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30 May 2017

2017 Champions League Finals: Real Madrid C.F. vs Juventus F.C.


The final match of Champions League takes place this Saturday in Cardiff, Wales. Juventus will be playing Real Madrid starting at 2:45pm ET. If you want to watch the game with fans of each team or country, or even certain players, here is a list of places we recommend for the best atmospheres and chances to eat and drink your culture.

Ground zero for Italian national team football and Serie A games in New York City is Ribalta Stadium, the name of Ribalta Pizzeria (48 East 12th Street, Greenwich Village) during big matches when the projector screen comes down. In Brooklyn, the unofficial meeting place for Juventus fans is Caffe Sportivo (7502 18th Avenue, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn). Check out their Facebook page for details about the pre-match BBQ they have planned. Other time-tested places for great experiences are Mulberry Street Bar (176 Mulberry Street, Little Italy) and right across the street Grotta Azzurra (177 Mulberry Street).

Juventus Club NYC meets at The Football Factory (6 West 33rd Street, Midtown).

I have always found the best support options at smaller restaurants like La Nacional Tapas Bar (239 West 14th Street, Chelsea), which also has watch parties upstairs sometimes but appears not to for Champions League. Nearby Cafe Riazor (245 West 16th Street, Chelsea) also has a small but friendly bar, and if you happen to be in Newark, definitely head to Casa d'Paco (73 Warwick Street, Newark NJ) for perfect football atmosphere.

The official Peña Madridista group has two locations, check their Facebook page for more info.

Smithfield Hall (138 West 25th Street, Chelsea) is New York City's best football bar, and will have a great atmosphere as always. Woodwork (583 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights) is great in Brooklyn.

Fans from Colombia 🇨🇴  will have their allegiances split between James Rodriguez (Madrid) and Juan Cuadrado (Juve), but expect Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights, Queens to be packed with fans in its many football bars. Good bets are Teatro Restaurante Blvd (82-24 Northern Blvd), La Pollera Colorada II (82-13 Northern Blvd), El Rumbero (82-05 Northern Blvd), and El Paisa Bar (87-05 Northern Blvd). On 37th Avenue, newcomer Barriles (83-14 37th Avenue) is a fantastic sports bar with good food.

Fans of Ronaldo 🇵🇹 will be at O Lavrador (138-40 101st Street, Jamaica, Queens) or in Newark, NJ. Try Madrid & Lisbon Bar & Restaurant (325 Lafayette Street, Ironbound) or Coimbra (637-641 Market Street, Ironbound).

Costa Rican 🇨🇷 fans will be cheering on Real Madrid and their goaltender Keylor Navas from their home bar Olga's Place (214 LT Glenn Zamorski Drive, Elizabeth, NJ). If you have the chance, this is a fantastic place to watch football.

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