Rugby devotees in Paris can be forgiven for thinking that they’re spending the Six Nations in the wrong city. Sure, the Southern teams have traditionally dominated rugby unions in France, but the French capital is home of the Stade de France, and as a city that doesn’t slack, Paris won’t leave you stuck for finding somewhere great to catch all the matches.
Few sports bars in Paris have the rugby kudos of The Eden Park Pub, named after the biggest stadium in New Zealand and founded by members of the Racing Club de France. It’s a dedicated rugby bar that has the sport in its DNA. Grab a pint, settle in, soak up the atmosphere and stick around for some detailed post-match analysis with the regulars. Eden Park Pub is located on the famous Rue Princesse, nicknamed ‘rue de la soif’ (street of thirst) thanks to its abundance of great places to grab a drink.
Little Temple Bar, Paris | Courtesy of Galway Irish Pub
Also found on the rue de la soif, this homage to Dublin’s own celebrated drinking street prides itself on an authentic atmosphere, a huge screen and a great selection of beers. Mix all of that up with some famous Dubliner hospitality, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a better place to watch the Ireland matches.
An Irish pub is a classic watering hole for those looking for sports, beer and atmosphere, and The Galway is a cozy alternative to Corcoran’s and O’Connell’s, while still in the very center of Paris. The staff pours a good pint of Guinness, and the Rugby World Cup saw the Galway open its doors to fans of all nations, so the atmosphere for all of the matches is incredible.
With one of the best Scotch whisky selections in Paris, as well as a great selection of Scottish beers, The Highlander has everything you need for that authentic Scottish feel, with a little Parisian twist. Popular with the expat crowd, it’s guaranteed to get just rowdy enough on Scottish match days.
Au métro, Rue Raymond Losserand | Courtesy of the Auld Alliance
If you’re after something a bit more, well… French, then Au Métro could be for you. This place loves sport in all its forms, and given that it’s a brasserie as well as a sports bar, the food is bound to be a cut above what you’ll find in the average pub.
The Auld Alliance is another Scottish pub with a great selection of malt whiskies and some very knowledgeable bar staff to help you with your choice on the off chance you don’t know your Highlands from your Islands. It also has more than eight screens, so you’re guaranteed a good view wherever you are in the bar. If you’re feeling adventurous, the Auld Alliance also serves haggis.