It's been a long four years, but the UEFA Euro Championship is finally back for an entire month of free kicks, hat tricks, and nail-biting penalty shoot outs. Twenty four teams are set to take over ten French cities to battle in out on the pitch in a bid to knock two-time defending champions Spain off the top spot. Despite the tricky time difference, which means that several matches will air during the early hours (grab that night time coffee), there are plenty of venues which will screen a selection of live and replayed matches. So dig out your football shirt and head to one of these prime spots.
1. Rúla Búla
Taking the Euro Championship celebrations to the next level is longstanding LKF hangout, Rúla Búla. In addition to showing all of the games live on big screens around the bar, there will be a cocktail of special drinks deals during each match. Plus, fans donning their nation's colours will be treated to a free tipple or two. The fun kicks off on June 13 at 9pm when Spain take on the Czech Republic in the freshly renovated bar. Later on in the tournament, the Rúla Búla team will be firing up the BBQ to keep all supporters fed and watered during the final matches. Now that
sounds like a party. Keep an eye on their Facebook event page
for more information.
Rúla Búla, G/F, 58-62 D'Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, (+852)
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2. Bar 109
At the very heart of Wan Chai's infamous party street, Bar 109 continues to draw in sports fans with its lively atmosphere, big screen, and crazy drink deals. All the action will be streamed live so you can watch every pass, witness every tackle, and celebrate every goal. The opening ceremony will be televised on June 11 at 2am, followed by the France v Romania match at 3am, and Albania v Switzerland at 9pm that evening. Make the most of Crazy Hour, which runs from 3pm to 7pm, and Happy Hour, which runs from 7pm to 9pm, every day except Sunday. Click here to see the full line up.
Bar 109, 109 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2861 3336
If you're looking for something a little more laid-back, take a seat at McSorley's in Discovery Bay. Browse their refreshing selection of pale ales and ciders, and wander on to the large terrace at half-time for a breath of fresh air whilst overlooking D'Deck. This classic Irish establishment will show up to three matches per day between 6pm and midnight, to cater for those of us who want to support the tournament without sacrificing a good night's sleep. As a result, France will take on Romania at 8.30pm on June 11 - a welcome alternative to a 4am start. Plus, with delicious deals every night of the week, including all-you-can-eat Indian buffet, discounted Guinness, and a classic Fish Friday Feast, you certainly won't be going hungry at this Irish establishment. Click here
to see the full schedule.
McSorley's, Block B, G/F, D'Deck, Discovery Bay, (+852) 2987 8280
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4. Delaneys Kowloon
One of Hong Kong's most treasured hang outs, our city's original Irish bar, is an obvious choice when it comes to watching the games. Delaneys Kowloon will be screening all matches live from June 10, with daily kick offs at 3am, 9am, 12 midnight, or 9pm. There will be a full bar and kitchen to keep you fed and watered throughout the matches, regardless of the hour. They do a mean burger and fries - perfect addition to that game-time pint.
Delaneys Kowloon, B/F Mary Building, 71- 77 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2301 3980
5. Room One
If you fancy a slightly more sophisticated football experience, then Room One in The Mira hotel might just be your perfect match. A couple of games will be screened in the swanky bar every day at either 9pm or midnight. For just $288 per person, you can enjoy free-flow beer and house wine throughout the match as well as a serving of Deep Fried Risotto Ball with Cheese - delicious! Want to make a real occasion out of the tournament? Book yourself a booth or hire the VIP room and invite 23 of your closest pals to cheer and chant together. Click here
to see the full line up.
Room One, G/F, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2315 5888
6. Grand Central
From Ireland to America, Grand Central is the obvious choice for football fans looking for a meaty menu to accompany the game. Showing a mixture of live and replayed matches that start between 6pm and midnight every day throughout June, this two-storey Tsim Sha Tsui restaurant is a safe bet if you're after a good atmosphere. Make the most of the daily happy hour, between 3pm and 8pm, which includes a 2-4-1 deal on all draft beers - the perfect way to steady those pre-match nerves. A replay of France v Romania will be the first Euro match the grace the screens at Grand Central, so make sure you secure your spot in time for the 8.30pm showing on June 11. Click here
to see the full schedule.
Grand Central, Shop R001, 3/F and Roof, Civic Square, Elements, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2736 4888
7. The Jockey
If Happy Valley is your hang out of choice, then The Jockey is right on your doorstep. This quaint pub, tucked away behind the race course, is a popular spot owing to its outdoor seating and friendly atmosphere. With a menu jam-packed with gastro pub classics, and the irresistible Burger and Beer Combo for just $198, you won't tire of this laid-back venue as the Euro tournament unfolds. Catering for those who wish to watch the match at convenient hours, The Jockey will be replaying some matches, starting with the opening game between France and Romania on June 11 at 8.30pm. Click here
to see the full schedule.
The Jockey, G/F, 33 Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, (+852) 2572 2266
8. Champs Bar
Just around the corner from Localiiz HQ, Champs Bar is up there with the reigning sports bar favourites in the city. Armed with three large projector screens and nine plasma TV screens, you'll feel like you're on the side of the pitch with this wall-to-wall viewing (a cheaper option than flying to France, that's for sure). An established local spot for sports fans, this basement venue promises atmosphere as well as a selection of irresistible food and drink deals - half price snacks and $40 beers anyone? Count us in!
Champs Bar, B/F, The Charterhouse Causeway Bay, 209 - 219 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2892 3386
9. The Globe
Grab a pint, tuck into a pie, and watch the action as it unfolds on the pitch at The Globe. Open daily between 10am and 2am, this Central hang out has pages of beers to choose from, a delightfully extensive happy hour running throughout the day until 8pm, and pies - have we mentioned the pies?
The Euro tournament will be played until closing time comes around at 2am, so it's only the 4am starts you won't be able to catch.
The Globe, Garely Building, 45 - 53 Graham Street, Central, (+852) 2543 1941
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10. The DogHouse
A few doors down from Bar 109, in the heart of Wan Chai's drinking area, is the self-proclaimed "home for live sports", The DogHouse. Intending to screen the majority of matches, this go-to sports hub is sure to be heaving with football supporters throughout June and July. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for the latest news on which fixtures will be televised.
The DogHouse, 72 - 86 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2528 0868
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