With the Rugby World Cup taking over the sporting calendar over the next few weeks, we’ve picked out a few of the best spots to catch the action around Manchester.

Track Taproom

Track’s taproom is undoubtedly one of the best boozing spots in the city and the team have confirmed they’ll be screening select fixtures throughout the tournament. Keep an eye on their Insta to stay up to date with which games will be shown.

Unit 18, Piccadilly Trading Estate, Manchester M1 2NP
Escape to Freight Island

Hosted within the venue’s own dedicated sports bar, Escape to Freight Island will be showing all Fri – Sun games for the duration of the competition. Entry is free, but you can reserve your spot ahead of time.

11 Baring St, Manchester M1 2PZ
The Crown and Kettle

Another of Manchester’s finest drinking spots, the lovely folk at The Crown and Kettle will be showing all games with live commentary for all the Home Nation fixtures. Expect it to get busy, so it might be worth booking your table ahead, which you can do so by messaging them on Instagram.

2 Oldham Rd, Ancoats, Manchester M4 5FE
Brickhouse Social

Brickhouse Social will be showing uninterrupted coverage of each game across seven mega screens and a specially-designed sound system. There’ll also apparently be loads of free pool as well as tonnes of late-night pizza slices and drinks.

11-13 New Wakefield St, Manchester M1 5NP
The Wishing Well

A love country-style pub recently opened in the heart of Didsbury Village, The Wishing Well will be screening games in the venue’s bar area for anyone fancying a short trip out to the South Manchester suburb.

1d School Ln, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6SA
Pie and Ale

Pie and Ale’s beer hall is an ideal setting for watching live sport, pair that with the delicious food and tidy selection of great beers and you’re well and truly onto a winner. Drop them a message on Instagram to book a spot.

Units 1 & 2, the Hive, 47 Lever St, Manchester M1 1FN
The Fletcher Moss

Another pick from Didsbury Village, conveniently right by the tram stop, The Fletcher Moss is another wonderful spot if you want to escape the city centre for the match. The team post the screening schedule on Twitter, so double-check before you head down.

1 William St, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6RQ You visited on Sunday

Deansgate’s mammoth sports bar BOX, complete with a whopping 25 screens, will be showing every game. Again, expect this to be busy for the Home Nation games, so it’s probably worth booking your spot online.

125 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BY
Fri 8 Sep - Sat 28 Oct
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Fri 8 Sep 2023