Arsenal had a rough game at home during the first leg of its Champions League Round 16 match against Barcelona. If you’re a legitimate Gunners’ fan, travelling to Camp Nou on Barca’s turf is a tall order on its own especially with Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suarez leading the charge. But all may not be lost in next month’s second leg.
Along with the likes of Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, and Mesut Ozil, the UK’s largest sports exchange site, Betfair, highlights last year’s prized signing Alexis Sanchez who will drive the Gunner’s offense. The website also mentions new acquisition Petr Cech as the club’s anchor on defence between the posts. However, facing Barcelona on their home soil will be a difficult a task. Planning on watching the game? Here are the five best bars in the world to watch an Arsenal match.
1. The Gunners Pub (London)
On the way to the Emirates Stadium sits a historic watering hole aptly called The Gunners Pub. Here, aside from watching Arsenal matches on big screen TVs, you can also find club memorabilia from way back in the 1930s.
2. The World’s End (London)
Just a 10-minute walk from a jam-packed Emirates Stadium, The World’s End is a suitable alternative for Arsenal fans to see a match. The pub is best known for offering amazing food, fantastic live bands, and a dynamic game day vibe. It’s also worth noting that The World’s End gives a 10% discount for Gunners’ season ticket holders.
3. The Mercantile (Dublin)
Amongst the 23 official Arsenal fan groups in Ireland, the Dublin-based Arsenal Supporter Club stands out for having the biggest and most rabid members in the country. The DASC has more than 400 members who meet and watch games regularly at The Mercantile.
4. Zouk Bar (Mumbai)
Mumbai, India established its first ever Arsenal Supporters Club from the passion that radiates diehard Gunners followers. As of this moment, the organization has over 120,000 Likes on Facebook and is a major part of the club’s international fan base. In fact, after Arsenal’s pivotal 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, the Mumbai crowd went viral online as they marched to the streets to continue the festivities.
5. The Blind Pig (New York)
In contrast to a prohibition days slang meaning “speakeasy,” The Blind Pig is far from being a mellow New York bar. Manhattan-based Gunners fans call this pub home during matches especially with special drink promos on game day mornings and huge portions of food. In addition, patrons get a small taste of what it’s like being inside the Emirates Stadium with The Blind Pig’s top-of-the-line sound systems and large TV screens.