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 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
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
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
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, 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
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The Fernhurst Lodge
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
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
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