There’s nothing worse than planning to watch the footy, only to realise a pub isn’t showing the game. To help you avoid this problem once and for all, we’re offering the 10 best bars to watch a match in Liverpool city centre, in no particular order…
1. Rack & Dollar
Where: Berry Street
Never miss a match at Rack & Dollar. Not only can you take your pick from their multiple screens, but the laidback restaurant offers exceptional food and a wide selection of drinks. Tuck into a juicy burger, succulent ribs or chicken wings as you enjoy the game, taking your pick from American beers and spirits.
2. Hope & Anchor
Where: Maryland Street
Hope & Anchor is a must for sports fans, because they regularly show the biggest games. You can also enjoy a round of pool before, after or during half-time. With a selection of craft beers and a delicious burger menu, the Maryland Street bar is a great place to catch the match.
3. Shooters Bar
Where: Thomas Steers Way
Shooters Bar, located within Bierkeller, is a fantastic place to watch the footy. With your very own beer on tap, you and the lads or girls can enjoy the game without ever having to head to the bar. However, if ordering drinks at the bar is more your style, you won’t be disappointed with the wide selection of beers, spirits and soft drinks on offer. You can also play a game of pool or enjoy a burger as you watch. If you love the atmosphere of a big crowd on game day, Shooters Bar is for you, but we recommend booking ahead ASAP if you want to grab a seat!
4. The Bastion Bar & Restaurant
Where: Victoria Street
For a sporting experience unlike any other, book yourself a table at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant. Not only is it a superb place to watch the match, but you will be surrounded by genuine Bill Shankly memorabilia. You can also sometimes expect a visit from a Liverpool legend, who will be happy to chat and pose for pictures with fans. Combine all this with scrumptious food and a wide selection drinks, and you are in for one great evening.
Where: Unite Students – Grand Central
Rileys offers more than just football matches, as you can catch everything from American football to GAA sports. You will never have to miss a moment of the action on their 3-metre HD screen. You will also be spoilt for choice with the games to play at the sports bar, which include American pool, snooker, English pool, darts, table football and ping pong. Food is also served all day.
6. The Fly in the Loaf
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Where: Hardman Street
Take yourself along to The Fly in the Loaf to watch the football, whilst enjoying specialist beers and ales. Offering a relaxed vibe, excellent service and wide screen TVs, the popular Hardman Street pub provides the perfect match day experience.
When: Concert Square
For food, football and good times, visit McCooleys, a popular Irish-themed sports bar. Catch a game from Everton or Liverpool and enjoy delectable dishes from the bar’s Irish menu, which features meals such as Irish Bangers & Mash, Gammon & Duck Eggs, and Clare Island Fish cakes. There’s also a great drinks menu, which includes moonshine.
8. Tom Hall’s Tavern
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Where: the corner of The Strand and Brunswick Street
Tom Hall’s Tavern might have only re-opened a few months ago after years of dereliction, but it has already proved to be a favourite with many sports fans. The live music and screen sports bar is the ideal place to watch a game, and it also provides breath-taking views of the Three Graces.
The bar is named after the professional Liverpool boxer of the same name, who competed between 1926 to 1929, and the original bar was open for three decades before closing in 1988. So come along to the historic bar to watch your team make footballing history.
9. Pogue Mahones
Where: Seel Street
Nothing quite beats an Irish bar for a match atmosphere, so make sure you call in at Pogue Mahones to watch the footy. Whether you’re a red or blue, you can often watch the football with a cold pint of beer and a tasty burger, and you can also stay on once the match is over to enjoy the buzz of this fantastic pub.
10. Camp & Furnace
Where: Greenland Street
Is there anything Camp & Furnace doesn’t do? Not only does the venue regularly host amazing events, but it also features a huge screen for you to watch the match. With a relaxed setting, excellent service and bags of energy, it’s a superb place to catch the footy.
Please note: we advise you to double check if a venue plans to show a football match before you visit.
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