Copenhageners are super excited about this year’s EURO 2020 Championships; not only has Denmark qualified to take part but, as it’s the 60th anniversary of the tournament, UEFA has chosen multiple cities to host live games. And Copenhagen is one of them! If you don’t manage to get tickets, don’t sweat it, there are plenty of alternative spots to watch the action alongside football-loving locals (known as Roligans!). Here are my favourite sports bars and open spaces to watch Euro 2020…
Copenhagen’s official Fan Zone can be found at Ofelia Square on the Harbour. The Square is an exciting new cultural space in the city literally on the water with fabulous views of the water and some of Denmark’s top landmarks. The area also encompasses food pavilions and a kissing staircase. During Euro 2020 you’ll find big screens, on stage entertainment, street food, drinks (yes, you can drink in public in Denmark) and plenty of water to plunge into if you can’t bear to watch anymore (or if you need to cool off), it’s completely safe.
Address: Kvæsthusbroen, 1250 København
My personal favourite craft beer bar in the whole city, Ørsted Ølbar offers 20 different taps, 4 big screen TVs and over 200 bottles of the best beers in the world. Enjoy the comfy sofas, as you taste their wide array of beers and maybe challenge a friend to a game of foosball as you wait for the match to start.
Address: Nørre Farimagsgade 13, 1364 København K
Cafe Guldhornene, a festive bodega where Danes meet for a cold beer and a chat, will make you feel like your watching the footie in a cosy, classic Danish-living room. They only serve Danish traditional beers like Carlsberg and Tuborg and they’re conveniently located right in the centre of town. When they’re not screening the latest football shenanigans, they’re playing funky Danish swing music. Minimum age limit – 20 years old.
Address: Vestergade 20A, 1456 København K
Pub & Sport has been serving sports fans in the city for more than 30 years. Open 7 days a week with an extensive beer selection and 12 screens surrounding the bar (which means you’re unlikely to miss out on any of the action), this is a friendly, informal sports bar. Enjoy one of the 6 pool tables during half time or step out and explore the nearby city centre (they’re located next to Copenhagen City Hall).
Address: Vester Voldgade 7, 1552 København V
UEFA’s official event program includes an almost continuous big screen party at City Hall Square. This has been the site of many celebrations throughout the years for Danes, I remember a particularly raucous bash held here back in the early 90’s when Denmark beat Germany at Euro 1992. What a night that was! Smack in the middle of town with a metro station conveniently located underneath the square, this too will be a party to remember. City Hall, Tivoli Gardens and the twinkly city lights will all be fighting the giant screens for your attention. And the after party is just seconds away – in all directions.
Address: Rådhuspladsen, 1599 København