Summer is well and truly here. With it, not only comes warmer weather, but a fantastic programme of live sporting events.
And there’s no shortage of places to enjoy these much-anticipated games on a big screen with a drink in hand and a brilliant, buzzing atmosphere.
Whether you want to enjoy the Euros, Wimbledon which is just around the corner, or the 2021 Olympics later this summer, we’ve rounded up a few local spots where you can watch live sport on a widescreen.
1. Snobs Bar and Grill
Located in the city centre, Snobs is one of Birmingham’s most iconic and well-known venues.
Boasting two large projector screens along with nine LCD televisions, the Snobs Bar and Grill provides the perfect space to enjoy the Euros.
There are both tables and booths available, and the bar can safely seat up to 100 guests whilst Covid restrictions are still in place.
To top it all off, Snobs Bar and Grill has a great food menu and a range of drink offers, including an eight pint drink tower from only £22.
Snobs operates a simple walk-in service and also takes table/booth bookings.
Where to go: 51 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, B5 4HX
2. Theatrix Birmingham
Housed in an iconic Grade II listed building, Theatrix is a brand new bar and entertainment venue, situated in the stunning location of Colmore Row overlooking Victoria Square.
Theatrix believes football is coming home, and has installed four large screens for the excitement of the Euros.
Pop down, enjoy the games and sip an ice-cold beer, short drink or a cocktail, along with some tasty snacks from the menu.
Theatrix is offering seated tables for up to 120 people across its two floors – feel free to walk in or secure your table in advance.
Where to go: Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 3AP
3. Hennessey’s Bar
Hennessey’s is a family-owned, independent pub nestled in the middle of Birmingham city centre and the bustling creative quarter, Digbeth.
Serving cocktails, beers and a great selection of wines alongside acclaimed pub food, using local suppliers, the bar is one of the biggest in the city and can accommodate over 1,000 people spread across a number of areas, all available for private hire.
Hennessey’s is known for its fun, bustling atmosphere – it has a 400-capacity, heated and covered garden, with a giant screen showing every major sporting event, as well as Sky Sports and BT Sports coverage, and a roof terrace to a function room.
Where to go: 30-31 Allison Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5TJ
Get in touch: Book your table online at hennesseysdigbeth.co.uk
4. Velvet Music Rooms
A warm welcome greets you from this large independent venue on Broad Street.
Boasting giant 4K screens in stereo sound, Velvet Music Rooms shows multiple sporting events at the same time.
Split across two levels and an outdoor area, the atmosphere is thrilling for the big fixtures.
Priding itself on serving fantastic cocktails, beers and food, you can easily spend the whole day and end up dancing to the DJs or live bands once the sport has finished.
Open every day until late – further information and bookings can be found on the website.
Where to go: 200 Broad Street, Birmingham, B15 1SU
Get in touch: Visit www.velvetmusicrooms.co.uk
5. DropShot Digbeth
Based in the heart of Digbeth, DropShot Digbeth is an independent, activity bar letting customers not only watch games but also play a few too.
Games include six ping-pong tables, two shuffleboards, pool, and table football – all based on a competitive rate of only £10 per hour per group.
Aside from smacking a few table tennis balls, customers are welcome to stay and enjoy watching live sports, including coverage from both Sky Sports and BT Sports, so you’ll never miss the big match.
DropShot also offers delicious stone-baked pizzas made with the freshest ingredients, with chicken wings and loaded fries also on the menu.
Where to go: 60 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR
6. The Old Crown
Birmingham’s oldest award-winning pub, The Old Crown, will be showing the Euros, Olympics and Wimbledon this summer.
Nominated for ‘Best Beer Garden in the UK’ in 2019, the beer garden can fit up to 250 people outside, seated and socially distanced, and has recently opened a new roof terrace for customers to enjoy.
For the Euros, all non-home games are FREE entry and can be booked on the pub’s website. In bad weather, the garden is heated and covered.
Tickets for home games are also available here.
Where to go: 188 High Street, Birmingham, B12 0LD
7. Nortons Digbeth
Nortons Digbeth prides itself on being ‘Not Another Irish Bar’.
Established in December 2019, Nortons has only just begun making a name for itself as a modern Irish style bar and 500-capacity live music venue in the heart of Digbeth.
Live music is at the heart of what Nortons stands for, but it also has numerous ultra-HD TVs around the venue, and a large projector in the garden.
Nortons holds a range of ticketed live music gigs throughout the week, with free live music from Thursday through to Sunday, but whenever the sport is on, it’ll be shown across the venue in high definition.
So, if you’re looking for a more chilled out sports experience, Nortons is the place for you.
Where to go: 39-45 Meriden Street, Birmingham, B5 5LS
Get in touch: Visit nortons.bar