While the hordes will go to the O2 Academy across the street, this is the Victoriana-obsessed ale connoisseur’s choice. With a big projector screen down at one end of the bar and other screens dotted about, plus a rather fancy stained glass dome to appreciate should the game take a turn for the turgid. Fair warning: it’ll be standing room only.
125 Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 4AG.
0191 221 1552 www.sjf.co.uk
The Black and Grey
Having been tastefully rejigged and reopened at the end of April, this pub’s taken on a whole new lease of life. They’ll have the match on the projector out the back, so there’ll be plenty of room. The cocktail book is full of delights, and would make for a very effective emotional crutch during should the worst happen.
80 Newgate Street, Morpeth NE61 1BU.
The George of Piercebridge
There’s a good range of ales on here, including a special Euro 2016-themed brew by Richmond-based Mithril Ales called Back of the Net. There’s a preposterously huge beer garden out the back which looks out onto the Tees as it rolls past as well, so it’s one to slope down to early to take in the late afternoon sun.
Piercebridge, Darlington DL2 3SW
01325 374576 www.facebook.com/georgeofpiercebridge
The Northumberland Hussar
This resuscitated community pub in Heaton is heavy on hammered copper tabletops, quirky ornaments and upscale burgersß, bringing in a younger crowd with its buoyant atmosphere and tidy little outdoor yard area.
Sackville Road, Heaton NE6 5SY
0191 224 1143 www.facebook.com/TheNorthumberlandHussar
The Brewers Arms
This old world pub is full of charm – the extraordinary curved glass frontage makes you feel like you’re stepping into a wormhole, and in truth, it’s a world apart from most sports-friendly pubs. The pool table’s only 70p a go for a start, which in this wildly inflated bar game economy is like finding a chicken which can play the banjo.
18 Marygate, Berwick TD15 1BH.
Small plates, flatbreads, barbecue favourites, burgers and hot dogs back up a formidable beer and wine list here on the Roker seafront, but the real star is Gracie, the copper still in which the bar distills its own superlative gin and vodka. Pick from a traditional Northern Dry Gin, the more old-fashioned Old Tom Gin, Graceful Vodka or the new Picnic Gin, flavoured with juniper, strawberries and cream.
Roker Terrace, Sunderland SR6 9ND.
0191 567 1786 www.poeticlicensebar.co.uk