6 places to watch English football and rugby in Berlin

Very important note: Before you head off to the pub, check the website to see if they are playing your match. Some of the pubs have German Sky TV, which only plays the big matches and of course, with German commentary.

The Oscar Wilde
Friedrichstraße 112A
U Oranienburger Tor

Source: The Oscar Wilde website

Source: The Oscar Wilde website

* Sky TV with English commentary

Probably the first pub everyone goes to watch the footy, this is a reasonably-sized place with 3 or 4 screens, including a big one in the back. It’s got Sky TV, so that means English Premier League, Champions League, FA cup and internationals with English commentary. Drinks are on the average-expensive side with a pint coming in around the €4.30 mark, but it does have a reasonable range – including Newcastle Brown on tap. Always welcome. This place suffers somewhat from its well-knownity (yes, it’s a word). It’s very popular with tourists and tends to get very crowded for the big matches, and especially on the weekends. Usually a safe bet, but if being wedged between wasted stag parties isn’t your cup of tea, you might be better off drinking elsewhere.

Belushi’s Sport Bar
Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 41
U Rosa-Luxembourg Platz

Source: Belushi's website

Source: Belushi’s website

*Sky TV with English commentary

It’s a sports bar. And let’s be honest, sports bars are never the best places to watch sport. Belushi’s is something of a typical sports bar, with TVs on every wall, questionable food, noisy customers and not-exactly-cheap (although they do have offers on sometimes). The cheapest beer (can’t remember the name, it begins with an L) is around €4.30 and it’s not a great one. It’s also the most touristy pub listed here, thanks in no small part to the adjoining hostel. Now, a significant positive. For the big games, the atmosphere is hard to beat.

The Blarney Pub
Methfesselstraße 4
U Mehringdamm

*Has Sky TV

Intimate pub with, judging by the jovial customer-landlord interactions, a loyal expat clientele. It’s located in the Mehringdamm area of the city and in close proximity to Mustapha’s Gemüse Kebab meaning you can watch football, and get a kebab. It’s a win-win. Good range of drinks and very reasonable prices. Probably the least touristy place here, it’s a good bet for a quiet Friday/Saturday night, or Sunday afternoon, but not at all suitable for big groups.

The Irish harp
Giesebrechtstraße 15
U Adenauer Platz

Source: The Irish Harp website

Source: The Irish Harp website

*Has Sky TV

It’s a bit out of the way, just off the Ku’damm in Charlottenburg. However, reasonably priced beer, a big screen showing matches and very friendly staff all combine to make this one of the better places in Berlin to watch English football. It even does nice food. There’s also a large outdoor terrace, which is great in the summer, less so in Berlin’s frigid winter.

Kilkenny Irish Pub
Am Zwirngraben 17-20
S Hackescher Markt

*Has Sky TV with English commentary

This is another touristy place, located smack bang in the middle of Mitte. Has a reputation for being expensive (probably due to the fact most customers are tourists), but shows English Premier League as well as Champions League and more.

The Castle
Hochstraße 2
S + U Gesundbrunnen

Source: The Castle website

Source: The Castle website

*No Sky TV – International matches only

In close proximity to major transport hub Gesundbrunnen, The Castle is a comfortable, large place with an international clientele , drawn mainly from Berlin residents, giving a nice atmosphere. No sky, so this one’s only good for international rugby and football, and even these come with Spanish commentary for some reason. Unless you’re minted, ignore the hideously priced craft beer (€5.50 for 400ml). You’re much better off the very competitive Castle homebrew (€2.50 for half a litre). And as one last added benefit, stay after the football or rugby on a Saturday and take part in the popular karaoke.

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