It’s beginning to look a lot like football is actually coming home – or it’s at least closer than it’s been for decades.
England will be playing in the final of the Euro 2020 after defeating Denmark 2-1 in the semi-final.
The Three Lions will now be facing Italy in the big final at 8pm on Sunday July 11.
Manchester has well and truly developed football fever in the last few weeks and pubs and bars across the region have been welcoming fans to watch the games and soak up the frenzied atmosphere.
Here are some of the best places to try and catch the game on Sunday.
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You can also enter your postcode below to see the pubs and bars closest to you screening the games, and the tournament fixture list.
Escape to Freight Island
Manchester’s gigantic city centre venue Escape To Freight Island has been showing the games on the big screen inside the Ticket Hall.
The space used to be part of the Mayfield train station – so it really is massive .
Grab a cold pint and a seat and prepare for one of the biggest viewing experiences in the city.
11 Baring St, Manchester M1 2PZ | escapetofreightisland.com
Crown & Kettle
There aren’t many sights more British than a group of soggy football fans wearing ponchos singing Why Does It Always Rain On me, pint in hand – and you’ll get scenes like that again at the Crown & Kettle.
The pub on the fringes of the Northern Quarter and Ancoats will show the game on screens inside and out, and is walk-ins only.
2 Oldham Rd, Ancoats, M4 5FE | thecrownandkettle.com
Great Northern Beach Club
Manchester’s got everything except a beach, they say – but we do have an Ibizan-style beach club.
Footie fans can now book their very own beach hut to watch the Euro 2020 matches from, or watch the action on a projector screen in the main bar of the Sunset Lounge.
Great Northern Square M3 4EE | greatnorthernbeachclub.co.uk
The Oast House
One of Manchester city centre’s biggest beer terraces has its big screen back in action – and it’s proving a hotspot for watching the Euros.
Tickets to watch the England matches will cost £10 per person, which includes a pint, but other games will be free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
They will also be showing the semi-final and final as ticketed events.
The Avenue Courtyard, Spinningfields, M3 3AY | theoasthouse.uk.com/sports
4TheFans Euro 2021 Fan Park
The team behind one of the region’s biggest drive-in cinema events has now turned its hand to football and will be screening the Euro 2020 tournament in its outdoor space near the Trafford Centre.
Tickets for the first round have already sold out, though waitlists are available, and you can get tickets for the later games with a refund offer if England don’t make it that far.
Event City, Barton Dock Road, M41 7TB | 4thefans.tv
O’Sheas Irish Beer Garden
Remember when we were only allowed to drink beers outside and everyone was scrambling to put up umbrellas and picnic tables?
O’Shea’s Irish Beer Garden, born out of the second stage of the roadmap, is going to be screening the Euros game from its giant pop-up beer garden just off the ring road.
Cakebread Street, M12 6HW | linktr.ee/osheasirishbar
Banyan, Corn Exchange
The huge bar and restaurant on the corner of the Corn Exchange has been showing the Euros games on their big screens – including the option of outdoors, which proved popular for the England v Germany game.
Bookings are all full up for Saturday, but some walk-ins will be available on the day.
Banyan, Unit 4, The Corn Exchange, M4 3TR | Banyanbar.co.uk
One of the city’s finest intimate gig venues is another one that’ll be screening the football on big screens in its music hall.
They say there are ‘surprises in store’ for goals.
It’s free to enter but booking in advance is advised, and they’re currently advising to keep an eye on socials for info on walk-ins, as Saturday is booking up fast.
54-56 Whitworth Street, M1 5WW | thisisgorilla.com/footie
Dive Bar & Grill
Dive Bar’s absolutely flourished during lockdown, building itself a massive heated outside space as well as refurbing the inside bar area.
Big screens indoors will be showing all the football action, with walk-ins welcome but bookings advised for the England games.
Tib St, M4 1SH | divebargrill.co.uk/sports-venue-manchester
Bay Horse Tavern
If you’ve failed to get a booking for the England games so far, you can try your luck at the Bay Horse Tavern.
The Northern Quarter pub will be screening them free, and for walk-ins only.
35-37 Thomas St, Northern Quarter, M4 1NA | thebayhorsetavern.co.uk
There aren’t many places better to watch football than at one of the world’s most famous grounds – Old Trafford.
Hotel Football is preparing a special screening of the England game in its private events space Heaven on the rooftop, as well as in its Old Trafford Supporters Club, with live entertainment and food package upgrades.
99 Sir Matt Busby Way, M16 0SZ | hotelfootball.com/events/euros-otsc
The Bull & Bear at the Stock Exchange Hotel
Tom Kerridge’s restaurant The Bull & Bear will be booking out tables at The Vault for a very sophisticated Euros viewing experience.
Packages start at £49 a head, including beer and bowl food, with bookings centred around key games – but it’s already sold out for Saturday.
For bookings and information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
4 Norfolk St, M2 1DW | thebullandbearmcr.com
It’s one of Manchester’s coolest venues, and you could be kicking back in its all-pink club room with a pizza and a pint to watch the Euros.
YES has confirmed it is screening Saturdays England v Ukraine match, but tickets priced £16.80 (and including two pints) are selling fast.
38 Charles St, M1 7DB | seetickets.com/tour/yes-euro-screenings
This site used to be home to Blackdog Ballroom and is now the Brickhouse Social – and it’s still one of the best places in town to head for sports fans.
The Euros will be on the big screens, with tables available to book through Instagram.
11-13 New Wakefield St, M1 5NP | brickhouse.social
Walkabout bar, Bierkeller and Hard Rock Cafe are all showing the England game inside The Printworks on Saturday, but bookings are going fast as you might imagine.
Contact individual bars for their booking details.
The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, M4 2BS | Printworks.com