From German restaurants serving bratwurst to trendy Russian bars offering the very best in craft beer, there are plenty of places to watch the World Cup in Volgograd. Here’s our guide to the best sports bars in this historic city.
Bar, Restaurant, German
As expected, the menu at German restaurant Paulaner is full of delicious German food, beer and schnapps. With its big-screen TVs, vast selection of beers and lively atmosphere, Paulaner is perfect for World Cup viewing.
Bar, Restaurant, German, $$$
Bamberg is a great German restaurant to watch those all-important games. The restaurant serves up high-quality German food and stocks some of the best craft beer around. Bamberg can get very busy at times, so remember to book tables in advance.
Bar, Restaurant, German, Russian, $$$
The Barrel, or Bochka to locals, is a popular budget bar in the centre of Volgograd that overflows with customers on match days. The venue has a vast selection of imported and local beer, excellent Russian and German food, and multiple enormous TV screens. What else do you need for a perfect evening in the sports bar?
Bar, Contemporary, $$$
This trendy bar, which is run by a couple of good friends, doesn’t offer any food, but the beer options more than make up for it. From obscure Norwegian craft beer to Australian favourites, Alyaska Bar has it all. The staff is also fluent in English and always on hand to give recommendations.
Bar, Restaurant, European, Russian, $$$
This centrally located Russian bar shows every sport from football and ice hockey to tennis and Formula 1. The sports schedule is available weeks in advance on Alhovski’s Instagram, so you can plan ahead. The bar’s menu is varied and well priced.