Now that one of the most exciting Premiere League seasons has come to an end, what’s there to look forward to this summer? No need to wonder – this year we’re spoilt for choice as London’s not only hosting the Olympics, but more football fanatically important, this summer’s European football tournament is just a few short weeks away! With that in mind, read on for a guide to 10 top pubs and bars to follow all of the action.
If it’s a traditional pub you’re looking for, the Famous Three Kings in West Kensington fits the bill. You might be surprised as to what’s on offer, considering the grand and old fashioned exterior of the place, as this large venue caters for all sporty types.
For those young and trendy, The Arc in Angel, Islington is a good place to pick. Its cool, underground feel and modern look typically sums up the area, and with a number of TVs in a not-so-big space, makes up for any chance of missing the action. This Bar/ Pizzeria has a tasty menu, but lacks ‘die hard’ atmosphere. For this reason, it could be perfect for the ‘occasional’ fan.
The Junction in Highbury, Islington is of stark contrast to The Arc, especially since they are part of the same company. Largely due to its location, The Junction offers solid team spirit when visiting for Arsenal games. It also boosts a younger person’s pub atmosphere, which is one that I like, making this my second home in the summer for the tournament.
Looking for a match-winning place after work? Jetlag is easily accessible for those working in central London. Situated in Fitzrovia, this sports bar is certainly getting in the mood with its international street menu and drinks. In honour of the competition’s hosts, Polish beer Zywiec, and Ukraine’s Oboron beer is on tap.
If you fancy a trip to the O2 Arena, then American Sports Bar and Grill is your next stop. It endorses the wow factor on looks alone. An American-themed décor and menu flows throughout the venue plus it houses 60 40” plasma TV screens.
But what if you’re in one of the other countries in the UK. Belushi’s in Edinburgh is a great bar to watch this year’s competition. What’s more, they´ll not only be satisfying fan’s hunger for sporting entertainment, but will also be serving special edition burgers representing each country taking part.
Closer to home, there are a number of places in other cities worth a visit. The Sports Café in Birmingham, Shooters Sports Bar in Leeds, The Green in Manchester and Café Sports Bar in Liverpool are all fine venues to enjoy the event.