As I’m sure we are all aware, England’s first Euros match is kicking off this weekend. Even when the Euros has finished, its always good to know the best places to watch the footie with your pals. We thought we’d review some of the most popular sports bars Manchester has to offer, to help you decide which pub to head to get your football fix. This list includes our 8 favourite sports bars, guaranteed to have a great pint and an even better atmosphere.
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Tib St Tavern
First on the list is one of Manchester’s favourite bars, Tib street Tavern, known for its friendly, fun atmosphere, perfect for watching the football. Not to mention the fact that dogs are welcome, you can’t get much better than that. Tip: if you’re looking for the best view in the house, we recommend booking one of Tib St Taverns booths so you are guaranteed a good view of the screens.
Infamous for the £10 hangover and £2.50 cocktails, Courtyard is the place to be if you’re looking for a lively student sports bar in Manchester. With TVs inside as well as projector screens in the large beer garden, you’re sure to get a good view. Courtyard is ideal come rain or shine and since Manchester is known for unreliable weather, it’s a good job too.
Great Northern Beach Club
After covid-19 restrictions preventing many of us going abroad and getting our usual holiday fix, Great Northern Beach Club has come to the rescue. This rustic-ibiza style bar is showing the Euros, and you might just forget you’re in the city centre for a few hours. If you’re really wanting to immerse yourself in the holiday atmosphere, there’s the option to book a private beach hut for you and up to 5 of your pals. In the beach hut comes a 42’’ TV and a round of drinks included- I know this is where I’d want to be to watch the Euros!
The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes
Described as a sports bar experience like no other, Brotherhood promises a sophisticated yet welcoming atmosphere to watch the games. They’ve noted that many other sports bars are charging people on the door but have said that goes against their values, claiming never to charge or ticket the door. The brass top bar and exposed bricks make this bar have a unique, traditional feel. You can also play beer pong, darts or pool which just makes this bar even better.
O’Sheas Irish Bar and Beer Garden
One of Manchester’s most iconic bars, known for being a great venue to watch live sport and music. O’Sheas promise to provide the finest Guinness outside of Ireland. In addition to O’Sheas Irish Bar, a new addition to the city this year is O’Sheas beer garden which you can read more about in our best outdoor bars Manchester blog. If you’re wanting to watch England’s Euro matches here you will have to book to get a seat at £5 per person and a minimum of 4-6 guests, but it’s worth it as you’re guaranteed a great night.
Boasting two of Manchester’s biggest screens, The Footage is next on our list of best sports bars in Manchester. Located in a unique cinematic art deco style building with balconies to view the big screens, Footage is an experience to be had. Similarly to Courtyard, this bar is great for a cheap night out. One of their current deals is a burger and a drink for only £8.45! You can’t go wrong with prices like that.
One of the latest additions to the city, just off Oxford road is Brickhouse Social. This bar has something for everyone with an idyllic rooftop terrace and whole floor full of pool tables and TV screens. Brickhouse Social is bustling with energy and a great sports bar to suit all budgets. We love popping in for a midday pint on our lunch break and a quick game of pool. Support your local businesses by heading over to this welcoming independent bar.
Last but by no means least we have Manchester’s Bierkeller with over 20 TV screens and 3 projector screens, you’re sure to get a good view of the euros if you go here. You can book inside or on the terrace with a deposit that you get back to go towards your drinks. If you want the best seat in the house you can hire an executive box for £35 per head. Included in the box deal is a reserved table in front one of the screens and two drinks. Bierkeller is renowned for its lively atmosphere, so where better to kickstart the summer and watch the Euros.
If you’re looking to celebrate after the football, check out our ‘Manchester nightclub‘ blog, a guide to the best nightclubs in the city. You could even check out some cool bars in Manchester to celebrate in here.
Sit back, relax and don’t forget to Enjoy Manchester.