If you’re going to be in Europe and want to watch the biggest game of the NFL season, we’ve got you covered. Sure, you could hole up in a hotel room with your computer (the game is streaming for free from NFL’s website) or shell out for the pay-per-view, but there’s something amazing about watching the game in a bar from 12am-4am with a diverse group that makes going out worth it. While the NFL in Europe isn’t even a little bit close to as popular as it is in the US, there are still more fans than you might expect. You never know what you will find without trying, so here’s a list of some great places to watch the Super Bowl in Europe.
At Coco’s Outback, their motto is “lousy food, warm beer.” Sounds like a great place to watch the Super Bowl in Amsterdam. It seems to be one of the only Australian sports pubs in the area, and the owners clearly have a great sense of humor. Maybe it’s from the “legalized smoking area” located on premises. No cover to get in, and drink specials all night. More on renting a car in Amsterdam.
When in doubt, look for a Hard Rock Cafe! This goes for other countries, not just Spain. Most Hard Rock’s will have food and drink available till the game is over. In Barcelona, €10 gets you in and includes a free drink.
Kult Fabrik in Berlin had nearly a thousand people watch the game last year, and this year should be just as fun. The €8 cover charge gets you a free beer as well as the chance to watch the game on a 40sq meter projection of the American broadcast, so if you love the commercials, you won’t miss out. If you have a group of 8, €80 will get you your own table, 6 liters of beer, and 8 hotdogs.
The hours at the Fat Boys Sports Bar in Brussels are always 11-late, and it’s going to be a long, late night! Like most of the cities on this list, they will offer food and drink specials all night, and have a plethora of televisions to watch the game on.
In Copenhagen, you can head over to Lions & Barrels and pay a cover charge of 450 DKK to watch the game and eat your fill of American style snacks, including ribs and wings. There’s also the Frederiksberghallens Sportscafe who will have a cover of 266 DKK. They also offer snacks, and will have a Madden ’12 tournament, as well as live cheerleaders.
You will want to arrive early to the Wool Shed. According to their website they turn away hundreds of fans every year once they hit capacity. Admission is Free. Another option in Dublin is over at Peadar Kearney’s. For €50 you have access to the all-you-can-eat/drink buffet. Yes, you read that correctly, the price actually includes food and drinks all night! The venue has two 100 inch screens covering two floors, and each ticket gets you access to the halftime beer-pong tournament if you want to play.
The Cafe de Cachel will be airing the game and staying open till 6am. They are also serving “American style” foods, like popcorn and hotdogs.
The largest Irish pub in Poland, the Irish Mbassy will be open all night for the game. Take your pick from any of the 10 large plasma screens on 3 floors, and any of the domestic and imported beers. There’s no cover to get in, and they are centrally located just next to the main square. Make sure not to go to the actual embassy, they probably won’t be watching.
See the above post for Barcelona. When in doubt, find a Hard Rock Cafe.
The Road Trip Bar in East London won’t cost you anything to get into, and like pretty much every location on this list will have drink and food specials throughout the night. You could also check out The Social, a bar opened by record executives in 1999 that is known for fantastic bands and other live music acts. Be sure to get your tickets in advance, as every year they are forced to turn away people once they reach capacity. Admission is £6 in advance or £10 at the door if you can get in. Yet another option is Planet Hollywood. With 18 large screens and live cheerleaders for halftime, the excitement is designed to keep you entertained all throughout the night at. A £15 cover gets you through the doors, but for £30 you can get treated to a 3 course meal.
James Joyce is a well known Irish pub located about 1 km from the Jardines de Cecilio Rodríguez in Madrid. According to them, their food is a combination of the best that Ireland and Spain have to offer, so the culinary experience could get interesting. They are known for airing all kinds of sports games, and offer a unique experience. Not many people can say “I once watched the Super Bowl from 1-4am in an Irish pub located in Spain.”
The Feuerberg Restaurant in Munich has free admission to watch the game on the big screen projector. For €15.90 you can have access to their American style buffet that includes all the staples of a good football party- ribs, wings, chips and salsa, etc.
The Moose Bar in Paris is a Canadian owned sports bar that will be open till the game is over. Known for being a fun place to watch all kinds of sports, they even have a solid selection of imported Canadian beers. Sounds like a good time, eh? There is also Le Players Bar, which is showing the game.
Scholars Lounge is legendary in Rome for being one of the places to watch NFL games. They broadcast most NFL games all season long, so you know they’re excited for the Super Bowl. Watch it on one of their 17 televisions, all with commentary in English. Scholars has an 800 person capacity and the kitchen open until 1am serving all kinds of American foods, including burgers, chicken wings, nachos, pizza and more. It won’t cost you anything to get in, and chances are you’ll have a great experience. Another place in Rome where you can watch all the NFL games is the Abbey Theatre Irish Pub.
If you know of any other great locations to watch the Super Bowl in Europe, leave a comment below with the city and website of the restaurant/pub and we will add it to the list!