Top pubs and bars for watching sports in Britain

Tuesday 01 June 2021

Dreaming of catching the big game in an atmospheric bar or traditional pub? Even if you can't secure tickets, we’ve rounded up some of the best sports bars to watch the action (and score tasty snacks) no matter which Premier League team you’re rooting for.  


Cafe Football in Manchester

Cafe Football Manchester

If you’re a foodie with a football crush, plan a trip to Manchester’s Cafe Football for gourmet grub influenced by the spirit of the game. More than just a typical sports bar, this Manchester mainstay is nestled in Old Trafford’s Hotel Football and handcrafts its dishes from start to finish, taking inspiration from the sport itself. Feast on nachos, burgers, and pizzas, or get stuck into healthier options, including salads and vegetarian dishes. Then sit back and relax with 13 supersized TVs and a pint of ale.


Dive Bar and Grill in Manchester

If you’re a football fan looking to experience Manchester’s famous Northern Quarter, stop off at Dive Bar and Grill. Named by Sky Sports and Carling as the city’s top spot for live sports, 11 ultra-HD screens show matches of all kinds, allowing you to book a booth and be glued to the games. There is also a heated outdoor dining terrace and tempting steakhouse for a post-match meal.


Greenwood Sports Pub and Kitchen in London Victoria

Dreaming of tucking into mouth-watering pub grub while being gripped by a match on a super-sized screen? Then Victoria’s Greenwood Sports Pub and Kitchen is one for your travel list. Known for showing a wide range of sports and unmissable tournaments on giant projectors, as well as serving burgers, saucy chicken wings and loaded sharing platters in an energetic atmosphere, this pub has all the ingredients for you to feel like a winner!


The Cambridge Brewhouse in Cambridge

With their very own on-site microbrewery, a Locker Room where you can watch the game on a massive screen, and a menu with gluten-free and vegan options as well as the classics, this is a dream-worthy place in Cambridge to cheer on your favourite team. As if you needed more reason to come, the brewhouse is dog-friendly too! So go ahead, order the wings and the nachos (plant-based if you're vegetarian), sip a locally brewed beer, and hang out with man's best friend while watching the game. 


BOX in Leeds

For state-of-the-art screens showing live sports throughout the day, there’s BOX in the centre of Leeds. As well as the best football and rugby, you can enjoy live boxing, Formula 1 and cricket as you chow down on loaded fries, Box club sandwiches, vegan kebabs and 2-4-1 cocktails. There’s even bottomless party and brunch menus, to make the occasion extra special.


The Bat and Ball in London’s Stratford

As well as being a favourite location for table tennis and pool, the Bat and Ball in Stratford is a top spot for catching exhilarating live sport in East London. With plenty of areas to hunker down and enjoy the game, future visitors can expect neon lights and lively crowds polishing off pizzas, alongside games of beer pong and private karaoke booths.


London Road Brew House in Southampton

Are you a sports fanatic with a penchant for craft beer? You can look forward to sampling the brews from the on-site microbrewery while catching live games at Southampton’s London Road Brew House. The refreshing local beers are complemented by screens showing all the best matches and a delectable array of stone-baked sourdough pizzas. Longing to show off your skills on the pitch? Get involved and try your hand at a game of table football!


Queen’s Vaults in Cardiff, Wales

Opposite the magnificent Principality Stadium, a mecca for rugby fans, lies the Queen’s Vaults, a traditional pub with a sports-mad twist. Expect a sea of screens showing the latest games, as well as pool tables and a great selection of ale. The décor of this community pub proudly celebrates local sporting legends, making this a dream venue if you’re longing to experience Wales’ great love of rugby – and a cracking Sunday roast!


Rileys Sports Bar in Swansea, Wales

With numerous venues across Britain, Rileys Sports Bars are renowned for dart playing, pool and live sport. Following an impressive refurbishment, Rileys Swansea is back and looking forward to welcoming sports fans with live sport showing across 20 screens and HD projectors, not to mention interactive digital darts lanes.


The Common Room in Sheffield

Bustling sports bar in Sheffield, Common Room by True North Brew

Home to the world’s oldest football club, Sheffield is a fantastic location to enjoy live sport like a local. Located in the heart of the city, The Common Room boasts more than 50 TV screens across two storeys showing all things sport, from local footie favourites to snooker, wrestling and cricket. It also offers special match day menus and full-size pool tables.


Shark Club Gastro Bar in Newcastle

Shark Club Gastro Bar is just a stone’s throw from Newcastle FC’s St James’ Park stadium and provides a great setting for pre and post-match pints, as well as for watching televised games. Imagine soaking up the electricity of a match day while sipping a refreshing beer, or tucking into a portion of fish and chips opposite Newcastle’s football heartland… a must for any footie fan!


The Pogue Mahone in Liverpool

Not far from the Royal Albert Dock is this traditional Irish pub that regularly shows not just football but cricket, rugby, and boxing and which is known for its great deals on match days! Serving up homemade burgers, pie of the day, and hearty Irish stew, along with an extensive whisky menu, this spot is a perfect place to gather with your friends and root for your team. They also have a rotating cocktail menu, so you can try a new match day tipple every time you stop in. 


Waxy O’Connor’s in Glasgow, Scotland

As one of Glasgow’s most unique bars, Waxy O’Connor’s offers the chance to enjoy a refreshing pint and a live match within a quirky three-storey treehouse! Packing the thrill of an Irish sports bar into a wooden wonderland, this labyrinthine pub is complete with large projector screens showing an array of live sport.


Restrictions on travel to and around Britain are in place due to Covid-19. You are encouraged to always check individual websites for the latest information, as details are subject to change.


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