Ready for the big final? Pull up a stool, footy fans. It’s time to see England take on Germany in the UEFA Women’s Euros on that big, beautiful green pitch this Sunday (July 31). And we can’t wait to hit up the pubs and soak up the rowdy atmosphere. Things are expected to get pretty busy for obvious reasons (any excuse for a pint), however, to help you get planning your footy outings, we’ve rounded up the best places to watch the football in Manchester.
1. Tib Street Tavern
A popular spot when the football’s on – particularly on Derby Days – the Tib Street Tavern can be found nestled down the Northern Quarter’s curious Tib Street, offering proper pub vibes with screens at every turn. The atmosphere is absolutely buzzing with football fans, with two floors for fans to spread out across and find a spot to watch the match. Tib Street Tavern, 74 Tib St, M4 1LG.
2. Manchester Fan Festival
Working to emulate the success of London’s Boxpark and Manchester’s very own Hatch, Piccadilly Gardens is hosting a Women’s EURO 2022 event space, providing a central, dedicated location for footy fans to watch all the action. Manchester will mark one of nine host cities, offering not only the ‘Fan Festival’ pop-up within Piccadilly Gardens, but free live entertainment, too like football activities and face painting. The pop-up will open daily from 11am – 4pm each day until 31st July, with it open to screen the final between 3.30pm and 8pm. Manchester Fan Festival, Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1RN
3. The Brotherhood
The Brotherhood is an industrial-style American sports bar that can be found just behind Albert Square, not only screening live football matches, but boxing, rugby and more. Enjoy beers and cocktails while watching the match, as well as wings, nachos, burgers, and other American classics. The Brotherhood, 2 Mount St, M2 5WQ.
4. The Sawyer’s Arms
A traditional pub found on busy Deansgate, The Sawyer’s Arms serves up cold pints with plenty of space to watch the footy – and they’re screening the Euros matches this summer. One of Manchester’s oldest pubs, guests can expect tons of beers on tap, as well as English pub grub and a proper pub atmosphere. The Sawyer’s Arms, 138 Deansgate, M3 2RP.
One of the Printworks’ thriving venues, the Manchester Bierkeller frequently screens live sports – with over twenty screens, three projector screens and a massive LED superscreen to accommodate footy fans. Bookings are now open for the rest of the Euros, too, so you can snap up a table ready for the matches. Enjoy cold beers, steins and pitchers, as well as 8-pint beer towers, stein cocktails and more. Manchester Bierkeller, The Printworks, Withy Grove, M4 2BS.
6. Cafe Football
Given that they’re a football-themed hotel, it’d be pretty bonkers if they weren’t playing the footy. Owned by Gary Neville, Cafe Football is part of Hotel Football – which neighbours the iconic home to Manchester United, Old Trafford. A venue inspired by the game itself, guests can expect tons of cold beers on offer, football-inspired cocktails, and more, as well as Man United memorabilia, and even a food menu inspired by the game. Cafe Football, 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Stretford, M16 0SZ.
7. Dive Bar
The newly refurbished Dive Bar will be screening all the Euros matches this summer, including the upcoming England game. Take advantage of the bar’s 15+ big screens which are dotted about the space, with tons of seating available, nice cold beers, and a fantastic menu of American-style grub that’s great for sharing. Dive Bar & Grill, Tib St, M4 1SH.
8. The Shack
Bringing back live sports now their indoor space is open, The Shack is the place to enjoy the Euros this summer. The venue frequently screens live sports, however, limited spaces are available so booking is advised. Tuck into proper footy food like burgers and fries alongside sipping some cocktails, plus the bar screens Love Island too. The Shack, 69 High St, M4 1FS.
9. Box Bar
One of Manchester’s newest, dedicated sports bars, BOX Bar is the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere this Saturday. Even if you’re not cheering on your own team, you’re sure to enjoy their classic bar grub (crowd-pleasing with plenty of burgers and pizzas, of course), alongside cocktail steins, spacious bar area for both seating and standing, and plenty of big screens to watch the match on. BOX Bar, 125 Deansgate, M3 2BY.
Fancy something a little bit different this weekend? Sixes Social Cricket is the perfect spot to gather with mates – not only because you can watch the footy in their sports bar complete with pool tables and plenty of seating, but because you can take on your mates with a game of social crickets afterwards. Take on the simulation and bat your way to glory after your team has won the match. Sixes Social Cricket, The Corn Exchange, New Cathedral St, M4 3TR.
11. Portland MCR
Like your game with a side of grub? Portland MCR certainly won’t disappoint. Not only the home of live sports, but absolutely whopping burgers, too, guests can tuck into an epic American menu packed full of plates such as cheese-smothered hot dogs, buffalo chicken, and even their huge 10-stack beef burger. Portland MCR, Portland St, M1 3HU.
The popular street food spot located in Cheetham Hill is getting in on the football hype and will be screening the Women’s Euros final on their big screen. Enjoy craft beers and tasty grub from an assortment of food vendors like Latin American cuisine from the likes of Crunched Tacos, El Contador, Cubanitos and Mercado as part of their Plant Powered Sundays. Plus, with a gorgeous outdoor space you can catch a few rays pre or post-match, or at half time. Grub, 50 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill, M4 4HF
13. The Beagle
Home to much-loved Nell’s Pizza, you will be able to get sensational slices and a slice of the action at this Chorlton pub. The Beagle is screening all of England’s matches as well as the semi-finals and final of the Women’s Euros tournament, which you can book in advance. So, get the beers and frozen margaritas in and cheer on your favourite team sat in this cosy pub. The Beagle, 456-458 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, M21 0BQ
14. Port Street Beer House
Fancy a proper pint? Serving craft beers galore, from sour sessions to showstopping stouts, Port Street Beer House has got you covered. And the football covered too. The beer house has a walk-ups only policy, but be quick to nab yourself a seat in front of the screen. You can sit in comfy booths or flee to their outdoor terrace if you’re not liking the score. Port Street Beer House, 39-41 Port Street, M1 2EQ
15. Pong & Puck
You can watch the UEFA Women’s Euro final in style with a cocktail (or three) at Manchester’s retro games bar Pong & Puck, who will be showing the game on their big screen. Settle in for an awesome atmosphere, and grab a game of beer pong or shuffleboard at half time! Those who really want to soak in the atmosphere can enjoy a free, one hour session of beer pong, prosecco pong, shuffleboard, or table tennis when they buy a round of drinks, from 3-7pm on the day. What better way to have fun before the game or during half time? Pong & Puck’s bottomless brunch will also be taking place on the Sunday, from 12-2pm, before the grand final at 5pm. Pong & Puck, Great Northern Warehouse, M3 4EN