Where to watch rugby in Bristol

watch rugby in bristol
watch rugby in bristol

Where to watch rugby in Bristol

It’s that time of year when we can all tuck into another fantastic feast of rugby action, with each of the home nations in action.  Welcome to our up-to-date guide on where to watch rugby in Bristol.

What better time to get out of the house and join your mates to enjoy that big match atmosphere from the comfort of the pub.

We've hand picked  the finest places where to watch rugby in Bristol, our favourite pubs that will each be showing all of the games.

8 great venues to watch rugby in Bristol

watch rugby in bristol

Racks, St Paul's Road

Ideally situated in lively North Bristol, Racks is the obvious choice for larger groups looking for some where to watch rugby in Bristol.  With 12 different screens and a range of tasty beers on tap (and served by the bottle), you’re bound to beat those winter blues as your team takes to the pitch.

And if you buy a ticket for only a tenner, they’ll guarantee a great view of the game, a steak sandwich with chips and – most essentially – a bottle of beer.  Just make sure you tip up an hour before kick off. (They also offer free venue hire, making it a must for anyone planning a Bristol stag weekend).

Alter Ego, Whiteladies Road

Cocktails and sport aren’t a combination you find in just any bar, and may not be first choice where to watch rugby in Bristol, but fear not; Alter Ego is ready and waiting to sate the tastes of any spirit-loving sport enthusiast.  Split over three levels, Alter Ego is located at the heart of the bustling, cosmopolitan area of Whiteladies Road.

The venue offers a huge selection of cocktails (and even master class lessons, for those looking to perfect their sprit mixing skills), with over 15 ultra HD screens to enjoy the match with your mates.

watch rugby in bristol

Jersey Lilly, Whiteladies Road

Known for its fantastic selection of fine ales and scrumptious ciders, The Jersey Lilly has a lovable pub atmosphere, with a modern twist.  With fresh pub grub served daily, it’s a sophisticated yet relaxed place to watch rugby in Bristol – or indeed, any day!

So named after Lily Langtry, a Victorian actress and racehorse breeder, the venue’s history is prevalent throughout the tastefully decorated interior, with black and white pictures of the lady herself.  If beer or cider isn’t your rugby-fuelled tipple, don’t worry; their ever-evolving selection of gins or indulgent cocktails will certainly wet the whistle of even the most particular drinkers.

Cider Press, Gloucester Road

Obviously named after its vast array of apple-based beverages, Cider Press will sate the appetite of any cider lover!  The drinks menu includes 32 of the finest ciders on offer, from traditional scrumpy to fruitier blends – some more lethal than others, but all devilishly delicious.

If you’re not a cider lover, don’t let the name put you off; there’s a huge choice of cocktails and gins on offer. And of course, no match day merriment is complete without a sobering snack on the side.  Their tasty selection of tapas, pizzas, burgers and quality pub classics, as well as a lively ambiance makes it a prime location to watch rugby in Bristol – on your own, or with a crowd.

watch rugby in bristol

White Lion at The Avon Gorge Hotel

Rugby with a view you say?  That and more is covered at The White Lion, the pub attached to the iconic Avon Gorge Hotel. Fully refurbished in 2017, this is a great venue to watch big screen rugby on their long tables, which are perfect for groups of all sizes.

The pub also has one of the largest outdoor terraces in the South West, with unrivalled views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

There is a good selection of beers and ciders on tap, as well as pizzas and “Big Plates” featuring on their bar menu.

Horts

In incredible array of award-winning ales and European largers await those who choose to here to watch rugby in Bristol,  in this friendly, contemporary pub. Horts on Broad Street is a fantastic option for larger groups, with lots of space and comfy seating.

Huge projector screens bring the game to life – even more so with the lively match day atmosphere.  And with a delicious selection of pub grub at great prices, Horts is an obvious choice for an exciting afternoon out.

watch rugby in bristol

Walkabout

This well-loved Aussie sports bar which doubles up as a nightclub is a popular choice for younger, passionate crowds.  Walkabout on Corn street is centrally located and boasts two cinema-sized screens, so you’re guaranteed to catch every pass and punch.

And once the match is over, the party continues well into the night with lively music, dancing and good-old fashioned debauchery from down under!

Clifton Wine Bar

Tucked away in the heart of Clifton village, this hidden gem is an intimate and stylish venue in which to enjoy the rugby.  With seven screens, an impressive selection of draft ales and beers, this is one for the fancier rugby fanatic.

The smaller lounging areas are adorned with comfy sofas and screens, so you can grab and corner and enjoy the game with friends and family.  Their food menu is equally as comforting, with a mouthwatering selection of pies on offer – the perfect accompaniment to a pint…or two.

Is Bristol the best city in the UK?

bristol best uk city
bristol best uk city

Bristol : The best city in the UK: why the surprise?

In March, Bristol was awarded first place in the Sunday Times ‘Best place to live 2017’ Guide. And now the announcement is ‘old news’, I feel safe to vocalise my surprise at, well, the surprise.

Seven years ago, before I moved to the city, I may have been among those raising an eyebrow over Bristol’s new accolade. I’ve lived in several of the country’s bustling cosmopolitan hubs, as well as some of the more rural spots, and wasn’t that impressed with either end of the spectrum.

But having spent some time getting to know Bristol and all it has to offer, it’s no wonder to me that it keeps coming up trumps. And in my humble opinion, here are the reasons why.

bristol best uk city

The history of Bristol

Bristol is steeped in history, much of which is still tangible to this day. From the 12th Century Temple Church, to the SS Great Britain and even the labyrinth of caves in Redcliffe, Bristol’s past fuses seamlessly with its modern-day vibe.

The city can even boast an array of famous former occupants, such as the notorious Edward Teach (otherwise known as Blackbeard), Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and even the elusive street artist Banksy.

bristol best uk city

Bristol's food scene

From the North to the South of the river, Bristol is home to hundreds of award-winning restaurants and cafes to sate all appetites. Every meal is more-than catered for ten times over; try a healthy breakfast of smashed avocados and poached egg at Primrose Café, or a less-healthy all-you-can-drink Prosecco brunch at Brace & Browns.

If you’ve time for lunch, you could do much worse than the Burger Joint in Bedminster, before a first-rate dinner at the Pony and Trap. (It’s a few miles out of Bristol, but the food is first-rate and the scenic views of the Somerset countryside are stunning).

Even the much-loved chains you expect to encounter in a city are situated on water fronts or in beautiful period buildings. If you can handle a cocktail or two, the covert, speak-easy themed Milk Thistle has some of the best mixes in the city – a city, by the way, famed for its love of gin.

bristol best uk city

Activities available in Bristol

There are so many Bristol activities, no audience is excluded and there’s literally something for every event. Water babies can take to the river for a cruise on the Avon, or even try their hand at paddle boarding.

Young families can spend a day at @Bristol, guaranteed to educate all and keep the kids entertained for hours. Those looking for a romantic evening can wander through the quaint, picturesque streets of Clifton before an intimate meal at one of the many restaurants (or enjoy a cocktail or two by candlelight).

Large groups can make the most of Bristol’s extensive range of bars and clubs, but it doesn’t have to end there: Groups of grown-ups (stags and hens included) wanting a west-country themed day out need look no further than West Country Games. Welly throwing, Drunk Pub Skittles and Pitchfork Duels are only a few of the crazy games that are guaranteed to bring people together and create memories that’ll last a lifetime.

bristol best uk city
Location, location, location

In short, what isn’t on Bristol’s doorstep? The city is well situated to offer some of the best of Britain. Take a short (less then two hours) drive south and you’re in Devon, home to seaside towns such as Sidmouth and Lime Regis, perfect boltholes for romantic weekends away, or a wonderful family day out.

London is easy to reach by car or train – the latter only taking about an hour and a half. If you’re looking to go further afield, Bristol airport charters flights to Edinburgh, the continent and even as the USA.

There are so many reasons why Bristol is an incredible place to live. Furthermore, future plans to improve Bristol will only fuel the love for the city, which residents – and visitors alike – find hard to contend.