Summer 2016 is a great time for sports lovers. There’s the usual Wimbledon and Tour de France, but this summer also has the Euros and the Rio Olympics. These events celebrate the best athletes and promise exciting games that are not to be missed. If you’ve already booked your lovely summer holiday, don’t worry! You can still watch all of the games, no matter where you are – the airport, Birmingham city centre, or a sunny beach somewhere else.
At The Airport
We know sports are important to you, so if you’re travelling through Birmingham Airport during a big game, we’ve got you covered. Wetherspoon, The Meriden and Frankie & Benny’s will all be showing games playing on BBC or ITV. Wetherspoon and The Meriden are both located after security in the departure lounge. Frankie & Benny’s is located before security on the first floor of the North check-in area.
Your food and drink can complement the sports experience: all the burgers, chips and pub grub you could want, Eton Mess with strawberries and cream to channel Wimbledon, and fruity South American wine to conjure thoughts of Rio de Janeiro.
In Birmingham City Centre
If you’re a sports fan visiting or living in Birmingham, you’re in luck. There are plenty of places to watch every major event this summer.
The Lord Clifden, which received the award for Best Entertainment Pub in the UK last year, is one of the city’s best sports bars. This Jewellery Quarter hotspot will be showing the Euros, the Olympics, and more across its HD screens. If the sun’s out, you can also watch in the beer garden while chowing down on some BBQ.
Previously a fire station and a wine bar, The Trocadero on Temple Street has embraced its third life as a popular sports bar. It will be screening all major sports events this summer in HD, including football, the Olympics and Formula One. Book a table in advance to guarantee a good spot and take advantage of their Green Card loyalty app that offers substantial discounts on refreshments.
Tennis fans can also watch Wimbledon outside on a giant screen at Brindley Place - plus it's completely free.
Assuming you’re not more interested in napping on your sun lounger, you can still keep up with the sports while you’re on holiday. Unfortunately, due to license location restrictions, you can’t watch Sky or BT Sports online while outside the UK. The website FilmOnTV lets you legally watch live broadcasts on several selected channels like BBC One. The choice is limited and the quality is only standard definition, but it can save you in a pinch.
Your best bet, however, is to find a sports bar in your destination and make some new friends. Sports can provide a great opportunity to connect with local people. The atmosphere is electric and you’ll have hands to high five or shoulders to cry on, depending on the score. In major destinations, there’s usually no shortage of cool sports bars. If you’re in Barcelona, for example, Sonora Sports Tavern, Belushi's and Flaherty's Irish Bar are all popular spots that will definitely show football, and often lots of other sports too. In Paris, fun-named bars like The Pure Malt, Thirsty Mad Cat and The Lions all show a wide range of international sporting events.
It’s a good idea to call the bars beforehand to make sure they’re showing the game you want to see. Seek out British, Irish or American bars in tourist areas if you’re dead set on English commentary.