Euros final 2024: The best places in Nottingham to watch England in the Euros final on Sunday

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Venues such as Saltbox, BOX, Mojo, and FanPark all feature in our Euros 2024 guide

Can you believe it? England is in the Euro Cup final!

After a tremendous 2-1 against the Netherlands on Wednesday night (10 July), The Three Lions are bringing it home!

The Euro 2024 final between Spain and England will take place on Sunday, July 15 at 8pm.

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Many pubs, and venues across Nottingham will be showing the final match on big screens.

Here’s our top pick of places to watch the Euros in the city.

It was no coincidence that sports bar BOX opened up at the end of last year - eight months before the Euros started.

In that time it’s established itself as one of the busiest and, thanks to its architectural heritage, grandest sports bars in town.

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They’ve got not less than 35 HD screens, a bar longer than a lot of people’s houses, and a full food menu to keep you fueled through those dreaded extra times and, dare we say it, penalty shootouts.

Panthers fans won’t need to ask for directions for Bolero Square, but for those that don’t know, it’s the space at the front of the Motorpoint Arena. And the people who own the bar on the square, Saltbox, aren’t wasting the opportunity the Euros brings.

If you needed any further reason to get excited about an England goal, for every time the Lions net one, there will be five minutes of discounted drinks behind the bar.

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Where people used to crowd around a screen in a pub, now we do ‘fanzones’. Which makes perfect sense - huge open spaces like the one down at Binks Yard, a short hop from the train station, can fit hundreds of fans in one go.

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But while it’s one of the biggest and, likely, most exciting outdoor spaces in town to watch the games, beware that word has got around: at time of writing it’s already fully booked for the first two group games, and tickets for the third match are going fast.

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Those of us whose misspent youths as goths and grebs included sweaty, sticky nights in Rock City will note the contrast between the dark, grungy vibe of old days, and the St George’s flag-bearing scene they’re trying to create this summer.

But such are the times, and the unmissable opportunity the Euros offers to a canny business like Rock City owners DHP. Rock City is claiming to offer the ‘biggest screen in the East Midlands’ at ‘Nottingham’s biggest fan park’, as well as two pint steins of lager to cut down the number of trips back to the bar - in theory.

Speaking of DHP, if you fancy a smaller and somewhat more hipster venue to watch your matches, The Bodega is now one of the best alternative football venues in town.

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They’ve done an impressive job in delivering three separate areas suitable for watching the games - there’s the upstairs bar, usually a live music space, the main bar downstairs, and the outdoor seated area in the Coben Garden.

The £44 ticket price for a table of eight includes eight steins of ‘Bodega Half Time Lager’, but word is if you want to reserve a seat in the garden, you better get in there fast. 

A whole new venture for Notts County, and what looks like a very smart move indeed. The Nest at Meadow Lane is County’s answer to the fanzone trend, starting this Friday with a test run for the Germany v Scotland game.

Standing is free but if you want to sit down at your own table you’ll need to book. And bear in mind tables for this Friday’s test run game are already sold out, which gives you an idea of the level of demand they’re going to see when England kick off their campaign.

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Mere metres from Meadow Lane is an old favourite for fans of both County and Forest, which brings the punters in from miles around even for Premier League games.

Not least because it’s much more than just a place to watch footy - The Big Shed is an impressive complex including two large screens, a food court, pizza ovens, and a live music stage for after the game. We don’t need to wonder what the hit song of the summer’s going to be.

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You can watch the Euros all summer long in Nottingham | FANPARK

Another variation on the theme is the new Fanpark venture, which is in fact three venues, two in Nottingham and one in Loughborough. In Nottingham there’s the Secret Garden, tucked down an alleyway off Trinity Square, and The Level bar within the student’s union at Nottingham Trent University. If you’re near Loughborough, check out the Fanpark at Revolution bar.

In all cases you need to get tickets in advance, and they’re offering Nottingham World readers a small discount by quoting 'FANPARKFRIENDS' when you book online.

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A relative veteran of the Nottingham sports scene, Bierkeller offers three huge floors of footy fun on Friar Lane - a handy spot, because the post-match victory celebrations always gather in the Old Market Square.

There’s the Rack ‘n’ Roll sports bar upstairs and, now, the Biergarten, which really shouldn’t need translating. It might be a German-inspired concept, but for the next month it will be very English in all but name.

It’s the place of dancing on tables, rock singalongs and, increasingly, big student nights. But some bright spark has recognised the potential that this large city centre space has for a very different kind of buzz.

The venue’s just around the corner from out-and-out sports bar BOX, so there’s going to be competition of a different kind between the venues. So MOJO’s put on some pretty inviting offers on drinks to pull the punters in.

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Let’s face it, things can get a bit ‘lively’ in town - the police would no doubt agree. So there are plenty who will want to avoid the city centre altogether while England are playing, but still want to watch the matches.

So there are some more civilised, yet still lively options, such as, if you’re on the other side of the Trent, the Lady Bay pub in Lady Bay. A big venue bedecked with screens, for those who don’t want to run the gauntlet in town.

If you’re north of town there are some nice places offering match-day atmosphere in smaller, neighbourhood venues.

A great example of this is the Winchester in Sherwood which has a bit of everything: a nice terrace, several screens for a smaller bar, a VIP room, and a great selection of food and drinks. And they’re now taking books, for groups of up to eight people.

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Speaking of locals, if you’ve been past The Grosvenor pub in Carrington when Forest are playing, you’ll have noticed how big a crowd they pull in. So just imagine what it’s going to be like when England are battling it out.

They’ve found a great balance between being sports-friendly while also retaining a neighbourhood pub feel, and they’re offering a six bottles of beer for £18 deal to tempt you away from town.

Bookings are recommended but, unlike most of the places on this list, not necessary.

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