Where To Watch English Premier League Football In Zurich

by Zurich Expats on April 15, 2009

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Where To Watch English Premier League Football In Zurich

This is not an exhaustive comparison of all places to watch football in Zurich but it does represent a straight shootout between the two heavyweights just off Bahnhofstrasse - The Lion Pub and The Nelson Pub. Firstly, let's compare websites. A quick Google search for "watch premier league football zurich" doesn't bring up any useful results so both these places could do with a little Search Engine work. The Lion Pub in Zurich is owned by Candrian Catering who, along with Bindella, seem to own almost every food outlet in the city! Their website at http://www.thelion.ch/ is a mini site within the Group website. It does have menus but at the time of writing, the sports timetable on the website is a little out of date although a couple of weeks ago it was, of course, current. The Nelson Pub Zurich website - http://www.thenelsonpub.com/ offers a good amount of information about the pub, in German, but the sports timetable is very detailed and allows you to do some decent planning if you are meeting up with friends. In terms of ambience, the

two venues offer very different experiences.The Nelson Pub Zurich makes a huge effort to create and maintain an authentic English pub atmosphere. As a result it is pretty dark and a bit enclosed. The choice of screens is excellent though, with three large screens and a couple of smaller TV screens showing different matches. On a Saturday afternoon it is quite awesome watching almost the full English Premier League being played out in front of you. As a result of the games on offer, it does get busy but although there is a mix of fans from all over the world supporting different teams, I have never seen or sensed any unpleasantness.They also offer a decent range of food and beers, all served by fluent English-speaking staff. There are always events going on, although it is a bit strange when the disco starts immediately at the end of an evening match. No doubt, the Nelson Pub is a great place to watch English football in Zurich. The Lion Pub offers a slightly different atmosphere, more reminiscent of a Wetherspoons pub in the UK. Not quite as claustrophobic as the Nelson Pub, it never seems to get quite as busy. I think it would be fair to say that The Lion Pub ismore of a pub with a couple of large TV screens at each end for the football, rather than a more dedicated football venue like The Nelson. They offer a good range of beers and decent food, albeit very pricey. For example, you can order a grilled fillet of Irish beef with fries and veg for (currently) 60 Swiss Francs. That's £40 at current rates for what is still a steak and chips in a pub. The staff in The Lion are good, with a table service on offer as well as some seats outside for those not so interested in the sports. The two venues are good in their own way. If you have a few mates coming over and you want to catch a few games then I would suggest The Nelson Pub Zurich for watching English football. For a few drinks not so concentrated on watching sports, I would recommend The Lion Pub The Lion Pub\r\nOetenbachgasse 24 8001 Zürich Open Monday to Thursday 11.00 to 00.00, Friday and Saturday 11.00 to 01.00. Closed on Sundays. The Nelson Pub Beatengasse 118001 Zürich Open Monday to Wednesday 11:30 to 02:00, Thursday - 11:30 to 03:00, Friday - 11:30 to 04:30, Saturday - 15:00 to 04:30, Sunday - 15:00 to 02:00 


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  • Thanks for the write up. I don’t think it’s fair to compare the 2 pubs. They are totally different. True Nelson is more a traditional pub but Lion is certainly nothing like a Weatherspoons outlet.\nI like both pubs and depending on my mood, make my choice. If I want a more typical, stuffy, woody pub experience, Nelson it is.\n\nIf I want a more chic surrounding, more upscale, good table service and very good food with a pint of Guiness, the Lion it is. I love their big juicy burgers. The food may be more expensive than other pubs, but is normal in compairson to Swiss prices. and the food is very good and of better quality than other pubs.\n\nLion is not a traditional pub in it’s décor, menu or service but it is a very good bar offering English fair.

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