Europe’s top football stadium bars

Football is more than just, well, football. It’s the match-night experience, the build-up, the buzz, the beers. And if the stadium happens to be in Europe, then match night will be an experience of a different kind – starting with the beers and the bars fans drink them in.

Benfica's Stadium of LightThis week, thousands of Newcastle supporters follow their beloved Magpies to Lisbon, and Benfica’s iconic Stadium of Light for a crucial Europa League clash. As chance would have it, Benfica’s famous arena happens to contain one of the great stadium bars, the Catedral da Cerveja, the Cathedral of Beer, a shrine to Lisbon’s legendary Eagles, stylish, contemporary and centrepieced by a bloody big tap of local Sagres.

Every weekend, 600 Brits undertake the pilgrimage to Milan’s San Siro stadium, irrelevant of the fixture – even more will be in Barcelona or Madrid. They go for the experience, and find it in a ground tour, a quirky souvenir or, in its many guises, the stadium bar.

Across Europe, at and around each stadium are literally hundreds of bars, so many they would fill a book. Guide editor Peterjon Cresswell wrote that book, and has just updated and adapted it for a new football travel app, Libero.

After two years, 50 cities and far too many football grounds, here he chooses the top 10 stadium bars from his travels.

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