Where Can I Watch the Eurovision Song Contest in the US?

So much of the magic that makes the Eurovision Song Contest a sight to behold is the live broadcast of the competition. Eurovision features dancers, video screens, pyrotechnics, bizarre props, the occasional hologram, and 4% of the world’s glittery confetti supply. If you are in the United States, here’s how you can watch Eurovision and see what Europe is up to these days.

Watch on Television

Since 2016, Logo has broadcast the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Logo will air the 2018 Eurovision Grand Final live on Saturday, May 12, at 3pm Eastern / 12pm Pacific. The show will feature commentary from RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Ross Mathews and three-time contestant Shangela. However, Logo will not be airing either of the semi-finals.

Watch via Streaming

A livestream of both semi-finals and the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest will be available on Eurovision’s YouTube channel. Unfortunately, this will be geoblocked for viewers in the United States.1 Here are some workarounds if you want to watch either of the semi-finals:

  • Access a virtual private network (VPN) based in a European country.
  • Follow hashtags on Twitter such as #Eurovision, #ESC2018, #AllAboard and use your imagination from what folks are describing (not recommended).
  • Watch a livestream provided by one of the participating countries.

That third option is probably your best bet. We strongly recommend Sweden’s feed, available on the SVT website or through the SVT Play app (iOS / Android). The app offers the highest quality video, a stable connection, and plays nicely with Chromecast or AppleTV. Also, Sweden treats Eurovision with the same reverence as a papal address, so the commentators won’t be chatty or distracting. The broadcasts are also available for viewing after the live show if you need to watch a performance again (and again and again) or if your schedule doesn’t allow for watching during the day.2

Watch at a Viewing Party

Eurovision is best enjoyed as a communal experience—it’s much more fun to scream “what is happening?!” in a room full of other people expressing the same thought.

If you aren’t up for hosting your own Eurovision party or you don’t have the means to watch the show3, there may be a bar or cultural center near you hosting their own event. If you know of such a place, let us know so we can add the Eurovision viewing party to our list!

 

Eurovision 2018 Watch Parties

Here's a list of North American watch parties for this year's Eurovision Song Contest! We'll keep updating as we learn of more venues hosting events.

Last update: Wednesday, April 25. Event times are local to the venue city.
VenueCityAddressPhone NumberWebsiteTime
Albatross BarAstoria, NY3619 24th Ave(718) 204-9707Website2:30 PM
Mary's AtticChicago, IL5400 N. Clark Street (Above Hamburger Mary's)(773) 784-6969Website2:00 PM
R Public HouseChicago, IL1508 W Jarvis(872) 208-7916Website2:00 PM
DANK Haus German American Cultural CenterChicago, IL4740 N Western Avenue(773) 561-9181Website2:00 PM
Sidetrack the Video BarChicago, IL3349 N Halsted(773) 477-9189Website2:00 PM
Scandinavian Church and CenterDavie, FL2950 S Flamingo Road(954) 533-3521Website2:30 PM
Sterling HouseHouston, TX3015 Bagby(281) 972-0577Website1:30 PM
Monty HallJersey City, NJ43 Montgomery StWebsite2:30 PM
AKBARLos Angeles, CA4356 W Sunset Blvd(323) 665-6810Website11:30 AM
The SaloonMinneapolis, MN830 Hennepin Ave(612) 332-0835Website1:00 PM
Cabaret MadoMontreal, Quebec1115 Ste-Catherine Est+1 514-525-7566Website2:30 PM
Hardware BarNew York, NY697 10th Ave(212) 924-9885Website2:00 PM
The Liberty NYCNew York, NY29 W 35th St(212) 967-4000Website2:00 PM
Tonic BarNew York, NY727 7th Ave(212) 382-1059Website2:30 PM
Sarajevo LoungeSeattle, WA2332 1st Ave(206) 448-9000Website11:00 AM
The Last Call BarSan Francisco, CA3988 18th St.(415) 861-1310Website11:00 AM
Paupers PubToronto, Ontario539 Bloor Street West+1 416-530-1331Website2:00 PM
Number NineWashington, DC1435 P St NW(202) 986-0999Website3:00 PM
  1. BOOOOOO!  
  2. What do you mean you have a day job?  
  3. cord cutting, unreliable internet, roommates you reallllllly don’t want to explain this thing to