So you arrived in Sofia and now you are thinking “That’s too far from Wembley mate”, huh? Miss the great weekend kick-offs back in the UK or just a fan of the Premier League? J.J. Murphy’s is the right place to be!
A bit hidden in a little street in the downtown area, you could probably find it by listening to the shouts from inside. Although J.J. Murphy’s is known for the rugby games on TVs (which you have a miserably low chance to watch elsewhere), it’s rather overwhelmed by King football. So please don’t be mad if you go there for a rugby match and the main topic is football.
Whenever there’s a derby in Premiership, J.J. Murphy’s havers different football clubs’ passionate supporters. However, the main attendees are Liverpool’s and Arsenal’s local supporting clubs, each tending to have the largest membership over other clubs, therefore it’s a show when the two teams meet on the field.
Keep in mind that in Bulgaria it’s really rare (if not even hard to believe) that rivals could sit next to each other and watch a game together without some confrontation. For me, that brings some British atmosphere, along with the “You’ll never walk alone” and “She wore a yellow ribbon” chants flying around and some fresh Murphy’s beer.