WORLD Cup fans can have a ball and enjoy a taste of Brazil as a new themed bar opens its doors.
Tonight, Bar Brasil will host a party to celebrate its launch at Granary Wharf.
Run by the owners of neighbouring Brazilian steakhouse Fazenda, it will serve Brazilian-themed drinks and food – as well as showing World Cup matches across its five television screens.
Spokeswoman Natalia Andrade said: “We are an original Brazilian bar and from the moment you come in the door you will get a feeling of everything that is Brazil. We even have an 8ft-tall replica of the Jesus statue at Rio de Janeiro!”
Bewleys Hotel in Leeds is offering World Cup packages, with samba dancers and Brazilian-inspired food and drink, during England’s first game on Saturday, June 14.
Headingley-based marketing agency Brass is also getting in the World Cup spirit by changing its name to ‘Brassil’ for the duration of the tournament and is also hosting a penalty shoot-out in aid of Leeds Children’s Charity.
A new survey by Leeds-based Savvy Marketing found that 79 per cent of people were planning to watch the World Cup this year.
But Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is urging revellers to stay safe and drink responsibly, and a spokesman said additional resources will be used during some the most popular World Cup matches.