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Pub for Euro Cup in Cambridge

The Chemist Jun 30, 2012 06:52 AM

As the title suggests, I am looking for a good pub with decent grub and local beer to watch the Euro Cup Finale tomorrow. Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks!

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    hungryphd RE: The Chemist Jun 30, 2012 07:00 AM

    I have been wondering about this as well. I watched the Germany-Italy match at Bukowski's in Inman Square. It was pretty empty, but the game was on two tvs. Beer is good, food is less good.

    Also in Inman is the Druid, which I believe will be showing the game, and will probably have a more enthusiastic football crowd. Less beer selection, smaller menu, but possibly better food.

    Anyone else have suggestions?

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    1. re: hungryphd
      The Chemist RE: hungryphd Jun 30, 2012 07:16 AM

      I've been doing the other games at 'The Field' near central square. It's alright, I suppose. The beer is okay, haven't tried the food. The TVs are in kinda awkward places though.

      I wonder if the Cambridge Brewing Company will be showing the game.

      1. re: The Chemist
        Matt H RE: The Chemist Jun 30, 2012 08:26 AM

        The best Football Pub in Cambridge is Phoenix Landing, but the food is pretty run of the mill. Typically I go there, watch the match, drink and then grab some food at Moody's afterwards. Best atmosphere by far though.

        1. re: Matt H
          itaunas RE: Matt H Jul 1, 2012 04:49 AM

          Phoenix Landing is a better football venue, but Plough and the Stars might be worth a shot. I preferred the food when they weren't a restaurant (more football and lunch/brunch only before), but hounds seem to be pretty happy overall with their offerings and I would think they would show finals.

          Midwest Grill usually does some decent World Cup events, although I think they ditched what they had in "local beer" a while back. It can certainly be watched there and might have a few more attendees than in the past since Cafe Belo is gone, but probably most of that crowd would be at Samba Bar (decent food, but not as nice and no local beer). Although its not a football haunt, Atwood's would also be decent if they were showing the game with good beer and better for watching than CBC.

          As far as the North End Caffe Grafitti in the past was going to open their dining room for major games and always got a good crowd. I generally go to Paradiso. But not going to find "local beer" or much food at any such venues.

          1. re: itaunas
            jgg13 RE: itaunas Jul 2, 2012 06:34 AM

            I haven't noticed any association football on at Atwoods lately, I've been over there for lunch here and there.

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              huuvola RE: jgg13 Jul 2, 2012 11:12 AM

              Just a quick FYI that Atwood's no longer has TVs. Focus is more on music (evenings) and conversation (anytime).

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                jgg13 RE: huuvola Jul 2, 2012 11:26 AM

                That would explain why I haven't seen anything on lately :) They never really had them on much anyways.

                Speaking of music, it annoys the crap out of me that they come around and charge you a cover in the evening even if you've been there for a while. There've been many times where I've been there for a few hours and they come around demanding cover for some band that I don't want to see. Let's see - your options are that I continue to pay you copious amounts of money for booze or you can demand that I cough up a cover and I'll just leave. They always choose me leaving.

          2. re: Matt H
            digga RE: Matt H Jul 1, 2012 06:56 AM

            I've had lunch twice in the past two weeks at Phoenix Landing (my first time eating there). I am obsessed with their grilled tofu sandwich - on toasted multi-grain bread, with an avocado spread. My co-workers all seemed to like their meat-based sandwiches, too. Weekday lunch is great - really quiet in there (you can talk without looking over your shoulder) and the sandwiches all have come out of the kitchen carefully constructed. Guess the poor guy in the kitchen is really bored during the day and has the bandwidth to put extra care into the food.

      2. justbeingpolite RE: The Chemist Jun 30, 2012 07:54 AM

        How about Shay's on JFK in Harvard Sq?

        1. MC Slim JB RE: The Chemist Jun 30, 2012 08:39 AM

          Utterly meh food, but Tommy Doyle's at One Kendall will also have the match.

          Best combo of the match, good fans, and good food and drink might be Olde Magoun's Salon in Somerville.

          Craziest spot might be Caffe dello Sport in the North End, especially if Italy wins.


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