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THE FIFA World Cup 2018 proved to be a game-changing experience for the culinary hub of Dhaka. The timing of the matches coincided with the prime time for food places around town. This prompted the restaurants around town to opt for the chance to showcase the matches and offering various platters to lure customers to their place. However, this is not about the offers or the makeshift marketing most restaurants tend to do, this article is going to show you how to experience sports and dining the way it should be.
In a quest for authentic sports café experiences, Trends managed to ﬁnd only two restaurants in town that are full-ﬂedged sports café throughout the year. They are Velocity in Banani and Game On sports café at Dhanmondi. However, apart from these two, Cozy Lounge of Long Beach Suites Dhaka turned their restaurant into a wonderful world-cup themed café throughout the tournament, showcasing how an authentic sports café should be.
Founded by seven football lovers coming together to provide sports lovers of the city with a delightful experience, Game On started its journey on November 10, 2017 at Dhanmondi’s KB Square. Their spacious accommodation allows them to house around 100 guests. The restaurant is decorated in a sports theme throughout. The drapes are banners of various popular football clubs, each table containing a showpiece showing jerseys of legendary football players and a deck of UNO. Wall art and murals of legendary players from every sport are painted throughout the restaurant. Entering the restaurant would instantly turn your sports mood on.
With the moto ‘Watch it, play together!’ Game on allows the city dwellers to play a fun game of foosball or bring out your gaming mojo on by playing FIFA at their giant screen TV. Even the names of items in their menu are inspired by athletes from all around the world. For instance, two drinks are called ‘Hazard blizzard’ and ‘Phelps’s blue ocean’. This pattern is followed for almost all items on the menu apart from the set menus.
Throughout the tournament, they featured set platters for the convenience of the spectators at only Tk 350. In general, their menu features appetizers, fast food items, Italian items and set platters. The prices for these items range from Tk 200 to Tk 800; They do have a high demand for their pasta, pizzas and set menus, so these are recommended. Although game on is a place where you would go for the experience rather than the food.
Location: Level-12, Rangs KB Square, 736 Satmasjid Road, Dhanmondi R/A, Dhaka.
Cozy lounge is the soothing lounge of Long Beach Suites Dhaka. This is a place where many occasions are celebrated in a hip and relaxed manner. Throughout the duration of the world cup, the authorities arranged the lounge to turn into a sports café, offering exciting offers and a great ambience for the football lovers in town.
They arranged the screening of live matches on giant screen with stadium like feel to inspire the fans to scream their lungs out to cheer for their favorite team. Wearing the team’s jersey and getting a penalty got one free FIFA Burger. Unlimited soft beverages were served throughout the matches. They arranged for two world cup themed gourmet burgers at a reasonable price. Throughout the tournament they also arranged for various quiz and selﬁe contests to provide lucky winners with complementary dining and accommodation.
When you step into Velocity, you will ﬁnd yourself surrounded by photographs of your favourite athletes, symbols of different sports clubs and sports equipments. Besides, the tagline of the restaurant is ‘Live the Game’ that is inspired by the famous quote of the famous wrestler, Tipple H. The people behind Velocity were highly inspired by the sport bar tradition in western countries. They wanted to introduce a similar kind of restaurant in town where people can enjoy sports and delicious food at the same time. The wonderfully decorated duplex restaurant is dedicated to popular sports like football, cricket, wrestling etc.
The owners of Velocity opened a restaurant from their love of food and sports. The idea was about giving the opportunity to the people of Dhaka to enjoy sports and food at the same time. A number of large screen televisions are kept in different corners of the restaurant for the visitors to enjoy live sports programs.
The menu of Velocity is a mix of Mexican and Italian food since they wanted their menu to be easy to serve and eat while the visitors are enjoying a game. The prices for their menu ranges from Tk 190 to Tk 740.They have some set menu for their visitors as well. Their dishes are named after athletes such as Ramos Quesadilla Beef, Beckaham Sunrise, Drogba Colada etc. Special food events are organised by the restaurant every month as well.
Location: House-22, Road-19/A, Block-E, Banani, Dhaka- 1213
These are the places where sports lovers frequently visit to enjoy particular matches of their preferred sports. Usually, many online based sports clubs visit these places with their members by making prior reservations to enjoy important live matches of European football clubs or WWE. Enjoying T-20 cricket is another beloved event at these. During live match streaming, they turn into a mini gallery by re-organising the chairs and tables.
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