It’s the 60th anniversary of the UEFA European Championship and to celebrate, they’re taking the competition Europe-wide by hosting matches in more than a dozen cities across the continent, including Amsterdam! If you haven’t managed to secure tickets to the games, don’t worry! There are plenty of places to watch the games, surrounded by locals who are as enthusiastic as you are, with whom you can share the moment, cheer, enjoy a drink (or three ;))and discuss your favourite athletes. To help you to find the best spot for you, we’ve made a list of our favourite live sports bars and cafes in Amsterdam.
Rembrandtplein area is the place to be during any big sports events. There are plenty of bars to choose from with outdoor terraces. Retro style pub Three Sisters with its’ homey decor is one of our favourites because they also serve food from the morning till the evening. So if you decide to spend your day here you’ll be well fed. The outdoor area is perfect for people watching and inside there are 27 television screens and super comfy Chesterfield armchairs to relax in.
Address: Rembrandtplein 19
Located on the edge of the infamous Red Light District, Belushi’s is one of the local’s favourites. With great happy hour deals, you can spend hours here without breaking the bank. Food is available all day and you can chill in the garden if you had enough of the TV screens.
Address: Warmoesstraat 129
This Australian pub boasts 2 large screens and 26 TV’s, so you won’t miss a minute of the competition. All big games at Coco’s Outback are always are shown with an English commentary. Friendly staff, regular happy hours, frozen beers and a hearty food menu will guarantee you will enjoy the time you spend at this fun sports bar.
Address: Thorbeckeplein 8-12
The Satellite Sports Café opens earlier than almost any other bar in Amsterdam. You can make your way to Leidseplein for 9 am and not leave until 3 am if you like! If you feel like you want to enjoy the outside while you watch the games they also have one of the best outdoor terraces in the city. If you are a beer drinker and meat lover you won’t be disappointed – the Satellite Sports Café is widely known its all-you-can-eat speciality: unlimited spare ribs.
Address: Leidseplein 11
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre – take a free ferry from behind the Central Station and cross the river to The Butcher’s Social Club. Open 24 hours on weekends this joint serves one of the best burgers in town. The modern, hip design is quite a departure from the smaller, old fashioned bars on the other side of the river. The place has a large terrace facing the IJ river with views of Central Station.
Address: Overhoeksplein 1
Located near Dam Square this cellar sports bar is the perfect venue for those who like to watch their sports and follow up with a party night. Not to be confused with Players Cocktail Bar, Player’s Bar has Pool tables are also available for those wanting to stretch their legs (and arms). A word on the street is that though this place is a little pricey it has a nice atmosphere. Why go to Dublin for the game when you can have a Guinness on tap without leaving Amsterdam?
Address: Warmoesstraat 170