Ten Great Pocket Places to Watch Euro 2016


Never afraid to jump on a bandwagon when we see one, In Your Pocket has asked its extensive network of local editors to pick their favourite places to watch the European football championships, which begin in France today when the hosts play Romania at the Stade de France in Paris.

Here are ten great, sometimes offbeat locations in our cities (listed, we hasten to add, in no particular order) we thoroughly recommend.

1. PGE Summer Stadium, Gdansk


Want to watch the football on a beach? This is where to come.

More suggestions for where to watch the football in Gdansk here.

2. Titanic, Belfast


The place where they built the Titanic. Where better to watch your team’s hopes sink?

3. Paddy Whelan’s, Riga


One of the best pubs in the Baltics will be rocking for most games, especially those featuring England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

More great places to watch Euro 2016 in Riga here.

4. Therme, Bucharest


Romania have qualified for a major finals for the first time since 2004. Join the locals at the country’s biggest water park and watch as you take a swim.

More great places to watch Euro 2016 in Bucharest here.

5. EM Public Viewing by Maag, Zurich

One of the biggest public Euro 2016 events in Zurich will be showing the games on 6 x 4m full HD screens.

More great places to watch Euro 2016 in Zurich here.

6. Corner Bar, Zagreb


This terrace at the Ban Centre will be packed with locals for Croatian games.

More places to watch the footie in Zagreb here.

7. Cutty Sark, Ljubljana


Slovenia haven’t made the cut this time around, but Ljubljana’s liveliest pub, the Cutty Sark, will be the place to be for any football fans who find themselves in the Slovenian capital.

8. Wicar’s Pub, Wroclaw


Wicar’s Pub. Recreate what you see on the TVs by playing table football.

More great places to watch Euro 2016 in Wroclaw, Lodz and Katowice here.

9. The New Fox & Hound, Sofia


Sofia’s best Guinness, as well as Kilkenny, will make this place a big hit with expats during the tournament.

More great places to watch Euro 2016 in Sofia here.

10. Irish Pub Pod Papugami, Krakow


Krakow’s top pub: things here will no doubt get very noisy during Irish games.

More great places to watch Euro 2016 in Krakow here.

We also have a guide to watching the tournament in Warsaw, Berlin and Vienna.

PS You might be interested to know that one place you will not be allowed to watch the football in public (unless you are in an official Fanzone) is… France, as this AP story explains.

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In Your Pocket goes to Gdansk

The Gdansk Pocket team had the pleasure of hosting the annual In Your Pocket Licensee Meeting from March 3-5 this year. After nearly 16 years, it was fantastic to be able to show off our city to the rest of the group, most of whom had never visited the city before.

I think it is fair to say that they were impressed with the city, and the excellent impression that they left with began to be formed with their arrival at Gdansk’s Lech Walesa airport. One or two had visited the airport over the past thirty years and while the modernity and ease of passage through it was remarked on by all, the transformation from what one colleague remembered as a glorified bus shelter in the 1980s genuinely amazed him. Some made their way into town by Neptun taxi from outside the terminal while others took the opportunity of riding on the brand new PKM train into Wrzeszcz. Again there was plenty of praise for the new infrastructure, although an investment in a few more ticket machines would make catching the train a less stressful experience.

The group stayed and the meeting took place at the Hotel Gryf in Gdansk. Those of you familiar with the city might raise your eyebrows at that one. From the outside the hotel, located in the former clinic building on the shipyard is not a looker and the surrounding Robotnicza (Workers’ Street) district looks like the kind of area that needs the expensive facelift that it’s in line to receive. Two things drove our choice of this hotel. First was price. We run a tight ship at In Your Pocket to ensure we have money for everything that we want to do. We have seen many businesses come and go over the years, many leaving behind a mound of unpaid bills and taxes, and our success and longevity have been achieved while paying our way, including all of our taxes in Poland. So the Gryf satisfied our needs there because it is a genuine budget hotel. What is surprising to many, and what also figured heavily in our decision, is that the insides are far more impressive than the outside suggests. Rooms are spacious; beds are comfortable and there are two decent sized meeting rooms with the typical accessories. Incidentally the ugly exterior is being replaced right now and though it will be some time before the neighbouring district is cleaned up, the hotel will shortly look a lot more attractive from the outside.

One of the reasons to write this blog post was to demonstrate to our colleagues how to use this updated function. We also wanted to highlight where we chose to spend time during the conference when we weren’t examining the new functionality in our systems, our new apps or discussing trends in the travel publishing business. We spend our time making suggestions for our readers, so it seemed like a good idea to highlight where we spent time with our guests.

With the hotel located a 15-20 minutes’ walk north of the old town we tended to stay to that side, although the centre is small enough to put most places within walking distance. Over the three days and evenings we spent in Gdansk we enjoyed the choice of beers in Degustornia Dom Piwa (although not the odd smell of drains); the laid back atmosphere and the local beers in Pulapka and the neighbouring Lawendowa 8 and the on-site brews and menu at Brovarnia. The most memorable moment of the visit in terms of nightlife though, came when we introduced the group to the Bunkier club on ul. Olejarna. After spending time exploring the different levels, one of which had a concert going on by a Polish rock band, the group spent the night dancing away to some classic dancefloor hits. The number of bars and the friendly and efficient staff ensured a very memorable night.

Dinner at Kubicki
Dinner at Kubicki


The city’s nightlife wasn’t the only thing to leave its mark on our guests. The restaurants we visited also received a unanimous thumbs-up from our professional reviewing team, which is no mean feat, including as it did one writer for whom our official team meal had been ruined a few years previously in Budapest by a very dry duck.

Thursday evening saw us take over the covered terrace at Targ Rybny where this writer’s dish of cod and pureed potatoes and cabbage in a port, plum and bacon sauce was very, very good. Friday saw the ‘official’ meal take place in the Kubicki, just across the way from Targ Rybny and here our guests were very impressed with the roast duck and red cabbage while the herring starter, another Gdansk favourite also garnered praise. The thing that impressed us locals most in both restaurants was the service. Regular readers will know service is a bit of a bugbear and is more often below average that we now recommend that you expect the worst and write only of good service. In both Targ Rybny and Kubicki, the service was excellent and the large group did not phase either the staff or the kitchen. Some other restaurants in town should take note, as it is certain that our guests’ impressions of the city were only improved by the time they spent eating in the evenings.

Time was at a premium and the schedule allowed for limited sightseeing. In Your Pocket’s founder, Matthias Luefkens, aside from meeting Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz, took time to visit the European Solidarity Centre located adjacent to the hotel. You can see the Vines he shot there by visiting our Facebook page and he came away describing the exhibition as fascinating and moving, a sentiment shared by other members of our group and a number of subsequent posters to our Facebook page.


The meeting wound down and some headed up to Sopot on Saturday evening where Kava became our base, primarily because of the huge screen showing the game between Bayern and Borussia, which was eagerly watched by our German, Austrian and Swiss contingent. Some made sure to catch a glimpse of the sea by walking the short distance to the famous pier and the night wound down with a visit to Fidel, one of our favourite spots in Sopot and then the neighbouring legend that is 3 Siostry (3 Sisters).

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In Your Pocket City Essentials

In Your Pocket has today released a new app for iOS and Android: In Your Pocket City Essentials. Completely free, you can get them here (iOS) or here (Android). More than 30 cities are currently included, and we are adding more all the time.


We think our City Essentials app is a game changer.

We have distilled more than two decades of city guide expertise into one simple, elegant and infinitely useful app.

Featuring restaurants, cafes, bars, nightlife venues and sights alongside essential travel information, every entry has been picked by our local editors and the app includes only those places they are happy to recommend. Once downloaded the guides – including their maps – can be fully used offline.

In Your Pocket City Essentials does not present you with endless listings: we simply show you the places we go. Some may be off the beaten track, others may be well known. The only criteria we use to pick them is whether they can be considered essential, and whether they are worth your time. That is local knowledge, and nobody does local like In Your Pocket, the world’s largest publisher of locally-produced city guides since 1992.

Go get your apps now.

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Our Top 10 Downloads of 2015

Which In Your Pocket guides were downloaded the most in 2015? Here’s the Top 10.

1. Krakow

old town

2. Warsaw


3. Berlin


4. Amsterdam


5. Riga


6. Zurich


7. St. Petersburg


8. Gdansk


9. Bucharest


10. Tallinn


All in all, more than half a million PDF versions of our guides were downloaded last year from inyourpocket.com for free. Go get yours now, right here.

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Kaliningrad IYP & Open Street Map


As we mentioned a month or so ago, we have been working very hard on a relaunch of our Kaliningrad guide, last published in 2000. Currently at the printer, a PDF version can be downloaded for free, here.

One of the challenges we faced with Kaliningrad was finding an attractive, up-to-date and reliable map for the city available at a decent price. To be honest, we couldn’t. So we decided to take a new approach: we made our own maps.

To do so, we used base data from Open Street Map (OSM), an open source digital map foundation which operates much in the same way as Wikipedia.

To the data from OSM we added some of our own from our content management system (Pocket Content), before adding various labels and customising the styling. Using OSM as opposed to conventional map makers has proven to be highly rewarding. It gives us total control over how our maps look and what they include.

Our man who can when it comes to OSM is our long-term graphic designer, Tomáš Haman. He is now currently working on new maps for some existing IYP guides, starting with Vilnius. (You can actually see the new Vilnius maps in the new Vilnius guide).

Over the next few months he will be preparing new maps for all IYP guides using OSM, in order to make them more useful, attractive and homogenous. We hope you like them.

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What Are We Working On?


Yep, we are currently resurrecting what is very much an old favourite of ours here at In Your Pocket. Believe it or not, but Kaliningrad was actually one of the first IYP guides ever to be published: the team in Vilnius put together a bilingual, German/English guide to the Russian exclave as long ago as 1995. This time, we will be publishing in Russian and English, and a first print issue of the all-new Kaliningrad guide is currently being put together by our team, which is these days actually based in the city.

With much of the content already written, the online edition is pretty much ready to go: you can take a look here (English) and here (Russian).

If you are interested in becoming one of the first people to see the print guide, drop us a line to this email address and we will let you know when a PDF version is available for free download.

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A Taste of Croatia Under Austrian Influence


Croatia In Your Pocket has teamed up with Austrian Airlines to give away two round trip tickets Zagreb – Vienna in a social media competition on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

How to enter? All you need to do is to take a photo showing the influence of Austrian charm around Croatia through architecture, gastronomy, culture, fashion, history, travel, etc. Upload the picture to the Photo Contest application on the Zagreb In Your Pocket Facebook page or share the photos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #CroatiaUnderAustrianInfluence & #CroatiaIYP.

The official rules are here: http://iyp.me/CroatiaIYPRules. For any questions contact Eli Gajinov (eli.gajinov@inyourpocket.com)

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In Your Pocket’s Top 10 Downloads

Ever wondered which of the cities we cover are the most popular?

Wonder no more. Here is a rundown of the Top 10 most downloaded PDFs from inyourpocket.com in August (along with the number of downloads):

1. Krakow 2309
2. Berlin 1453
3. Warsaw 1427
4. Prague 1269
5. Amsterdam 1199
6. Riga 1129
7. St. Petersburg 1061
8. Tallinn 1046
9. Vienna 951
10. Bucharest 935

Don’t forget: it’s free to download any of our guides – and you download as many as you like. Get yours here.

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