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Where to watch the 2012 Euro Cup
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 7 juin 2012

Photo: Marie Cicchini

Nothing’s better than a Montreal terrasse in summer, and NDG has no shortage of bustling public patios to enjoy. For those who want to find a comfortable spot to watch the big game it can be a challenge to find a place that has both big screens and a roomy terrasse. Here is a quick review of the best places to watch the UEFA Euro games this season.

Ye Olde Orchard Pub and Grill (5563 Monkland) is a perennial favourite thanks to its roomy patio and high-definition flat-screen televisions “easily viewed from anywhere” in the establishment. Many do not know, however, that the Monkland Avenue location has a Sri Lankan chef serving up some of the best-loved curry in Montreal. The establishment has several tasty Irish beers on tap for those seeking suds. “It’s tiny and charming. It felt like I was back in the U.K.,” says Anna K. of her experience. Don’t be surprised if you get served by a waiter in a kilt!

Momesso’s (5562 Upper Lachine Road), a traditional Italian restaurant, may not have a terrasse, but it boasts “the best subs in town,” according to Sebastian Hell, local writer and musician. The cozy, fully licensed diner is a well-kept secret among NDG sports fans. Jenna V., who grew up in the area, confirms, “The prices are great and the staff is super friendly.” The restaurant is also a part of Montreal history as it is run by the family of Sergio Momesso, former Montreal Canadiens hockey player.

While a little further off the beaten track, Pub PJ’s (6910 St. Jacques West) is great place to catch the game on one of their thirty big screen televisions. The pub has long been an attraction for NDG’s Italian population, who tend to be the biggest soccer fans of all. You can even show up with all your friends at the last minute, since the pub can welcome up to 800 customers. The best part? PJ’s has TV screens on the terrasse, so you can catch some rays and the game all at once. The bar also tends to attract an all-ages crowd so it stays interesting. “There’s lots of action going on and friendly people there,” says sports fan Joe Lipkowicz.

Honourable mentions go to Lucille’s Oyster Dive, which is getting lots of buzz for its fantastic lobster rolls, and perennial favourite Monkland Tavern, which offers everything from salmon tartare to apple martinis.

Whichever one you may choose, remember to bring your sunscreen and your team shirt!

[ Ingrid Wissink ]

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