Austrian beer and English football: a great combination (and, frankly, better than the other way around). So where can you watch the Premier League or Champions League when you’re in Vienna?
- There are dozens of pubs across the city showing English, European, and international football
- My personal choices: Shebeen, Shamrock, and
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Football in pubs
Vienna is home to coffee, culture, classical music, and…an unfeasibly large number of British and Irish pubs. You can be wandering past some historic theatre showing Nestroy’s Der Talisman when up pops Molly Darcys offering Fish & Chips and
The pub is an imported phenomenon. Most “native” places to drink in Vienna are bars or restaurants (or a hybrid of the two) and not usually geared up for big-screen football. Fortunately, many of the pubs are there to fill that particular hole.
So you’re likely not more than a short walk from anywhere showing some Premier League, Primera Liga, international matches, and European competitions.
The exception is during the World Cup and European Championships, when a lot of bars and restaurants dust off their giant
If you want some specific recommendations for Champions League nights or English league football, then try these…
My pub picks
I don’t go down the pub as often as before for the football, because I’m not a spring chicken and we have
Ah, Shebeen! Ever a place in my heart since December 8, 2004, when Gerrard’s late goal against Olympiakos set Liverpool on the path to Istanbul.
The pub is packed with screens big and small, usually offering a choice of games. Strong selection of beer and decent food. I recommend the basket of thick-cut chips, which can feed a family of four for a week. Staff are friendly and their first language is usually English.
When I first went, Shebeen was full of ex-pats and immigrants like me, but it’s become quite popular with locals, now. I’ve a slightly longer (and older) review here.
Address: Lerchenfelderstraße 45, 1070 Vienna | Website
Not an obvious choice, as it’s relatively small and doesn’t serve much in the way of food. You can get crisps, though, which is all you need for a decent meal in my book. It’s long and thin, so has that dark, intimate feel. There are a couple of big screens, along with smaller TVs. Friendly bar staff, good beer.
Shamrock is very convenient if you’ve been spending money on Mariahilfer Straße (Vienna’s main shopping street), as it’s a few yards down a side road.
Address: Kirchengasse 3, 1070 Vienna | Website
Big and popular,
Flanagans has plenty of screens, good food and proper beers. This is also the place for watching rugby (e.g. The Heineken Cup) and lower league football (e.g. the English Championship).
Address: Schwarzenberg Strasse 1-3, 1010 Vienna | Website
I’ve not been here myself, but my son goes regularly with his mates. Champions is an American-style sports bar, attached to the Marriott Hotel in the centre, with American cuisine (burgers, nachos, ribs, wings, etc.).
A number of screens show various sports, but the big football matches from around Europe are usually on.
Address: Parkring 12a, 1010 Vienna | Website