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Jun 15, 2014 06:43 AM

World Cup Watching Venues

I'll be in Paris for the finals. Four years ago, we ate at L'homme on the Trocadero and were able to view the game on the large screens. Well, as everyone knows that venue is no more, so I am looking for suggestions. I will have my 16 year old nephew with me so not looking for anything too fancy - as always, thanks in advance!

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  1. Figaroscope just published a venue guide. In French but easy enough to figure out.

    The Kia Cabane boat at the Port des Champs Elysées near the Pont Alexandre III on the Right Bank of the Seine has the largest screen and Brazilian nosh but space is pretty limited and you will probably require divine intervention to get a spot for the final.

    Lots more venues so just google "Coupe Mondiale 2014 où regarder à Paris"

    A Chowhound fave, Au Dernier Métro on the boulevard Grenelle in the 15th, doubles as a sports bar and will undoubtedly be transmitting World Cup matches. But the giant screens aren't really all that giant and viewing can easily be obstructed by others.

    1. I think the number of venues with coverage will be determined by how well France does. If they progress every bar will have the matches on. I remember they had big screens in the Marche St Germain a few years ago.

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      1. re: PhilD

        Phil, the Mairie de Paris has nixed giant screens in public this year because of fears about fan violence.

        For explanation:

        1. re: Parnassien

          Thanks for the info - that is a shame as they were fun and seemed quite civilized compared to many countries.

          1. re: Parnassien

            Hallelujah. There is now a giant screen in front of the Hotel de Ville as France heads into the quarter finals.

              1. re: tmso

                "Ecran géant" is not translated as giant screen ??

                1. re: Parnassien

                  Si, but I disagree with the word géant as well. It's a pretty large screen. Not that large of a place, and not that large of a screen. It is clear that the mairie does not want big football parties, and we're still not getting them.

        2. If, and this is an extraordinarily enormous IF, I wanted to celebrate any sports event in Paris, I would hit Le Café des Sports on Brancion.

          1. Parigi has a bar she goes to watch Barca but she's away right now and I can't remember its name.

            1. Thanks John, maybe she will weigh in when she gets back. Yes, bummer about the large screens. I was hoping to perhaps view from the Hotel de Ville, but I guess that's out.

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              1. re: travelluver

                It occurred to me that the Irish pub also broadcast a lot of football (and rugby).

                1. re: John Talbott

                  Not the rugby season at the moment so lots of football.

                  1. re: John Talbott

                    I meant "Irish pubs" because there lots of them around.

                  2. re: travelluver

                    A few more remarks:

                    Just watched a match at Kia Cabana near the Pont Alexandre III... electric atmosphere, fab drinks, very good nosh... but a rugby scrum to get in and out... reservations are essential (and then lots of Kia marketing in your in-box)... I only got in thanks to a connection so I don't know how a tourist will fare.

                    If France reaches the quarter finals, the official ban on giant screens in public will be "revisited".

                    1. re: Parnassien

                      In the meantime, all the neighborhood places that show rugby and football games, show the world cup games. We can go to them, hope that France makes it to the quarter finals, and be jealous of nos cousins germains: