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Where to Watch Football in Lisbon? My Top 6

It’s surprising but for a major capital city in Europe, Lisbon doesn’t have many dedicated sports bars or places to watch football. Yet, for football fans eager to catch a Sporting Lisbon match or a Sport Lisboa e Benfica game, especially during the heated Champions League nights, there are hidden gems scattered across the city.

From Irish pubs with giant screens to the best bars offering a mix of cold beer and international sports broadcasts, this guide will navigate you through the top places in the capital of Portugal to ensure you’re right in the heart of the action. So, let’s kick off, I hope you find “Where to watch football in Lisbon? My Top 6” useful!

Note: I’m yet to find a venue that broadcasts games with English commentary, if you have any recommendations, feel free to drop them in the comments below.

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The Couch Sports Bar

The Couch Sports Bar in Cais Do Sodre - Where to watch football in Lisbon
The Couch Sports Bar in Cais Do Sodre

Location

They operate in two different spots. In this review, I’ll be discussing the Cais do Sodre branch on Rua do Alecrim, while it’s worth noting that the Avenida Duque de Loule branch is a recent addition.

Highlights

  • 48 TVs across two locations
  • 60 sports and 800 channels available
  • They show games from most major leagues
  • Ability to watch multiple games simultaneously
  • Late-opening hours with live music after games

Screens

  • 32 TV screens at the Rua do Alecrim location
  • Some screens need updating due to graininess

Type

Sports bar with a lively, intimate atmosphere.

Menu

  • Special dishes: Roast beef sandwiches, pork belly, meatball sandwich with pesto sauce. Great food. 
  • Drinks: Cocktails named after famous sportsmen, many international beers including Guinness, Sagres, Hop House, and more.
  • Notable mention: George Best cocktail with vanilla-macerated tangerine, Cointreau, and Rémy Martin.

Popular With

Younger, expat clientele.

My Experience of The Couch:

  • Highly recommend the meatball sandwich and fries.
  • Pints here are expensive for Portuguese standards. I paid €5 for a pint of Sagres.
  • Match day atmosphere here is in my opinion the best places in Lisbon. 
  • It can get very cramped during the big games, however they generally have enough staff on the bar so you’re not waiting too long for a drink. 
  • I don’t think their aircon works very well, so during the summer months it can get very hot.
  • Due to the number of TV screens it’s the perfect choice for watching multiple games at once.
  • Very close to Pink Street and the bustling Lisbon nightlife.
  • They do need to update some of the screens as there are quite a few that are clearly old and grainy.
  • I’ve had many good times here 😀. 
  • Arrive early, there can be big lines for the bar. 

Extras

  • Cocktails named after famous sportsmen
  • Late-opening hours with live music after games
  • Smokers’ courtyard available
  • Located in a lively hub of nightlife buzz in Lisbon

Accessibility

  • The bar is inaccessible to individuals who use wheelchairs or have difficulty navigating stairs

The George

Busy night at The George Pub
Busy night at The George Pub

Location

The George: R. do Crucifixo 58 66, 1100-184 Lisboa, Portugal

Contact

Highlights

  • Popular Britpub in Lisbon, especially for Liverpool games, the Fifa World Cup and  Euros.
  • Multiple screens, including outdoor screens for warmer months
  • Live acts performing in the corner of the room after games
  • Attentive and friendly staff familiar with many regulars

Screens

  • Multiple gilt-framed screens in the spacious saloon bar
  • Additional screens facing the street for outdoor viewing

Type

British pub with a mix of Portuguese influence

Menu

  • Special dishes: Crossover menu of Portuguese and pub favorites, including a notable Beef Wellington (though not personally tried)
  • Drinks: Guinness, Sagres, Erdinger, Heineken, and more

Popular With

Loyal clientele, particularly Liverpool fans

Outside screen at The George Pub
Outside screen at The George Pub

My Experience of The George

  • The pub is beautifully set up with screens even outside on the street for those who prefer outdoor viewing.
  • The chips served here are among the best I’ve had.
  • The atmosphere is always pleasant, and unlike The Couch, they restrict access to prevent overcrowding.
  • A pint of Sagres is around €5, which is on the pricier side for Portuguese standards.
  • The staff are very friendly and speak English.

Extras

  • Located near the Baixa-Chiado metro, making it easily accessible
  • A real “home from home” feel with a mix of Portuguese and British pub ambiance.

Accessibility

So, just a heads up about getting into the bar – there are a couple of small steps at the entrance. It might be a bit tricky to get in without a ramp, especially if you’re using a wheelchair. And as for the restrooms, they’re actually downstairs in the cellar, and you’ll need to take the stairs to get there. This could be a bit challenging if you’re in a wheelchair or if stairs are generally tough for you.

O’Gílíns Irish Pub

Inside O'Gílíns Irish Pub
Inside O’Gílíns Irish Pub

Location

R. dos Remolares 8, 1200-371 Lisboa, Portugal

Contact

Highlights

  • Oldest Irish-run pub in Lisbon, approaching its 20th anniversary
  • Major focus on traditional live music, especially after 10:30pm from Wednesday through Saturday
  • Major international, Premier League, and Celtic or Ireland matches are broadcasted
  • Located close to Cais do Sodré station, making it accessible for those living further down the coast

Screens

  • Multiple high definition screens for broadcasting matches, with a focus on Celtic, Ireland, and Premier League games

Type

Traditional Irish pub with a cozy, intimate atmosphere.

Menu

  • Special dishes: Fish and Chips, Hamburger
  • Drinks: Good beer selection, though not extensive
  • Notable mention: Outstanding fries

Popular With

Locals, expats, and tourists looking for an authentic Irish pub experience in Lisbon

My Experience of O’Gílíns

  • A well air-conditioned Irish pub, perfect for watching football games.
  • The food, especially the Fish and Chips, is delicious.
  • The service is commendable, with a special mention of Gabby for being particularly sweet.
  • Prices are reasonable, and the pub is dog-friendly.
  • Located conveniently near the Time Out Market.
  • The staff exude a relaxed attitude, which might be perceived as nonchalant by some, but it adds to the laid-back ambiance of the place.
  • The pub gets lively during the night, especially given its location in a bustling area.

Extras

  • Known for its traditional live sounds, with music starting up post 10:30pm from Wednesday to Saturday.
  • Tables outside for patrons to enjoy the late-evening sun during warmer months.
  • Part of the after-dark drinking hub at the waterfront end of Rua do Alecrim.

Accessibility

There are a couple of small stairs leading to the bar, if it’s busy it may be a struggle getting to the bar in a wheelchair.

CR7 Corner Bar & Bistro

Inside CR7 Corner Bar & Bistro
Inside CR7 Corner Bar & Bistro

Location

CR7 Corner Bar & Bistro: Rua da Prata 26, 1100-150 Lisboa, Portugal

Contact

Highlights

  • Part of the Cristiano Ronaldo brand, with a prominent location in downtown Baixa
  • Features a unique circular installation of elevated sports screens
  • Exudes the style and comfort reminiscent of its sister hotels in Times Square.
  • Collection of World Cup posters lining the reception area of the adjoining hotel lobby
  • A short walk from The George

Screens

  • Centralized circular installation of elevated HD screens

Type

Sports bar and bistro with a stylish ambiance

Menu

  • Special drinks: A decent range of spirits, especially Italian classics. Notable cocktail: Ballon d’Or cocktail with vodka, passion fruit, and egg white
  • Note: They do not serve Sagres, only Super Bock
  • They serve food but I haven’t tried it.

Popular With

Fans of Ronaldo and those looking for a stylish sports bar experience

My Experience of CR7 Corner Bar & Bistro

  • The atmosphere felt quite sterile.
  • Service was on the slower side.
  • The bar’s central location in downtown Baixa is a plus.
  • The absence of Sagres beer, with only Super Bock available, was deeply upsetting.

Extras

  • Framed shirts bearing the CR7 signature are displayed discreetly.
  • The reception area of the adjoining hotel lobby is adorned with a collection of World Cup posters.
  • The bar carries a unique welcoming message: “Your hate makes me unstoppable.” Siuuuuu.

Accessibility

The entrance at CR7 is completely step-free, and you’ll find a smooth, stairless route leading straight to the bar and the restrooms.

British Bar

Inside the British Bar, Lisbon
Inside the British Bar, Lisbon

Location

British Bar: R. Bernardino Costa 52, 1200-052 Lisboa, Portugal

Contact

Highlights

  • Lisbon’s oldest bar, established in 1919, originally known as Taverna Inglesa
  • A historic venue that once served as a haven for travelers during wartime Europe
  • Evokes the ambiance of a Casablanca-era drama
  • Provides TV football broadcasts and stays open until 4am

Screens

  • Multiple screens, though they are on the smaller side

Type

Traditional British bar with a rich history

Menu

  • Drinks: Ale, sherry, and other beverages. Notable mention: They do not serve Sagres, only Super Bock. Though they do serve a Super Bock stout. 
  • Note: Pints are served in a 0.4l glass for 6 euros

Popular With

Locals, tourists, and football enthusiasts

My Experience of British Bar

  • The drinks are overpriced, but expected for such a central touristy location.
  • The venue is on the smaller side, but it can have a lively atmosphere during major football events, with patrons spilling out into the street.
  • They consistently broadcast English Premier League games.
  • While it has its charm, it’s not my preferred sports bar in Lisbon.

Extras

  • The bar’s distinctive red awning proudly displays its foundation year, making it a recognizable spot in the area.
  • Its rich history and ambiance make it feel like a set from a classic film.

Accessibility

British Bar is easily accessible from the street, and since everything is on one level, reaching the restroom is easy enough. However, please note that the space in the toilet area is quite cramped.

SPOT Lisboa

Inside SPOT Lisboa Bar
Inside SPOT Lisboa Bar

Location

SPOT Lisboa: R. do Norte 86, 1200-470 Lisboa, Portugal

Contact

Highlights

  • A sports and trendy bar offering a variety of beverages and appetizers
  • Six TVs available for catching any game
  • Happy hour specials from Monday to Friday, 5pm to 7pm
  • Ladies Night every Thursday from 7pm to 10.30pm with free cider and beer for ladies

Screens

  • Six TVs for sports viewing

Type

Trendy sports bar with a relaxed atmosphere

Menu

  • Drinks: A selection of beers, wine, sangria, and cocktails
  • Appetizers: Charcuterie board, nachos with guacamole, caramelized chicken wings
  • Specials: Cocktail of the day for €4 during happy hour, half-price beers

Popular With

Locals, tourists, and sports enthusiasts

My Experience of SPOT Lisboa

  • The staff are very pleasant and accommodating.
  • The food is delicious and reasonably priced.
  • The name displayed on the windows is not “Spot Lisboa,” so it’s essential to be aware of this when looking for the venue.
  • Reservations are possible, ensuring you get a spot during busy times.

Extras

  • SPOT Bairro Alto is a smaller venue under the same brand.
  • The bar has regular promotions and themed nights, such as Ladies Night.
  • Operating hours: Tue-Fri 4pm-1am/2am, Sat-Sun 2pm-2am/1am.

Accessibility

Getting into the building is easy, but be aware that you’ll need to navigate some stairs to reach the restroom.

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