The Carlsberg Sports Bar, London. Credit: Doug Totten

A Football Haven in the Midst of Chinatown, London

I was able to watch the unfortunate NFC Championship Game that brought the San Francisco 49ers‘ season to an end from over here in London. It took a little searching, but I found a 24/7 sports bar. It happened to be in a casino. (England is the betting capital of the world when it comes to sports. All soccer stadiums have betting booths and you can vote on things such as who will score first, how he will score, what the final score will be, etc. even during the game! That is neither here nor there, however.)

Back on track, the bar was called Carlsberg, after a popular beer company, and had a lot of TVs, one giant one, and a standing-room-only crowd. The wings were pretty darn good as well, and reasonably priced. I have not seen more Americans in one room than I did early Monday morning (the game kicked off at 11:30 here). The crowd was slightly 49er-leaning, but as it was probably the only place still open showing the game for a good distance, both sides were well-represented. If I did not know any better, and I did not look at the casino surrounding the bar, I would have thought I was in the US. The place really was an American haven, right next to the Chinese Mahjong betting tables and restaurant, of course.

Around 2:30 am GMT, the 49ers’ season came to a close. It was a difficult end to a fantastic back half of the season. Needless to say, it was also not the most enjoyable walk back to my flat (that’s what apartments are called here). London is a fantastic city, but things sure look a little cloudier after an ending like that.

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