World Cup 2010 – Your guide to where to watch the matches

World Cup 2010 kicks off in just 2 weeks time and while we’d all love to be sunning ourselves and cheering on the boys in South Africa, the chances are we’re probably not. So before you pull on your England shirt and head down to your local, check out our top Birmingham venues to take in the action.

Riley’s, Essex Street
Football isn’t the first sport you think of when you think of Riley’s but you may be surprised to find more than just snooker tables. With 3metre HD surround sound screens in all their flagship clubs, and the exciting introduction of 3D TV, this is a fantastic place to catch the World Cup and entertain yourself with a game of pool at half time.

O2 Academy – Horsefair, Bristol Street
Better known for gigs, O2 is promising “no nonsense football coverage in a friendly environment, with a stadium atmosphere”. All England games will be projected onto the big screen, with commentary through a state of the art sound system. Entry is free, Carlsberg and VK are on offer at  £2 and you also have the option to reserve a private area. Tickets can be collected from venue box offices during opening hours.

Apres – Summer Row and Broadway Plaza
Both Birmingham outlets of Apres have installed 3D TV’s especially for the summer of football. The stylish bars promise a “Female friendly atmosphere” so ladies rest assured no lager louts here!

Odeon Cinema – New Street
Get the full cinematic experience live at the Odeon, Sit back grab some popcorn and soak up the atmosphere as you watch England on the Big Screen, all for the price of a normal ticket.

Broadway Casino – Broadway Plaza
Celebrate the World Cup in style at our favourite Casino. Featuring a multi-screen lounge, so you won’t miss out on any of the action, you can also have a flutter on the bustling gaming floor. To celebrate an England win how about dinner at the in house restaurant?

Warwickshire County Cricket Club
Watch England VS Slovenia as part of a one off event. Not only will you get to see the game live but you will have the opportunity to listen to guest speakers Dave Bassett, Mark Dennis and Alan Curbishley and hear expert analysis at half time. Live music will be provided by the Subterraneans and a three-course meal is included. Prices start at £65 per person.

Penny Blacks – Mailbox
How do you fancy enjoying the game completely hassle free, without even having to get up and go to the bar? This is what Penny Blacks are offering this summer. A full table service for food and drinks will be available throughout the game.

The Victoria – John Bright Street
It has to be remembered that not everyone likes football! If you’re one of those people who really doesn’t see the point in a load of grown men chasing a ball up and down a field then you’ll be pleased to know that the downstairs of the Victoria is a football free zone! Upstairs isn’t of course, with bottle bear bucket deals so you can stay glued to the 8ft screens, and hope and pray that this is the year when footballs coming home.

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