Once a historic brewery, now an arts and entertainment complex, the Kulturbrauerei is a monumental piece of architecture that shows the many layers of history contained within Berlin. This small 19th-century brewery was refurbished in the 1990s, with the original inscriptions still preserved on the brick walls. The boiler house and powerhouse now feature live concerts, and there are six courtyards for outdoor events. During football season, these courtyards are transformed into public viewing areas, with a large screen, rows of benches and, of course, lots of beer; it’s like watching football in an outdoor cinema, and the excitement of the crowd is infectious.
Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 44352614
Fanmeile (Brandenburger Tor)
If you weren’t sure if football is a popular sport in Germany or not, the public viewings at Fanmeile should clear up any doubts. In the heart of the city center, on the famous Straße des 17. Juni, thousands of people gather to watch the games on several large screens. Complete with food stands, many bars, and music in between matches, the public viewings at Fanmeile are somewhere in between a football game and a festival. Even if you couldn’t care less about football, watching Germany play at the Fanmeile is not to be missed.
BRLO Pop-Up Biergarten
From the 13th to the 20th of June a pop-up Biergarten comes to Berlin – a rustic beer garden in the heart of Schönhauser Allee, with food trucks, craft beer, lots of tables and football. Just make sure you don’t miss it; it’s here for a limited time during Berlin Beer Week.
Biergarten James June
Another beer garden to watch the football matches in is the James June Biergarten on Karl-Marx-Allee. Matches are broadcast on four different screens, inside and outside, and if you get hungry, there’s pizza and burgers to enjoy with your beer.
James June Biergarten, Karl-Marx-Allee 93, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 2140022
When it rains…
Even in the summer, Berlin weather isn’t the most reliable. When the rain comes, there are many sports bars and Kneipen (pubs) which will be showing football. Even the odd Späti will have a television screening the matches for passersby. One of the best bars for watching the football games, which also happens to one of the best Irish pubs in Berlin, is The Lir, showing the games and serving delicious fish and chips, which goes perfectly with a pint of Guinness.
The Lir, Flensburger Str. 7, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 3928502