Are you wondering where you can watch the Socceroos take on Chile other than your own living room couch? If you’re looking to celebrate (or commiserate) with fellow football fans then here’s a list of possible venues, their selection of breakfast offerings, and a synopsis of their television facilities.
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The Australia Institute of Sport will be screening the match at the AIS Theatrette on Saturday along with the Spain V Netherlands game at 4am. The theatrette holds 314 people so could get a little rowdy and most of the group stage games will be screened.
The Brazilian Embassy will be taking over the AIS theatrette for all Brazilian games and diplomatic staff will be handing out Brazilian food and potentially dancing. We were tipped off by Chilean Embassy staff who were very diplomatic in wishing the Socceroos well.
The Harmonie German Club in Narrabundah will be opening for every Socceroo game and, of course, every German game. Football fans can head along to Jerrabomberra Avenue club from 7am on Saturday for breakfast and some banter with the German community.
The Canberra Dutch Club is aligning with the Harmonie Germany Club to turn the place into a sea of green, gold and orange on Wednesday night. The club president said everyone is welcome to come and sink Heinekens and sample the Dutch food.
The Gryphons Café Bar in Griffith will be televising the Chile game from 7.30am on three big screen televisions and serving breakfast, should you feel like bacon and eggs while you watch the match. The café will screen all 8am games and is holding private events for earlier matches.
The Belconnen Soccer Club on William Slim Drive in McKellar is preparing the big screen projector for the big game and will be serving bacon and egg rolls and beverages from 7am for those so excited they can’t sleep in.
The Italo Australian Club on Franklin Street in Forrest will also be serving bacon and egg rolls (standard issue, it seems) from 7.30 am and will be making use of their big screen projector for the match.
The Burns Football Club in Kambah will be serving beer from 7am unlike many other venues, as well as a barbeque breakfast and coffee for those who need some nutrition. The football club is affiliated with the Canberra Highland Society, which may explain the access to alcohol.
The Hellenic Club in Civic will be screening the game and, in a classic show of one-upmanship, they’ll also be offering a big brekky as well as bacon and egg rolls for football fanatics. Look out for a good representation from the ANU Football Club which is partnered with the Hellenic Club.
The Lighthouse Pub in Belconnen will screen every Socceroos game and will shout the entire pub a free drink every time the Australians score a goal. Management wish the Aussies all the best but odds are they won’t be dishing out too many free pints.
Tosolini’s Italian restaurant in Civic will be handing out free Italian doughnuts and serving breakfast for the Socceroos match with televisions glued to SBS for the next month. Owner Carlo recommends Canberrans swing by for the Italy v England game on Sunday.
The Turner Bowls Club in Barton will be open from 7am for the game against Chile and will be offering pisco sours, coffee and breakfast. If you’re feeling energised by the Socceroo’s performance you could always follow this with a roll on the green.
The Civic Pub in Braddon will be open for every single world cup game and football fans will have access to a breakfast menu, coffee and drinks, no matter what time kick-off is.
The Southern Cross Club in Woden will be holding a breakfast in one of their functions rooms for the Socceroos V Chile game. They've already had 50 tickets booked and will considering running functions for all Socceroo games if it proves a success.
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