Show your Premier League pride: The best football bars in Britain

Friday 10 February 2017

Don’t have tickets to the big game? Not to fear. We’ve rounded up the best sports bars to watch the action (and score some tasty snacks) no matter which Premier League team you’re rooting for.  

Café Football in Manchester

If you’re a foodie with a football crush, head to Manchester’s Café Football for gourmet grub influenced by the spirit of the game. More than just a typical sports bar, this Manchester mainstay handcrafts its dishes from start to finish, taking inspiration from the sport itself. Feast on defensive nachos, midfield burgers, and attack sausage rolls—plus a few salads and vegetarian dishes for the health-conscious fans—while you sit back and relax with 13 supersized TVs and a pint of ale.

Sporting Page in Chelsea

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Chances are, you’ve already hit up a secret speakeasy, a gastro pub, and a trendy restaurant during your trip to London, but have you hit up a local pub? On game day, head over to the Sporting Page in Chelsea and watch some footie while taking in the local vibe of this neighborhood pub. Sip a pint of seasonal brew, like Punk IPA or coffee milk stout, while you nosh on Welsh rarebit fondue or chicken, leek, and mash pie. During half-time, head to the front patio for some premiere people-watching, or nab one of the in-house board games and make some new friends. Loser buys next round, after all.

Shooters in Liverpool

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If you want to watch the game in a party-like setting, then set your sights on Shooters in Liverpool when The Reds are away. Shoot some pool or play a little Xbox while you look at the jumbo screens—or book a £20 package to have a platter of food, a bucket of beer, and a free shot delivered right to your table. But word to the wise: since pubs tend to be packed during football season, it’s best to make a reservation in advance… or you’ll run the risk of missing out on table service and actually having to walk to the bar. The horror!

Liquor Vault in Stoke-on-Trent


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Indulge your visons of cozy fireplaces, twinkling lights, and outdoor beer gardens while rooting for Stoke City at this recently refurbished neighborhood joint. And with a name like Liquor Vault, you can indeed expect an extensive cocktail list (and a bottle of apple pie flavoured Moonshine behind the bar), as well as plenty of on-tap craft beers. On warmer nights, watch the game from the courtyard before retreating inside for a plate of nibbles.
 

Branded Bar & BBQ in Hull


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Like your favorite underdog team, the city of Hull has definitely made a comeback in recent years—especially in 2017, where we’re celebrating 365 days of transformative arts and culture. While you’re in town checking out a new gallery exhibit or a live performance (here’s the full calendar of events), swing by Branded to show your Premier League pride—and score a plate of BBQ glazed pork loin ribs.

Craving even more Premier League action during your trip to Britain? Go behind-the-scenes of your favorite team by taking a stadium tour—we rounded up the best!

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