Where to watch Euro 2016 in Abu Dhabi

Top sports bars to watch football in Abu Dhabi

Where to watch Euro 2016 in Abu Dhabi

After the World Cup, the European Championship is arguably the globe’s greatest football tournament. From the first whistle as hosts France take on Romania in Paris on Friday June 10, football fans across Abu Dhabi will be glued to their screens for an entire month, cheering on their boys to glory or ignominy.

We’re huge fans of the beautiful (and sometimes rather ugly) game, so you might find us around town with our retro replica shirts on, cheering, screaming and inevitably sobbing at our team’s latest dismal display.

Football is a team sport, though, so we’ve joined forces with beIN Sports’ dynamic duo, Richard Keys and Andy Gray, who have given us their predictions for the tournament. We also have the lowdown on the games to watch in France, and where to watch them in the capital.

12 venues to watch the 24 rivals in

3rd Avenue

Not your typical loud, noisy sports bar, this venue is ideal for those who like to savour each moment of the beautiful game. Perfectly-positioned projectors and TV screens won’t let you miss out on a single second of the 90 minutes. A selection of food and beverages will be served right until the final whistle.
Open daily noon-2am. Sheraton Khalidiya Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Khalidiyah (02 666 6220).

Belgian Cafe
Daily raffle draws and special merchandise will be doled out during each match. Visitors will also be handed stamp cards as they enter, and the more you collect, the grander the prizes you stand to win. These include free food and beverages, gift vouchers and tickets to sporting events. It's all dependent on your sacred stack of cards, so start collecting.
Open Sat-Tue 4pm-1am; Wed-Fri 4pm-2am. Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island (02 656 2000).

Black Pearl
Beverage and pizza deal or order any burger of your choice and beverage for only Dhs92++ enjoying the thrill of the Euro Cup & Rio Olympics 2016.
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha Beach (02 508 0555).

Blu Sky Lounge & Grill

Walk into this restaurant outside the Euro 2016 dates and you will find the place flooded with Manchester City football fans. But country will trump club for the next few weeks. In addition to the food and beverage promos and deals that will be on offer, fans can advantage of the different contests being organised.
Sun-Thu 3pm-3am; Fri-Sat noon-3am. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina Street, Tourist Club Area (02 4182581).

Cooper's

A fine, often-packed spot, we’ve caught more than just a couple of football matches at this British-style pub. It's a fine venue with friendly staff and great grub to munch on in those rare moments you're not chewing on your nails.Four projectors and four TVs will make you feel like you are at the stadium.
Open daily noon-2.30am. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Maqtaa (02 657 3325).

Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi

The newly opened Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island welcomes guests to view the exciting Euro Cup semi-final and final matches in the capital's hottest waterfront location. In celebration of the beautiful game, groups of families and friends are invited to join a buzzing atmosphere, viewing the final matches on large screens from comfortable sofa style seating enjoying special Euro Cup inspired food and beverage packages. Guests can even win prizes from a raffle drawn after each match. Fans can select from an a la carte menu or opt for group packages from Dhs195 per person. Liwa Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi will be open from 9pm-2am to screen the following games: Wednesday July 6, 11pm (1st semi-final), Thursday July 7, 11pm (2nd semi-final), July 10, 11pm (final).
Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, contactus.abudhabi@fourseasons.com (02 333 2222).

Grills @ Chill'O
A special air-conditioned tent will keep cheering fans cool during those heated, nail-biting moments. A burger promotion and a special food and drinks menu for the competition will make sure everyone is well fed by the time the final whistle is blown.
Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Al Markaziyah (02 813 7777).

Hemingway's
Toast to your team’s success with your mates over a shared platters of delicious pub grub. Take a culinary Euro trip with classic dishes from the continent such as fish and chips, Belgian mussels and Brie and pastrami filled croissants. Participation in the Fantasy League will land you a chance to win prizes that include a signed Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal team jersey. With this, and other daily competitions, the atmosphere is bound to be anything but electric.
Open Sat-Wed noon-midnight, Thu-Fri noon-1am. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah (02 681 1900).

McGettigan's AUH

A favourite with sports fans in the capital, you’re unlikely to miss a single moment if you decide to stop by. This Irish bar always has some sport being screened across its 23 HD plasma TVs. Special deals on beverages will run until 10pm each night. There’s a special "winging it" deal that will get you four drinks and a large portion of Buffalo wings for Dhs159. Semi-final tickets also up for grabs.
Open daily, noon-3am. McGettigan’s AUH, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi (02 652 4333).

NRG Sports cafe

The stage is set with football kits, flags and memorabilia covering the walls. The large outdoor screen in the centre garden will draw in fans like moths to a flame. And we also hear Le Méridien has struck a deal that will mean it will be running online competitions throughout the tournament. You'll be able to win big alongside your team.
Open Sun-Thu 4pm-2am; Fri-Sat 1pm-2am. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 697 4382).

PJ O'Reilly's Irish Pub
Themed bar bites and beverage packages will be on offer at this bar that is known to follow most major sporting competitions. Let your cries ring out loud and clear as your team steps onto the pitch.
Open daily noon-2am. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah (02 674 2020).

Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri
Bucket and food deals available at Al Majlis, 5th Floor. Dhs100 per person (includes two drinks and some snacks). Group packages available.
Open daily 6pm-midnight. Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8888).

Stills bar & brasserie

Cheer for your favourite team at this iconic pub. There are several TVs decorating the place and at least one of them will have the live commentary to help you know exactly what’s going on. You won't miss out on a single moment of the action.
Open Sun-Wed 3pm-1am; Thu 3pm-3am; Fri noon-3pm; Sat noon-1am. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Yas Island (02 656 3000).

The Sportsman's Arms
A new addition to the capital’s sports bar scene, The Sportsman’s Arms has hanging screens from the ceiling and a big projector. Root for your favourite 11 as you make your way through a delicious cheesy pizza accompanied with a drink for Dhs99.
Open daily 8am-11pm. Al Madina Al Riyadiya (02 403 4235).

The Tavern Pub
Individual snacks and sharing platters are the order of the day at this English-style gastro pub. If you correctly predict the winning team before every match, you walk away with fun prizes. Double score!
Open Fri-Wed noon-2am; Thu noon-2.30am. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Al Markaziyah (02 677 3333).

Wanasah Café Lounge
Step into the newly renovated Wanasah lounge and predict the score before half time and you could get 50 per cent on your final bill or book the cabana for two nights in a row and get the 3rd night for free.
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha Beach (02 508 0555).


The big guns

France
Cautious optimism is creeping into the squad following some strong performances in friendlies and, as hosts with a wealth of talent, they are surely the team to beat.

Germany
Qualifying for Euro 2016 wasn’t as simple as expected, with a few surprising results blotting their record. This is still a very strong squad in every department, but rivals will be smelling blood.

Italy
They didn’t qualify too convincingly, but are a force to be reckoned with. Head coach Antonio Conte has already announced he’s joining Chelsea after the Euros, which may be causing a distraction.

Spain
Putting their harrowing 2014 World Cup campaign behind them will surely be Spain’s priority. They have won the last two Euros, but this team is nowhere near as dominant as the class of 2008 to 2012.

The hopefuls

England
With the emergence of potential match-winners Dele Alli and Harry Kane, plus the blistering pace of Jamie Vardy, England look better equipped than they did for their World Cup 2014 disaster.

Northern Ireland
A quick scan of the team doesn’t reveal any big names, but what they do have is a well-settled squad that plays with pride. Recent form suggests they won’t be the Group C whipping boys.

Republic of Ireland
One of the most eye-catching results in qualification campaign was a 1-0 win over Germany in Dublin. Although they have no superstars, their direct style and defensive fortitude is taking them far.

Wales
This is Wales’ golden generation, spearheaded by Gareth Bale. But it would be a mistake to think that this is a one-man team; Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and skipper Ashley Williams are all pulling their weight.

Players to watch

Gareth Bale, Wales
The world’s most expensive player is an explosive attacking threat with the pace and ball control to terrify any defence. He’s had his doubters at Real Madrid, but has regularly proved his class on the big stage.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden
Since their mid-’90s peak, Sweden haven’t achieved much at all. But with the flamboyant Ibrahimovic in the side, anything is possible. It was his goal-scoring ability that propelled Sweden into Euro 2016.

Manuel Neuer, Germany
The Bayern Munich number one has taken goalkeeping to a new level over the past few years, proving the old adage that you have to be slightly bonkers to play in goal to be absolutely spot on.

Paul Pogba, France
Since joining Juventus in 2012, he has established himself as one of the finest players in the world. He’s at his best playing from deep, where he can control the play and bring the ball forward.

Richard Keys

On the hosts
“France have got be favourites. Whatever anybody says it’s a huge advantage to be the hosts. France have the quality, they know the nature of winning. I think being hosts will give them a tremendous lift.”

On the other contenders
“I know Denmark will argue that they were the opposite in that they stepped off the beach and won it, but generally you need that tournament experience and that’s why ultimately I think one of the big teams will win it.”

On starting with Wayne Rooney
“I’d play him, all day long. You have to. I don’t care that Andy’s not a big fan, I am. He remains the one player that teams don’t want to see in our starting line-up. He is our one international-class, proven, top-quality player.”

On the player he’s most excited about seeing
“I think Harry Kane will go well. He’s one I’m really looking forward to seeing, especially in his first major tournament.”

Andy Gray

On the hosts
“I was there in ’98 in France and without a doubt, the passion of the nation lifted the team to unbelievable heights. They had some wonderful players in that side as well, but they still have some wonderful players so you have to look at them as potential winners.”

On the other contenders
“You cannot ignore Germany because they always turn up tournament-ready. I don’t know about Spain. They’re going through a period where they’re getting it done, but they’re just getting it done. Are Belgium going to turn up at a tournament, at last? Will Cristiano Ronaldo drive Portugal on to victory?

On England’s hopes
“England have got a chance – I don’t often say that. It’s a tough group. Russia are not great, but they’re tough. If Wales’ best team turn up, they’re going to be very hard to beat. I think England will go through, but who they get in the knockout stages will define how far they go.”

On the player he’s most excited about seeing
“Harry Kane. It’s one thing having a good Premier League season, but it’s another taking that into an international championship and showing people how good you are.”

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