Where to Watch the World Cup in Moscow

The Best Places to Watch the World Cup in Moscow

With the 1000 days to the World Cup event in Moscow having been and gone, it’s almost time for the main event. People from all over the world will be pouring into Russia’s capital to watch both the first match and the final of the 2018 World Cup. If you are among these football fanatics, then you definitely need to know where to watch the world cup in Moscow. From the impressive stadiums to the more local sports bars and pubs, we’ve got the World Cup covered.

Of course, every football fan will be hoping to watch the World Cup matches from one of the two official stadiums in Moscow. So, here’s the lowdown on the two.

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Luzhniki Stadium

This impressive stadium was rebuilt especially for the 2018 World Cup, and it will be the location for the very first match in Moscow and the all-important World Cup final. As this grand stadium has become somewhat of a Moscow landmark, great care was taken in preserving the historical facade of its impressive original structure.

The capacity of Luzhniki Stadium is a jaw-dropping 81,000 people, and it’s easily reachable by the Red Metro Line heading into Sportivnaya station.

Spartak Stadium

Also known as the Otkritie Arena, this is the impressive home venue of the FC Spartak Moscow team. The entire stadium has been decorated with an illusion of chain mail, with hundreds of little diamonds representing the amazing Spartak logo. Spartak Stadium will host 5 World Cup matches and can hold up to 45,360 football fans.

Easily reachable by taking the Purple Metro Line, Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya, this is one of the best places to watch the world cup in Moscow.

The Top Sports Bars to Watch the World Cup in Moscow

We know that not everybody can afford a World Cup ticket to see each and every match in Moscow, but these beer filled sports bars and pubs are definitely the next best thing!

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Liga Pap

Easily one of the most popular sports bar in the city centre, Liga Pap is one of the top places to watch the World Cup in Moscow. Their prices are much more reasonable than some of their neighbours, and they have all of the usual drinks and snack foods on offer. The best part though, Liga Pap boasts over 20 TVs along with a gigantic HD screen…you won’t miss a single foul in this sports bar.


This is a true English style pub, so what better place to watch the 2018 World Cup? Cockney’s is always heaving with die-hard football fans, so during the World Cup, it will be one of the most vibrant and happening places to watch.

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With over 10 traditional English beers on tap and delicious ‘pub grub’ on offer all day long, spending the afternoon at Cockney’s is one of the best places to watch the World Cup in Moscow.

Beer Happens

Located in the very heart of Moscow, this sports bar is also famed for being one of the best gastropubs in the city. Their vast array of craft beers and impressive menu make this the perfect place for hungry World Cup fans to watch the matches.

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The otherworldly HD TV inside Beer Happens attracts many an avid football fan, so be sure to grab your seat before the match starts.

John Donne

Not only is John Donne the most centrally located sports bar in the city, it’s also the most popular. It’s absolutely imperative that you book your place in advance during the World Cup, as many of the Russian football fans have had their own tables here for years. Having said that, this sports bar is full of English and American fans, and the atmosphere is always friendly.

John Donne has no shortage of screens around the bar, and downstairs they have the biggest HD TV in the area, making this the perfect place to watch the World Cup in Moscow.