Where to watch the Manchester derby if you haven’t got a ticket


In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s the small matter of a Manchester derby taking place on Sunday. This is the one.

City are odds-on favourites, but they were odds-on favourites last season too and remember what happened then. With local pride and bragging rights up for grabs, you just never know what might happen.

For anyone not able to grab a ticket for the game, you’ll be looking for the next best thing – a seat in front of a big screen, some good beer and decent food. It is Sunday afternoon after all.

So to set you up for the perfect Sunday – win, lose or draw – we’ve compiled a list of the best places in and around Manchester to take in the action.

Café Football at The National Football Museum

Number of screens: 9

Drinks: A big choice of wine, fizz, craft beers, soft drinks, milkshakes and cocktails.

Food: Proper football grub, pre-match pies, chip butties, burgers and pizzas. Look out for some fun names and some decent food/football puns. Full menu here.

Despite the United heritage, the venue is neutral and ideal for both sets of fans on derby day. It’s also the perfect place to revel in the history of football in the north west before our city’s two teams once again do battle.

United fans might also want to check out Café Football at Hotel Football opposite Old Trafford, with 13 big plasma screens to take in the action.

And There’s a special derby day quiz in conjunction with XS Manchester on the Thursday before at Cafe Football National Football Museum. Pre-booking is required. Book here.

Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Todd Street, Manchester, M4 3BG


The Green Sports Bar

Number of screens: 27 (including 9 jumbo screens)

Drinks: There’s plenty of options of wines, spirits, beers and ciders (both bottled and draught).

Food: Classic sports bar grub – pizza, burgers and more!

27 screens says it all really. If you want a good view, fun atmosphere and a venue for both sides the Green ticks all the boxes. It’s arguably one of the best spots in the city to watch live sport – it’s also got a state-of-the-art golf simulator and an excellent menu.

Bridge House, 26 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2DQ


The Range

Number of screens: 5 (and they’re all 160″)

Drinks: Fully stocked bar with beers, wine, bespoke cocktail menu with a golf-inspired deluxe theme.

Food: On Sunday they will be serving roast dinner sandwiches – Aberdeen Angus beef sandwiches with beef dripping roasties and gravy and other bits. And the Albatross & Arnold restaurant offers fine-dining with a view of Spinningfields.

If you want to watch the match in luxurious surroundings, book any of the massive simulator screens and they’ll turn it into a private booth for you and your group to watch the match with table service for just £150 (redeemable as a bar tab). They’ll also be serving some excellent food and drink all day as usual in Albatross & Arnold should you need to step away from your screen.

Leftbank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3AN


Dive Bar

Number of screens: 11

Drinks: Cocktails, soft drinks, beers and ciders – everything you need for a Sunday derby day.

Food: Classic American light bites, sliders, dirty burgers, tacos, nachos and fried chicken. Menu here

Has been named the best place to watch live sport in Manchester by Carling and Sky Sports. Book a booth, grab a table and dive into the action.

Tib Street / Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1SH


Sir Ralph Abercromby

Pic Mike Peel

Number of screens: 4

Drinks: A selection of real ales and the classic pub favourites.

Food: The usual pub fare

This classic Manchester institution was saved after Gary Neville dramatically changed his regeneration plans for the Jackson’s Row area.  The Abercromby has the ideal pub atmosphere and is geared up for the football with good views of all the screens and the back room set up just for the match. It’ll definitely be a busy one, but a goodie for the derby.

35 Bootle Street, Manchester, M2 5GU 

Tib Street Tavern

Number of screens: 8

Drinks: Soft drinks, hot drinks, wine, ciders, spirits, beers and more.

Food: Typical bar food such as burgers, nachos, skewers and the rest. Full menu here.

It’s got the NQ atmosphere without trying to be anything too trendy. Across two floors there’s a good number of screens, the food works for a Sunday afternoon and you won’t struggle to get a view of the action.

74 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LG



Number of screens: 16

Drinks: You’ll find a selection of cocktails, soft drinks, beers and ciders as well as some fair dinkum Australian specialities. Full menu here.

Food: Snack boards, sharers, BBQ and desserts, there’s loads of great food on offer. Full menu here.

The number of screens alone make it a firm favourite for football fans whatever their allegiance and there won’t be a bad seat in the house. The big choice of food makes it ideal for an afternoon spent eating, drinking and watching live sport.

The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS



Number of screens: 20HD-TVs and a 3m x 3m projector screen

Drinks: Massive number of bottled and draught beers, spirits, wines etc.

Food: They’re not messing about. If you want to spend your Sunday afternoon gorging in front of the action this is the place. Full menu here.

A bar within a bar at Bierkeller, this is dedicated to sports fans and really doesn’t disappoint. 20 screens and a huge projector means you’re guaranteed a view. You know the atmosphere will be guaranteed too.

The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS


The White Lion

Number of screens: 3 (including two larger screens)

Drinks: It’s all about the real ales in this traditional pub.

Food: Pub grub and bar snacks. What else do you need?

This is a favourite before and during the match for United fans unable to secure a ticket. The traditional pub setting makes it ideal to get into the finer points of the game over a couple of pints before the lively atmosphere picks up with kick-off.

43 Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4NQ

Second City Bar

Number of screens: 4

Drinks: Enjoy a range of beers, soft drinks and American themed cocktails – think root beer floats topped up with Jack Daniels. Menu here.

Food: From big loaded burgers, chicken wings, three types of nachos perfect for sharing, and classic USA sandwiches there’s plenty of decent food on offer. Menu here.

Located in Ancoats, just a 10-minute walk from Piccadilly, it might be an American-themed bar but it’s ideal for the footy. There’s decent sized screens as well as a PS4 set up with FIFA to get some practice in before the match. The food is ideal for a lazy Sunday before the atmosphere hots up.

37 Blossom Street, Manchester M4 6AJ


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