Outdoor and in, there’s no escaping the din of Euro 2016
Euro 2016 is going to be massive. At the last European Championship, there were only 31 games; at this year’s finals there will be 51, just one fewer that at the 1986-94 World Cups, which means they’re going to last a full month!
From the moment hosts France kick off the proceedings against Romania this Friday, there will be no escaping the football madness. Even though Denmark haven’t made it this time, this country’s bars, restaurants and parks are going to be rocking to the sound of footy mania, and you’ll feel left out if you don’t join in.
Copenhagen offers great options for all supporters, and if the weather’s as generous in the Danish capital as it has been lately, many will gather at outdoor venues like Islands Brygge where big screens are set up to make the best of the good weather.
Beyond them, there are numerous bars and pubs around town that offer the chance to follow the games, and here are just a few.
A Football Exbeerience
Visit Carlsberg, Gamle Carlsberg Vej 11, Cph V
In the atmospheric surroundings of the Old Brewery Courtyard, Visit Carlsberg will be showing every single Euro 2016 game on its outdoor screens. The evening matches will include quizzes, Carlsberg and Jacobsen beer and – for all the hungry footy fans out there – barbecued fare served until the start of the second half. No worries if the weather turns out Danish, as the event will be moved inside!
Under the sky, next to the water
Islands Brygge, Cph S
‘Vive la Bryggen’ tends to be particularly popular with students and southern Europeans, so head on down here for the Portugal, Spain or Italy games if you’re unsure where to go.
Scandi Pride near Noma
Nordatlantens, Brygge Strandgade 91, Cph K
As neither Denmark nor Norway qualified for this year’s football tournament, THOR Productions is inviting all the Scandis to gather at the North Atlantic House to cheer for their participating neighbours. Iceland have qualified for the European Championships for their first ever time, while it is Sweden’s fifth time. Street food will be provided by Kødbyen’s popular Tommi’s Burger Joint and Iceland’s Skyr Original. In addition, following Danish tradition, beer will be widely available together with soft drinks. Skål!
Other outdoor venues
Rådhuspladsen, Frederiksberg, Lyngby & Nytorv
The Danish football association, DBU, is setting up big screens across the country to show the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final on July 10. So ahead of the group games and the last 16 knockout round, check online to find out whether they’re showing them, and where.
Heidi’s Bier Bar, Vestergade 18, Cph K
Oktoberfest’s joyful vibes are set to return! After all, don’t the Germans always end up winning? They know it well at Heidi’s Bier Bar, where staff dressed in genuine Tyrolean style welcome German supporters to choose from a large selection of foreign beers, including Kleiner Feigling, Wing and last but not least Jägermeister. German hit songs may also occur: beware of Jodel!
Meson España, Viktoriagade 10, Cph V
Meson España is the ideal place for the warm-hearted Spanish supporters. This cosy spot in Vesterbro welcomes Euro 2016 watchers to gather around a table full of tapas, charcuterie and wine. Moreover, as all the matches will be screened, it’s a great spot if you fancy eating whilst watching a game with none of the formalities of dining.
Czech it out
Cafè Svejk, Smallegade 31, Frederiksberg
If you’re planning on joining the Czech community to support the national team at this year’s European Championships, head to Frederiksberg’s Cafe Svejk. This very cosy location will be showing all the major matches in the upcoming weeks. So, treat yourself to a Bohemia Regent and support your favourite team!
The Globe, Nørregade 43-45, Cph K
The Globe has a long tradition of showing live sport events, and while it’s a fiercely traditional Irish pub, it’s been a stronghold for English fans for many years now – and other fans. It stocks a wide selection of beer and other drinks, and it also serves food.
L’ Éducation Nationale, Larsbjørnsstræde 12, Cph K
Located in the heart of the Latin Quarter in Copenhagen, L’Éducation National is an authentic bistro with checkered tablecloths. Here supporters of the France team can be sure to exclusively watch the French matches on TV screens. Plus, if the weather is good, patrons will be able to enjoy the games outside.
Rock the shamrock
The Irish Rover, Vimmelskaftet 46, Cph K
With 10 flat screens placed throughout the bar, the Irish Rover provides a whole game experience. Fans of the Emerald Isle can reserve a table and enjoy the tasty sport menu: The Rover Sports Burger or The Rover Ribs served with Steak Fries plus a large Carlsberg or soda for 199kr. Sláinte!
Kennedy’s Bar, Gammel Kongevej 23, Cph V
Kennedy’s is another Irish pub where all foreigners are made to feel welcome. Its Anglo flavor make it a great place to watch the games featuring Wales and Northern Ireland.