Best bars and pubs to watch live sport in Manchester

The best boozers and sports bars in Manchester to watch the football

Are you a die-hard football fan searching for the perfect spot to catch all the thrilling action?

Then we’ve got the list for you.

In the vibrant city of Manchester, where two of the most successful Premier League teams live, football runs through the veins of its passionate residents. So we’ve curated a list of the absolute best places to watch the beautiful game.

From legendary sports bars to cosy pubs with big screens, these venues are guaranteed to provide an unforgettable experience for every football enthusiast.

Whether you’re a fan of United or City, or even if you’re just visiting and want to soak up the electric atmosphere, join us as we explore the top destinations that cater to your every football-watching need.

Get ready to cheer, celebrate, and immerse yourself in the exhilarating world of football at these incredible Manchester establishments.

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Where to watch the football in Manchester

The Brotherhood (of Pursuits and Pastimes)

The Brotherhood of Pursuits & Pastimes is one of Manchester’s premier luxury sports bars, dedicated to celebrating the world of sports in a refined and sophisticated setting.

Join us at the intersection of Mount Street and Central Street for a truly exceptional experience that combines the thrill of competition with unparalleled luxury. Prepare to be captivated by the game and pampered by their impeccable service.

Request a book here

2 Mount St, Manchester M2 5WQ

The Hyatt Graduate Bar

With its massive screen, delicious menu, and top-notch service, it’s the ultimate in sports viewing.

The hotel’s massive screen has been a huge draw for locals and visitors alike, particularly for football fans. 

Every large international sporting event from cricket, golf to football is screened in The Graduate Bar on match days, offering ‘the ultimate’ viewing experience for those who want to kick back and enjoy the action.

The hotel’s gigantic projector ensures that guests won’t miss a second with crystal clear live coverage that’s perfect for sports enthusiasts.

The Graduate Bar’s special menu features an array of delicious options, including burgers, nachos, and pizzas, so guests can enjoy a meal or snacks while watching their favourite teams.

Book a table here

55 Booth St W, Manchester M15 6PQ


The Footage is strategically located right at the heart of Oxford Road, just a stone’s throw away from the buzzing city centre.

Within an old cinema, this bar boasts two spectacular screens to catch the days live sport on – so you won’t miss a beat of the action while being close to all the vibrant energy of Manchester.

Get ready for the ultimate sports-viewing extravaganza at The Footage in Manchester.

With its unbeatable location, stunning screens, balcony view, and an array of options for entertainment, food, and drinks, it’s the go-to destination for sports lovers and enthusiasts alike.

Grosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7DZ

Director’s Box

Discover sporting luxury at The Director’s Box, where a combination of upscale ambience, cutting-edge screens, an exceptional drink selection, and mouthwatering cuisine create the perfect setting for watching the big game.

Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of sophistication and excitement as you witness sports history unfold.

37 Booth Street, Manchester, M2 4AA

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.

74 Tib Street, Manchester M4 1LG

Box Bar

BOX Deansgate is a game-changing sports bar in Manchester.

From unparalleled sports viewing and thrilling gaming opportunities to an unmatched atmosphere and sensational live music, it’s the ultimate destination for those seeking an unforgettable experience. They also have some great bar games, including shuffleboard and a top selection of beers.

Book a table here

125 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BY


Mulligans, the embodiment of authentic Irish charm, invites you to immerse yourself in an experience that combines the best pint of Guinness, thrilling sports action, legendary music, and a welcoming atmosphere.

A great shout to watch the live sports including football (especially Manchester United), Gaelic Football, rugby, and horse racing.

12 Southgate, Manchester M3 2RB

Sixes Cricket

Although specialising in a different sport, Sixes is a great place to watch all sports. Tucked away in the beautiful Corn Exchange Sixes will be showing all of the world cup games, including all of England’s games.

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The Corn Exchange, New Cathedral St, Manchester M4 3TR

The Blues Kitchen

This winter, The Blues Kitchen will also be showcasing screenings of England’s World Cup games during the competition in Qatar, live from the Concert Hall.

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

13 Quay St, Manchester M3 3HN

Lass O’Gowrie

Nestled on the banks of the River Medlock, just a short distance from Oxford Road, the Lass O’ Gowrie is a charming and historic pub that has stood the test of time. This Manchester landmark has a rich heritage, appearing on maps as early as 1844. Originally an Irish pub with Scottish roots, it has become an integral part of the city’s history and culture.

36 Charles St, M1 7DB

The Old Wellington

The Old Wellington, aka ’The Old Welly’ is a traditional pub of unique character serving real ales and quality pub food with a selection of hearty pies and classics of burger and sausages & mash.

4 Cathedral Gates, Manchester, M3 1SW


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