Find Sports Bars In Belfast with FANZO
If you’re looking to find sports bars in Belfast, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from. A quick read through this page will tell you everything you need to know about watching the sport in one of the most historic corners of the city. All you have to do is enter the postcode of where you are or where you plan to be and then let the tech do the work. Then just click on the bar’s profiles below to see how many screens they have for you to watch the action.
Best Sports Bars In Belfast
Cathedral Quarter boasts a range of attractions including vibrant street art, superb food and drink and lots of lively craic. Traditionally, it’s been a hive of cultural activity where literature, music, and drama have given rise to some of the most famous characters. The cobblestone streets that make up the area are home to a wide range of historic pubs where sport is a followed vociferously by locals and tourists alike. This all makes for a memorable viewing experience of friendly banter over a few pints of the black stuff. After the game, and of course providing the result goes your way, you may find yourself dancing the jig to live folk music with a stranger on each arm. The area is a concentrated mesh of boozers, restaurants and nightclubs so you really wont have to go far to enjoy one or all of these delights.
We’ve compiled a list of all the best sports bars in Belfast pubs in the area to watch the action surrounded by other fans so just click on whichever takes your fancy and then you can see what specifically each has going for it.
Additionally, to see a list of all the pubs in nearby Gaeltacht Quarter click the link.
Best Sports Bars In Belfast
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Franklin's Sports Bar
Belfast's first and only dedicated sports bar, situated at the heart of our city centre. We offer the best facilities to enhance your sporting experiences. With 14 large screens and the biggest indoor screen in N.I. we offer a wide range of sports on show. Including, our local teams such as the Belfast Giants and Ulster Rugby. We also show coverage of GAA and Irish Premiership games. Where better to watch your favourite sport and enjoy a few refreshing pints and a game of pool or two?
One of Belfast city centre's best known venues, serving fantastic food within a warm atmosphere.
The Rusty Saddle is a modern twist on the traditional Belfast venue, focusing on everything great about Irish culture
The Garrick Bar
It has been said that the famous 18th-century Shakespearean actor David Garrick – who coincidentally was involved in the wine trade before he succumbed to the lure of the stage – once visited this bar for a drink, but that seems a highly unlikely notion. Garrick did visit Ireland on a few occasions, mostly performing in Dublin, but he died in 1779, around a century before the Garrick bar was founded. It’s possible, however, that the 'Garrick' name could have been inspired by the Garrick Club, a fashionable London rendezvous which was founded in 1831 as a place where ‘actors and men of education and refinement might meet on equal terms’. The Garrick Club was a favourite watering hole of the author William Thackeray, who visited Belfast in 1842 and for all we know he may have planted the suggestion in someone’s head at that time. Around the time of Thackeray’s visit, the site of the Garrick was occupied by the marble and stone yard of William Low, who later ran a unique combined enterprise of spirit dealer and cement merchant in Victoria square on the site of what is now The Kitchen Bar. At some point during the 30 years that followed, a tavern was established at the corner of Chichester Street and Montgomery Street, and in 1870 McCauley, McCashin and Co, who described themselves as rectifying distillers and wine and spirit merchants, were dispensing drinks at this location. The Garrick name was in use by 1892 at the latest, when W.J. McCoy ran the Garrick Bar and Billiard Room. Before the turn of the century, the bar became the second licensed premises to be acquired by the burgeoning partnership of Braithwaite and McCann and for many years had served as the firm’s head office in the city. Recently owned by the O’Neill family, who were proprietors of Robinsons in Great Victoria Street for some years, designed the interior with a smart combination of tiling and woodwork, which has earned the venue the accolade of Belfast’s Best Kept Small Building on a number of occasions. The Garrick was bought by Beannchor Ltd in May 2006 and in February 2007 was taken over by the manager Colm Oates.
The Hercules Bar
Hercules is a busy city centre bar which serves pub food and is often a place to find traditional Irish music on Saturday nights. The Hercules bar takes its name from Hercules Street, the previous name for Royal Avenue which itself was named after Sir Hercules Langford.
Open 7 day's a week Sweet Afton is the perfect spot for some drinks or a spot of casual pub grub. Named after the poem Sweet Afton by Scotland's favourite son Robert Burns, Sweet Afton is bringing it back to the traditional side of things. Showing all major sporting event's on our large screen's with lunch and dinner menu's along side our SA Curry Club and Weekend Brunch Menu's... and don't forget the beer.... we're pretty proud of our selection of draft, bottled and tinned beer... And if you like a beer, or a cocktail or two call down on a Friday or Saturday night and be entertained by our resident DJ's playing vinyl only til the wee hour's.
The Mermaid Inn
City centre pub with a traditional vibe, join us for a pint a bit of grub and catch what game is on.
Whites Garden & Beer Hall
Join us in our brand new beer hall at 18 High Street for live sports, great beer and outstanding pub grub. We've got the fire lit, come on in.
Long thought to be the building where our entries namesake was held as a prisoner before being hung in Cornmaket, The Jailhouse as it is now known has been frozen in time for the last 70 years nearly forgotten about completely. Restored as part of the Joys Entry project, the aim was to keep as much of the original character of the building as possible. Brick walls, inscribed beams and original windows, take a closer look and see what history and tales you can find while you sip on tipples and nibble on rations. Time Served Well.
Public House on Joys Entry, serving pub grub, cold beers & plenty of craic
The Morning Star
The Morning Star - Award Winning Gastro Pub is one of Belfast’s most historic and picturesque pubs dating back to 1810 and run by the McAlister family since 1989, most recently crowned RAI Best Gastro Pub & included in McKenna's Guide Best in Ireland 2023. Showing live domestic and international rugby, horse racing daily, boxing & golf events. Proud sponsor of local domestic rugby in Ulster. Safe to say we have one of the most exciting pub menus serving food until 10pm daily. Our ethos is farm to fork, buying prize winning beef and lamb from local farmers, and top sales along with raising some of our own and sourcing as close to home as possible. Our in-house master butcher ensuring your steak is the best on the block and responsible for handmaking our burgers and sausages daily. The seafood is fresh daily and steaks including those cut to order and 1.5kg Tomahawks feature on the menu. We serve a range of craft local beers both bottled and draught, stock fine Irish Whiskeys & have an exciting menu of local gins. Top 30 UK Restaurant for Sunday Lunch RAI, Best Gastro Pub in Antrim 2014 - 2022 McKenna Guides, Best in Ireland 2022 & 2023 NI Top Hospitality Business LCN Awards Finalist Pub Food of The Year &Community Bar of The Year