Where To Watch: Euro 20+1
So, a year later than planned, the Euros are here! But whilst everywhere with a screen is likely to show it, not all venues are created equal: with no faffing about, we sort through some of the better contenders…
*Please note that this list will be updated at timely intervals as and when more places go public with their plans and / or bother responding to their messages!
Furthermore, keep in mind that due to the ongoing pandemic (you haven’t forgotten that, have you?), reservations are advised in practically all recommended venues.
The Bulldog might divide expat opinion, but when it comes to televised matches then they know what they’re doing. Decked out like a traditional pub should be, it’ll likely draw a good mix of locals and foreigners.
Marriott Hotel, Jerzolimskie 65/79
The granddaddy of Warsaw’s sports bars is expecting a bumper rush of custom. Be warned, for premium games involving the national stadium and the later rounds, visitors will need to buy PLN 100 vouchers that can be redeemed in the form of drinks and food. Even featuring screens in the toilet, you won’t miss a kick.
A longstanding Insider favorite, this neighborly qualitap bar will zap matches on two screens: one of them being a projector covering the wall. Aiding the atmosphere will be nine craft taps from which a bad pint is utterly unknown.
As if a superb revolving roster of craft beers weren’t enough reason to visit, then find this beauty decked out with a couple of projectors that will show the matches inside a multi-level interior redolent of a disused power plant.
Already arguably the city’s best example of post-industrial conservation, this spectacular mixed use project will come of age this summer as it vies to become Warsaw’s favorite Euro destination! Eight screen await inside their atmospheric, neon-lit food hall, with the buzz heightened no doubt by the presence of their craft beer point and cocktail bars. Moreover, expect the action to spill outside where matches will be beamed onto a big screen looking onto the pristine, deckchair clad piazza.
ul. Fort Służew 1B
The penchant for reviving historical addresses and filling them with food and drink concepts has become a nationwide fixation, and Fort 8 stands as an example to all. Set at the point where Ursynów, Mokotów and Wilanów all meet, this 19th century Tsarist barracks has been buffed up spectacularly and its vaulted units infilled with workshops, stores and restaurants – these include Nama Sushi, and they’ll be showing all the games.
Żurawia 32/34 (enter from Parkingowa)
Serving the exotic beers of the Hopito brewery, as well as a number of other experimental Polish breweries, visit also for Neapolitan pizzas made using imported ingredients and maverick toppings. Young at heart, this newbie has put the FUN back into Warsaw’s craft scene. Promising to show every match, expect a perfect storm of top-quality pizza, beer and (hopefully) football.
Often lauded as Warsaw’s best tap bar, Jabbers will also be showing all televised matches and compounding the magic combination of beer and football with the added thrill of pizza – woop!
E. Plater 25
The most authentic British bar in town comes complete with a few Merseyside trimmings: a picture of The Beatles and a genuine Evertonian behind the bar! That’s Graham, a scouse football nut who’ll happily give you his take on the state of the game. See you at the bar!
ul. Rokitnicka 20 (Pole Mokotowskie)
You simply can’t NOT mention Lolek. A boisterous legend with a park setting, Flintstone-style interiors, roaring fire pit and shaky benches, it’s already booking out fast for the bigger clashes.
There is no official city sanctioned Fan Zone this year, but the National Stadium will open on the 19th for Poland’s game against Spain. Four screens will show the match, with approximately 30,000 tickets available for free to those that download them at strefakibica.com. If it all proves successful, officials have not ruled out repeating the exercise.
Open from Friday through to Sunday evening, this new outdoor food hub has a deliciously raw vibe helped along by its arty Praga crowd, chipped backdrop and delicious street food smells. And, as expected, find some fab beers from Poland’s upcoming craft producers. You’ll be watching on deckchairs in a cool, friendly atmosphere that feels almost feels carnival in its spirit.
Having seen their plans for an October launch thwarted by covid, Pinta are finally up and running – and not a moment too soon. Taking the space once occupied by the ill-fated Mikkeller Bar, Pinta’s flagship bears many of the hallmarks of the previous tenant: a pared down Scandi design set across two glass-fronted floors round the back of Chmielna – and the beer from this revolutionary brewery deserves the rave reviews. It’s a top choice for the match!
Pomost 511 / Fala – Pawilon nad Wisłą
Płyta Desantu 3
The Wisła riverfront has also got involved, and the primary beeline will lead directly here. Promising “the largest screen on the riverfront”, it’s success is guaranteed. At weekends, the presence of a slow food market should add further incentive to visit.
Craft beers galore and big screen football inside one of Warsaw’s better looking tap bars.
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