The UEFA Euros offer millions of fans an opportunity to see some of the world’s best footballing nations battle it out on the biggest stage, and in 2016, this glorious sporting show will culminate in one of the world’s most enthralling cities: Paris
. Here are some great places where you can watch the games this summer, but beware! Competition for seats isn’t limited to just inside the stadiums, so wherever you decide to feast your eyes on the football, it’ll pay to get there ahead of the crowd.
The ‘Fan Zone Tour Eiffel’
For this great event, Paris’ Mairie has erected the world’s biggest ever screen, (420 square meters to be exact) to show matches for hordes of fans on the Champs de Mars, situated just at the feet of the iconic Eiffel Tower. Perhaps even better than being just a stone’s throw from the ‘Iron Lady’ is the fact that this really does attract a staggering number of people. It’s projected that come the final, the ‘Fan Zone’ will have entertained a total of three million fans, so if you’re in search of a party atmosphere, making your way to France’s most famous monument is sure to satisfy that urge to be well and truly ‘in the thick of it.’ You’ll take away some great memories, that’s for sure, but don’t expect to get a pundit’s view of every pass, it can be quite hard to see the action if you’re far away.
Champs de Mars, 2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 75007 Paris, France
Pub, British, $$$
Being English, and having visited this pub for the ‘Three Lions’ opener against Russia, we couldn’t leave this place out. While it can get a bit hectic during games, its traditional wooden décor and selection of beers make it a real authentic experience, not to mention the fish and chips you can find on their menu. Located in Paris’ famous Latin Quarter, The Bombardier attracts a diverse crowd, so if you’re looking for somewhere where anyone can share a good burger and pint à l’Anglaise, this place is perfect for you.
The Bombardier, 2 Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris, France, +33 1 43 54 79 22
Cafe, French, $$$
For those who want to get an unadulterated view of the likes of Ronaldo, Pogba, Özil, and even Rooney in action, Le Players may well be your best bet. Fitted out with 30 HD screens, you won’t have to jostle over the 90 minutes just to be able to revel in every twist and turn the group and knock-out stages are sure to throw up. It’ll quench that thirst for a more trendy ‘bar’ atmosphere too, and with reservations being free and easy, Le Players is ideal for larger groups. The mojitos are only 4€ during Happy Hour too!
Le Players, 161 Rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris, France, +33 1 49 29 50 50
While Scotland hasn’t made it through to the Euros this time around, the country still finds a way to represent itself in France with this bar-pub hybrid located just off Pont Neuf. With a comfy and traditional interior on ground level, you can enjoy the game with a wide selection of whiskeys, snacks, and beers on tap. Venture downstairs, though, and you can enter a cave which boasts a huge display projected on one of the walls, as well as a second bar and lots of seating areas. The Highlander‘s cozy atmosphere downstairs amplifies the inevitable cheers (or jeers) of a mix of fans and makes for a jovial, if sometimes, loud occasion.
The Highlander, 8 Rue de Nevers, 75006 Paris, France, +33 7 61 74 47 89
Even if the previous World Cup hosts aren’t making an appearance in l’Hexagone this summer, you can experience the excitement in a South American environment at Favela Chic. The Brazilian-themed bar and restaurant is normally a go-to place for a trendy night just down the road from République, and once the sun goes down, you can often enjoy a variety of DJ sets and even some great live tributes. With the arrival of the UEFA tournament and the summer sun, they’ve put on a small terrace and a projector to show the games. If you’re looking for a good place to watch the game, eat a meal, and dance the night away after, it’s hard to find somewhere better than Favela Chic.
Favela Chic, 18 Rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75011 Paris, France, +33 1 40 21 38 14
Café Oz (Denfert-Rochereau)
One of the biggest of the popular Australian chain, the Denfert-Rochereau bar provides another great place to celebrate, or if worst comes to worst, blow off some steam as the tournament advances towards its nail-biting climax. Widely regarded as having some of the friendliest and most linguistically diverse staff, you’re sure to have a great experience watching the Euros here no matter who you’re supporting. Once again, it’s a great place to stay late at, so bring a group of friends, enjoy a game, and dance the night away afterwards!
Café Oz, 3 Place Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris, France, +33 1 45 38 76 77