Where to Watch Euro Cup 2012 in Somerville
If you were looking for a reason to quit working at noon every day throughout the month of June, here it is.
Ed. note: This article was updated to add P.A.'s Lounge to the list, thanks to a comment from a reader.
Euro Cup 2012 begins Friday, and there are several places in Somerville to watch matches. (See below.)
If you want to know why you should watch the soccer tournament, I recommend this article on ESPN.
Most soccer fans believe that the World Cup is The Greatest Show On Earth, and if you judge solely by the all-important category of "Smoking Hot Brazilian Supporters In Bikinis," there's no contest. But on almost every other level -- quality of play, penchant for drama, intensity of blood feuds, and preponderance of hair gel -- the European Championship is the superior tournament.
This year, most matches will be broadcast on ESPN, and they take place at 12 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. throughout June. The tournament ends on July 1.
There are a number of intriguing story lines at this year's tournament.
It's being co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine, and there have been serious concerns about instances of racism from fans, so much so that the families of some England players have decided to stay away from the tournament.
Meanwhile, the Italian soccer establishment is mired in a massive match-fixing scandal.
And then there's this year's favorite to win, Spain, which won in 2008 and also took the World Cup in 2010. Some think the Spanish game is the best in the world, and it's beautiful to watch.
Feel like taking some extra-long lunches this month for a little soccer?
Here's where you can watch in Somerville
Olde Magoun's Saloon
Olde Magoun's is making an event of the Euro Cup. It will be showing every match on six nine-foot projectors, and it will be featuring beers on tap from some of the countries playing, including a bunch from Germany and Estrella Damm, from Spain.
PJ Ryans will be showing matches, and it's especially gearing up for the Ireland and England fixtrues. Ireland kicks off its Euro Cup run on Sunday with a first-round match against Croatia. England takes on France on Monday.
This Davis Square bar will be showing all matches, and it has a Heineken promotion on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Check with the bar to see if they have any food promotions to celebrate the tournament.
They open at 11:30 a.m. and will tune into matches if anyone asks them to.
With over 11 TVs, this is a great place to watch Cristiano Ronaldo's shameless dives in great detail. Like at Joshua Tree, Thirsty Scholar will show matches if there's demand.
P.A.'s has been showing the Euro Cup since 1986—see comment below—and will be doing so this year.
If you know of other places where you can watch in Somerville, leave a comment below.