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Watch the World Cup in Vancouver

Monday, June 7th, 2010 — 11:13am PDT
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Watch the World Cup in Vancouver as South Africa hosts the 2010 FIFA World Cup in just a few days. The car flags are already waving and it will have the jubilation and national pride of the Olympics all day and night, throughout the region. Our multicultural melting pot of a city will come alive with men, women, and children sporting the colours of many countries on t-shirts, cars and everything in between.

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Here’s how you can catch all of the action in Metro Vancouver either on television or in-person.

As the official broadcast home of the World Cup in Canada, the CBC will have extensive coverage including commentary from Vancouver’s own Bob Lenarduzzi. You will even be able to watch matches live online.

Donnelly Pubs
Cinema Public House and Library Square Public House open at 7:00am, showing games at 7:00am, 9:0 am, 11:30am, 5:00pm, 7:00pm and 9:00 pm. The Calling Public House, The Lamplighter and The Academic open at 11:00 am, showing games at 11:30 am, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. This schedule will be in place until July 11, 2010.

Red Card Sports Bar
Probably one of Vancouver’s newest sports bars, Red Card will be showing most World Cup matches as their screens will be locked on the CBC as of June 11th when the open up for business at 7:00am.

Players Chophouse
Although not listed on their website, there are some ClubZone listings for World Cup games at Players Chophouse.

Open daily at 11:00am for World Cup broadcasts.

Commercial Drive
Nations converge on this one legendary road where you can choose from dining anywhere from a Nepalese restaurant to a Portuguese cafe. During the run of the World Cup there will also be the Car Free Day street festival as well as Italian Week.

Nyala African Cuisine (4148 Main Street) will be open daily at 6:30am serving an African style breakfast and lunch serving mostly south African and north African food. They will show all games on a 10-foot screen with HD projector.

Rio Theatre
Located just off Commercial Drive this one-room movie house usually shows World Cup games on their big screen with dozens of flags waving overhead.

Vancity Theatre
On Seymour at Davie the Vancouver International Film Centre will open up its theatre for digital broadcasts of several World Cup games. Big comfy seats and full theatre amenities will make this one comfy place to check out the action.

German Cultural Centre – Alpenhaus
Boasting Vancouver’s largest HD screen the Alpen Club will be showing every World Cup game.

The Cascase Room
Located on Main Street, the Cascade Room is planning full World Cup coverage. A schedule is available on their website.

River Rock Casino Resort
Lulu’s Lounge will be showing the matches from 7:00am – 2:00pm every day. People can also enter to win a World Cup Jersey of their choice and a VIP River Rock Package.

As a side note, we discovered a cool television special on National Geographic last night called Build up to the Cup. From commuter rail systems to new stadiums, it’s fascinating to see how South Africa has been built up for this monumental occasion. Check local listings to see when it will air again if you’re interested.

Back to events, I’m sure there are many more taking place throughout Metro Vancouver during the World Cup so if you have anything to add, please feel free to leave a note in the comments and I’ll put it to the list.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa will run June 11 – July 11, 2010.

Update There will be a finale watching party / fundraiser at Ceilis on the 11th.

Update Ariane C guest posted about where to watch the World Cup final this weekend.

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  1. Marina says:

    Most of the places on Commercial fill up quick – particularly on weekends. Come early – be prepared to stand!

    Others: Rio Theatre, Vancity Theatre, Portuguese Senior’s Foundation (Burnaby – showing mostly just the Portugal games), La Fontana (Hastings – showing most of the games).

  2. Lesel Radage says:

    Cafe Barcelona will show the games.

  3. Oliver says:

    German cultural centre – Alpenhaus (Victoria & 33rd)
    Giant screen and good beer!

  4. Sara Pereira says:

    Thanks for this! Will be most helpful when World Cup fever hits!

  5. Roma Cafe on Commercial has been a tradition for us for years! It’s always the center of action when it comes to Italians and Soccer!

  6. Fernanda says:

    In downtown, you can go to Eh! Restaurant, on 2nd floor 1050 Alberni st.
    They will be showing all the games too.

  7. Vivian says:

    Don’t forget Cascade Room on 10th and Main! Best drinks!

  8. Thanks, Rebecca!!!!
    It will help me to organize The Brazilians in Vancouver…
    As usual, you rock!

  9. AlanD says:

    Mexican restaurant La Casita in Gastown (Cordova at Abbott) will be showing games starting at 7am

  10. Raul says:

    Apparently Mexico plays South Africa on Friday and I have no clue where I’ll be watching the game. Maybe just at The Network Hub! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Amanda R says:

    Thanks so much for this! Hubby is Dutch and was really bummed that most of their games start at 4 a.m. , and we couldn’t find a good list anywhere.

  12. B RUN says:

    Does anyone know of any places that will be showing the 4 a.m. games?

  13. Great list! Thanks.

  14. Richard says:

    Can’t wait for the World Cup to kick off. Thanks for the list Rebecca!

  15. Adam says:

    Thanks for the tip on the Vancity theatre showing games, I hadn’t heard anything about that but I’ll definitely be checking out England-USA on Saturday. Much appreciated.

  16. William says:

    Very helpful! Thanks Rebecca!

  17. Joel says:

    Speakeasy on Davie (1239 Davie at Bute) will be showing most of the games, with sound. 15 high Definition TV’s including 92″ Screen – every seat is a good one. Lots of big booths for big groups too.

    Open at 7:00am for big games (Mexico v South Africa, Argentina v Nigeria, etc.)

    Speakeasy was packed during the Olympics, featured on News 1130.


  18. Ester says:

    Abruzzo on Commercial is the best. Great atmosphere. Wonderful coffee.

  19. Sir Holland says:

    Where are the dutch watching the games

    Hup Holland Hup!

  20. The Forum Sports Bar on Granville, which is jam packed with TV’s covering almost every inch of it will be opening at 6:30am daily throughout the World Cup as well.

    Can’t wait for that team spirit & energy to return to this great city of ours!

  21. Whizdumb says:

    Nyala Restaurant at 4148 Main St. (Main and King Edward) will be showing all the games on a 10 foot HD projector screen. Doors open at 6:30am, breakfast will be served. Hope to see you there!

  22. ak says:

    good news we are serving breakfast from many parts of Africa
    Hi def projector 10 foot screen
    open June 11 to July 11 at 6:30 am

  23. Tizoc says:

    Thanks so much for the info! I can’t wait to watch all the games and cheer for Mexico tomorrow!

  24. KK says:

    Any place in Downtown showing 4:30am games live??

  25. Alex says:

    Hi dudes, my shaw won’t be activated til sunday, where in Burnaby can I watch the games?


  26. Tyler says:

    Smileys Public House @ 911 W.Pender (Pender and Hornby beside the Days Inn) is showing World Cup Games also. It opens @ 9am to replay the earlier games and gets packed for the live 11:30am games. The atmosphere is great and lots of great TV’s for viewing. They PVR all the games, so ask the bartender and he’ll put a game you missed on the screen of your choice.(pending availability that is) Cheers!

  27. Lynn says:

    What better way to celebrate World Cup 2010 in Vancouver than with a Vuvuzela… the sound of African soccer!

    If you’re watching World Cup 2010, you’ve heard them in the crowd. They sound like a buzzing of bees or a heard of elephants!!

    Many sports fans know this instrument brings lively atmosphere to the stadium or field, and it is has become part of South African football culture and a way of showing loyalty and dedication to your soccer team. Just as fans in other countries beat up drums, blow trumpets and sing, South African soccer fans blow the Vuvuzelas.

    They’re in high demand and hard to find.

    Get yours today.

    message: 778-245-2889

    Woohoo!!! Cheer on your favourite team!!

  28. Jennifer says:

    Hi, I’m just wondering if anyone knows where I can purchase a Honduras World Cup Jersey? I can’t seem to find one anywhere!

  29. Vik says:

    anyone know of any free places to watch the matches during the weekdays? i usually brown bag for lunch and just looking for a place munch and watch.

  30. kate says:

    Anyone know of a restaurant/cafe to watch the world cup near broadway and oak area of vancouver?

  31. ARGENTINA says:

    does anyone know where is the best place to watch Argentina next game with Argentinian fans ?????

  32. Did anybody happen to see Arlen Robben in the match with Netherlands against. Slovakia? Magnificent!

  33. steven says:

    going on holiday to vancouver island with the family on monday the 5th
    first two days in vancouver……so what’s the best place to watch the semi finals MIGHTY DUTCH ORANGE LIONS? is there a dutch bar ? on the net i found the wooden shoe cafe/ restaurant

    any other options or is that a good one?


  34. steven says:

    dutch fans united in Vancouver…..where?

  35. Janny says:

    Where are all the Dutch footy fans Tuesday?

  36. Brendan says:

    Dutch Fans are going to Stellas on Cambie and on Commercial for the game on Tuesday.


  37. Janny says:

    Anyone who can help me find out where all the dutch fans watch footy Tuesday?

  38. frank says:

    so what is the best place for dutchies to watch on tuesday? is it Stella, is it Cafe Roma or what? let me know!

  39. Rob Smiers says:

    Holland-Uruguay will be watched in Coast Restaurant (O Lounge) on 1054 Alberni street. Please keep you’re eye out on the following sites: and

    Wear your Orange gear!!!

    Holland-Uruguay word massaal bekeken in Coast Restaurant (O Lounge) op 1054 Alberni. Volg de volgende websites voor een eventuele finale: en

    Kleding voorschrift: Oranje!!!

  40. Kirsten says:

    Cheer, cheers and DANCE at Ceilis while watching the world cup finale! $10 cover and all procedes go to the BC Cancer foundation.

    More info here:

    (and we may or may not be auctioning off a number of vuvuzelas)

  41. Rob Smiers says:

    Holland-Spain will be watched in Society in Yaletown on 1257 Hamilton street (Between Davie & Drake). This is according to and Game starts at 11.30am and bar will open at 10.45am. People who visited the Semi-final in Coast: Society is quite a bit bigger…. A special Dutch menu will be served: Bitterballen, Sate, Patatje met, etc…..

    Wear your Orange gear!!!

    Holland-Spanje word massaal bekeken in Society in Yaletown op 1257 Hamilton street (Tussen Davie & Drake). Dit is bevestigd door volgende websites: en Wedstrijd begint om half 11 en kroeg gaat om kwart voor 11 open. Voor bezoekers van de halve finale in Coast. Society is een stuk groter… Er zal een special Oranje menuutje zijn: Bitterballen, Sate, Patatje met, etc….

    Kleding voorschrift: Oranje!!!

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