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i don't know many, it seems.
but if it's a big game I like watching it at Roxy Bar and Screen on Borough High Street.
one of the big ones.
bigger screen, but more people.
Pretty much a perfect sports pub - 3 floors, loads of good drinks on tap and in bottles, about 5,000,000 screens showing various things (when we went in it was showing pre-season football games, a softball game and the tennis as well as The Ashes)
That would be perfect, but looking for something a bit more zone oneish or north, if possible.
I used to live near here:
and it almost ruined me. Great pub, hilarious review.
they had about 5 matches on at any one time. It was phenomenal.
One evening after work we went in for a swift pint and they were showing live coverage of the world lumberjack championships.
havent been in there for about 3 years cos it's so shit. ok to watch sport in i guess.
Great to watch sport in. Maybe it's been done up since you were in there last, because I thought it was perfectly nice for such a big pub when we went the other week.
is it that big? good choice of sporting events in there i guess, but it's not a 'nice pub'.
Like I said, check it out if you've not been for years, I thought it was a perfectly nice pub to have a beer in and watch some sport. You should stop going to wine bars mate, you've forgotten where you've come from.
pool table, darts board with only 2 flighted darts, terrible juke box. it was amazing.
'what time do you close tonight?'
'any time between 11pm and 3am.'
I usually end up way out by my brother's place in Collier's Wood, they had two decent ones.
The best football pub is The White Bear in Kennington but probably only if you are a Celtic or Man Utd fan. As in, it's mostly a Celtic pub but has a sizeable Man Utd contingent.
The Minories by Tower Hill has outdoor TVs and is a decent shout. The Water Poet by Liverpool St also has some big screens and outdoor TVs. When I lived in London Bridge I used to go to The Barrowboy and Banker which is alright. It's big, anyway. Also, the Shipwrights Arms over on Tooley Street is pretty good, once tourist season dies down a bit it's usually quiet on a weekend and they have two projector screens.
and the Old Kings Head in London Bridge is good in a shit way (and is the first place I met my fiance at)
and location wise as well (i forgot one of our contingent was coming from the deepest depths of south london)
Also, olegrich, did you get that job when i saw you last?
Or more accurately, I don't know, as I had an interview that morning and got offered a job after I bumped into you, which started the following week so I accepted that! So I haven't been avoiding you in the office ha ha.
try The Dickens Inn (the one on Union Street, not in St Katharine Docks) as it's absolutely dead on a weekend but they have 2 Sky boxes. I once got them to let me watch a Celtic vs Airtricity XI preseason friendly.
Just moved to the area and don't really have a football pub yet.
When I lived in Wood Green, I'd usually go to The Nelson near the station. Crap pub but showed a lot of the 3pm games.
Generally, I prefer to stay at home and stream though, if I can't get to the game.
They have an outdoor TV and three indoor ones. They've had a revamp though and it's not quite what it was. They used to do odd South Asian bar snacks that were dead nice.
I used to like The Grove, by South Wimbledon station, but it shut down. There was a Celtic Supporters Club there but they fell out with the owner, then he went out of business. COINCIDENCE?! There's a ropey looking Irish pub opposite where it used to be but I've not ventured in there because it looks super grim.
The Colliers Tup is more of a rugby place but they do show a few football games. I'm not a huge fan though. Bit rambunctious and twatty.
Bottoms of Haydons Road, right? Never been in there. I'll give it a go.
When we visited South Wimbledon before we moved The Grove was my football watching pub of choice.
That Irish pub is The Killkenny and is actually pretty good! I normally drink in the Trafalgar or the Sultan, but if I fancy a late drink that place is open all hours and is very friendly.
There's a lesson in there about judging pubs by their bleak exteriors.
friendliest landlord on earth, really good, cheap food. beer isn't obscenely expensive.
I used to drink in there all the time when I lived in E&C a few years ago. Don't know that I'd call the food really good, but other than that, it's a proper local pub with proper football fans (Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal mainly) and like you say, the friendliest landlord on earth.
Thank me later.
got a reply of 'yeah but there will probs be about 100 millwall in so don't wear your colours'
The first time I went in there I was with Tunde (who a few people will know), and he told a Leeds fan that we were sharing bants with (who had a tattoo ON HIS FACE) that the only guy he liked more than Ken Bates was Peter Risdale.
Had to leave pretty sharpish.
Great pub though.
what a prick
I've been in once and wasn't a big fan of the atmosphere. Also I got called a "Papist cunt" for walking near it (not actually going in the place) in a Celtic shirt. Millwall. Lovely club.
i've been fucking staggered at how many fans Chelsea have compared to the other London clubs, irrespective of area of London.
admittedly, they're the best team from the area and you have to bear in mind all the bandwaggoners, but even still, the cunts are like ants.
and the few I do tend to be in pubs about 5 minutes from Stamford Bridge, but I've also had the impression that every corner of London is crawling with Arsenal fans. North, east, south or west, there will always be an Arsenal fan watching them in the pub. I live on Loftus Road and the area is crawling with kids who can see QPR from their bedroom wearing Arsenal kits.
FYI, the Australasians in Shepherd's Bush have latched onto City in a big way. More blue than red in Walkabout during the last Manc derby, which surprised me.
Not sure why.
Couldn't move for dippers. Think we outnumbered Chelsea fans about 20 to 1.
Admittedly it wasn't in West London but I always thought there were a fair smattering of Blues in the east. More so than Gunners or Spuds fans. I mean I know most folk in Hackney are probably armchair glory hunting bastards like myself but I didn't expect there to be that much disparity.
To be honest, I watched the Everton semi in the same pub and there were more Toffees in there that day than there were Chelsea fans watching the final.
fairly regularly to watch football. It's nowt special as a pub, basically a huge Wetherspoons clone, but it has two big screens and about 30 televisions dotted about, so you'd always find a good place to sit and comfortably watch a game. Very heavily weighted towards Arsenal and Spurs though.
That pub always gets called out when there's `worst pubs in London` bants on here, but I've never really been able to fault it as somewhere to watch sport. Plenty of tellys, and plenty of space to position yourself to watch said tellys. Can't fault it.
Actually my favourite place in East London to watch footie (on a Saturday) is The Globe on Morning Lane these days. I seem to remember you saying you pretty much grew up in that place. Either way, I absolutely love the place. Shows Saturday games through a cracked satellite with Italian Sky Sports. Well kept pint of Ghost Ship for £3. Lovely landlord. Only negative is you come out smelling of chip fat.
Never used to show football back in my day. I guess there's just so little choice for 'local' types in the area now that the few that remain need to convince people to not just get a few cans and sit at home. Maddigans just up the road isn't bad for watching football but gets packed to the rafters for anything involved either of the north London clubs.
Not sure if you've been to somewhere like Clapton recently but not a single one of the old school pubs remains. They've all been gastro'd and had the big screens ripped out and are charging £3.80 a pint. Sad.
Maddigans is an alright sports pub I guess but there's always a bit of needle whenever I've been in there. Few too many eyeballers in there for a relaxing experience. The Globe is perfect - definitely going to go in there as much as I can to support it this season ahead of the gastro joints...
Can see why they'd put people off. They'd probably eat a wretch like me for breakfast if it wasn't for the fact that they know my dad and he isn't a skinny indie bellend. Not a favoured watering hole of mine, just a decent enough compromise if I'm in the area to watch a game.
Might have to pop into The Globe in the near future if it's gone football friendly.
Actually thinking about it (dodgy clientele aside) Maddigans is the only place in the area to watch Sunday games really. The Globe has big band jazz on on a Sunday - you can only watch games on a Saturday in there.
Close to Covent Garden. Have to go when there's an Italy game on obv.