Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, FIFA Women’s World Cup… football’s headlining fixtures all come to a head over the next few months, meaning we’re in for a exciting few months of the world’s best players doing what they do best, right in front of our noses.
But, to make the most of it, it’s always best to share the experience with fellow football lovers – we can all remember the out-and-out excitement of the Men’s World Cup last summer, as pubs and bars across the country buzzed with mutual anticipation and elation (we won’t mention what happened next). At the same time, though, you don’t need to settle for any old boozer to get your weekly football fix. Here’s three destinations that have much more to offer than just a Sky Sports subscription.
Bar Kick, Shoreditch
Exmouth Market’s Cafe Kick is much beloved, but too small for a big match like the FA Cup Final. It’s more capacious sister, on the other hand, has lots of space.
Eat: Burgers and hot dogs are on the menu, obviously, but also shawarma, quesadillas, and if you’re feeling particularly fancy, chorizo sandwiches with crisp rocket and piquillo.
Kick back: With table football, of course, on one of several Bonzini football tables.
Details: 127 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE cafekick.co.uk
Duke of Edinburgh, Brixton
If you like your football drinking dens old school, then meander the backstreets of Brixton to the Duke of Edinburgh. The atmosphere in here is always good-natured.
Eat: In-keeping with an area known for its Caribbean food, the kitchen’s run by White Men Can’t Jerk. Think curried mutton shepherd’s pie with sweet potato mash and Red Stripe-poached fried chicken.
Kick back: If the tension’s too much, chill out in the pub’s huge beer garden.
Details: 204 Ferndale Rd, SW9 8AG dukeofedinburghpub.com
Skylight Bar, Tobacco Dock
For a more urbane approach and, weather permitting, the opportunity to work on your tan, head to Skylight, one of London’s growing cohort of rooftop bars.
Eat: A rotating carousel of seasonal street food vendors service the bar, so there are plenty of options.
Kick back: This bar aims to be an urban lawn club, with all the sophisticated trappings. Croquet, anyone?
Details: Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street car park entrance, E1W 2SF skylightlondon.com