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June 16, 2012 / Stephanie Vermillion

England wins!

People always say if you’re going to England, you must try the pubs. While I wholeheartedly agree, I’d like to amend that tip slightly after yesterday’s experience.

My advice to England-goers? If you’re going to England, you must try the pubs during a high scoring, second Euro 2012 football game in which England is victorious. Piece of cake, right?

(From http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/sweden-2-3-england-daily-mirror-886333)

Celebrations! (From http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/)

While it’s probably easier said than done, Amy and I were lucky enough to get into a pub** in Little Venice filled with football fans, large TVs and an interesting English history. It was a win, win, win situation, with the best win saved for last: an England victory over Sweden!

Instead of attempting a play-by-play of the game, I’ll spare you and tell you it was exciting, intense at times, and unique to watch pub-goers come together to root on their country. It reminded me of the Pats Superbowl game (sorry, no links to that game, I’m pretending it never happened) at Boston Beerworks, minus the stress, stomachache, and post-game tears.

And while the Pats Superbowl game during my year living in Fenway was a surreal, once-in-a-lifetime experience for me, I can happily say my first Euro 2012 pub experience will be a twice, three times or hopefully more in a lifetime experience, as England’s next game is 6/19 versus Ukraine.

**For those uninterested in all things Euro 2012, here’s a little bit about this historical game-watching spot, The Prince Alfred Pub. It was built in 1863 and remains in its original style with five separated rooms (called “snugs”) each with their own bar access, an exterior of frosted glass and, most importantly, a fireplace for those oh-so-rare rainy, chilly London days. It’s located in the charming Little Venice part of town, and is a definite must if you’re in the mood for a historic bite or bar scene!

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