It’s almost here!
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 kicks off at midnight (Beijing Time) on Monday 21, 2022 with host nation Qatar facing Ecuador in Group A.
Although it’s another World Cup competition which won’t feature China, that doesn’t mean there’s no World Cup fever across the Middle Kingdom, including right here in Beijing.
If you’re wondering where to watch the World Cup in the Chinese capital, we’ve got a handful of suggestions for you below.
Beersmith has got a whole load of great offers for those who want to head out and watch with friends, and for those who fancy watching at home.
Meanwhile, no Beijing World Cup guide would be complete without mentioning Paddy O’Shea’s Irish Pub. Just make sure you arrive early, especially for the big games.
As you probably don’t need to be reminded, COVID rules are still very much a thing in Beijing. Remember to scan the Beijing Health Kit (北京健康宝) on arrival.
Proof of a negative nucleic acid test is also a must. For many places, the test result must be from within 72 hours. However, other places have recently changed this to within 24 hours. If you are unsure, check in advance!
Otherwise, from all of us at That’s Beijing, we hope you enjoy the World Cup however, wherever and with whomever who please!
Every World Cup game is being shown at Beersmith! No matter if it’s a 6pm or 3am kick-off.
And, they’ve got some offers you won’t to miss.
Pick a team (your home nation or just a team you support) and buy the Super Fan Team Card. Every time your team is playing, you can enjoy a package including two beers, plus one portion of fried chicken tenders and one portion of fries – perfect football watching fuel!
During every group stage match, free-flow beer is on offer for the bargain price of just RMB138.
Staying late at Beersmith? You can get a special room rate at Hotel Jen for just RMB800 to stay from 3am-4pm the next day. Perfect for the late kick-offs.
Look out for the limited-edition beer brewed specially to celebrate the World Cup. It’s a light and easy to drink pint that will soothe your throat from all that shouting for your favorite team.
Perhaps, you fancy staying at home to watch the big games. Get 15% off 24-bottle boxes of Beersmith’s signature bottled beer when you buy from the WeChat Mall, or make it a meal with the special World Cup Package, featuring nachos and two beers for RMB218 (available from Eleme and Meituan Waimai).
Offers available during all World Cup games, November 20-December 19, Beersmith, Hotel Jen.
China World Summit Wing
Watch all the games on a giant LED screen in the stunning Atmosphere Bar!
Various snack packages, 3-liter beer to share with friends and more will keep you fueled during the big matches.
Still around in the morning? Enjoy a specially prepared wake-up breakfast.
Atmosphere will be filled with soccer decorations throughout the tournament and will offer various soccer-themed prizes.
Reserve a dugout at Atmosphere and support your team!
Available November 20-December 20, call 010 8571 6459, Atmosphere Bar, China World Summit Wing.
Everyone’s favorite Georgian restaurant has got it all going on during the World Cup!
Every World Cup game will be broadcast live on the super-large screen. During the games, you can purchase two glasses of Brooklyn or Carlsberg to participate in the guessing competition; prizes include free beer and various gifts.
During the games, don’t miss out on beer happy hour with Carlsberg (RMB28 a glass), Brooklyn Lager (RMB38 a glass) and Brooklyn IPA (RMB48 a glass). There are also free snacks on offer.
Available November 20-December 19, Georgia’s Feast.
For an electric World Cup atmosphere, make sure you head to Paddy O’Shea’s Irish Pub!
All games will be shown from November 20-December 18. In the words of Paddy’s owner Mathieu, “Come early! Being fashionably late will just not work.”
Please note that Paddy’s does NOT take reservations. For the bigger games, you may be asked for a pre-payment of RMB100 in exchange for a Paddy’s voucher of the same value.
All games shown, November 20-December 18, Paddy O’Shea’s Irish Pub.
Waldorf Astoria Beijing
For something of a sophisticated World Cup experience, head to Waldorf Astoria Beijing’s iconic Peacock Alley.
A whole host of set packages are on offer during all the big games.
The Fan Favorite includes six bottles of beer, a bowl of fries and one of five selected snacks for RMB298.
OR, enjoy the Celebration set which includes a bottle of Perrier Jouet or Louis Roederer champagne, a bowl of fries and one of five selected snacks for RMB598.
Fan Favorite, RMB298 OR Celebration, RMB598; available from November 20-December 18, 15% surcharge applies, call 010 8520 8989 for reservations and enquiries, Waldorf Astoria Beijing.
[Cover image via Paddy O'Shea's]