Football; the largest excuse for joyous drinking and work-related procrastination that these fair lands 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 and Ireland 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?
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Pubs & Bars
A legendary pub in the heart on Manchester showing all the footer you could imagine. As well as having a projector screen to show the epic clashes on, they've got a couple of 4K screens in the pub too. If that's not enough, they're one of the only pubs in the area to still have a Pinball machine - Unbelieve Jeff.
Tib St Tavern
Legendary footy spot in the heart of Manchester's hip Northern Quarter, the Tib St always boasts an excellent atmosphere.
Rileys Sports Bar Haymarket
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.
Belushis and The Dugout
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.
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.
The Living Room
Boasting the finest outdoor screen in Dublin and a serious set up indoors for when it's not so fine out, The Living Room is an exceptional place to watch any big game on TV.
Dtwo Bar and Garden
Boasting a genuine garden, heaps of outdoor screens and stadium-style raked seating, Dtwo boasts a famous atmosphere for any big sporting occasion, especially any Man United, Liverpool and Ireland games.
Belushis Shepherds Bush
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.
A great student venue in Leeds. Full of screens and boasting a pretty epic beer garden this is a top venue if you're in or around Hyde Park.
The Clubhouse, Sheffield
Sports pub on the outskirts of Sheffield with great reviews on Google. Fresh food sources from local bakers and butchers - not to be missed if you're in the area and the game's on.
Homebrewed ales on tap and dedicated room for sport, the Locker Room, out back. You know you'll be well-served for the game.
King Street Brew House
Microbrewery in the centre of Bristol serving an eclectically named set of beers including Pasty Git, Socks and Sandals and Shaft! Great place for catching up over a quality beer and watching the big game!
Right in the centre of Manchester, you can be guaranteed that this traditional English pub will have a class atmosphere for all the big games. A load of TVs and spread over two floors means you won't miss a minute of the game.
Great food, great value for money, and dozens of screens. These guys make sure that you have a great time in this traditional, Irish pub.
If it's Super Sunday and you're desperate for a delicious roast, where do you go? Boom, the Six Bells of course. With great value food and drink, you'd be mad not to head here for your lunch and to watch the footie.
This ex-fire station turned pub is a brilliant place to grab a couple of pints with your mates in the centre of Brum. Full of screens and serving loads of real ales, there's always a buzz in the place.
O'Neills Grand Central
These guys are mad about footie. Their food is great and they've got a massive beer garden for when the sun comes out. Join them for an Old Firm derby, you certainly won't be disappointed.
With 9 screens around the pub, you'll never miss a moment of the game. They've got a wide range of ales on offer, and this place is always buzzing for the big games.
Right opposite Leeds station, these guys are well worth a visit, even if it's just to see the unbelievable architecture and decor of the pub. You can be sure the atmosphere will be top notch for all the big games.
One thing's for sure - you can't miss the Crown. Make sure you check out their art nouveau exterior, it's pretty special. It's only matched by the brilliant atmosphere in the pub, especially for those Merseyside derbies.
Flanagans Apple Restaurant
With a blooming massive projector screen, these guys are a must visit in Liverpool. They're mad about footie, and as an Irish pub, they serve a pretty decent Guinness too.
Bang in between Euston and Kings Cross station, this pub is ideal for watching the game and having a couple of pints with your mates. With loads of screens all around the pub and excellent food, it's definitely worth giving this one a visit.
In the heart of Tottenham Court Road, the Court is the perfect place to grab a few pints with your mates whilst you watch the game. They've got a massive projector screen and loads of plasmas around the pub, so you'll be able to catch all the action.
The perfect place to watch the footie whilst throwing a couple of darts or nailing a few frames. A buzzing atmosphere and families are always welcome.
The Prince Of Wales
Dedicated to showing all the European football on Sky and BT, it's definitely worth popping in here if you're in the area and game is on. Blooming lovely Sunday roast too.
The Banner Cross
If you're looking to watch the football, you might as well watch it on a big screen. And these guys have a pretty big one - 10 foot in fact! Great selection of drinks too, especially craft beers
West End House
A cracking traditional Yorkshire pub with over 150 years of history is everything you'd want in a classic football pub. With a range of screens showing the football and a well stocked bar containing a mix of real ales and real cider you're sure to not be disappointed by your beverage, even if the game isn't going your way. And if you're in for a Super Sunday session of 3 games in a row, the food is belting too to give you that additional stamina.
Elevens Bar and Grill
20 4K/HD screens ensure you'll never miss a second of the action, make this Cardiffâ€™s finest sports den. Elevens is tailor-made for the perfect viewing experience, with fans who come to watch games dressed in their nationâ€™s kit will get discount deals on drinks during the World Cup. Come to think of it, that sexy new Colombia kit just paid for itself. Oh, and there's the small detail that this is Gareth Bale's gaff which is definitely very cool.
Named Britain's best sports pub in 2015, they offer a fantastic selection of real ales to chew on whilst you take in all the finest action from Russia. Renamed â€œThe Harryâ€ for the summer in honour of Englandâ€™s No.9, The Murderers is a bonafide haven for sports fans, even boasting screens in the toilets.
Fresh from a refurbishment and all about offering a great matchday experience, O'Neils is a fan favourite in the heart of Liverpool for a reason. Ensuring fans of every nation are welcome whilst a new late food menu, mega HD screens and private viewing booths ensure the perfect evening during the World Cup and the domestic season.
Allstars Sports Bar
According to Allstars, TVs in the toilets isn't an added bonus in, it's a necessity. Weâ€™re extremely confident this might be one of the best-equipped sports bars in the UK; over 60 55" TVs, 2 5-metre screens, a 3-metre screen and 4 75" 4k Ultra HD TVs in private areas. Make sure to inquire about their exceptional VIP area and bargainous pitcher deals during the World Cup. All Stars is any fanâ€™s dream, ran by sporting fanatics for sporting fanatics.
Greenwood offers a superior sports bar experience with a superior location, a stoneâ€™s throw away from Victoria Station and Buckingham Palace. Exceptional gastro-grub, gourmet cocktails, big game parties and private hire screens mean thereâ€™s something for everyone at Greenwood. If you ever needed an excuse to get to the train station early, Greenwood is the place to head for a cheeky half of football before that journey home.
This branch of world famous McGettigans brand absolutely nails getting a sports pub experience right and can be found just a stones throw away from Stamford Bridge. With the regulars ensuring there's an unrivalled atmosphere, screens all over the place ensuring you can see the action from every angle and a top notch selection of beverages you can't go wrong here.
A new outdoor screen has been put in especially for the World Cup alongside an astroturf pitch, player entrance, grandstand seating and multiple outdoor bars. With the weather threatening to be half decent this summer, The George seriously needs to be on your radar for those office hours fixtures in the World Cup.
A firm fan favourite in Dublin, Sinnott's boasts a cracking experience whatever the weather. Four outdoor screens are a treat in summer whilst the traditional bar inside is littered with drop-down projectors, offering the perfect view wherever you're parked.
Located in the heart of Temple Bar, this place has so much to offer. From private booths with your own T.V screens to table tennis and billiards to banish the half time boredom, it's one of our firm favourites for watching football. It also has the friendliest bar staff this side of the Atlantic.
The Tap In
Newly opened down at Elephant and Castle by the good people from the Six Yard Box in Peckham. Piles of craft beer, table foosball and a relaxed vibe make this a home from home for the footballing purist.
One of the capital's hottest new sports bars. Donâ€™t bother risking rush hour delays and missing kick-off. Plot up in here and enjoy some epic drama that only football provides.
Long Arm Pub and Brewery
If you're looking for that perfect place to catch the game in the city after work, look no further. Two whopping great projector screens mean you canâ€™t fail to catch a great view of the action. On tap is a delicious selection of beers brewed in the very same building and tasty food platters fly out of the kitchen. What more do you want from a sports bar?