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Sports Bars Dublin: Where to Watch the Game

By Visit Dublin

1st January 2019

A huge part of the pleasure of Six Nations and other big-game weekends is sampling the boisterous pub atmosphere. It's not always possible to be at the match itself.

When that same atmosphere of excitement and terrace banter and the usual craic of an Irish bar combine, it creates the magic ingredients of a Dublin sports bar. From grand Six Nations events to an impressive Autumn series of rugby matches, televised sports are catered for in venues throughout the city. As Ireland is also gearing up to host four games at UEFA Euro 2020 in the Aviva Stadium, let us show you 10 of the best places to cheer your team on or just enjoy the buzz of match day...

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1. The Back Page and The Square Ball

These two Bodytonic bars offer a laid back atmosphere for match watching and with Fowl Play – the chicken eatery of The Square Ball in Grand Canal Docks – and the sports-themed pizzas on offer at The Back Page in Phibsboro, your half time refreshments are sorted.

2. Blackbird

Love a craft beer or cider with your sports? Blackbird in Rathmines is an eclectic bar with a vast drinks menu and delicious pizzas, sure to make you feel at home while screaming at the T.V. screens. The beer garden is the perfect place to convene to discuss the match, play by play, and they have even been known to throw a half-time barbecue!

3. Sinnotts

With its old world, traditional charm and its ever-popular carvery, Sinnotts on South King Street offers a comfy place to eat, drink, be merry and watch a game – if you can decide which one you want to watch! With fourteen large screens throughout the bar Sinnotts can show multiple games simultaneously.

4. The Bleeding Horse

The Bleeding Horse has long been established as one of the great pubs of the hip Camden Street area. With big screens dotted around the bar showing everything from football to horseracing and golf, you won’t miss a kick, jump or putt. Add in a competitively-priced menu and you have all the ingredients to give boredom a red card. 

5. The Woolshed

Let this southern-hemisphere themed bar on Parnell Steet bring some Aussie sunshine into your day. With three massive screens and 15 (yes 15!) large plasma screens dotted around the bar, The Woolshed is the perfect spot for sport, drink and delicious food from the grill. As a meeting point for people from all over the world why not cheer on the New York Giants with a native New Yorker or Boca Juniors with a Porteño (person from Buenos Aires).

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6. The Living Room

Get in the game… well virtually, with the help of 3D screens and “Europe’s largest outdoor screen” just off O’Connell Street on Cathal Brugha Street. The Living Room has an award-winning beer garden, an extensive food menu and an equally impressive sports menu! There’s the added bonus of a late night bar to celebrate your team’s victory into the early hours.

7. The Bridge 1859

Owned by Ireland and Leinster Rugby players Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip and Kearney brothers Rob and Dave, The Bridge 1859 is the perfect place to watch rugby. Its close proximity to the Aviva Stadium makes it a very popular pre- and post-match haunt but for those without a ticket, watching the action here on one of seven HD screens is probably the next best thing. Come on you boys in green!

8. Harry’s on the Green

Fancy a more sophisticated tipple with your side of football? Head to Harry’s New York Style Speakeasy on King Street South and indulge in a delicious cocktail while chanting your team’s name. Showing rugby, soccer and Formula 1 on their big screens ensures that you get your sport fix while enjoying a gourmet burger. They also host legendary live screenings of Conor McGregor’s UFC fights in the wee hours of the morning but be warned, tickets must be purchased in advance

9. Dicey’s Bar

If you want to party while cheering for your team, check out Dicey’s on Harcourt Street. Set in a complex with two nightclubs (Krystle and Bond) and the Russell Court Hotel, this place is hopping day and night. Get in early, find a seat near one of the big screens and enjoy a night of drink promotions and a party atmosphere before hitting the clubs.

10. Lundy Foot & Co

A popular haunt in Temple Bar (Dublin’s cultural district), Lundy Foot & Co offers an interesting alternative for the sports fan. This traditional Irish pub and restaurant hosts live music every night, and a full range of craft beer is offered. With a large screen for sports events and a hospitable vibe, this venue puts a modern twist on a classic Irish pub setting.

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