Saransk is one of the cities selected to host some of the games of the FIFA World Cup 2018, and in the second half of June, it will become the place where some of the ambitions and interesting teams participating this year will compete, creating rather unique international competition.
Peru is paired with Denmark, Columbia and Japan will play next, and Portugal is going to take on Iran, while Panama and Tunisia are getting ready to see who is the strongest. The new local stadium has been built to accommodate the game, and Saransk's infrastructure is more than welcoming to fans who follow their favorites physically.
Mordovia Arena (local time)
7 p.m. Group C. Peru - Denmark
3 p.m. Group N. Colombia - Japan
9 p.m. Group B. Iran - Portugal
9 p.m. Group G. Panama - Tunisia
Those fans who wish to relax and have fun in-between the games they will attend in Saransk may enjoy a selection of wonderful sports bars, making sure that Mordovia is a lot more welcoming and warm than its gritty ominous image in pop culture suggests. If you wish to watch the games in a more comfortable and intimate atmosphere, the bars are equipped with large screens, comfy chairs, and good company.
If, however, you are a hardcore fan who wants to feel the grit and the brutal charm of the city, you are always welcome in Liga, the sports bar with an attitude. The large screen, as well as multiple smaller ones, the huge roster of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and the style of the place located near an industrial area, create a unique blue-collar feel that's perfect for football. Sushi rolls and various desserts only add color to the overall experience, and live music sometimes makes the evening all the more amusing.
Portuguese fans may find Pub SV interesting. It features multiple screens, one for each table, in order to create a more ordered and harmonic experience for those who'd like to enjoy the World Cup in the company of close friends. Some say this bar has the best beer in town, but that's for you to find out. Pub SV is open late and located conveniently close to the central part of Saransk. Seafood and meat dishes will nurture those who get hungry in all the excitement.
Rozmarin is well-suited to accommodate those intending to root for Tunisia, as it has a great selection of food depending on dietary choices and convictions of its clients. Those fans who travel with kids may enjoy the children's menu and the care they take of the little ones while the grown-ups are following the match live. They offer anything, from beer and steaks to salads, chicken or poultry. Soft drinks and tea are available as well, and if you're resting after a game, there are regular comedy shows.
Fans of the Iranian team, as well as others, will surely enjoy Salyut, the most diverse sports bar on this list. Gourmets can taste the best dishes of Russian, Azerbaijani and Uzbek cuisine while enjoying the online feed of a game or simply listening to live music or admiring the view from one of the large windows. Their wine list is better than most of the regular sports bars, and the overall feel is a little less casual, but people with an interest in having a good an quiet time will appreciate the difference.
For Denmark fans who want to feel the touch of Europe in the middle of Russia, Pizza Bravissimo would be a great choice. Its Italian cuisine is paired with reasonable prices, and customers with different preferences will find what they're looking for. There's everything, from Greek salad to a wide variety of beer labels, from steaks to traditional pasta, and, of course, the trademark pizza. This is probably the most obvious choice if you really want to feel good and relax while enjoying the sport.
The list is, of course, is incomplete. Many more places with welcoming personnel and the chance to strike new friendships with fellow fans are waiting for the enthusiasts willing to explore Saransk.