With Rugby World Cup 2015 in town, London’s lively pub culture is becoming a bit livelier. There are plenty of bars that will be showing the matches, but what are the best pubs to watch RWC 2015? To help you on your way, here are four of best bars to catch the game. So don your team’s colours and charge-down to one of these fine drinking establishments.
The Cabbage Patch
Right at the top of this list is The Cabbage Patch, the ultimate London pub to immerse yourself in rugby atmosphere. When you and your friends exit Twickenham station, you are joined by dozens of fellow rugby fans on a one-minute walk to the pub. Because of its proximity to Twickenham Stadium, the pub is the obvious meeting point for rugby fans who come here for a pre-match drink or to view a game on one of the many large-format screens. This pub breathes rugby, and you may even bump into a player or two when you’re here. While your friends find a good spot in front of the large screen, you order some drinks from the bar’s impressive selection of fine cask ales, wines, cocktails, and outstanding single malts. Feeling a bit peckish? Then you must try one of their delicious stone-baked pizzas that are handmade on-site, using only fresh ingredients. If you’re here on a Sunday, then order a traditional roast with all the trimmings to get you going for the match. After the match, you shoot some pool with your friends before getting your groove on in the Patch Nightclub.
Eel Pie Pub
Just a little further down the road you find the Eel Pie Pub, another great rugby-themed London pub. While you buy your friends some pints of the award-winning beer from the regional family brewery, you ask the bartender about the pub’s curious name. He tells you it’s named after Eel Pie Island that lies right opposite the pub. You impress your friends by telling them that the island is famous for its legendary musical past: Several major rock bands played at the former Eel Pie Island Hotel early in their careers. You sit back, pint in hand, ready to enjoy the match on the big screen, surrounded by rugby memorabilia and fellow rugby fans.
This venue may be well outside of the Twickenham area, London’s prime rugby location, but the gigantic screen will make you feel like you’re right at the heart of the action. The Grand is housed in a former Victorian theatre and has four bars spread over three floors. Before you let loose in the club on London’s largest illuminated dance floor, you and your mates have a cinematic choice to make Do you watch the match on the UK’s largest sports screen, at a dazzling 40 square metres, or on one of the six 50-inch plasma screens? Both choices have their advantages, so you decide to start at the big screen, and the switch later for a change of location. Either way, you won’t miss any of the action!
Philomena’s Irish Bar and Grill
Philomena’s might be the last on the list of best pubs to watch RWC 2015, but it’s definitely not the least! If you are after a pub that’s located in the heart of Central London’s entertainment district, then this is just the place for you. You kick off your afternoon at this Irish-themed sports bar conveniently located in Covent Garden, which boasts an extensive drinks list and nine large screens for sports events. You chat to the friendly staff and soak up the easy atmosphere. You’ve heard this pub comes alive when the Ireland team are playing, so join dozens of excited Irish rugby fans and have an unforgettable evening, all in the name of rugby of course. No penalties for trying too hard then!