“I was there; it was chaos,” says the owner of La Buvette Drinkery, who moved to Australia in 2004.
“I was in a bar and it was so full, people would come in and out of the bar through the windows. I guess liquor licenses were a bit easier, then!”
Tonight, Dom welcomes all soccer — aka football — fans to come through his city bar’s front door to watch France v Australia on a big screen, and enjoy $6 pints of French beer, Kronenbourg. Punters can also nosh on typical French snacks such as escargot, steak frites and croque monsieur — a very decadent toasted sandwich.
“That’s a crowd pleaser,” says the 39-year-old.
Having “lots of food and lots of wine” is key to a good party, Dom adds.
For those hosting at home, he suggests creating a blue, white and red-themed grazing table so people can eat while watching the game.
“If you want to do something more (substantial), you could do a stew in the middle of the table and everyone helps themselves,” he says.
While beer is usually the tipple of choice for sporting matches, Dom also suggests Pastis, an anise-based aperitif.
Dom recalls how winning the World Cup 3-0 against Brazil 20 years ago brought “everyone together”. “It’s a very patriotic game,” he says.
“Everyone left everything aside; whether you had problems with your neighbour, whether you were against any ethnic race … everyone was one voice, one person.
“It was just this amazing, amazing feeling.”
As for 2018, he believes France has a good chance of reclaiming the Cup — however, having now lived in Australia for about 14 years, he supports his new country, too.
And while his Australian wife and co-owner of La Buvette, Hayley, will technically be waving the same colours on the Aussie flag, it’s the Socceroos she’ll be supporting in tonight’s game.
FIFA World Cup’s France v Australia match hits our screens at 7.30pm.
Only two games will be shown at La Buvette — tonight’s and, “when France is in the final”, Dom laughs.
FANS TO FIRE UP BBQ AND RIVALRY
AUSSIES are known to be fiercely patriotic – especially when it comes to sport – but that doesn’t mean we can’t rendezvous with our rivals.
So when it comes to throwing a fair dinkum World Cup party, Damian Peterson says it’s important to make everyone feel welcome – even if they support a rival country.
“As long as they don’t beat us,” says the co-owner of the Hotel Metropolitan, with a laugh.
Tonight, Damian will open the Adelaide pub’s doors to all soccer fans, irrespective of their alliances, to watch Australia kick off their World Cup campaign against France.
Beer and barbecued food are the basics for a good Aussie bash, he says, so they’ll be treating punters to a true blue sausage sizzle with all the necessary trimmings: sauce, mustard and onions.
Coopers Pale Ale will be Damian’s drink of choice, since its green label is quintessentially Australian. “We’ll have the game on all the TVs and two big screens in the hotel, so there’s plenty of vision,” he says.
“We’ll even have a couple of little screens with the Crows game on … so they will be able to keep up-to-date with that one as well. Wear something green and gold for green and gold drink specials.” Damian expects the atmosphere at the Metro to be “excited and hopeful”. “And hopefully it is a celebration at the end,” he says, adding that he loves the World Cup because “it is the peak contest of that sport”.
“The best players from all over the world are all in one place for a month.”
Soccer fan Justin Neave, 38, agrees the Aussie party essentials are “beer, barbecue and definitely plenty of good friends around”.
He’ll be supporting Australia tonight but says our country’s multicultural society made the World Cup an exciting event.
“It’s a tournament that brings the world together,” he says. “It is quite funny, everyone supports Australia plus another country. I’m from the UK but I’ll definitely be supporting Australia.”
And when it comes to throwing your very own World Cup party, Damian says there’s something else to keep in mind: soccer knowledge is optional. “Everyone is a soccer expert from today onwards,” he says, with a laugh.