With what can only be described as a rocky first week for some of the biggest teams of the cup, we can’t deny that it has been an exciting one! With shock defeats at the hands of the least expected, people worlds and attitudes towards the game have been rocked. Who expected Japan to win against Colombia? What about Mexico getting those three points against Germany for the first time in 7 previous encounters with them, and what a time to do it. France were expected to win, so was Argentina. England came close to drawing but Kane saved us in the last few minutes. Iceland have come out of nowhere in the last 2 years, and are winning the world over with their heart and resilience. No matter what team you support, if any, we can’t deny it’s not a rollercoaster. So why not enjoy the atmosphere it creates, and be in the middle of it all. Here’s our 4 picks of the week for places to watch the football in Madrid.

This bar is lively! Would be the summarisation of most people’s view of GramaBar and we agree. With a very tropical vibe to the place, you will be more than happy with the large choice of cocktails and great Venezuelan food. It’s a great place to catch any of the world cups games, with the breeze from the street and the friendly staff, you’ll enjoy the experience.

Where:  Calle Funecarral, 95
How:     Tribunal
When:   Mon-Sun: 10.30am-1.45am
Check out the listing on LocoWeekend and give us your opinion!: Grama Roots

For those who support the French team or just love French food and drink, then LaGuinguette is the place for you. A great meeting point for les francophones, and for any other to enjoy the French experience while watching the games. Allez les Bleus.

Where:  Calle de Alcalá, 59
How:     La Latina
When:   Wed-Thu: 7pm-2am
Fri-Sat: 7pm-2.30am

This place is probably the first that comes to mind if you want an afternoon of footy, with pints of refreshing beer, and food for the peckish. A definite must-go for any England supporter this World Cup. This is the most authentic feel for a game in an Irish Pub. We come here for the atmosphere and pints.

Where:  Calle de Alcalá, 59
How:     Banco de España / Retiro
When:   Mon-Thu & Sun: 12pm-2am
Fri-Sat: 12pm-2.30am

We’d go here if we want some good grub between games. With three games being played a day, some of us might end up spending more hours out than usual, so food is necessary. The Irish Rover has some great menus, from snacks to full on meals, a great place to catch the games.

Where:  Avenida de Brasil, 7
How:     Santiago Bernabéu
When:   Sat-Tue: 12pm-2am
Thu-Fri: 12pm-5am
Check out the listing on LocoWeekend and give us your opinion!: The Irish Rover



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