Islamabad Got Its Own Sports Bar!


I guess there’s no easy way to express the excitement except by SCREAMING lungs out “Islamabad got its own Sports Bar”. Offside Sports Bar And Grill launched in F-11 Markaz Islamabad last week.

Offside Sports Bar and Grill

Yass!! Isn’t it great to have a sports bar in your own city where you can hang out with friends all the time, enjoy sports in friends company while munching on delicious menu that Offside Sports Bar and Grill has? Now, everyday is match day.

‘Kala Chashma’, ‘Rio Olympics’ or ‘Suicide Squad’ weren’t the only attractions online last week. Unless you’re an ignorant soul, there’s a high chance you saw people talking, discussing and mentioning #OffsideSportBarAndGrill on social sphere. The hashtag made rounds on social media in the top trends.

My friends were discussing on Twitter about Offside Sports Bar and Grill Launch on 10th August, a day earlier. Someone posted pictures and menu, looked promising so we decided to have a meetup on the launch day.

Offside Sports Bar and Grill
Meetup Plan underway on Twitter!

Gone are the days we had to wait for Mann Mayal & Udaari episodes to end, Capital Talk to wrap up early so we could switch to sports channel.

Thanks to ‘Offside Sports Bar and Grill‘ now we, sports enthusiasts, can enjoy live matches with yum yum food & friend’s company with much more zest.

So the big day came. As decided,  we were supposed to be there by 7:30 which thanks to few domestic issues delayed to 8:30. Offside Sports Bar and Grill is located on main road in F11 Markaz Islamabad besides Shaheen Chemist, so didn’t take much time in locating. As I entered the place, it was jam-packed. To my surprise Islamabad had really came out on the launch. So,  it wasn’t me or my friends only, many people were longing for the sports bar’s launch and closely following the launch date. Anyway, thanks to my friends they already had my seat reserved in the corner.

Scenes at Offside Sports Bar and Grill
Scenes at Offside Sports Bar and Grill – Before & After
Sports Bar is in the basement offers a perfect view on the road outside. There was this photobooth setup on the wall besides the entrance which I never got chance to take a picture at thanks to our selfie-curious awam. Though it isn’t a very huge hall, but enough to accommodate a good number of people. LCD screens placed at angles visible from almost all the tables so sports lovers can keep an eye on whatever is going-on while gossiping with friends.

We did the same, there was this old Football match between Pakistan & India was being aired, enjoyed the game, relived some proud moments & had patriotic feels (Pre Independence Day feels huh) we enjoyed yum yum food, burgers were okay but those Mini Pizzas were pure love, gossiped took selfies and returned back home with aim to visit back soon!

Offside Sports Bar and Grill, Pizza
Mini Pizzas – Big in TASET!
Based on my experience, here are the rankings:

Approach – 10/10 (it’s on main road)

Ambiance – 8/10

Concept – 9/10

Food – 8/10

Pricing – 7/10

Public – 7/10

So overall, it’s like 8-8.5/10 for me. Do visit and tell me how was yours’ experience at Offside Sports Bar and Grill!

Here’s how you can spot them online – address is Main Hilal Road, F11 Markaz, Islamabad.

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Red Bull Campus Cricket 2016

Red Bull Campus Cricket 2016

So finally, after an action-packed thrilling & exciting week, Red Bull Campus Cricket Championship 2016 comes to an end. University of Punjab (UCP), after losing the 2015 championship by a narrow margin, have come back strong. Ceased this one by beating Karachi University in Finals and crowned as Red Bull Campus Cricket Pakistan Champions 2016. Wow! Congratulations Lads, well played!

Red Bull Campus Cricket Pakistan 2016

The tournament has in recent years stamped its name across Pakistan as the only platform that provides a lifetime opportunity for cricketers in campuses around the country. To showcase their talent not only at the national level but also by competing at the international level in the World Finals.

Ali Tipu, UCP’s captain led from the front with an astonishing bowling spell to ensure that his team successfully defend total  of 118. Accumulated on a sluggish DHA Sports Club, Moin Khan Academy, pitch that had plenty of moisture following heavy rains in the days leading up to the tournament. Batting first, the UCP batsmen were content at occupying the crease and accumulating runs rather than aiming for a score that would have been tough to post due to the nature of the pitch.

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The KU outfit that had won two previous Red Bull Campus Cricket finals at the same venue, were undone by the disciplined line and length of the UCP bowlers who maintained a stranglehold on the proceedings from the get go.

At the post match presentation an elated Tipu thanked his coaches and team for their unflinching support that led them to their crowning glory.

Tipu and his team now travel to Sri Lanka to compete in the World Finals of the Red Bull Campus Cricket. They will rub shoulders with the winners from seven other countries in the annual international tournament that has become an incredible attraction for campus cricketers of the participating nations.

KU and Jinnah Government College have represented Pakistan in the earlier editions of the world finals and now UCP joins the club.

Red Bull Campus Cricket

Red Bull Campus Cricket

Overall the 2016 Pakistan edition of the Red Bull Campus Cricket tournament was nothing but a roaring success. With as many as 80 campuses taking part in the month long event. Red Bull Campus Cricket played vital role in spreading the game far and wide. Involving teams from every nook and corner of the country.

Some outstanding talent has been unearthed in the previous years. This year was no different with many talented cricketers impressing with their skills with the bat and the ball.