Where to watch European Football Championship matches in Budapest
Photo : Balkányi László / We Love Budapest
10/6/2016, 9:50 PM●6-minute article
This year’s European Football Championship is special for Hungarians, because for the first time in 44 years, the players of our national team will finally participate in the tournament. Because of this, almost every bar, club, and restaurant across Budapest will be showing the continent’s supreme soccer tournament on big screens beginning on June 10th, such as these popular spots for sports fans. Go Hungary!
The tiered terrace of this city-center nightlife hub will transform into a stadium every night during the championship. Reasons to watch the matches at Akvárium include refreshing drinks, a UEFA menu, two huge projector screens, and tables that can be reserved in advance. However, it’s important to note that no reservations can be made for the matches starting at 3pm – instead, tables can be occupied depending on how full the terrace is. On the other hand, reservations from 6pm cost 3,000 forints per person, and from 9pm, the price goes up to 5,000 forints per person. Fortunately, this amount redeemable as a voucher for drinks.
One of Budapest’s very best ruin pubs welcomes everyone to watch the big games on an oversized projection screen, and there is no need to worry about running out of beer while watching the action – Anker’t now boasts two huge tanks of freshly brewed Pilsner Urquell to keep all sports fans satisfied, along with a great selection of bar food and groovy tunes played in between and after the matches.
At one of the city’s newest terrace hangouts, the pleasant riverfront atmosphere is a given not only because of the panoramic views over Liberty Bridge and Gellért Hill. Bálna is perfect for an afternoon fröccs with its beautiful riverscape vistas and huge projector screens during the European Championship.
Europe’s largest open-air concert venue, Budapest Park, prepares for the European Championship in its Sport Garden with a 15-square-meter projector screen, beer benches, and foosball. Entry is free until 9pm, and costs 500 forints per person afterwards. If there is a concert held here during the matches, the Sport Garden can only be visited with concert tickets.
Fans can watch the European Championship only after 6pm at Dürer Kert, but as a reward for the late start, we can drink traditional and craft beers, and eat Balkan grilled dishes here. As the tournament progresses, the guests will be able to choose among matches starting at the same time.
Every two years, fans gather at the grassy area of Szabadság Square to watch the matches of the current European Championship at the Belvárosi Foci Mozi (“Downtown Football Cinema”). The festival-esque football party attracts people with a 28-square-meter projector screen, also at Tüskecsarnok this year.
Football will take over the District VII electronic-music center for a month: they await fans at two locations within one building. In addition to other HD devices, two newly acquired large screens will improve the experience in Fogaskert and Liebling. As a plus, they will also offer drink specials and raffles.
If you’d like to cheer on your favorite team in front of Hungary’s largest projector screen, your place is at Football Island. The program series on Margaret Island will be held at the athletic center, which has capacity for over 7,000 people. The organizers present a 144-square-meter giant screen, food trucks, a gastro promenade, a huge selection of beers, a chill zone, foosball, football competitions, and poolball.
Kobuci Kert has been in the inner courtyard of the Zichy Palace since the summer of 2009, and offers the opportunity of cheering on any football team in a historical setting, since all matches of the European Championship will be broadcasted on a LED screen in the Main Square – with free entry, as well!
Larus Restaurant, located on Sirály Promenade next to the MOM Cultural Center, is also a regular contributor to this global football event. Chef Péter Várvizi prepares street-food dishes for the hungry guests, of whom a maximum of 80 can stay on the terrace – but in turn, they can park in the area for free.
Visit this upscale terrace lounge just steps away from the Pest riverbank to watch the UEFA games in complete comfort, as soft couches and attentive servers ensure that Paris Budapest guests enjoy every goal in a state of deluxe delight. Adding to the sumptuous setting, sweeping views of the Chain Bridge and Buda Castle dominate the backdrop.
The Danube-side newcomer also broadcasts all matches of the Championship; on the TV during the daytime, and on the big screen in the evening. The surrounding views (Chain Bridge, Gresham Palace) and the beer-fröccs-party combination make PONTOON a worthy football-watching spot to visit.
Budapest’s best all-weather venue for watching the Euro 2016 matches is indubitably the Royal Tribune, a temporary sports-lover paradise set up within a glass-roofed courtyard of the historic Corinthia Hotel Budapest. Along with multiple big screens and varied levels of viewing spaces covered with artificial turf, this atmosphere is especially welcoming for fans with its foosball table and miniature soccer pitch, while the adjacent Le Bar is now a mini-museum of actual artifacts from Magyar football legend Ferenc Puskás. Special menu offers include a deluxe box of top-quality bar food (ribs, fish and chips, fried chicken, and onion rings) with varied dipping sauces, while a bathtub full of beer completes this playground for grown-ups.
A place where we can take a rest from the hustle and bustle of the city, where we can enjoy homemade ice cream specialties and the pleasant sunshine, and watch the matches on a 12-square-meter LED screen. On the break days of the competition, we can make the most of our football-free time by attending the Spanish movie nights of the Cervantes Institute.
Why should we go all the way over to District XXII if we don’t live there? Because at the waterfront Vasmacska Terrace, nation-specific dishes will be put on the table during the European Championship, accompanied by other drink specials and raffles. Fans arriving with children will also be able to drop off the little ones at the adjacent playground.
The roof garden of WestEnd will be called the Metropol Fans’ Terrace for a month, and will await football aficionados with a 6×4-meter projector screen, traditional and French flavors, hamburgers, salads, sweets, beers, free programs, and a roaring stadium atmosphere with every goal. Before the opening match, fans can get free face painting, and enjoy a piano accordion performance and a heated can-can dance show.
A new place opens this month on Eiffel Square, named Zsiráf (“Giraffe”). Excellent beers are the foundation of the spot, located in the neighborhood of the Nyugati Railway Station, and during the European Championship, a 30-square-meter LED screen will lure in new guests.