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Where to watch the World Cup 2022 in Newcastle

We’ve found 6 sporting hotspots with huge screens, epic drinks deals and top-notch scran to enjoy this winter.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 16.11.2022


The pinnacle of world football kicks off on Sunday 20th November, with controversial host nation Qatar taking on Ecuador at 4pm (GMT).

England’s campaign starts the day after, with their match against Iran at 1pm (GMT) on Monday 21stNovember.

Other key dates for your diary are:

  • Saturday 3rd December, when the knockout stages begin
  • Friday 9th December, when the quarter finals start
  • Tuesday 13th December, for the first of the semi finals
  • Saturday 17th December, for the third place play-off game
  • Sunday 18th December, for the World Cup 2022 final


Alongside England in Group B are minnows (and fellow contentious entrants) Iran, alongside USA and Wales.

While in theory pundits will be expecting England to breeze past their group competitors, bitter rivalries with Gareth Bale and co., plus the ever-growing strength of the American squad may well put a spanner in the works for the Three Lions.

Elsewhere, tournament hard hitters include the evergreen elite of France, Argentina and Spain, with Brazil the bookies’ favourite to win the competition.


The fact that the ‘pinnacle of world football’ is to be hosted by Qatar this year has been a decision awash with controversy, criticism and outrage from the moment it was announced back in 2010.

It marks the first time the world’s most prestigious football tournament has ever made its home in the Middle East throughout its entire 92-year history.

As soon as the since-disgraced former FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, announced Qatar’s victory, there was deep suspicion over precisely how this desert state – virtually unknown to many of us with no history in football or the World Cup and with scorching summer temperatures – had won the bidding.

Allegations of corruption, vote-swapping and links to trade deals at the highest levels of government were soon rife, although they have always been denied by organisers and remain unproven.

This is why the World Cup will be played in the Northern Hemisphere’s winter months for the first time ever: because Qatar is simply too hot in the summer to host a professional sports tournament.

But what has particularly angered many is that a country of Qatar’s appalling human rights record – among which are discriminatory laws which prohibit homosexuality and curtail women’s freedoms through male guardianship rules – have been allowed to draw the eyes of the world’s sports fans.

Many England fans, pundits, athletes and personalities have already come out publicly and said they will be boycotting the tournament, and with good reason. But for some sports fans, turning their backs on their team as they brave this controversial media-storm isn’t an option. And we can understand that, too.

So, if you have decided to support our Three Lions by watching the World Cup 2022, here are some of the best spots in Newcastle to do so…


Anarchy Brew Co.

This vibrant, forward-thinking craft brewery and taproom are a regular favourite of ours for the innovation of their cask range alone.

But throw into the mix a four-metre big screen showing all of England’s group games (and hopefully plenty more, too) and tickets for tables that include a free beer and complimentary pizza from Two J’s Wood-Fired Pizza and you’ve got yourself an epic World Cup watching spot. 

Unit A1, Benfield Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 4NQ


The WonderBar

Now, we’re of the opinion that size rarely matters, but if that’s your main motivator then The WonderBar is your best bet.

With probably the largest indoor screens in the Toon entirely dedicated to all things sport, you’re in for a blast this World Cup season. Oh, we almost forgot to mention the interactive darts, live music, bierkeller and cracking scran you’ll find here on matchdays, too.

The Gate, Newgate Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5TG



Bar 52 

Head down to relative newcomer Bar 52 for your World Cup 2022 fix and we promise you won’t be disappointed.

The spiritual home of Budweiser boasts plenty of big screens and a packed fixture list, as well as five hospitality packages to choose from to ensure you don’t have to lift a finger (or head to the bar) from kick-off to the final whistle.

55 Degrees North, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BJ


Shark Club

There’s always one hell of an atmosphere at sports bar and grill, Shark Club.

With what feels like thousands of TV screens, as well as sports-day classics on the menu (think Jack Daniels chicken wings, burgers and nachos), there’ll be few better bars out there for holing yourself up in and getting your footy fix this winter.

Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4BT


Brinkburn Street Brewery, Bar & Kitchen

Brinkburn Street Brewery’s vast taproom is always a kaleidoscope of squishy sofas, eclectic artwork and happy faces. So, we’re delighted that they’re turning it into the Ultimate Winter Fan Zone for the World Cup – with giant screens, drinks offers and, as always, a cracking atmosphere.

Secure a table from as little as £5 deposit and enjoy four-pint jugs from £18 and free bar snacks. Or, if you’re skiving work for the first England match (we won’t tell if you don’t), bring your laptop and receive free tea and coffee during the game.

Unit 1A, Ford Street, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1NW


The Victoria Comet

Sometimes watching a football match just doesn’t hit the same unless you’re in a proper, old-school boozer.

And while there are plenty to choose from (in Newcastle and beyond), we’d always recommend The Victoria Comet. This charismatic pub was Michael Caine’s first stop-off in Newcastle in the cult classic film Get Carter – so if you’re after a watering hole with some tales to tell, look no further. 

38 Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5DF



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