We love Manchester in the summer. Long summer days. Long cold drinks. Barbecues. Picnics. Open air concerts. Rain.

The only bad thing about summer is the 12 week gap between the Champions League Final and the Community Shield when there’s no football.

But not this year. Just in case you hadn’t heard, the World Cup starts on June 12. Yay!

A feast of football – 64 matches in 32 days finishing on July 13 when England play someone else in the final. Or maybe not.

Just enough time for a quick holiday and back in time for the new domestic football season.

So get into the World Cup spirit. Be more Brazilian. Learn samba. Learn a few words of Portuguese. Olá (Hi). Boa noite (Good night). Saúde (Cheers). Gooooooooooooooooool do Brasil! (Brazil have scored). Go and play volleyball on Blackpool beach wearing a thong.

On second thoughts, stay in Manchester and watch the football in one of the many venues showing all the games. But make the most of it. Because the only bad thing about the World Cup is it makes the summer go far too quickly.

With pop-up bars, outdoor areas, and great big-screen televised areas to watch the matches, you may not have been able to reach Copacabana beach, but you might just feel that little bit closer!

1. ITV FEVER PITCH

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450 tonnes of sand is being brought in to the former Granada Studios site to create a mini Brazilian-style beach soccer stadium for the World Cup called Fever Pitch.

ITV’s Fever Pitch fan park will be open throughout the duration of the tournament, screening games every match day on a giant screen, allowing fans and families to soak up the spirit of Brazil and the emotional roller coster that is the World Cup.

The ‘Little Copacabana’ beach area of the park will offer them the chance to enjoy the atmosphere and relax before the big game. The High Tempo zone will offer visitors a chance to work up a sweat and demonstrate their own football skills, and there will also be a range of Brazilian themed food and drink on offer.

ITV Fever Pitch will screen live games from the World Cup with games kicking-off at 5pm, 8pm or 9pm.

itv.com/feverpitch

2. TIB ST TAVERN

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Tucked away on Tib Street in the northern quarter, this two teir boozer offers a friendly welcome. Tib St Tavern is a sports bar reinvented. Elegant surroundings, relaxed atmosphere and a fine selection of beers from across the globe.

74 Tib St, Northern Quarter M4 1LG

tibstreettavern.co.uk

@tibstreettavern

3. Bakerie

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Sensible Soccer fans can watch the World Cup at Bakerie, which is offering deals on cocktails, wine and prosecco during games. The bar says it will be showing all the games ‘but not at full volume’, which it says will create a ‘relaxed atmosphere to enjoy the action’. The bar will be selling Caiprinha cocktails and offering a 20% discount on World Cup nation wines during the tournament.

45 Lever Street, Northern Quarter M60 7HP

bakerie.co.uk

@bakeriemcr

4. PIE & ALE FROM BAKERIE

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Nothing goes better with football than a pie and ale. So where better to watch the World Cup than PIE & ALE from Bakerie?

It’s simple. it’s all about the game. And the pie.

From the stable of BAKERIE bread & wine bar comes yet another freshly baked venture – this time in the form of pie.

Pie & Ale offers exactly what is says on the tin – freshly baked pies served with award winning real ales, craft beers and fine spirits.

Pie & Ale is just off Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter. Look out for a large new development called The Hive and locate its arcade. This bar is a real hidden gem.

Unit 2 The Hive, Lever St, Manchester M1 1FN

0161 228 1610

pieandalebar.co.uk

@PieandaleMcr

5. The Liquor Store

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If Manchester had invented the cocktail bar, it would be a no-nonsense oasis, with great music, serving hearty, unpretentious drinks and have a really cool vibe – just like The Liquor Store.

They’re preparing some temporary screens just for you, just for the World Cup, for some hot Brazilian action!

Blackfriars Street, Manchester M3 2EG

theliquorstore.co.uk

@LiquorStoreMCR

6. THE MARK ADDY

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The original riverside pub serving good British food and an extensive range of fine wines, lagers and real ales.

Free wifi, live music, live sports they’ve got it all down by the riverside.

The Mark Addy, Stanley Street, Salford M3 5EJ

markaddy.co.uk

@TheNewMarkAddy

7. THE MILTON CLUB

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Fans will be able to watch England matches on HD screens with Brazilian food and drinks. The more discerning fans will be able to book private booths where they will have their own screen and table service. The booths for the England v Italy match have already sold out but there are still places at the bar.

Milton Hall, 244 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4BQ

0161 850 2353

themiltonclub.co.uk

@TheMilton_Club

8. ODDER BAR

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An eclectic mix of cool music, cool quizzes, fantastic beers, and great food. Great venues to meet up with friends in a welcoming atmosphere.

14 Oxford Road, Southern Quarter M1 5QA

oddbar.co.uk

@OdderBar

9. THE BIERKELLER & SHOOTERS BAR

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Brazil 2014 will be a jamboree of football and you want to be sure you catch all of the action in a venue that’s buzzing with atmosphere plus the added bonus of having plenty of great food and drink offers on during the tournament.

The Bierkeller Entertainment Complex in the heart of the Printworks has no fewer than 40 screens around the whole of the venue and Shooters Sports Bar in the Bierkeller is not only the biggest sports bar in Manchester but is unique in that it can show three live sporting events simultaneously across 20 HD-TVs and a 3m by 3m projector screen.

There are plenty of food and drinks packages available during the World Cup including the VIP Sports Package.

Be part of the Shooters experience by taking your seat in the VIP section for any upcoming sports event.

Packages are available to suit all budgets including:

BRONZE PACKAGE – £10 PER HEAD

· Free shot

· Hotdog or burger

· VIP seating in front of a big screen

· Dedicated waitress service

SILVER PACKAGE – £15 PER HEAD

· Free shot

· Hotdog or burger

· VIP seating

· 2x bottles of Tuborg

· Dedicated waitress service

GOLD PACKAGE- £20 PER HEAD

· Free shot

· American food platter

· VIP seating

· 2x bottles of Tuborg

· Dedicated waitress service

This will be watching football the proper way – so don’t waste your time anywhere else! They will even section off an area for your party, to let you have your own pool table and seating, making your evening even more special. No need to queue at the bars either as their fantastic waitresses will do all of the hard work for you so you can watch the games and relax in comfort.

27 Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS

08455 333 000

@MancShooters

10. THE PRINTWORKS

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Enjoy the World Cup party atmosphere at the Printworks, Manchester’s state of the art entertainment complex. With 20 bars and restaurants, not to mention two clubs and a cinema, you’ll be spoilt for choice. And with over 180 screens throughout the complex, including the biggest screens in the North West, you don’t have to worry about missing a minute of the action.

Food and drink from all over the world under one roof including eight of the countries participating in the World Cup with Lloyd’s No 1 and Harvester representing England, Bierkeller (Germany), Wasabi Sushi and Wagamama (Japan), Papa G’s (Greece), Prezzo (Italy), Chiquito (Mexico) , Cafe Rouge (France), Hard Rock Cafe and Henry J Bean’s (USA), not to mention the multi-cuisine international buffet at Peachy Keens.

Don’t worry-you don’t need a real passport but if you get a Printworks World Cup passport there are lots of special offers for you to enjoy- and don’t forget to get it stamped to claim some great prizes.

On Saturday 14th June, the Printworks will be celebrating England’s first match against Italy by holding a carnival. There’ll be loads going on – great music, games, special offers and much more.

And just in case you haven’t heard, the Printworks has teamed up with Mancunian music legend Aniff Akinola aka Boxbottom to produce the best World Cup song since World in Motion.

Our Telly’s Bigger than Your Telly is a skankin’ ska Mancunian masterpiece of a World Cup anthem sure to get the party started and the money raised from downloads and radio will be donated to Forever Manchester, the charity which funds thousands of community projects across Greater Manchester.

27 Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS

0161 829 8000

theprintworks.com

@The_Printworks

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