The Top Live Sports Pubs in England
At some point, we’ve all struggled to find the perfect place to watch live sports, whether it’s an important FA Cup match or a world-class boxing match…
From the biggest to the most unique, we’ve compiled a list of the best sports bars in England, handpicked from some of the most exciting cities in the north, south and the Midlands. Known as the country that exported football, cricket, and rugby to the world, we know what we're doing in sports (if we do say so ourselves!) ... So, if you’re after the ideal place to grab a drink in a bar with a bit of a difference, look at our list below!
1. Carlsberg Sports Bar @ The Empire Casino
Nestled amongst the most iconic buildings in the London skyline is the Carlsberg Sports Bar at the Empire Casino in London.
Situated on the historic Leicester Square, this lively venue is a 24-hour sports bar in the heart of the capital, where you can enjoy a host of live sports events, no matter what time of the day or night it is.
Food is also served throughout the evening and into the night, so no matter the occasion, you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable time at this lively London sports bar.
2. Hooters - Nottingham
The only bar of its kind in the UK, Hooters Nottingham is a nod to the classic American sports bar and has become a legendary venue not just in the city but across the country.
As you’d imagine, this bar plays all the best live sports, from the English classics like football and rugby to the NFL, UFC and more.
With excellent prices on food and drink and an atmosphere like you’d expect state-side, this unique sports bar is one you can’t miss if you’re partying in the Midlands.
3. Roxy Ballroom - Leeds
With three eclectic venues in the city, each with a unique set of bar games, Roxy Ballroom Leeds is a fantastic place to kick back and enjoy a different night out with your mates.
With their largest venue on Merrion Street in the city centre, you’ll find everything from shuffleboards to pool tables, dart boards and more, providing you with everything you need for a fun and memorable experience.
4. Shark Club & Gastro Bar - Newcastle
One of the best-loved boozers in the Northeast, Shark Club Gastro Bar Newcastle is a fantastic English sports bar with more big HD screens showing live sport than you can count on two hands.
It prides itself on a great food menu, and you can tuck into anything from steaks to seafood here if you’re looking for a bite to eat whilst watching the footy. With a modern and lively atmosphere and décor inside, you’ll be far from disappointed with this fantastic venue in one of the UK’s wildest cities.
5. Boom: Battle Bar - O2 Arena
Situated inside one of the UK’s most iconic landmarks, Boom Battle Bar at the O2 is one of the most unique places to enjoy a pint anywhere in England, especially if you want to kick back with your mates playing a few bar games!
Famous for its unique collection of games from axe throwing to crazy golf, American pool tables and shuffleboards. With an exciting and lively atmosphere that’s hard to rival anywhere else, drinking at this bar is an experience you won’t want to miss if you’re looking for something special to do in the area.
6. Felson's - Birmingham
Felson's Birmingham is a stylish, stripped-back bar on the city’s lively Broad Street, a popular pool hall bar chain with venues nationwide. However, this branch is a huge and unique setting, with a huge bar and plenty of places to sit comfortably with your mates.
Of course, if you’re looking for a few games of the pool whilst watching football, cricket, or rugby, then this place ticks all the boxes; with tonnes of HD screens playing live sports across the venue and plenty of pool tables, you can’t go wrong with a trip to this awesome venue.
7. BOX Deansgate - Manchester
Right in the heart of Manchester is BOX Deansgate, a vibrant and exciting sports bar renowned as one of the best places to catch live sports anywhere in the city centre.
Whatever you like to watch, this bar will play everything from Box Office events to BT & Sky Sports, meaning you won’t miss a minute of the action. With a huge floor space, a great food menu and even some shuffleboards for the half-time break, this is the number one place to head to in Manchester for live sports!
8. Boston Pool Loft - Liverpool
Situated on the famously lively Concert Square, the city’s premier party destination, Boston Pool Loft Liverpool, is a fantastic sports bar in the heart of a city that knows sport better than most!
Playing all the live sporting events you’d expect to see, from the Premier League to the FA Cup, this Liverpool sports bar also hosts a range of bar games to enjoy, from dartboards to pool tables, shuffleboards and even a couple of pinball machines!
9. Pier Nine (Brighton)
One of the top nightlife venues in the city, this Brighton sports bar in the fantastic Pier Nine Casino is a top venue for a big night out on the sunny South Coast.
Situated on the town’s beachfront, this exciting bar has everything you need to make it a memorable experience. With HD screens around the venue showing all the best football, cricket, rugby and more, you can always flutter on the roulette or blackjack tables if that’s what you’re into!
10. Extra Time Sports Bar & Grill - Sheffield
One of the largest and most exciting atmospheres when it comes to bars showing live sports in Sheffield, Extra Time Sports Bar & Grill is the perfect place to catch all the action regarding football, boxing and more with an unbeatable atmosphere.
With an octagon of gigantic HD screens high above the main floor, there’s no shortage of good places to sit down to feast your eyes. Regarding drinks, this bar is fully stocked with plenty on tap and great deals on food, too.
11. The Brotherhood of Pursuits & Pastimes - Leeds
The Brotherhood Leeds is a large and modern New York-style bar in the heart of this bustling city.
With a modern and stylish décor, this sports bar knows what it’s doing when it comes to showing all the best live sports events, from football to top-flight UFC matches, on their big screen TVs.
With a well-stocked bar packed with weird and wonderful beers and a great food menu, there’s no wrong time to take a trip to this eclectic hotspot.
12. Café Football - Old Trafford (Manchester)
Situated on the doorstep of Manchester United’s iconic stadium, Café Football is a lively and exciting place to watch the Reds.
Across the venue, you’ll find many big screens showing all the live action and great prices on food and drink. Noted for its exceptional atmosphere, this is the place to go if you’re a United fan looking for somewhere special to enjoy the match.
13. The Bat & Ball - Stratford (London)
Situated in one of the country’s biggest and best shopping destinations, The Bat & Ball is a massive venue in East London that’s massively popular with live sports fans!
This American-style bar features bench seats, a stripped back décor, and a proper American food menu. With big screen TVs all over the venue, there are plenty of pool and ping pong tables to keep you entertained at halftime!
14. JQ Bar & Grill - Birmingham
A large and modern venue in the heart of England’s second city, JQ Bar & Grill Birmingham is a great contemporary sports bar in the city centre where you can enjoy many live sports events.
From the Premier League to the Ryder Cup, this place shows all the best stuff whilst hosting a mouth-watering food menu that’s hard to compete with! With plenty of places to sit down and screens covering most of the tables inside, you won’t be stuck for a good view of the action.
15. Sharkey's Sports Bar - Bournemouth
A large and lively venue on the city’s famous party street, Sharkey’s Sports Bar in Bournemouth is a proper American-style venue with ten giant HD screens dotted around the venue and lining the space above the bar.
There are also ten American-style pool tables covering the floor for punters to enjoy. With stadium-style seats for those who pre-book, this is the top place in this South Coast city to watch football, rugby, cricket, and everything else.
16. Tribal Sports Bar - Hull
Right at the heart of the city’s marina is Tribal Sports Bar & Grill, a brilliant place to sit down to catch the best in live sports action.
Situated on the historic Humber Street, this stylish bar, with atmospheric low-light and contemporary décor, has a gigantic multi-screen right in the middle of the main floor and four giant screens mounted from the ceiling.
Specialising in great beers and tasty cocktails, as well as providing a fantastic food menu that’s hard to beat, Tribal is a no-brainer for watching live sports in Hull.
17. Billy's Sports Bar - Leeds
Home to the famous Leeds United, Billy’s Sports Bar is situated on the grounds of Elland Road, the city’s flagship stadium. Inside, you’ll find plenty of big TV screens showing the match or whatever significant live sports events, as this place holds both Sky and TNT Sports licenses.
As well as this, you’ll find plenty of pool tables, dart boards and table football here for those halftime breaks. If you’re a Leeds United fan or just fancy drinking somewhere a bit different for a big event, this is a wonderful place to do so!
18. Pavilion End - City of London
Right on the doorstep of the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral is The Pavilion End, which prides itself on being the home of watching live sports in the city.
As you might expect, this venue gets quite busy in the evenings, especially if they’re showing football or rugby on one of their large TV screens. Inside, you’ll find décor that nods to some of the most excellent sports, from cricket bats adorning the walls to iconic photos of sporting legends.
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