The 2016 UEFA European Championship kicks off on June 10, and while attending the tournament in France might be a bit out of the price range for most of us, Vancouver’s local pub scene has your back.
Featuring drink specials, pubby atmospheres, and ludicrous amounts of televisions, here are a few ideas of where to take in a match or two — no matter who you support:
As with every Donnelly Group bar, Gastown’s Lamplighter Pub will be screening every game from June 10 through to July 10 live, and serving up $5 Carlsbergs while they’re at it. Munch on currywurst, burgers, sandwiches and other pub fare while you watch the tourney, local craft brew in hand.
Address: 92 Water Street, Vancouver
TVs: 15 TVs and 2 projector screens
Malone’s will be open early to catch all the 9 am kickoffs, and will be putting on a $10.50 breakfast menu for the occasion, as well as daily beer sleeve specials from 11 am onwards for $3.91. Call ahead or book online to reserve a table if you want to guarantee a place for you and your buddies at this downtown sports-watchers haven.
Address: 608 West Pender Street, Vancouver
TVs: 18 TVs, plus one projector screen
“Vancouver’s original sports bar” will be featuring the Euros on their 12-foot media walls, made up of 60(!) TVs, all with sound. The bar itself is a little swanky and a little cozy, with elegant design and overstuffed leather booth seats. The menu is pub fare done right, with choices like double cheese nachos, mini mac sliders, and steak sandwiches.
Address: 180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Another Donnelly group bar, The Butcher and Bullock will have $5 Carlsbergs on tap to go with their British pub-style menu, which includes wings, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, burgers, and more. One bonus of this downtown pub in particular: its enormous, curved 202″ screen.
Address: 911 West Pender Street, Vancouver
TVs: 11 TVs, plus 1 giant screen
A cozy West Vancouver pub, the Village Taphouse has a solid variety of casual fare, from kung pao noodle bowls, to pizza, to calamari. Indoor and outdoor pool tables and 17 screens make this an easy choice for taking in a match on the North Shore.
Address: 900 Main Street (Village at Park Royal), West Vancouver
This big, comfy downtown sports bar is setting its opening hours super early for the Euros, aiming to catch the crowd waking up (or not going to sleep) in time to take in those 6 am match starts — you can view the full schedule here.
Timber is a pub packed to the brim with Canadiana. Decked out in two-by-fours and offering “Canadian comfort food,” like bannock with maple chutney, Timber Bits, and deep fried cheese curds, this place is a must if you’re feeling patriotic. Even if we aren’t playing in the Euros, it’s never a bad time to get stoked on Canadian pride.
Address: 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver
Situated nicely underneath the Woodward’s building, The Charles Bar is a neighbourhood favourite to take in games. They’ll be opening early for every 9 am kickoff — on those days, they’ll offer a two egg breakfast and $4 beers on their morning menu.
Address: 136 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
TVs: 5 TVs, video wall and one 9 foot HD screen
You guessed it: Carlsberg’s on feature — it’s $6.75 here, but it comes with a chance to win a trip to France. Every game will be broadcast live with sound at this traditional Irish pub, where they’ll be opening early and serving cheap breakfast for the duration of the tournament, as well as adding a burger and Carlsberg special for $15, making Doolin’s a relatively inexpensive place to grab a draught and some pub fare while you take in a match.
The Pint’s ridiculous 68 TVs are more than enough to take in a UEFA match if you’re into a rowdier atmosphere. Carlsberg will be on special for $5 a can (crazy, right?) when England’s playing, and food-wise, you’ll have your selection of every imaginable plate of pub grub, from nachos to poutine to 40 different types of chicken wings.
Address: 455 Abbott Street, Vancouver
It’s a Donnelly Group pub, so you know what that means: $5 Carlsbergs and a hell of a lot of ways to watch the Euros — including a huge 16 foot wide projector. Their menu is pretty standard “nice pub” fare, including pizza, sandwiches, burgers, and the like.
Address: 300 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
TVs: 17 TVs and 3 projector screens (one of which is 16 feet wide)
Anytime you’re talking places to watch sports, you have to include the place with the biggest TV in the city. It’s big, it’s corporate, and it has all the menu items you know and — perhaps begrudgingly — love. If stuffing your face with a Pepperoni and Bacon Pizzaburger while watching soccer on a 300″ screen sounds good (don’t lie), this is the place to do it.
Score on Davie was voted best sports bar in Vancouver in 2015, and they’re proud of it. This popular, oft-crowded sports bar does a few pub grub items very well — think burgers, nachos, wings, etc. Top it off with some craft beer and a raucous atmosphere and you have a solid UEFA-watching night in the West End.
Get cozy at this clean, casual Mount Pleasant eatery. This is a popular place to watch hockey during the fall and winter, so sports fans in general should find it a comfortable viewing spot for the Euros. The bar’s six TVs hanging all around, combined with craft beer and casual pub fare make Colony an excellent choice to take in a match.
Address: 2904 Main Street, Vancouver
Local in name, local in practice, this beachside eatery features Vancouver brews on tap and a very solid assortment of pub food on the menu — baja fish tacos, Szechuan Edamame, and a seared Ahi tuna sandwich are some of the items you can expect from Local. Not a bad place to take in a game, then celebrate on the beach or stick around to drown your sorrows.