Best bars and pubs to watch football and other live sports in Manchester

The best boozers in Manchester for watching live sports
Everyone sports fan is wondering around town looking for a place to watch the football with friends – and a cold beer. Here’s a round-up of the top pubs and bars that welcome any football fan on match day and cater for your every live sports viewing need…

Tib Street Tavern

This no gimmicks Northern Quarter boozer opened in May 2012 and embraces the history and tradition of the area, combining a vintage pub design with contemporary features. Independently owned, it’s not attempting to be a theme bar and just offers a good old fashioned selection of beers, spirits and wines. Find out more and book here.

Dive Bar & Grill

This modern grill restaurant and late night bar has a unique covered and heated outdoor terrace space, perfect for drinking and dining – plus an events room for private bookings and sports viewings. And for the biggest sporting dates, they open up the entire inside of the venue with 15+ screens so no-one misses a thing. Find out more and book here.

Great Northern Beach Club

The perfect spot to settle in and watch the summer of sport, at the Great Northern. They’ll be showing all the main events for sports lovers, such as The Euros, Wimbledon and The Olympics – and you can book a private beach hut for up to sic people, too. Find out more and book here.

EventCity fan park

Safely gather to watch Euro 2021 on huge anti-glare screens with a world-class sound system, food, drinks and a proper big game atmosphere. The fan park will be one of the UK’s biggest – and promises to take fans as close to being at the real thing as you can get. Find out more and book here.

Hotel Football and Cafe Football

Hotel Football will be showcasing the first three England games in their Old Trafford Supporters Club with some live entertainment, live screening of the game and a few drinks. In Cafe Football, you can watch games with a six-pint beer tower and a food platter sporting a selection of items from some of the playing countries: England, Spain, Germany, France, Italy and Greece. Find out more and book here.

The Blues Kitchen

This new opening will be showing games on the big screen, alongside top food and drinks. Entry is free, and walk-ins will be welcome on a first come first served basis – or you can book a table to secure a spot. Find out more and book here.

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Take your seat and get comfortable in LEVEL 3, where you can also enjoy 20% off food and drinks during matches.  You’ll also get reserved seating, table service, bar snacks and aircon.
Walk in or ring to book your seats 0161 234 6079.

Trafford Hall Hotel

Watch the games in the relaxed sports bar at this 4* hotel, which is conveniently located close to Old Trafford and easily accessible from many of Manchester’s major transport links. Find out more and book here.

Peaky Blinders

This lively Peter Street restaurant and bar is showing all the games, with VIP packages for groups of 4 – 6 people now available. Find out more and book here.

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