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July 11 will be our first evening in Paris and my teenage son (and my husband too!) will be dying to see the final match. Rather than having them stuck in the hotel room, I'm hoping there might be a café or sports-bar type of place that would be more fun. We're staying in the 5e, but willing to travel.

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  1. You can watch it at the The Great Canadian (25, quai des Grands Augustins, Paris 75006 Tel: 01 46 33 54 20)

    One of my friends owns this place (just wanted to be upfront about this), when I lived in Paris it was the closest thing to a sports bar the city has. Any cafe or bar will have a TV showing the game but TGC will have a good atmosphere and loads of fans from both squads. The view from their terrase is pretty good as well.

    http://www.tgcparis.com/en/index.html

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    1. re: jfprieur

      I'd agree that every bar/cafe in the city will be showing it and that you'll get a more vociferous audience at an Anglo/Irish/etc pub than any old French cafe.

      1. re: John Talbott

        "...a more vociferous audience at an Anglo/Irish/etc pub than any old French cafe" it depends who's still in the cup.

        If Ghana stay in the competition, the cafés and bars around Chateau Rouge and the rue Chateau d'eau be far more animated than any "Sports" Bar full of ex-pat anglos nursing pints of over-priced beer and who don't know who to support.

        It Brazil do well, the Favela Chic on the rue du Faubourg du Temple will be fun for football, caipirina and feijoada.

        For Portugese games, cheap but filling eats and Portugese Polo, go to Chez Lino, 79 rue de Dunkerque, the haunt of many hipsters.

        If Spain do as well as they're supposed to, and for St Miguel, sangria, tapas and paella, try the cafe "La Liberté- El Prado" , 55 Boulevard Voltaire.

        1. re: vielleanglaise

          "If Ghana stay in the competition, the cafés and bars around Chateau Rouge and the rue Chateau d'eau be far more animated than any "Sports" Bar full of ex-pat anglos nursing pints of over-priced beer and who don't know who to support."

          There is a very nice bar in that neighborhood - without being in overheated fChateau Rouge, too much for this geezer - on the intersection of rue Ramey-rue Clignancourt, full of blacks and Arabs and Butte-kicking hipsters. I think the name is Chope Château Rouge.

          "If Spain do as well as they're supposed to, and for St Miguel, sangria, tapas and paella, try the cafe "La Liberté- El Prado" , 55 Boulevard Voltaire."

          Don't forget the two J'go places in town. I recommend a plate of duck heart.

          And traditionally rue Guisarde in St Germain is the sports bar central for Paris. The small street even has several good bistros like le Machon d'Henrie and Brasserie Fernand.

          Other fun spots:
          - Near rue St Dominique in the 7th, Café Thoumieux on 4 Rue de la Comète.- Playoff on rue St Georges in the 9th.