Wondering where to catch live sport on TV in Wrocław? If so, you’ve come to the right place! You’ll find everything you need to know here.
The question about where to catch the big match in Wrocław is one that regularly crops up on social-media. Unfortunately it isn’t an easy one to answer though, hence the need for this guide.
The first thing you need to know is that there is no venue whatsoever in Wrocław with Sky Sports or BT Sport. Not only does that rule out watching sport in the pub with English commentary, but it also means that certain sports not broadcast on Polish TV (e.g GAA, which is popular in Ireland) are never shown.
Just about every other major city in Poland has a bar with English or Irish satellite TV, so it is a bit of a mystery why Wrocław is left without one. The word on the street is that the “Guinness Mafia” (see our reference to Guinness Pub later) are responsible for this, however that rumour could be nothing more than an urban legend.
So, with no bar having access to Sky Sports or BT Sport, it’s time to get familiar with what sports are broadcast on the various Polish sports channels.
This inevitably brings us to the 1st part of our first part of our guide, which will help you with watching sport both at home and in the pub.
Is the sport I want to watch on Polish TV?
Although some sport is broadcast free on terrestrial TV, most sporting events in Poland are shown by three major pay-TV broadcasters over two different platforms. This is important as some pubs will be unable to show two sporting events simultaneously that are broadcast on the same platform.
The two established players on the market are NC+ and Polsat, who both have their own satellite systems. Generally pubs will need two decoders to show sport from both these providers – so you will need to check your local pub has the right decoder depending on what sport you want to watch. The new player on the market is Eleven Sports, which is available on both the aforementioned platforms.
Fortunately, if you are looking to watch at home, you needn’t worry about having all the necessary decoders. Eleven Sports, Canal + and Polsat Sports are all available via two streaming services, Player and Ipla.
So what do the various channels show? First off, let’s take a look at the football. Unfortunately, buying into one platform won’t cover an average footy fan’s needs. La Liga and the Bundesliga are currently shared between Eleven Sports and Canal+, so you’ll need both of them if you follow Spanish or German football.
It is a similar story with English football too, with Canal+ owning the Premier League rights and Eleven Sports the rights for the domestic cups. Meanwhile, Polsat Sport broadcast the Champions League and Europa League, as well as the European Qualifiers.
Free-to-air channel TVP occasionally show some Polish league games, while they also have the rights to one Champions League game on the Wednesday night. On top of that, they have the rights for the European Championships and the World Cup.
|Canal + / NC+ (various channels)||Polsat Sport (various channels)||Eleven Sports (various channels)||TVP and TVP SPORT|
|La Liga (Spain)||World Cup and European Championship Qualifiers||La Liga (Spain)||The World Cup|
|Bundesliga (Germany)||Champions League||Serie A (Italy)||The European Championships|
|The Premier League (England)||Europa League||Bundesliga 1 and 2 (Germany)||PKO Ekstraklasa (Poland)|
|PKO Ekstraklasa (Poland)||Erdevisie (Netherlands)||English Championship||Copa Del Rey (Spanish Cup)|
|Polish 1st Division||FA Cup||Champions League|
|Polish Cup||Carabao Cup (English league Cup)|
Please be aware that although these channels have the rights to the competitions above, they may not be able to show every game. Canal+ broadcast most (but not all) English Premier League games, while Eleven Sports have the rights to so many events that occasional clashes mean they have to pick and choose what to broadcast live.
Various football Leagues including the French League, the Scottish League, the Belgian League, the A League, the Chinese League and the Russian League, are all currently without a Polish broadcast partner. In order to watch games from these leagues legally, you’ll need to sign up for a legal streaming service. Some of those services are run by the leagues, in other cases the individual clubs.
The Austrian Bundesliga is shown on the Sportklub channel, while Eurosport broadcast the MLS and the German Cup.
If football’s not your thing, then here’s a quick summary of other sports or big sporting events on the various channels. Please note they are subject to change as time passes and broadcast rights are won by different providers.
The Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics – TVP (free to air)
Rugby Union – the 6 Nations is broadcast on Canal+, while Polsat Sport have traditionally covered the World Cup. One-off internationals are generally not shown. Club rugby is not broadcast.
Rugby league – no live coverage
Cricket – no live coverage
GAA – no live coverage
Ozzie rules football – no live coverage
NFL – no live coverage
NBA – Canal+
NHL – TVP Sport
Polish Speedway League – Canal+
Formula 1 – Eleven Sports
Formula E– Eurosport
Moto GP – Polsat Sport
NASCAR – Sportklub
DTM – Sportklub
Darts – Sportklub
Tennis – most ATP and WTP tournaments are broadcast on Polsat Sport, which also shows Wimbledon. The other Grand Slams are exclusive to Eurosport.
Handball – most international tournaments are broadcast on Polsat Sport
Volleyball – most international tournaments are broadcast on Polsat Sport
Winter sports – most skiing tournaments are shown on TVP Sport or Eurosport
Golf – most big tournaments shown on Canal +
If you want to check the Polish TV listings, you can do so at teleman.pl.
Where to watch live sport in Wrocław
The good news is that Wrocław has a number of bars that show live sport, particularly the big football matches. The bad news is that in all my years of living in Wrocław, I have yet to come across a 100% reliable ‘go-to’ place that can give you a cast-iron guarantee they’ll show the big (or not so big) game with sound.
There are a few reasons for this. First and foremost, a number of bars that broadcast live sport also attract crowds for parties on Friday and Saturday nights. Consequently, during this time many pubs choose not to broadcast sport with the commentary on as it spoils the party vibe. This is understandable but also annoying if you are a sports fan.
Another issue is that some pubs rarely show any loyalty to a particular group of regulars. For example, even if some bars make a tidy profit regularly showing English Premier League football, one day you’ll turn up only to find the pub has decided to cash in by showing a major volleyball, handball, ski jumping or speedway event. Fortunately instances such as those are few and far between, but it’s still something to bear in mind.
Finally, some of the bars that show sport don’t open in the afternoon. Therefore if the sport you want to watch happens to be before 2pm, you may find your choice of venues restricted.
As you can see, Wrocław is really crying out for a dedicated sports bar aimed at the international community. Things have even got worse in the last year or so, as Winners Sports Bar and Piwnica Warka, two big pubs that broadcasted live sport, have closed.
For the moment though, there are at least a few venues in town worthy of consideration.
The first live sports venue mentioned in most tourist guides tends to be Winners Steakhouse, which is handily located on Włodkowica street next to Mleczarnia.
Winners Steakhouse is probably the city’s most refined and civilised sports bar, a facet that brings its own pros and cons.
On the plus side, it’s one of the few places where you can enjoy a meal with your beer and see the game at the same time. The bar/restaurant’s burgers and steaks have received glowing reviews for a few years now. The venue is clean, tidy and generally well run, while they also have table service – so there’s no need to queue for the bar in the middle of the match. On top of that, they have a large projector as well as many HD screens that have been properly rigged up.
However, the prices at Winners are definitely above average for a sports bar. Expect to pay around 30zl for some of the cheaper main meals (starter-sized meals can be purchased for less) and 10-14zl for a beer (from an established brewery rather than a craft one). So If you go to Winners Steakhouse a few times a month, the cost of making the place your local for live sport is sure to mount up.
The decor isn’t to everybody’s taste either; I’m not a fan of the giant Bacardi adverts and I find the cream seats to be a bit naff.
On occasion you may also have to tolerate the fact that the game you wish to see has unexpectantly been snubbed in favour of a major sporting event with Polish participation.
Despite those cons, Winners Steakhouse remains an option for watching sport in Wrocław. It’s central location is fantastic, while they do tend to show a lot of Premier League and La Liga games. The fact they do food is convenient too.
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Pub Felicita is probably the 1st port-of-call for Wrocław’s international community when it comes to live sports. Once you weigh up the pros and cons, it’s easy to see why.
Felicita is the only pub in Wrocław that has a foreign decoder of any kind; they have a Sky Italia box at their disposal which allows them to broadcast Serie A with Italian commentary. It also gives the pub the possibility to show different combinations of games that other pubs can’t, as they have a Polish satellite TV setup too.
The pub attracts large numbers of Italians for the big Serie A games; they also show plenty of matches from La Liga, the Premier League and the Champions League. On top of that, Rugby fans will be happy to hear that they broadcast every match of the 6 Nations.
Friday and Saturday evenings are unfortunately an issue at Felicita – they usually don’t broadcast the games with commentary (unless it’s a major final or a big derby match). The sound is often switched off so as not spoil the parties that typically go on there at night.
On Saturday afternoons, midweek nights and Sundays, it’s a different ball game though. You can bump into fans from all over the world watching different games and talking about the ins and outs of their various teams.
On the flipside, it is fair to point out that Felicita isn’t the grandest or most comfortable of venues. Indeed, a lot of the furniture seems to come from IKEA’s discount range. The chip-board tables in particular leave a lot to be desired. The place is nonetheless aimed at a younger student crowd and this is to be expected.
Despite the aforementioned drawbacks, Felicita very much remains the best venue for live sport in Wrocław. The Italian owner is very friendly and the pub is a safe haven for everyone regardless of where they come from.
One thing I particularly appreciate is the way Felicita often allow fans of smaller football clubs and minority sports the chance to watch their desired event on one of the vacant screens.
Last but not least, Felicita have a reasonable beer selection and the prices are on the money too (at least for the city centre).
An extremely poor excuse for a Scottish pub, Haggis really shouldn’t be on this list. Apart from one Scottish flag and a couple of pictures of Edinburgh, there’s nothing even remotely Scottish about the place. They don’t have any more Scottish whiskies than your average bar, and there’s no Scottish beer available whatsoever.
However, the do have Canal+ and Polsat Sport, so you can catch live football there – particularly big matches.
Prices at Haggis are bit cheaper than in the old town, which is nice. That said, the nearby bars under the train tracks still offer better value. The beer selection is above average, with Murphys on tap alongside a couple of varieties of Zywiec. They have plenty of bottled craft beers and Czech beers though, which makes up for the lack of draught options.
Unfortunately Haggis only have one TV and one projector screen, neither of which you can see clearly in the upstairs section of the bar. You can see the screen clearly from the ground floor, however if the pub is busy you may have to sit quite far back due to the bar’s narrow shape.
Another issue is the staff, who seem to spend more time amusing themselves than they do serving the customers.
Last but not least, it doesn’t tend to open until later in the afternoon, so you couldn’t even consider going to Haggis for some of the earlier kick-offs.
Last on the list is ironically the first place many foreigners in Wrocław make their first regular haunt – Guinness Pub.
Although more authentic than Haggis (which isn’t saying much at all), the Guinness Pub still falls well short of being a decent Irish pub. If you don’t believe me, then ask someone Irish. The most frequent complaint about Guinness Pub I hear from Irish sports fans is that the staff “haven’t even heard of Gaelic Football”.
The pub is run by an infamous group of locals, and if rumour has it, they are hell bent on stopping anyone else setting up an Irish bar better than theirs (although I must stress again that this is merely the word on the street).
Prices at Guinness Pub are higher than at any other sports bar in town, which would be both reasonable and understandable if they had Sky Sports. They don’t though, so you are generally better off going somewhere else (Felicita for example, as it is on the other side of the square).
There are moments when Guinness Pub can be your saviour though. Given that the place is frequented by tourists and the local international community, on an odd day you may find that they are one of just few bars in Wrocław showing the Premier League instead of the Polish volleyball or handball team.
Another benefit of Guinness Pub, particularly if you are new in town, is that you can of course commune in English and enjoy a bit of banter. Even so, you could grow tired of bumping into stag parties or meeting expats who have no interest in integrating with the locals (not to say that everyone who frequents Guinness Pub falls into this category).
Although Guinness Pub does have a number of flaws, it would be wrong to completely rule the place out. The bar can be very useful in an emergency and if you are new in town, it may serve as a good place to get started and meet others in the same boat as yourself.
Naturally, there are many more options for watching sport in Wrocław on top of the bars listed above. Below is another list of venues that have a track record of showing sport, albeit less prominently and frequently. To find out if they are showing the game you are interested, check their Facebook Page to see if it is posted. If not, send them a PM.
Remont Bar | Fuga Mundi Billiards Club & Pub | Cuba Pub | Papa Bar | U Beatki | Bierhalle Rynek Wrocław | PRL – Klubo-kawiarnia | szynkarnia – local food & multitap | 4Hops | LAMUS | Corso Wine-Bar & Restaurant | Chopper – Bar & Grill | American Dream Restaurant & SportsBar | Motyla Noga | SPORT PUB (Psie Pole) | Bogusławskiego 19 |
Please note: If you are reading this with a view to watching Euro 2020 – you need not worry about finding a place. Dozens more pubs will rent out tv screens for the duration of the tournament, making it possible to see games at many, many more venues.