The Best Manchester Sports Bars
Posted on 8th July 2022 at 16:00
If you’re planning a sporty night out, need a proper stag night or a birthday they won’t forget, or maybe you just want to kick back with a pint and enjoy the atmosphere, Manchester is the place to be for the ultimate sports themed party.
If you’re planning a sporty night out, need a proper stag night or a birthday they won’t forget, or maybe you just want to kick back with a pint and enjoy the atmosphere, Manchester is the place to be for the ultimate sports themed party. After all, isn’t it the home of the beautiful game? So, if you didn’t manage to get a ticket to the live match, we’ve collected a list of the next best thing – the very best sports bars in Manchester:
Tib Street Tavern
When it comes to the sports bar, Manchester really brings its A-game. Top of our list is Tib Street Tavern, the beating heart of the sports scene in the Northern Quarter. With four HD screens and one huge drop-down projector, you won’t miss a minute of the action in the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Never fear if the match isn’t on – they do a regular footie quiz, too, so you can make the most of your trivia. We love their kebab menu – and the buckets of beer to save you queuing at the bar – and the walls are lined with fascinating pictures of your favourite iconic Manchester buildings in days gone by. Location: 74 Tib Street, M4 1LG Website: www.tibstreettavern.co.uk
Bierkellers / Shooters
One for the Bavarian beer fans, this Manchester sports bar can keep you going until 2am with several bars, pool tables and screens in one mega complex. Shooters is the sports bar, but it’s not far to go for the full ‘Oompah’ experience, complete with dancing on tables, to celebrate or commiserate after the match. Book ahead for big groups, but thankfully it’s designed with sports fans in mind, so there are plenty of big screens to keep an eye on. Location: The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, M4 2BS Website: www.theprintworks.com
Manchester’s most famous Irish bar and forever popular with United fans, O’Shea’s has that classic match day atmosphere. It offers some of the best Guinness in the city, with baby Guinness shots if you can’t quite take a pint. It’s a classic pub with traditional grub and a pool table, plenty of opportunity for good craic. Location: 80 Princess Street, M1 6NF Website: www.osheasirishbar.com
This is the sports bar to come to if you want to broaden your experience beyond footy. With eight adaptable booths where you can not only watch live matches, but also play indoor golf, fussball, pool or even Xbox, there’s something here to suit the fussiest of sports fans. There’s even karaoke to round off the night, and they offer brilliant packages for large groups – not to mention, decent burgers and hot dogs, too. Location: Bridge House, Ducie Street M12DQ Website: www.osheasirishbar.com
Dedicated to sports, this bar offers ultra HD screens both inside and out for footie and rugby, too. They host a weekly pool tournament – a gallon of beer for the winner is always a good motivator – and they have a fantastic burger menu, regular quizzes and a heated beer garden. What more could you ask for? Oh – to bring your dog? Well, luckily, they let you do that, too. Location: 2 Chester Street, M1 5SH Website: www.courtyardmanchester.co.uk
Montpellier’s is a bit of a hidden gem – a classy place for the more refined fan. Charming French bistro on top, with a welcoming sports bar in the basement, this is definitely one to treat your mate to, with sophisticated sharing boards and a fantastic range of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails. Location: 42 Back Turner Street, M4 1FR Website: www.montepelliers.co.uk
Last, but certainly not least, Cafe Football. This is the place to come for a completely football-themed night out. Where else could be better? The sports bar is dedicated to the beautiful game, with a whopping 13 plasma screens, football-themed menus for food and drink, and special events on match days. Even the décor of this place is inspired by football, and there are spectacular views across the river to the Manchester United Ground. Location: Hotel Football, 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, M16 0SZ Website: www.cafe-football.com
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