by Paul Bacon
Rotherham, United Kingdom
October 6, 2006
The décor of Club Football is pretty intense. The footy theme begins before you even get within ten meters of the entrance. The bar is set back around twenty metres from the road. So, to make finding it that much easier a giant soccer ball is placed next to the gate. Once inside though, things go genuinely football crazy. The walls are covered with framed shirts and actions shots of some of the world’s best players. There are also scarves from football clubs around the world donated by patrons wanting to leave their mark.
Obviously though with football to watch, the order of the day are two or three large TVs where games from mainly England, but other places in Europe as well, are beamed to an eager audience of expats. On a Saturday evening the front bar area is usually crammed to bursting. The major problem in terms of atmosphere though is that the place is divided into three or four small rooms. So, unlike places like the Den and Frank’s people are separated, detracting somewhat from the communal feel.
One excellent feature of Club Football though, is the way it serves Beijing’s footballing community. It works well as a meeting place for players and families and the staff are also able to introduce newcomers to Beijing to potential teammates. For that service I owe them a big thank-yuou for setting me up with the Beijing Drifters.
ClubFootball also boasts an impressive menu. It has a wide variety of beers. The local TsingTao or Beijing Beer are cheapest at 15RMB a pint, but Carlsberg is also available for 25RMB. There is also Hoegarden on tap and lots of other beers available by the bottle. The food is very good and pretty reasonable too – the only problem on a weekend is finding somewhere to sit to eat it.
From journal Tender is the Beijing Night