The summer of 2020 will be all about two significant sports events. Between June 12 and July 12 the whole world, but especially Europe, will focus on the UEFA European Football Championship. Later, after a short break, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 kicks off with the Opening Ceremony on July 24 and we will cheer our nation’s athletes until August 9.
This shouldn’t stop you from travelling to Budapest, you won’t miss out on any important moments, we promise! What’s more, blending in with the local crowd and cheering for your favourites together will leave you with unforgettable memories of your trip. Here’s my guide to watching Euro 2020 in Budapest.
Watch the games live at the national stadium, which seats 65,000 people, is a memorable but often expensive activity. Many free events will be organised across the city as well. Olof Palme Promenade and Heroes’ Square will be the main spots of the UEFA Festival, this is where you will be able to find the Football Village with live match screenings, food & drinks, music and activities for all ages. Besides that, hosting World Cup and Euro Cup screenings on Liberty Square have become a tradition over the years and many other programs and venues will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Download, the official application to keep yourself up-to-date!
We recommend an American style bar because it is open until 5 AM every day and they broadcast at least 5 different sports events on 27 screens. The selection of drinks is great and they recently teamed up with Deep Burger to provide quality food for their starving, sports-loving customers. Getting home from Stifler Bar is a piece of cake as well thanks to the trams no. 4 and 6 which have a stop in front of the bar and run all night.
Address: 1073 Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 19.
At the edge of the Jewish district, hidden in a basement you’ll find Champs, a pub opened by 5 Hungarian sportsmen, who really know what sports fans want when it comes to watching sports. First of all, they have access to a 1,900 sports channels from all over the world, and secondly, the place is decorated with cups and medals, so you can soak up the real ‘champ’ vibe. The food and drinks are amazing too.
Address: 1074 Budapest, Dohány u. 20.
You can find Pointers in 6 different locations all over Budapest. Each and every one of them offers the atmosphere, food, and drinks of a traditional English pub. Games on several large screen TVs usually lead to lots of cheering, celebrating (sometimes commiserating) and being merry together.
Inner city spots: 1052 Budapest, Váci u. 33.
1066 Budapest, Teréz krt. 34.
1065 Budapest, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 21.
Big avenue spot: 1085 Budapest, József krt. 15.
Buda side spots: 1027 Budapest, Margit krt. 56.
1117 Budapest, Kopaszi gát 6.
Élesztőház is not typically a sports bar, but they know how important these events are to their customers so big games are usually televised here. I love this place because it is always changing; they offer 21 different Hungarian craft beers on tap and the location is very close to the city centre, but outside of the crowded, touristy neighbourhoods.
Address: 1094 Budapest, Tűzoltó utca 22.