in Millenáris Park (1024 Budapest, Kis Rókus u. 16–20) during the final week of the games (July 8 - 13). ContiCabana will show matches during this week on big screens while offering loads of other activities and programs such Brazilian dancing, kids’ programs, and concerts – the lineup includes the Hooligans (July 11), Charlie (July 12) and Punnany Massif (July 13).

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Akvárium Klub

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1051 Budapest, Erzsébet tér 12.

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Akvárium Klub is a popular outdoor/indoor venue in Erzsébet Square right in the middle of the city next to Deák Square. It will have three giant LED screens showing each game. The terrace creates a stadium experience because of its giant staircase, where you can sit and relax to watch the action. Fish and chips, hamburgers, and steak sandwiches mean you’ll never go hungry. There are also special packages available for the finals, like unlimited beer and a free pálinka shot for every goal scored!

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Corinthia Hotel Budapest

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1073 Budapest, Erzsébet körút 43-49.

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The roof garden of the Corinthia Hotel (1073 Budapest, Erzsébet körút 43) will be transformed into a Brazilian-themed World Cup Sky Terrace. Along with seven HD TV screens, the terrace offers happy hour specials and authentic Brazilian food. In addition, guest commentators will be making special appearances at the big matches to complete the stadium sensations. Open each night from 5pm.

A Grund

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The Grund bar (1082 Budapest, Nagytemplom utca 30) has a laid-back atmosphere and a long list of drinks, and for the World Cup matches they’re setting up a big LED screen. Some nights they have a 2-for-1 cocktail deal between 8pm and 10pm. This is a huge venue, so more than 500 people can easily fit – you and your friends will always find a spot.

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Larus Étterem

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1124 Budapest, Csörsz utca 18/b

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Larus (1124 Budapest, Csörsz St 18/b) is a beautiful venue in Buda where you'll be able to enjoy all matches live on its beautiful terrace set amid tranquil greenery. The venue says its LED screen is among the biggest in Buda, with special high-quality sound. They also have a chef creating a special World Cup menu just for this month-long event. Tickets are 2,000 HUF and include a main meal and a snack. You can buy tickets in advance on their website or at the venue for small – or large – groups.

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Szabadság tér

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1054 Budapest, Szabadság tér

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will be transformed for the World Cup with a giant 30-square-meter (!!) screen showing every single match live. This square is huge so everyone will be able to find a patch of grass. This promises to be a family-friendly event, and in the past it's attracted thousands of people. In the afternoon they'll also replay the matches that took place late the night before for those who missed them. The square itself is stunning, and it’s expected to be a popular viewing spot again. Football-related films and documentaries will also be played between games.

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WestEnd Rooftop Terrace

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WestEnd's rooftop terrace (1062, Budapest, Váci Rd 1-3) is waiting for you high above the city with a giant 6x4 metre screen and a beer garden. There's great burgers and salads so you don't need to worry about going hungry. Salsa dancers and Brazilian drummers mean this place oozes South American appeal throughout the World Cup. There's space for more than 1000 people to sit and there are free programs too so you can fill the time between matches.

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