You don’t have to look far to find a good sports bar in Manchester. As you would expect with a city that is home to two world-famous football teams, many bars and pubs around the city centre and suburbs show all the big games. There’s also plenty of places to watch the rugby, cricket, tennis and horse racing, if you look hard enough.
If you’re looking for a party atmosphere rather than simply a bar that shows sport, head to Shooters in the Printworks. Not only do they offer excellent happy hour deals and show all the big games, but they go all out for special occasions. Seats or tables can be booked for events such as big boxing matches and Wrestlemania with food, drinks and VIP seats included when you purchase in advance. There’s also fun events where you can meet sporting legends in the flesh.
Is golf your sport of choice? If so, then make your way down to The Green, a dedicated golf bar that also shows other sports such as football and boxing. Secure yourself a booth and decide whether to play on the indoor golf simulators, challenge your friends on the Xbox or simply settle back with a beer and watch sport. There’s also an outdoor patio for half-time pints in the summer, pool tables, regular sports quizzes and even occasional live music, meaning that you can even drag along your friends who aren’t into golf.
With two branches located inside the National Football Museum and at Hotel Football (where else?), Café Football is definitely one for lovers of the big game. Football fans will love everything from the delicious food menu to the décor, and if you visit often you can even join up to Club Café Football to enjoy discounts. Not only do their big screens show the latest matches, but they often host events for big boxing matches that include ‘knockout platters’ of tasty finger food.
This iconic Leeds bar opened its second branch in Manchester last summer, providing a sports bar like no other in the city. Located just off Albert Square, expect to find everything from big football matches to boxing and wrestling, providing something for every taste. Confetti canons and laser lights help to create a vibrant atmosphere where the drinks are always flowing and American-style diner food can be ordered to your table. Book in advance to secure a private booth with your own screen.
If you’re looking for cheap deals and don’t mind sharing the space with a student-heavy crowd, Black Dog Ballroom on New Wakefield Street shows most matches on Sky Sports and BT Sport. Their MatchPint app gives you a free pint on your fourth visit, meaning that it pays to be loyal here. There are pool tables, karaoke booths and plenty of deals (all you can eat chicken wings and bottomless brunches, anyone?), meaning that you can carry on the celebrations after your team has won.
The Tib Street Tavern boasts that it’s the only bar in the Northern Quarter officially showing all the sport and all the games, so if you’re struggling to decide where to watch the big match, this should be your first choice to avoid disappointment. Be wary that you’ll have to get there early to secure a good seat, but they also have a great food menu so you could easily spend the day here.
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