By Bejay Browne
AS WORLD CUP fever grips the globe Paphos bars are determined to pull in the punters with promotions or special events to coincide with the month long event which starts on June 12.
The ever popular Linekers bar in Kato Paphos opened its doors to the public for the first game of the World Cup in 2010. Four years later; they say the sports bar is the best place to watch the competition.
During the World Cup, customers will be offered a discount card which is valid for a year and entitles them to pay 30 per cent less on all drinks. During half time – there will be a variety of football based games and quizzes held, with tens of prizes up for grabs, including cash.
Linekers boasts eighteen 52 inch plasma HD screens as well as two projector screens and will show all of the matches with live commentary in English. Where games carry on into the early hours, they will provide ‘disco headsets’ so that footy fans can keep listening to the live commentary and the bar can comply with licensing stipulations.
“We have hundreds of headsets and we have just ordered more to ensure we don’t run out. As we’re a sports bar and set up as such, the walls are full of sports memorabilia and we welcome a mixed crowd including families, the bar is for everyone,” said venue manager Frankie Barbados.
In addition to all the usual World Cup decorations, a piece of artificial turf has been laid down outside the front of the bar (on Ayiou Antoniou street, known locally as Bar Street), complete with English style pub garden benches to enhance the world cup flavour, says Barbados.
The Frog and Toad in Coral Bay in Paphos is owned by football fanatic Pete Thomson who is already hanging out bunting and England flags ahead of the opening ceremony.
“I’m a massive Arsenal fan and like most people love the World Cup. We will hold a number of special events at the bar throughout the cup and will show most games.”
The bar has six flat screened TVs which will show live matches in their entirety.
The football fan said that for England’s first game on Saturday June 14 a special programme will include live music from Davey Woodford from 8-11pm, followed by a barbecue before the England VS Italy game at 1am.
Three matches are scheduled to take place daily but the Frog and Toad will only show the earlier games at 7pm and 10pm, with the exception of the England match.
The New Horizon Pub in Chlorokas is another popular place to watch sports in Paphos and is promising a number of special offers during the World Cup season, including memorabilia gifts.
Manager Stephanos Manolis says that much of the pub’s decoration will be Budweiser branded and will include, beer mats, posters and other paraphernalia.
“As Budweiser is an official sponsor we will be offering World Cup gifts such as T-shirts, caps and beach bags to customers who take the special offer of 5 Budweiser’s for 15 euros.”
The pub has a total of 12 TV screens which can be clearly viewed from both inside and outside said Manolis.
“We will show most of the matches live. This includes major games which are broadcast at 1am, such as, Greece, England and Russia.”
A number of other popular Paphos bars and pubs will be showing the ‘main’ matches including, O’ Neills Irish Pub, The First and Last, Hector’s Bar, Pit Stop Pub and Snack Bar and DT’s Sunset Bar.