Where to Watch Barack Obama’s Inauguration in Europe

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It’s our time! Photo courtesy of an agent

Yes, we did!

On Tuesday, January 20th, 2009, Barack Obama will be sworn is as the 44th U.S. President and the world will be watching!

We’ve put together a list of places – that we currently know of – hosting inaugural day events in Europe. Fortunately, for all Europeans, the inauguration should be available in high-def at many locations.

We’ll keep adding to the list as Tuesday approaches. And, let us know – Do you still need to find a place to watch the event? Do you have another idea for a city we haven’t covered or an additional location in an existing city listed here?

Signed, sealed, delivered!

In Paris: The American Church in Paris hosts a prayer service at 7:30 PM followed by a viewing of the inauguration (one hour behind the live events) and a wine and cheese reception. Stop by and you might just see our Ed-in-Chief Tom Meyers! More info is here. You can also email Arlene Gross, the coordinator of the event, at arlbru2004@yahoo.com

For more ideas on where to hang your hat on inauguration day, check out this great forum on the Fodor’s Paris site. Other ideas include the Havane Cafe, at 70 Bis, Boulevard Auguste Blanqui (near Place d’Italie).

According to the Paris Expat Meetup group, the American Library has inauguration events planned. More info here.

In Berlin: Our friends over at BootsnAll first broke the news that Berlin would be partying down on inauguration eve. As they so aptly reminded us, it was Mr. Obama himself who said, “People of Berlin, people of the world, this is our moment. This is our time.” Rock on! Head to Goya Nightclub for an evening of celebration or head to the Amerika Haus, where they’ve been celebrating Black History month for weeks already. Check out what they have planned here.

In London: A host of events are planned in Her Majesty’s great city. For a list of a bunch of them, visit Time Out London’s web site. Might we recommend the “Bye George” comedy celebration at the Southbank Centre on the evening before Obama takes office? By George, now that’s a pleasant thought!

For a real down-home feel, check out what the Chicago Rib Shack has planned. Just for the record, this is exactly where the other resident Cheapos would be if on the other side of the pond next week! They’re in Knightsbridge, near Harrods. For more info, email info@thechicagoribshack.co.uk

In Amsterdam: One of our favorite places to catch great entertainment and share laughs, Boom Chicago, has lots of fun stuff on the docket Tuesday night. Get in the mood earlier with a comedy show called, “Bye Bye Bush!”. For more information on the inaugural fest, go here.

In St. Petersburg: Fellow Cheapo “Liz” suggests trying the folks at the Grand Hotel Europe, where events are planned. Contact: desk.concierge@grandhoteleurope.com

Other suggestions: Check out sites like Democratic Underground, your city’s local Expat Meetup site, or Democrats Abroad for ideas.

Where will you be?

Tell us where you plan to watch the inauguration and – Help! Do you know of places in Rome, Madrid, Barcelona and other major European cities where inauguration events are planned? Please leave us a message in the comment section below. We’ll be updating our results as next Tuesday approaches.

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Meredith Franco Meyers

About the author: Meredith earned an MFA in fiction writing at The New School in New York City. Her feature stories and articles have appeared in Ladies' Home Journal, American Baby, Self, Bridal Guide, Time Out New York, Fitness and more. She joined EuroCheapo in summer 2007.

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27 thoughts on “Where to Watch Barack Obama’s Inauguration in Europe”

  1. Ciao. Does anyone know if Rome is showing the inauguration on broadcast TV, not cable? Secondly, does anyone know of a gathering in Trastevere? Thank you!

  2. In Barcelona, NOT at the Hard Rock Cafe. I just got off the phone with the manager who said they wouldn’t even put it on TV, cause they “don’t want to bother people who aren’t interested.” Idiot (her name’s Nuria, if anyone from Hard Rock Corporate reads this).

    We’ll be at La Filarmonic (an English pub on Mallorca).

  3. I am living in Istanbul and would really like to watch the inauguration of Obama…. do you happen to know where I could? Thank you!!!

  4. For Madrid, I just found news of a free inauguration party at the Intercontinental from 5 to 7 pm (just pay for drinks). There will also be a gala for 45 Euros a person from 9 to 12 at the same location.

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  6. There is an Irish bar near Plaza Nueva in Granada and they said that they are going to show it. It is right off Calle de Elvira. Murphy’s sign. Super Bowl too. Spanish is optional. So are pantelones.

  7. For Barcelona, information from http://www.amersoc.com/

    When: January 20th from 5 pm to 11 pm (entry at 4:30 pm)
    Where: Le Meridien Hotel, C/ La Rambla, 111
    Price: 15 euros
    What’s included: Live coverage of the swearing-in ceremony on a big screen tv, live music, tapas, beer, wine, soft drinks.

    Make sure to RSVP to admin@amersoc.com and stop by Hotel Le Meridien to pick up your tickets in advance to avoid standing in line at the registration desk on day of the event.

  8. @jon in paris – Tom will be attending the event at the American Church in Paris, while the Havane Cafe at 70 Bis, Boulevard Auguste Blanqui is another possibility.

    More to come!


  9. Meredith Franco Post authorMeredith Franco Meyers

    Hey all,
    Thanks so much for your comments. We will be updating this post Monday, so stay tuned. We’ll look for events in Granada, Milan, and more in Rome, as well as in other cities.
    Have a great weekend!

  10. Hi Maxwell –

    We’ll dig around to find an event in Utrecht and let you know anything we find. The Netherlands chapter of Democrats Abroad has their main event in Amsterdam at the Hard Rock Cafe, although there are plenty of other locations hosting activities as well.

    We’ll let you know what we find, but if other Cheapos have suggestions let us know!

    – Pete

  11. In the city of Utrecht in Nederland, where will the inaguration event will take place. Everyone will like to watch this history onfolding. Dont left out any one,

  12. Hi Eleonora –

    There’s a good looking event hosted by the Rome chapter of Democrats Abroad. Here’s the info:

    Radisson SAS Hotel
    Roofbar — 7th floor
    Via Filippo Turati 171 (Piazza Vittorio – Metro A )

    Tuesday, Jan. 20
    17:00 to 20:00

    Here’s the link for complete details: http://www.democratsabroad.org/node/7768. It’s 15 euros / person.

    – Pete


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