It’s going to be heart-stopping.
The whole world will be watching when Russia take on Saudi Arabia in the tournament’s opening match on June 14.
The tournament will be closely fought as always, with the likes defending champions Germany, Brazil, France and Argentina all looking to win football’s ultimate prize.
England will be contesting in Group G, alongside the highly favoured Belgium, a tough Tunisia side and underdogs Panama.
Here, we look at eight sports bars in and near Leicester where you can watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The Locker Room: Open 7am – Midnight Monday – Friday; 11am – Midnight Saturday & Sunday
Inspired by the sports bars of the United States, Leicester’s The Locker Room is a great place to watch the best footballers in the world go face to face.
With 21 TVs submerged within a mass of sporting memorabilia, your eyes won’t know where to look.
The Locker Room’s food menu is also considered to be one of the best around, with country breakfast in the mornings, alongside burgers, salads, pizzas and entrees, not to mention their famous Sunday brunch.
As expected, pool tables and darts are available as well as the option to reserve a table.
Address: 5 Belvoir Street, Leicester, LE1 6SL
Phone: 0116 2556 736
The Sports Bar Anstey: Open 4-11pm Monday – Thursday; 2pm – Midnight Friday; Saturday & Sunday 11am – Midnight
If you are looking for a more simplistic setting to watch the World Cup games, then the Sports Bar Anstey may be the place for you.
With four TV’s at the main bar, two in their lounge area in addition to a further TV in the function room, you won’t have an excuse to miss out.
Although Sports Bar Anstey don’t sell food, they have some great offers on drinks, such as five bottles of selected beers and lagers for a tenner and three shots for £5.
Moreover, they have their own pool, darts and skittles teams to keep you occupied in between matches.
Address: 11 Stadon Road, Anstey, Leicester, LE7 7AY
Phone: 0116 2363 544
Shooters Sports Bar Nottingham: Open 12pm – Late 7 Days a week
The Shooters Sports Bar in Nottingham sets a high standard for what such an experience should include, with leather seats and large LED TVs for the greatest show on earth.
You can pre-book a VIP seating with packages ranging from £10-20 per head.
The food menu at Shooters is by far the biggest of the lot, ranging from brioche rolls, to various burgers and steaks, numerous sides and their own Man Vs Food style eating challenges.
And for the icing on the cake, they also have a number deals on weekdays between 12-5pm, such as a happy hour offer on drinks, free table tennis, pool, beer pong and use of their Xbox One games consoles.
Address: 15-17 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6DA
Phone: 0844 5333 000
Rileys Pool & Snooker Club Nottingham: Open 11am – Midnight Monday – Thursday; 11am – 1am Friday & Saturday; Sunday 11:30am – 11:30pm
To say that there is a lot to do at the Rileys Pool & Snooker Club in Nottingham is a massive understatement.
By providing a range of snooker, American pool and English pool tables, on top of a dedicated darts zone and seating area for the World Cup games, you’ll always be amused.
Rileys also have a diverse food menu, such as starters, nachos, chicken wings, burgers and tortilla warps, with vegetarian options on offer as well.
There are also discounts presented for those who book a pool table, with further details on their website.
For those travelling by car, Rileys offer a discount card for those using the car park at St James Street so that you are charged no more than £5.60.
Address: 17A St. James Street, Nottingham, NG1 6FH
Email/Phone: 0115 9470 620
Raglan Road Irish Bar: Open 2pm – 1am Monday – Thursday; Friday & Saturday 12pm – 2am; Sunday 12pm – Midnight
For those who are superstitious about their country’s team in this year’s World Cup, then maybe a trip to Raglan Road could well send the luck of the Irish their way.
With 10 HD TV screens and a projector screen, this venue is perfect for watching multiple games simultaneously, which will be ideal for the final round of games in the group stages.
As you might expect, the food at Raglan Road has an Irish theme, with their all-day Irish breakfast costing £5.95.
They also have an offer of two mains for £10.95, as well as specials, baguettes and sides, in addition to live music on selected dates.
Address: 69-73 Derby Road, Canning Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5BA
Email/Phone: email@example.com; 0115 9583 359
Bar Sport Derby: Open 12pm – Late Monday – Friday; 11am – Late Saturday & Sunday
Located in the city centre of Derby, the ambiance at the Bar Sport Derby Sports Bar & Grill makes it a great place to watch this year’s FIFA World Cup.
With dozens of High Definition TV’s on show at every turn, you’ll never miss the action; whether you’re waiting to order at the bar or having a friendly game at the pool table.
Bar Sport Derby also have a wide variety of food and drink available, with discounted drinks during their happy hour every weekday and mouth-watering deals on offer for selected food between Tuesday and Thursday.
However, if those wanting to pay by card, it is worth noting that purchases must be a minimum of £5.
On top of this, you can reserve a booth in advance to ensure that your friends and family can enjoy the game of your choice.
Address: 1 Queens Street, Derby, DE1 3DL
Email/Phone: firstname.lastname@example.org; 0133 2341 718
Corn Exchange Sports Bar: Open 12pm – Midnight 7 Days a Week
With 14 pool tables and half a dozen snooker tables and darts board, the Corn Exchange Sports Bar is the place to go with your closest mates.
The Corn Exchange also have an in-pool academy, where you can receive coaching from former world champion Jack Whelan.
The various options of leisure are surrounded by many TV screens so that you won’t miss a single kick of the ball in the World Cup.
The food is reasonably priced too, with burger and chicken meals available for less than a fiver, as well as a small selection of toasties and cobs.
Address: Albert Street, Derby, DE1 2DS
Email/Phone: email@example.com; 01332 385 077
The Bank: Open 12-11pm Sunday – Thursday; 12pm – Midnight Friday & Saturday
Having been recently refurbished, The Bank pub in Spondon makes a wonderful destination to watch the FIFA World Cup.
With a respectable amount of TV screens showcasing the tournament, the stylish seating arrangement is accompanied by an array of signed merchandise from Derby County players past and present, which makes for a welcoming atmosphere for the family.
There is also a pool table and darts to keep you entertained in the build up to games, with the pool being free on Mondays.
Furthermore, The Bank has a refreshed menu with two mains and burgers on offer for £10 until 9pm on Weekdays, as well as having a separate kids’ menu.
Address: Aspen Drive, Derby, DE21 7SG
Email/Phone: firstname.lastname@example.org; 0133 2678 192