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Best Sports Bars and Pubs showing Live Football

Football; the largest excuse for excessive drinking and work-related procrastination that the UK has ever seen, we all love our footy no matter the circumstances. Unfortunate as it is, some pubs are more committed to providing the best possible match day experience than others so we've compiled a list of the best football pubs in the UK so that you can find yourself such an establishment on game day. If you won't just settle for your local boozer and plan to go a little farther afield, why not check out our list and give one of these fine pubs a go?


 

Sports Bars and Sports Pubs

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Belushis and The Dugout

161-165 Borough High Street
London Bridge

London
SE1 1HR
0207 939 9700
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One of the newest sports bars in the city, The Dugout continues the Belushis franchise in excellent style, with a sports themed venue and excellent facilities like beer pong and pool for half-time fun. Boasting a wide selection of premium beers and cocktails to sip on whilst watching the games on one of the many big screens, this has got to be one of the best venues on game day.

Carlsberg Sports Bar

The Casino At The Empire
5-6 Leicester Square

London
WC2H 7NA
0203 411 0735
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This modern bar located within the Empire Casino in Leicester Square lays claim to the title of 'the complete sports bar' with a 3m HD TV along with a host of smaller screens to ensure that you don't miss a minute of the action. Serving plenty of Carlsberg, amongst other fine drinks, and some good food, this is a solid choice on match day and is crucially open 24/7. The perfect spot to crash when you're desperate for a bar showing an Ashes Tour from down under.

Walkabout Cardiff

65 - 74 St. Marys Street

Cardiff
CF10 1FA
0292 072 7930
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Where better to take in a game than THE BIGGEST WALKABOUT IN THE UK? Suitably, for a sporting colossus of this size, they're decked out with more screens than I've had hot dinners (28!). A popular spot no matter who is kicking a pig's bladder about, be sure to get down early whenever the Bluebirds are playing on TV.

Three Sisters

139 Cowgate

Edinburgh
EH1 1JS
0131 622 6802
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A rabbit warren of nooks, crannies, TVs and beer. This hugely popular Edinburgh hangout is a dream for sports fans whatever the season. Cosy in winter, their epic courtyard - complete with food stalls, bars, patio heaters and an absolutely massive screen - is a great place to watch sport on a summer evening.

Committee Room No. 9

18 John Street

Glasgow
G1 1JQ
0141 553 5853
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Glasgow hotspot that does it all - international beers, cocktails, gastro takes on classic sports bar grub, live music and of course, heaps of live sports. Child and dog friendly during the day, the Committee Room offers something for everyone.

Walkabout Reading

Wiston Terrace
Off Friar Street

Reading
RG1 1DG
0118 953 0000
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Student favourite that knows what the people love - great value drinks, wallet friendly pub tucker and heaps of live sport. What makes Walkies Reading really stand out? How about stadium style raked seating, to ensure absolutely everyone cops a perfect view of the football on their massive projector screen. Now there's not many bars that can boast that.

Six Yard Box

The Artwork
Elephant Road

London
SE17 1AY
0775 121 5572
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Voted Best Football Pub 2016 in our 2016 Sports Pub Awards, this small but mighty footy bar in Elephant and Castle is a real favourite. Piles of craft beer, table foosball and a relaxed vibe make this a home from home for the footballing purist. If you visit, make sure you bring your Panini swaps pile with you, the ceiling collage is nearly finished but still needs a bit of work!

Rileys Sports Bar Haymarket

80 Haymarket

London
SW1Y 4TE
0207 930 0393
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Being the largest sports bar in London, there is a lot to say for an afternoon spent in front of one of its 34 TVs, beer in hand. With added extras like pool tables and ping pong as well as an American style diner and live DJ nights; this is one of the ultimate sport watching locations.

Hogarths

2-3 St Mary's Street

Swansea
SA1 3LH
0179 246 5169
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Gin, beer, scores of screens and plenty of footy mad punters. This gin palace in the shadow of Swansea Castle is one of the finest spots to in the city to catch live sport and there's always a cracking range of entertainment on for when the full time whistle blows.

Walkabout Manchester - The Printworks

Dantzic St

Manchester
M4 2AD
0161 672 4660
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How serious about showing sport are these guys? They've installed a 10 screen TV wall behind the bar so that you never miss a moment of the action, even when queuing for a pint. Pretty serious then. Located slap bang in the middle of Manchester this bar obviously packs out whenever there's footy to be watched.

Belushis Shepherds Bush

13-15 Shepherd'S Bush Green
Shepherds Bush

London
W12 8PH
0208 735 0270
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Fresh from a refurb, this place is a must visit for anyone who likes their footy and rock music. Screens all over the shop and loads of live music to enjoy Belushis SB is a place to see you through the afternoon and straight into the evening once the sporting action ends.

The Old Red Lion Theatre Pub

418 St John Street
Angel

London
EC1V 4NJ
0207 837 7816
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One of London's oldest drinking establishments, this unique theatre/pub in the heart of Angel has real charm. Due to be home for Belgium fans in the capital whenever they are on the box, this pub has a cracking range of real ales to sup on and even an outdoor screen to enjoy. Also, watch out for resident pooch Rolo, he's a chap and a half.

Radicals & Victuallers

59 Upper Street
Islington

London
N1 0NY
02077047691
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Spunky new venue on Upper Street that does a number of things very well. Live music and some awesome US inspired finger food had us purring, but it's their commitment to showing sport that keeps us coming back. Always fun when there's footy on, the place is obviously packed whenever Arsenal are playing on the box.

Albion

94 Goldsmiths Row
Shoreditch

London
E2 8QY
0207 739 0185
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Tucked away off the fashionable Broadway Market in London Fields, the Albion is chock full of sporting memorabilia (including plenty of Baggies gear) and is an excellent spot to watch the game. With three big screens showing action from most leagues across Europe, you would be well advised to get to this popular haunt in plenty of time for the big game. Nominee for Best Football Pub in our 2016 Sports Pub Awards.

Belushis Bath

9 Green Street
Bath

Somerset
BA1 2JA
0122 548 1444
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Centrally located hostel that's popular with travellers and students. 9 screens plus two drop down projectors deck out their bar meaning you've always got a great view of the action. The party vibe spills over into the sports viewing meaning there are always plenty of themed events - think fancy dress Super Bowl parties, Burger and Boxing nights, for example - to sink your teeth into.

Cafe Football

Westfield Stratford City

London
E20 1EN
0208 702 2590
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How could we fail to mention the special football cafe set up by non other than Manchester United and England legend Gary Neville? This modern take on all things football has dozens of screens and a belting menu full of modern takes on traditional terrace grub. Cafe football has a great atmosphere and is decked out with some truly unique knicknacks and bits. Where else in the UK can you nip for a tinkle at half time and gaze at the (original) Ronaldo shirt he wore against England, during Le Tournoi 1997, whilst you do it? Nominee for Best Football Pub in our 2016 Sports Pub Awards.

Walkabout Bournemouth

156-164, Old Christchurch Road

Bournemouth
BH1 1NL
0120 229 5072
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Blessed with a 10 TV wall of screens behind the bar Walkabout Bournemouth is serious about making sure you don't miss a minute of the action in their cracking sports bar. Always packed when there's footy to be watched, this is especially true when the The Cherries are mixing it on the box. Get down early or book a table through our app to avoid disappointment.

Hogarths

5-9 Hotel Street

Leicester
LE1 5AW
0116 2516077
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Football, in a gin bar? You heard us. Hogarths is no normal venue and is famed for their love of all things juniper berries. Fear not though beer lovers, they've more than a decent selection of real ales and quality lagers to sup on as you catch a game. Such was the cracking atmosphere during the football at this place last season, it was the venue of choice the likes of Sky, CNN and the Daily Mail chose to film at on the day Leicester won their historic Premier League crown.

Walkabout Temple

Temple Station
Temple Place

London
WC2R 2PH
0207 395 3690
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Walkabout's flagship venue in the capital is a huge favourite with footy fans from all over the world. This huge bar regularly hosts supporter's clubs when they can't get to see their team live and the atmosphere is always electric for big games. Aside from that, reasonably priced Australian themed grub and drink means this a firm central London favourite.

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