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Liverpool FC pub guide – Where to drink for away fans

Posted in  Football by Vincent on the September 23rd, 2010

Any Blackpool or Sunderland fans off to Anfield to see your team face Liverpool in the next couple of weeks? Follow our guide to find out where to get a drink in before the football.

The Arkles

The traditional away pub near Anfield is The Arkles. It pays to get in early as it gets uncomfortably busy after noon.

The Arkles
77 Anfield Road
Liverpool
L4 0TJ
0151 263 9496

The Flat Iron

The Flat Iron on Anfield Road is popular too, and only five minutes from the ground. Home fans frequent the pub, but the atmosphere is friendly.

The Flat Iron
375-377 Walton Breck Road
Liverpool
L4 0SY
0151 263 4440

The Thomas Frost, The Spellow

The Thomas Frost and The Spellow, both recommended for fans travelling to Goodison Park, are close to Anfield too.

The Thomas Frost
177-187 Walton Road
Walton
Liverpool
L4 4AJ
0151 207 8210
The Spellow
79 Goodison Road
Walton
Liverpool
L4 4EN
07545 474 961

Manchester City away pubs – Where to drink near Eastlands

Posted in  Football by Vincent on the September 16th, 2010

OK, so they’ve spent roughly £765 million gagillion this summer, but you’ve still got a chance against Man City, surely? Maybe? Look, if you can’t face it, there’s always the pub. Here’s where you should go…

The Bradford Inn

The best bet for away fans is The Bradford Inn, although, as you might expect, it is very busy on match days.

The Bradford Inn
112-114 Bradford Road
Manchester
M40 7AS
0161 205 7853

Mary D’s Beamish Bar

Mary D’s Beamish Bar doesn’t look like much, but it’s a popular sports bar quite close to the City of Manchester Stadium which has been recommended by away fans in the past.

Mary D’s Beamish Bar
13 Grey Mare Lane
Manchester
M11 3DQ
0161 223 0687

The Seven Stars

The Seven Stars, a Lloyds No1 Bar (aka Wetherspoons) in the city centre’s Printworks, offers the usual cheap drinks and is only a five-minute taxi ride to the stadium.

The Seven Stars
6-8 Dantzic Street
Manchester
M4 2BS
0161 817 2980

Bolton Wanderers pub guide – Where to drink near the Reebok

Posted in  Football by Vincent on the September 13th, 2010

Making the trip to see your side face Bolton? Follow our advice and get the most from your pre-match pint.

The Bromilow Arms

Like most Premiership football grounds, the majority of pubs in the immediate vicinity are for home supporters only on match days. However, The Bromilow Arms is a bit of gem: located just a few minutes from the Reebok, it offers a good selection of reasonably priced ales, served up by friendly staff. Home and away fans mix quite happily. The only downside is that it can get very busy as it is quite small.

The Bromilow Arms
Lostock Lane
Lostock
Bolton
BL6 4BP
01204 697 541

The Barnstormers

Just up the road is The Barnstormers, which has benefited from a recent refurbishment. It is modern, clean and serves good, fairly priced food.

The Barnstormers
Lostock Lane
Lostock
Bolton
BL6 4BL
01204 691 797

The Beehive

The Beehive, also just a few minutes’ walk away from the stadium, is a Grade II Listed former coach station serving a decent selection of beers. If you fancy staying over, there is a Premier Inn right next door.

The Beehive
991 Chorley New Road
Lostock
Bolton
BL6 4BA
01204 692 104

Blackburn away fans’ guide – where to drink near Ewood Park

Posted in  Football by Vincent on the September 10th, 2010

Off to see your team play Blackburn? Liven up your trip to the north-west using our foolproof pub guide.

The Fernhurst Lodge

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The Fernhurst Lodge is the traditional away pub for football fans, opposite the Darwen end of the stadium. They have a large screen for the football and serve good food.

The Fernhurst Lodge
466 Bolton Road
Blackburn
BB2 4JP
01254 693 451

The Navigation Inn

The Navigation Inn is a good choice for any fans arriving at Mill Hill station, as it is on the way to the stadium. There is a friendly mix of home and away supporters.

The Navigation Inn
2 Canal Street
Blackburn
BB2 4DL
01254 53230

The Golden Cup Inn

The Golden Cup Inn can be very busy on match days, but it’s a pleasant, comfortable pub with a village feel.

The Golden Cup Inn
610 Blackburn Road
Darwen
BB3 0AJ

Away fans’ pub guide – Aston Villa

Posted in  Football by Vincent on the September 9th, 2010

Scared about your rickety full backs facing Aston Villa‘s Ashley Young and Gabby Agbonlahor? Follow our pub guide and settle your nerves with a drink beforehand.

The Bartons Arms

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Alcohol is not available in the away end at Villa Park, so if you want a drink it’ll have to be outside the ground. Fortunately there are some great pubs not too far away, in particular The Bartons Arms. A 15 minute walk from the ground, it is one of the best pubs in Birmingham, located in a Grade II Listed building. The range of Oakham cask ales is excellent, as is the food.

The Bartons Arms
144 High Street
Aston
Birmingham
B6 4UP
0121 333 5988

The Witton Arms

Another option is Witton Arms (formerly The Cap and Gown), which is very accommodating to away fans – on match days, the pub is split in two and away supporters get a dedicated entrance. There is, however, an entry charge of £2.

The Witton Arms
458 Witton Road
Aston
Birmingham
B6 6SN