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Where to see the World Cup outside Beirut

  • People watch World Cup in Dekwaneh, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

  • People watch World Cup in Dekwaneh, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: While it’s unlikely to fare well for Mexico, Tuesday’s 10 p.m. match between the tricolors and Brazil will certainly be a win for venues putting out big screens.

Brazil, one of Lebanon’s favored teams, will draw out droves of football fans to pubs and pop-up stadiums. But if you’re looking to escape the football hordes Tuesday – or any other day – think about looking outside Beirut, where venues offer a party with a little more elbow room.

A number of beachside spots are giving spectators a more aquatic view of the game by keeping open pools and hot tubs. Here are a few of those, plus some more traditional bar-style venues outside the hubbub of the capital.

C-FLOW

Jbeil Sea Road, Jbeil

03-039-703

Popular among locals, this Jbeil beach is hosting World Cup spectators sporadically. They will be screening Tuesday’s match between Brazil and Mexico poolside. General entrance is $20.

VEER Boutique Hotel

Seaside Road, Kaslik

09-225-623

This quaint hotel has a pool and deck area overlooking the sea and screens the matches until midnight. We’ll forgive their offensive promotional ploy that a pool finally gives women a reason to like football.

Swings

Baabdat, Mar Moussa Road, Zaraaoun

03-796-648

If you’re really looking to slow down the pace, Swings is a camping ground in the woodsy area of Baabdat. The campground has erected a big screen for the World Cup and is screening games daily until midnight. It’s also one of the most family-friendly spots, with free entrance and a food area offering saj and grills.

Citymall

Dora Highway

Citymall has set up screens on its terrace for opening screenings until midnight, and is offering a range of prizes and promotions that pair football and shopping.

Pro’s Cafe

Kaslik and Dikwaneh

09-222-761 and

01-681-144 respectively

Covered in World Cup flags and paraphernalia, this restaurant chain offers an authentic sports bar atmosphere with rows of wooden tables and welcomes youngsters accompanied by adults.

Country Lodge

Bsalim, Mount Lebanon

03-253-200

A resort about 20 minutes north of Beirut, Country Lodge is screening the matches throughout the tournament.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 17, 2014, on page 2.

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Summary

While it's unlikely to fare well for Mexico, Tuesday's 10 p.m. match between the tricolors and Brazil will certainly be a win for venues putting out big screens.

Popular among locals, this Jbeil beach is hosting World Cup spectators sporadically. They will be screening Tuesday's match between Brazil and Mexico poolside.

This quaint hotel has a pool and deck area overlooking the sea and screens the matches until midnight.

If you're really looking to slow down the pace, Swings is a camping ground in the woodsy area of Baabdat.


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