MM’s top five… Euro 2016 drinking spots

With the world’s largest football museum, two of the Premier League’s top clubs and some of Britain’s most fanatical fans, it’s fair to say that Manchester has a rich footballing history.

Taking that into account, the city must be one of the top places to follow the Euros outside of France.

But how do you go about choosing a venue to follow all of the action?

To help you decide, we’ve listed five Manchester bars with a rich atmosphere, plenty of screens and the best food and drink to help see you through the summer.

5. Tib Street Tavern, Northern Quarter

A local favourite for live football, Tib Street Tavern is never empty when the footballs on.

During the tournament you can get a four-pint pitcher and two burgers for £25.

One of the bar’s owners is from the Republic of Ireland, so Irish fans can feel at home here too!

4. The Courtyard, Chester Street

Next to the city centre MMU campus, The Courtyard is a student boozer during term-time. But in the summer months the cheap prices prove a strong attraction for thirsty football fans.

During the tournament, customers can get a free pint of Carlsberg at every match just by downloading the Matchpint app and showing a code at the bar.

3. Café Football, Old Trafford

Located inside Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs’ Hotel Football, this lively café/bar is less than 100 yards from The Theatre of Dreams.

It is well known for serving local food and drink, like Scholesy’s steak pudding, chips, peas and gravy. It is the perfect place to catch a late kick-off with dinner.

They have also developed some special dishes for the tournament, including The Zlatan Burger, a Swedish meatball patty with a creamy sauce and The Schweins Tiger, a smoked hot dog with BBQ onions and jalapeno cheese.

2. The Friendship Inn, Fallowfield

Located a little way outside the city in the student district of Fallowfield, The Friendship might seem like an outlier on this list – but there’s good reason for its inclusion.

From the outside this pub might look a bit steam-powered, but on match days the atmosphere is electric.

There’s a wide range of ales on tap, a good mix of nationalities and a beer garden that’s fantastic in the sun.

1. Dive NQ, Northern Quarter

At first, this American-themed ‘dive bar’ doesn’t sound like the best place to watch European soccer.

But Dive NQ’s recent revamp  makes it perfect for the nation’s favourite patriotic pastime.

For good American style street food, an eclectic crowd and the opportunity to stay until 5am on weekends, Dive NQ is the place to go.

Image courtesy of Dive, with thanks

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