Footy is back!
Ready for the Euros? Football is officially back – and we can’t wait to hit up the pubs and enjoy the rowdy atmosphere again, just like old times. Things are expected to get pretty busy and booked up after an entire year off, however, to help you get planning your footy outings, we’ve rounded up the best places to watch the football in Manchester this summer.
An alfresco wonderland tucked away in Trafford, SecretCity is the perfect place to enjoy the footy this summer – with the UK’s largest screens on hand to provide an exceptional viewing experience this summer. Showing the matches from the Euro Football Championship, guests will be able to enjoy the outdoor bar and picnic-style seating while watching the match – with the sun shining down all day long. Expect burgers, beers and plenty of places to sit. Get tickets here.
2. 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.
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.
O’Shea’s brand new beer garden near Piccadilly is screening sports all summer long, with the Euros currently screening now. The huge Irish bar-come beer garden has tons of outdoor seating – with covers pulled over on the gloomier of days. The open-air space serves craft ales, cocktails, and local street food, and will also be hosting tons of live music events over the coming months. O’Shea’s Beer Garden, M12 6HW.
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.
7. Impossible MCR
Another of Manchester’s most popular spots to watch the football, Impossible MCR screens the football on their sun-soaked terrace, with plenty of places to sit. Enjoy cocktails, beers, tons of gins, wine and more while enjoying the atmosphere, with a fantastic gin den inside once you’re done. Impossible, 36 Peter St, M2 5QR.
8. Dukes 92
Dukes 92 gets pretty busy on match days – but it’s because there’s tons of big screens and a great atmosphere to enjoy where there’s game on. Inside, guests can expect a stylish bar with plenty of seating, however, outside, expect a huge beer garden – with big screens dotted about so fans can watch the match in the open air. On busy match days (such as the World Cup), guests can enjoy food truck style grub while they watch the match, with pizzas, burgers and more on the menu otherwise. Booking is advised if you want to secure a spot! Dukes 92, 18 – 25 Castle St, M3 4LZ.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Brickhouse Social
Spread across three floors behind Oxford Street, Brickhouse Social will be playing the Euros all summer long – with plenty of space available for those looking to catch a match. Enjoy proper big burgers, cold beers aplenty, pool tables and even a shaded rooftop terrace, which is complete with its own bar. Brickhouse Social, 11-13 New Wakefield St, M1 5NP.
12. Second City
A designated sports bar situated in the lively neighbourhood of Ancoats, Second City screens pretty much any sport you can think of – especially the football. The bar is currently closed while it moves locations, however, so, unfortunately, they won’t be open for the Euros.
13. Barca Bar
Offering tables of up to six inside their Castlefield bar, guests can take advantage of £10 tickets, which include a free pitcher of Heineken or Coors. All matches are being screened, and the venue also airs live football outside of the championship, too. When the match is finished, enjoy the bar’s huge outdoor space, which is packed full of tables so guests can soak up the sun with a beer. Barca Bar, 8-9 Catalan Square, M3 4RU.
14. The Shack
Bringing back live sports now their indoor space is open, The Shack is now selling tickets to enjoy the Euros at their venue this summer – with each ticket including a table, food and five drinks per person – coming out at pretty good value for money given that table tickets start at just £35 per person. The venue frequently screens live sports, however, limited spaces are available so booking is advised. The Shack, 69 High St, M4 1FS.
15. Great Northern Beach Club
New in town for the summer, guests can book out the Great Northern Beach Club’s brand new beach huts for the Euros – with room enough for six in each. Each hut is complete with its own 42″ screen, with welcome drinks packages included, too. If the huts aren’t for you, you can also enjoy the match from their big screen in the lounge, with frozen cocktails and more summery drinks on offer. Great Northern Beach Club, 235, Deansgate, M3 4EN.
16. The Oast House
Local-fave The Oast House will be cracking out the big screens this summer, allowing guests to enjoy the Euros as part of a ‘Summer of Sport’. Accompanying will be a host of new draft lagers to enjoy, Sunday roasts and more – with both walk-ins and bookings available. Tickets are on sale today from 4pm, and you can get yours at theoasthouse.uk.com/sport. The Oast House, The Avenue Courtyard, M3 3AY.
17. Pen & Pencil
Laidback Northern Quarter bar The Pen & Pencil will be screening all the England matches for the upcoming Euros, and entry is free. Walk-ins are allowed, however, booking is advised to secure a spot on the day, as the bar expects it’ll be a busy one. The Pen & Pencil, Fourways House, 57 Hilton St, M1 2EJ.
18. The Botanist, Alderley Edge
The Botanist Alderley Edge will transform their Rose Room into a ‘sporting heaven’, with large screens, dart boards, and app-to-table ordering available – ensuring fans don’t have to miss a minute of the game. If that wasn’t all, guests will be able to enjoy new draft lagers for the occasion, an array of gorgeous cocktails, hanging kebabs, Sunday roasts and more. Find out more here. The Botanist, 15 London Rd, Alderley Edge, SK9 7JT.