Let there be no further mention of that Belarus game in Cork last week, the real action is soon to begin! The 2016 European Championships kicks off in France on the 11th June and we have a funny feeling that more than most of you will have packed an Irish jersey for your US adventure.
Whether you’re on a Summer J1, The Grad Visa Program or just taking a holiday Stateside you’re not going to want to miss Ireland’s three (and hopefully more!) games in the tournament against Sweden, Belgium and Italy. That’s why we’ve got some seasoned football (soccer over there, you’ll get used to it) fans on the ground in some of the major US cities to make sure you’re clued in on where to watch the games, even the ones on at stupid o’clock (the Belgium game is a 6am start on the West Coast!).
There’s no way you’ll be stuck for a TV in the Big Apple but you want to hit a pub where the Green Army is biggest and loudest…
Formerly the Kinsale Tavern, this revamped Irish pub is New York’s newest Celtic Bar so you know it’s in keeping with the times (Ultra HD, Wi-Fi etc). Taken over by Dubliner, Donal Daly last year, The Weir has been open since January and is already attracting hordes of New York’s Irish community. This place is going to be hopping when Ireland open their campaign against Sweden on the 13th June.
New York’s biggest Irish bar is situated right next to the infamous Madison Square Garden complex in the heart of Manhattan. You also won’t be surprised to hear that the Stout does as good a pint of Guinness as you’ll get in NYC (not that an 8am pint is advisable) and serves some great food too. It’s also worth mentioning that there are now 3 Stout Bars in Manhattan but the one you want to head for is this one.
A big favourite of our J1ers and Grad Visa students, the Central Bar is usually full of a vibrant and young crowd most of which will be in full voice dreaming of a team of Gary Breen’s on matchdays!
Not even the Red Sox are going to get a look in for at least a week in June!
A pretty apt name for the noise this place is going to generate throughout the Euros, this is sports Mecca in Boston for Irish fans. Two levels, stacked with a dozen big flatscreen TVs, The Banshee is Boston’s most well known Irish Sports Bar and for good reason. It’s known as a Chelsea bar (sorry Chelsea fans but I didn’t know any existed?!) but don’t let that put you off, The Banshee will feel right at home when Shane Long pile drives a shot past Gigi Buffon to top our group on June 22nd.
Opened way back in 1984, this is Dropkick Murphy’s local! Enough said…
For something a bit different, this Italian themed coffee house doesn’t sell alcohol but instead some delicious coffee, pastries and gelato! Every Irish game will certainly be shown and the place is likely to be less crowded for those of you wanting a space where you can solely focus on our beating of Sweden on June 13th.
The most sports mad city in the US, bar none. We’ll take a good guess that many of our J1 & Grad Visa students will be easily spotted in one of these watering holes on the 13th, 18th & 22nd of June…
Cleo’s has a healthy obsession with three things – craft beers, beautiful food and European football (ugh, I mean soccer..). No doubt a large portion of Chicago’s Irish community will be descending on Cleo’s for our Group games but you can be guaranteed that every single game of the Euros will be watchable here.
‘The best sports bar in the world’.
That’s a pretty big statement to be making but you can argue they can back it up! An establishment completely consumed by sport, pretty much everything going on in The Globe revolves (see what I did there?) around kick off times. As a side note to watching the Euros, check out The Globe’s weekly FIFA tournaments and sports quizzes…quality.
70 HD Screens. 70, think about that for a second? An often stated bug bear of watching a big game in a pub is that you end up behind a pillar or some ludicrously tall dude who’s oblivious to your suffering. Timothy O’Toole’s most certainly solves this problem and while Cleo’s and The Globe aren’t strictly speaking ‘Irish pubs’, this one certainly is.
Watching the game is going to be more challenging in San Fran due to the time difference so don’t forget to check in advance if these places are opening early! Also worth remembering to have a coffee or two before the Belgium game.
The Kezar is one of the most popular Sports Bars in San Fran, from NBA and NFL to footb..sorry ‘soccer’ and rugby. Despite the rather odd name it is classed as an Irish Bar so it will be a safe bet for the early mornings cheering on Martin O’Neill’s men in France.
You’d be hard pressed to think of a Irish pub name more common than The Dubliner. We could probably count 20 homages to Ireland’s capital that we’ve frequented around the world, this being one of our favourite! The pub is full of characters, most of which with strong Irish connections so it’ll be so easy to strike up a conversation with them (mostly about how Belgium are overrated and will get turned over against us in Bordeaux).
Finally, a pub with a Happy Hour! Plus the friendly bar staff are often poor timekeeper’s meaning that ‘hour’ will feel suspiciously longer. Given the early starts, it’d be a wise move to check in with them beforehand to make sure they’re awake and open early in time for kick off!
The South Carolina hot spot has been crazy popular for J1 students this year, with more heading to Myrtle Beach than ever before. With so many of you already out there, you’ll want to get your plans sorted in time for the first game…
Watch Ireland stuff Sweden and then go celebrate on the beach! Sound good? Molly Darcy’s Irish Bar is in an amazing location and also packed with pool tables if you want to get out of the sun (unlikely!). While not renowned as a sports bar we have it on good authority from J1ers already in Myrtle Beach that you won’t miss a kick of any game here.
Pizza, beer and sports! Another great location by the sea, Remedies is jam packed with TVs showing sport morning until night plus they do some great pizzas which go down a treat no matter what time the game kicks off at.
So there you are, panic over! No shortage of ways to find and join the Green Army if you’re in the US as we March on France this June. COYBIG!
Got any more hidden gems where you are? Let us know and spread the word!