Where to watch rugby in Bristol
It’s that time of year when the nights are drawing in; summer days are long gone and the festive season looms on the horizon. But don’t despair. Amidst the gloomy promise of darker days and colder nights, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Welcome to our up-to-date guide on where to watch rugby in Bristol.
It’s with eager anticipation sport lovers hold their heads high and ready themselves to witness weeks of fierce battles, hand-to-hand combat and patriotic singing (and I’m not talking Game of Thrones). That’s right. The Autumn Internationals are finally here, with the 6 nations just around the corner.
What better way to escape the onslaught of winter than with your closest allies, a few cold beers and a lively crowd of hardened rugby fanatics. And here are some of the finest places where to 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.
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.
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.
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.
This well-loved Aussie sports bar 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.