The European Championships are kicking off tonight, could this be England’s year? Unlikely, but as Leicester City have shown, nothing is impossible! For those looking to soak up the atmosphere of each nations game, here are some of the best bars and pubs to watch Euro 2016…
Albania- The Queens Arms, London
Not your ordinary pub, The Queens Arms boasts traditional Albanian food coupled with live bands and of course the Albanian matches screened live. The shooters menu will allow you to get into the party spirit and enjoy Albania’s efforts.
France- Le Pot Lyonnais, London
Enjoy all of the host nation’s games at Le Pot Lyonnais serving authentic French cuisine. Indulge in a delicious steak and frites accompanied by a crème brulee, if you’re feeling adventurous why not add a side of snails with herb butter to enjoy at half time.
Romania- Ristorante La Taverna, London
Cheer on Romania at this delicious pizzeria also serving traditional Romanian food. Be sure to try some Romanian classics such as chicken stew, sour bean soup and fried chicken livers with mashed potatoes. If you have room choose from a wide selection of delicious ice creams and cakes.
Switzerland- St. Moritz Restaurant, London
What better way to watch the Switzerland games than with a pot of bubbling cheese and crusty bread? A large selection of Swiss wines are always available, the perfect accompaniment with your fondue. Chocolate fondues are also on hand, the best way to celebrate a Switzerland victory.
England-The Lord Clifden, Birmingham
All games will be shown in high definition across 12 screens in the bar, lounge and beer garden. To get into the spirit the staff have created a selection of Euro legends posters to decorate the pub. There is no chance of getting peckish during the game, food is served throughout the day up until 9pm.
Russia- Erebuni Restaurant, London
This modern Russian restaurant and bar is the perfect place to get into the Russian spirit. Tuck into some Golubtsy (Russian cabbage rolls stuffed with minced meat) and other delicious traditional dishes. 90 Minutes should be enough time to work your way through the cocktail menu, the Erebuni spring punch is a must.
Slovakia and Czech Republic- Czech and Slovak Bar & Restaurant, London
Set up in 1946 after the Second World War for Czechoslovak soldiers, there is nowhere more authentic to enjoy the atmosphere of The Czech Republic and Slovakia’s games. Enjoy excellent Czech and Slovak beers and delicious cuisine, the wild boar with dumplings is truly the meal of champions.
Wales- Brewhouse, Cardiff
A popular bar in Cardiff known for its live music and sport. This is the first time in over half a century that Wales has qualified for a major football tournament so expect the passion of the red dragons to be in full force.
Germany- Bavarian Beerhouse, Bristol
This traditional Bavarian Beerhouse will be showing all of the Germany and England games. Opt for the “sports package” and enjoy a shot of Jägermeister, beer and German nibbles such as mini bratwurst, pretzels and black forest ham and cheese rolls. After the match if you have the energy get involved in the after party complete with entertainment and DJ.
Northern Ireland- The Hudson Bar, Belfast
The first time Northern Ireland has qualified for a major football tournament since the 1986 World Cup, the atmosphere in bars all over Northern Ireland will be electric. The Hudson will be showing all of the Northern Ireland matches, why not try a pint of their own Hudson craft lager whilst enjoying the match.
Poland- The Karczma, Birmingham
This traditional Polish restaurant is decorated in the style of an old country cottage and serves hearty and warming Polish cuisine. Enjoy dishes such as Pierogi (stuffed dumplings) and beetroot soup. Then move next door to the Polish Millenium House to watch the game with an authentic atmosphere.
Ukraine- Ukrainian Social Club, London
Head to the Ukrainian social club to soak up all the football action. Admission is free and the dress code allows you to be as creative as you would like! So get together your best blue and yellow ensemble and prepare your Ukrainian football chants.
Croatia- Hoop & Toy, London
The British Croatian Society will be watching the Croatian games at the Hoop & Toy pub, guaranteeing a good atmosphere for The Blazers. After all that shouting indulge in some pub classics on offer such as the steak and ale pie or the hand battered fish and chips.
Republic of Ireland- O’Neill’s, Leicester
Grab a pint of Guinness and cheer on the Republic of Ireland at O’Neills in Leicester. Enjoy a selection of food to keep you going, the mixed grill including Irish rump steak and Irish pork and leek sausages is guaranteed to keep you satisfied well past full time.
Italy- Bunga Bunga, London
Bunga Bunga will be screening all of Italy and England’s matches, expect a typical Bunga Bunga celebration every time either team scores. What to eat and drink whilst watching the games? An ice cold Peroni and traditional margarita of course.