For football fans across the city, the month of August signals the start of the world's most popular sporting league, the Barclays English Premier league. The level of fandom for the top English clubs has grown to a significant level; so much that pubs in Pune have begun to screen football games despite cricket matches being on. Last season saw Manchester City clinch the title on the final day, leaving dejected Liverpool fans to rue as they missed out on an opportunity to covet a precious trophy that has eluded them for nearly 25 years. As major clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea also strengthen their squads, we have one our hands a potential game-changing season, and fans looking forward to catching the opening games should definitely do so with a pint of their favourite beer. Check out the list of places below that should screen the opening day game.
Replay Sports Bar
Replay is popular among its regular patrons for having an extremely friendly service and Bristish-pub-like ambiance. The place is highly popular among football enthusiasts and as such has a regular stream of visitors on match days. However, the food and drink have also made this an exceptionally stand-out pub for even non-sports lovers. They screen most important Premier League games, so be sure to find many fellow fans on opening day.
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Initially poised as a fine-dining restaurant, Atmosphere 6 has begun to screen popular sporting events to attract a wider clientele, especially with the increase in popularity of Premier League football. With a massive screening section and offers including a recent unlimited beers for a fixed rate, this is a must check-out venue for those who wish to have a quieter experience as they enjoy the opening game. The happy hour offers are also reasonable with discounts and offers on hard liquors including popular brands such as Royal Challenge Whiskey.
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Toss Sports Lounge
Ask anyone from Pune regarding where one can catch a football match and chances are they will suggest Toss. The reputation this place has is well earned, however, and they pride themselves on being the premier sports bar in Pune. Be sure to find a multitude of fans in the pub for any televised game, be it football or cricket. It may be a bit on the expensive side, but with the excellent quality of food and numerous televisions that screen multiple matches, the price seem very warranted. First-timers should take care to check and take advantage of any ongoing offers, which should likely be the case on EPL opening day.
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