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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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Carlsberg Sports Bar

The Casino At The Empire
5-6 Leicester Square

02034 110 735
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Carlsberg Sports Bar - Sports Bar in London More Info

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

CF10 1FA
02920 727 930
Walkabout Cardiff - Sports Bar in Cardiff More Info

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.


5-9 Hotel Street

01162 516 077
Hogarths - Sports Bar in Leicester More Info

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.

Dive NQ

Tib Street

M4 1SH
01618 263 080
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Dive NQ - Sports Bar in Manchester More Info

Keen to watch the footy in a relaxed setting with some great food, from the comfort of a low-slung chesterfield? Refined, without ever being pretentious, this Northern Quarter favourite should be right up your street then.

Walkabout Reading

Wiston Terrace
Off Friar Street

01189 530 000
Walkabout Reading - Sports Bar in Reading More Info

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.


94 Goldsmiths Row

E2 8QY
02077 390 185
Albion - Sports Bar in London More Info

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.

Committee Room No. 9

18 John Street

G1 1JQ
01415 535 853
Committee Room No. 9 - Sports Bar in Glasgow More Info

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 Bournemouth

156-164, Old Christchurch Road

01202 295 072
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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.

Rileys Sports Bar Haymarket

80 Haymarket

02079 300 393
Rileys Sports Bar Haymarket - Sports Bar in London More Info

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 Shepherds Bush

13-15 Shepherd's Bush Green
Shepherds Bush

W12 8PH
02087 350 270
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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

02078 377 816
The Old Red Lion Theatre Pub - Sports Bar in London More Info

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.

Walkabout Temple

Temple Station
Temple Place

02073 953 690
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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.

Radicals & Victuallers

59 Upper Street

N1 0NY
02077 047 691
Radicals & Victuallers - Sports Bar in London More Info

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.

Black Dog Ballroom

11-13 New Wakefield Street

M1 5NP
0161 233 4031
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Black Dog Ballroom - Sports Bar in Manchester More Info

Speakeasy style venue with its own legendary terrace and grown up drinks menu. Whilst it turns into a fine night spot after dark, their sport offering is more than reason to visit during the day, showing all domestic, European and international footy.


The Holmes Building
Concert Square

L1 4AQ
01517 092 371
McCooley's - Sports Bar in Liverpool More Info

Lively city centre bar that shows everything going. With Liverpool being rather keen on it's footy, it's fair to say that takes preference on their plethora of big screens whenever the Reds or Everton are playing.

Six Yard Box

The Artwork
Elephant Road

SE17 1AY
02031 433 948
Six Yard Box - Sports Bar in London More Info

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!

Belushis and The Dugout

161-165 Borough High Street
London Bridge

02079 399 700
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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.


2-3 St Mary's Street

01792 465 169
Hogarths - Sports Bar in Swansea More Info

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.

Belushis Bath

9 Green Street

01225 481 444
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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.

Walkabout Manchester - The Printworks

Dantzic St

M4 2AD
01616 724 660
Walkabout Manchester - The Printworks - Sports Bar in Manchester More Info

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.

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