Where to watch the Rugby World Cup final: The best pubs in London, Manchester and across the UK

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We've found 29 of the best pubs and venues showing the action - getty
We've found 29 of the best pubs and venues showing the action - getty

The ninth Rugby World Cup, held in Japan, has reached the finals: and England will face South Africa after seeing off New Zealand on Saturday.

The hotly anticipated match will kick off at 9am GMT (or 6pm local JST) on Saturday, November 2.

You'll need a good place to watch the action, of course, but it won't necessarily be easy, given Japan is eight hours ahead.

Not classic pub time, then, but a host of venues across the country will be opening up their doors in time for the crowds; sports bar app MatchPint estimates some 5,000 establishments will open early.

Here are your best options, including venues in London, Manchester, Birmingham and further afield, for places to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final.

Have brunch with your rugby at Ham Yard Hotel
Have brunch with your rugby at Ham Yard Hotel
London venues

QUEENS, Bayswater

London's all-year ice rink and bowling alley have partnered with Big Screen to host a giant, pop-up screening of the rugby final. The event runs from 8am until mid-afternoon and there'll be cocktails, a burger menu from MeatLiquor and complimentary beer for ticket holders.

17 Queensway, London, W2 4PQ; www.queens.london

The Famous Three Kings, Hammersmith

With some games kicking off early, you're not guaranteed to have a pub nearby showing every game. Those in southwest London, however, needn't worry, because the Famous Three Kings, a garlanded sports pub, has been showing them all since the first England All Blacks match.

171 North End Road, Hammersmith, London W14 9NL; craft-pubs.co.uk/f3k-london

The Gipsy Queen, Kentish Town

Not to be outdone, north London's The Gipsy Queen, a rare independently run pub in Kentish Town, is also showing every game. The charming local Victorian venue has a large projector for the matches, and an outdoor screen in their cosy beer garden.

With friendly owners (and their dogs), 18 taps with changing guest ales, and catering by the excellent Mexican food specialists Luardos, it's the ideal spot for some rugby.

166 Malden Road, Belsize Park, London NW5 4BS; thegipsyqueennw5.co.uk

Flat Iron Square, London Bridge

The London street food market will be getting into the rugby spirit and is the ideal spot for al fresco, big screen viewing. The venue will be having a Japanese-style makeover and screening matches.

Flat Iron Square, London SE1 1TD; flatironsquare.co.uk

Ichiba, Shepherd's Bush

Located in Westfield, Shepherd's Bush, Ichiba is Europe's largest Japanese food hall – an alluring mix of Japanese confectionery, sake, sushi, curries, street food, homewares and more. And it'll be showing rugby games on a big screen - there's no better place to catch a game, with two Asahi beers for £7 during match time.

Level -2, Westfield, London W12 7HB; ichibalondon.com

Japan House, Kensington

The new 'cultural home of Japan in London', Japan House will be screening the final match in their airy hall this Saturday on a four metre by two metre high definition screen.

101-111 Kensington High St, London W8 5SA; (japanhouselondon.uk)

Homeboy, Islington

Billing itself as London's smallest Irish pub, Homeboy, a speakeasy-style bar on the Essex Road, will be serving up Irish whiskey cocktails, Guinness and Irish comfort food (Irish stews, poutines, cheesy chips, etc.) to hungry and thirsty rugby fans. The popular new bar will also, of course, be screening the game.

108 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 8LX; homeboybar.com

Ham Yard Hotel, Soho

Thanks to the eight-hour time difference, this year you can catch England’s games while enjoing a sophisticated brunch. Ham Yard Hotel’s World Cup Brunch costs £50 per person and includes two drinks and lots of food. Pricey, but worth it for the pleasure of dining on Loch Fyne smoked salmon, Spanish omelette with aioli and kedgeree scotch eggs while you cheer on the team. Pre-booking required.

1 Ham Yard, London, W1D 7DT; firmdalehotels.com

Goose Island, Hackney

This spacious brewpub in London’s Shoreditch is doing the rugby in slap-up style, with breakfast pizzas and Bloody Mary kits (vodka optional). Pre-booking a table is recommended.

222 Shoreditch High St, Hackney, London E1 6PJ; gooseislandshoreditch.com

The Clapham Grand

The Clapham Grand’s sports screen is just that – grand – thanks to its mammoth 24-foot proportions. There’s also a further eight plasma screens in this refurbished Victorian music hall (including two outside on the balcony), so you’re fully covered. Tickets start from £3.

21-25, The Clapham Grand, St John's Hill, London SW11 1TT; claphamgrand.com

Tanner & Co, Bermondsey

Another Rugby brunch in London, this time bottomless (the best kind). Your £42.50 will get you access to Tanner & Co’s three-course brunch on November 2nd, complete with all the free-flowing cider, beer, wine, espresso martinis, bloody Marys and fizz you can drink (responsibly) in two hours.

50 Bermondsey St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3UD; tannerandco.co.uk

Beyond the capital

The Mariners, Rock, Cornwall

The Mariners is a Cornwall institution. Two Michelin-starred chef Clare Smyth, a former local, muses: "You can eat oysters overlooking the oyster farm, drink local beer like Doom Bar from Sharp's brewery, and they do excellent traditional pub food: bangers and mash, steak, pork chops, fish and chips... it's just a great British pub."

With chef Paul Ainsworth recently taking over, the food offering is top quality. Come for the rugby, stay for the grub.

The Mariners, Rock, Wadebridge PL27 6LD; paul-ainsworth.co.uk/the-mariners/

The Westbury Park Pub, Bristol

This pub is famous as the setting for the Kebab and Calculator, the fictional pub in 80s cult classic The Young Ones. A recent refurbishment has turned it into the Westbury Park Pub, a locals' favourite in north Bristol. With a fine selection of local craft beers and real ales, it'll be showing most games throughout the tournament.

Northumbria Drive, Henleaze, Bristol BS9 4HP; westburyparkpub.co.uk

Village Hotel, Portsmouth

The Village Hotel in Portsmouth is embracing the Rugby World Cup across its several big screens, cinema-style seating and straight-to-seat ordering via the app or in-house iPads. It's all very high-tech.

Village Hotel Portsmouth, Lakeshore Drive, Portsmouth PO6 3FR; village-hotels.co.uk

Chequers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Chequers has bags of history, set in a 16th century pub and run by the Brakspear, which began brewing in 1711 (though no longer brews its own beer). Nevertheless, it makes for an historic spot to enjoy the world cup.

53 High Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1BA; thechequersmarlow.co.uk

Sheep on Sheep Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire

The wonderfully named Sheep on Sheep Street is set in the picturesque Cotswold market town of Stow-on-the-Wold. The stunning pub is perfect for some morning rugby if you're holidaying in the Cotswolds.

Sheep Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham GL54 1AU; thesheepstow.co.uk

O'Neill's, Birmingham

O'Neill's bars are always a top pick for rugby, and the Birmingham branch is no different. The Irish pub is in the heart of the city and is sure to attract a good atmosphere across its screens.

Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2HG; oneills.co.uk

The Loft, Manchester

Jameson has turned this Quay Street favourite into the ultimate rugby experience for the duration of the tournament. There'll be a huge screen to watch the final, retro games, and plenty of Irish drinks and burgers, including vegan and veggie options. Buy tickets in advance here.

13 Quay Street, Manchester M3 3HN; theloftmanchester.com

Bierkeller, Birmingham

Raise a stein to your team in the Birmingham branch of Bierkeller, a Bavarian beer hall of palatial proportions. As well as beer, they’re big fans of sport, rolling out gigantic screens for the big game.

195-196 Broad St, Birmingham B15 1AY; thebierkeller.com/birmingham

West Berkshire Brewery, Berkshire

The celebrated Berkshire brewery is hosting a selection of screenings at its brewery, a chance to watch a match surrounded by English countryside. They've even created a special Rugby World Cup breakfast menu (including a hearty full English), to enjoy during the game. Stay tuned to the site for updates.

West Berkshire Brewery PLC, The Old Dairy Yattendon, Berkshire RG18 0XT; wbbrew.com

Manchester235, Manchester

Early mornings are no problem at this Manchester casino, which stays open 24/7. Though it’s more popularly known for its roulette wheels and Las Vegas-style, this city centre spot will also be screening the game.

2 Watson St, Manchester M3 4LP; manchester235.com

The Three Sisters, Edinburgh

For sports screenings in Edinburgh, it has to the The Three Sisters, which has filled its stone-walled pub with enormous screens – including a whopping 225-inch outdoor projector – so you won’t miss a single pass. They’ve even managed to score a morning license. Drink responsibly, of course.

139 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JS; thethreesistersbar.co.uk

The Kitchen Bar, Belfast

There’s good craic to be had down in The Kitchen Bar, a Belfast institution that dates back to 1859. While the building may be historic, the sports coverage is anything but – matches are shown on the biggest screen in Belfast City Centre, so you’ll catch every detail.

1 Victoria Square, Belfast BT1 4QG; thekitchenbar.com

Live Bar At The Victoria Gate Casino, Leeds

This Leeds sports bar has it all: live betting terminals, a wide range of hand-picked lagers and ales, and an incredible 41 HD screens – one of which is the biggest in Leeds.

Victoria Gate, Eastgate, Leeds LS2 7JL; victoriagatecasino.co.uk

Font, Brighton

Watch the Rugby World Cup in a 17th-century chapel at Brighton’s Font bar. Though this is usually a top pick for those looking for a party by the sea, the HD screens also make it a great pick for sports. Order and pay for your bill via the O’Neill’s app, so you won’t have to miss any action waiting at the bar.

Union St, Brighton BN1 1HA; fontbrighton.co.uk

Lavery’s, Belfast

You’ll not have to worry about finding a seat at Lavery’s, the biggest sports bar in all of Northern Ireland. Nor will you have to worry about being able to watch the match unimpeded by other punters: 28 HD TVs spread through the venue and a large projector screen in the pool room make for great viewing from every angle.

12-18 Bradbury Pl, Belfast BT7 1RS; laverysbelfast.com

Belushi’s, Edinburgh

Billed as the “home of international sports”, naturally the final is going to be a big event at Belushi’s in Edinburgh. As part of the sports-themed party on Market Street, it will be pulling pints, pouring spirits and dishing up burgers and bar snacks while the match plays on their screens and projectors.

13 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE; belushis.com/bars/edinburgh

Racks Bar & Kitchen, Bristol

Watch the rugby on 12 different screens at Bristolian Racks, one of the city’s most lauded sports bars. Tickets for its the screening also includes a bacon roll and coffee or tea, keeping you alert during the early morning.

St Paul’s Rd, Bristol BS8 1LX; racks-bristol.co.uk

10 Feet Tall, Cardiff

Right around the corner from the Millennium Stadium, 10 Feet Tall, a jazzy cocktail bar and tapas joint equipped with big screens, as well as discounted drinks deals.

11A-12 Church St, Cardiff CF10 1BG; 10feettall.co.uk

The Garrick, Belfast

Watch the game in one of Belfast’s oldest pubs, live on its big HD screens. The food in this multi-award winning spot is as good as the atmosphere, and all made from locally sourced ingredients.

29 Chichester St, Belfast BT1 4JB; thegarrickbar.com

The Prince Street Social, Bristol

Prince Street Social fills the overlap perfectly in the venn diagram of people who love both sports and beer. Not only does this chilled city hangout screen the matches, it pairs it with excellent beer brewed just round the corner. Be sure to fortify yourself with bacon waffles from the breakfast menu.

37-41 Prince St, Bristol BS1 4PS; princestreetsocial.com