Since opening its doors in 2002, The Fox has carved a strong reputation as the best bar to watch a sports match in New Zealand. Just about every major game, national and international, is represented in the bar’s events calendar – and they even take screening requests if there’s something avid sports fans might think is missing. This Viaduct Harbour venue is also popular for its food, late-night licence (ideal for international games), 11 tap beers and a private gaming lounge.
The Paddington is a Parnell bar that’s just as great for watching a live sporting event as it is for grabbing some dinner before heading to a concert at the Spark Arena (formerly known as the Vector Arena to seasoned music fans). The main bar area boasts a solid seven screens for your entertainment. Those who want a more exclusive experience can also book a private viewing room – complete with a massive projector screen – for themselves plus 10 of their sports-loving friends.
At first glance, Britomart Country Club is not the first place one would label as a ‘sports bar’. And it’s true, the venue does wear several hats at once: from trendy music joint to upmarket cocktail bar and, indeed, a sports lovers’ happy place. Venture into this rustic-chic shipping container venue to watch everything from the traditional rugby and cricket matches to mainstream favourites like basketball.
If you’re looking for a buzzing sporting venue in Takapuna, head over to The Elephant Wrestler. Supposedly named after a local wrestling legend who was known for getting into tussles with elephants, this friendly venue is known for its fun lineup of events (think lip-sync battles and weekly quizzes) as well as an epic calendar of sporting greats. Wide screen TVs and a spacious garden with bar with a retractable roof makes this a great spectating contender for all seasons.
Another North Shore sporting great – this time in Devonport. The Patriot is an English-style pub just a 15-minute ferry ride from Auckland city. With a large screen that televises all major sporting events, more than 10 specialty beers on tap, and a great selection of traditional pub dishes, this is a good option for those who like the idea of matches with a good sit-down meal.
This Irish-style pub on Auckland’s scenic Viaduct Harbour is a good go-to for live music, authentic Irish cuisine, a good pint and – of course – sports matches aplenty. O’Hagan’s is known for airing a large variety of major sporting events, from rugby matches to boxing and everything else in between. With large screens indoors and out, this is a good place to see your favourite sports stars any time of year.