On Saturday 25 May at 19:45 UK time, all eyes will be on Wembley Stadium, as two great German teams – Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund – battle it out for the European Champions League crown.
It may be too late to get a ticket for the big match, but don’t fret! Here’s our top pick of great sports bars across the capital where the atmosphere is so good, you’ll feel like you’re right there on the side lines! Extra bonus? These pubs and bars offer a better selection than standard stadium beer and a pint won’t cost you a small fortune…
1. Bierschenke, Westminster WC2R 3JF
For the first time in Champions League history, the final is between a pair of German teams. Such a momentous occasion can only mean one thing – German beer is a must! Bierschenke serves authentic German food (pretzels, schnitzel, sausage) and traditional German beers (Bitburger, Krombacher, Warsteiners, and more). The match will be shown on HD screens & TVs, but be sure to get there early – entry is free but seats will be given away on a first come, first serve basis.
46 Essex Street
Nearest tube station: Temple
2. Bar Kick, Shoreditch E1 6JE
This East London sports bar features big screens, walls and ceilings covered in flags and an eclectic atmosphere. The bar offers classic bar food like burgers, hotdogs, and dip platters but also fancier food fare like lentil salad, grilled chorizo sandwiches and spiced slow roasted lamb. And if watching the game in 3D down in the basement inspires you to play, just head on upstairs for some table football!
127 Shoreditch High Street
Nearest tube station: Old Street
3. Famous 3 Kings, Fulham W14 9NL
The Famous 3 Kings is one of the most popular sports pubs in London. Screens (13 of them to be precise) are everywhere and sports paraphernalia cover the walls. The menu is simple (sandwiches, soups, jacket potatoes, steak) and the drinks are standard, but it’s the lively atmosphere at this place that sets it apart from the rest. Plus, many menu items are 2 for £11 – which means more money for drinks!
171 North End Road
Nearest tube station: West Kensington
4. The Sports Café, Haymarket, SW1Y 4TE
With four bars over two floors, The Sports Café boasts an impressive 100 screens (92 of these screens are HD) to watch the match. There are also six pool tables, free Wi-Fi access and a Nintendo Wii console to play on. The menu here is classic bar food with an American twist – think burgers, chicken wings, nachos, and ribs.
New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket
Nearest tube station: Piccadilly Circus
5. Zeitgeist @ The Jolly Gardeners, Vauxhall SE11 6AB
If gourmet food and a (slightly) more relaxed atmosphere is what you’re after, then London’s first German Gastro-Pub might be just what you’re looking for. Classic German fare is mixed with gourmet burgers, chicken dishes, and healthy soups and salads, but the real draw here is the impressive beer list, featuring German favourites and even a couple of lesser known regional beers. There’s only room for about 500 footie fans though, so be sure to get there early!
49 – 51 Black Prince Rd
Nearest tube station: Vauxhall, Lambeth North