Looking for where to watch the Six Nations in Dublin with a bit of atmosphere? The Guinness Six Nations tournament officially kicks off Friday 2nd February and we could not be more excited to cheer on the boys in the green. Some of you will be lucky enough to have tickets to the games but a lot of us don’t, so we’ve outlined what some great venues are doing for it below if you want to get in on the action. Please note most Six Nations venues are not taking bookings, so our advice is to do it the old fashioned way; arrive early and find the best spot available.
Friday 02 February (20:00) vs France (Away)
Sunday 11 February (15:00) vs Italy (Home)
Saturday 24 February (14:15) vs Wales (Home)
Saturday 09 March (16:45) vs England (Away)
Saturday 16 March (16:45) vs Scotland (Home)
Location: Westland Row, Dublin 2
Kennedy’s on Westland Row, Dublin 2 is a really popular spot to watch the 6 nations matches, and is a well known pit stop / watering hole for fans making their way to and from the Aviva Stadium. There’s plenty of large screens throughout this venue as well as Kennedy’s Station, the function room in the basement level, with further space, a large projector and its own bar. If the weather’s nice enjoy a few pints outside during half time, before and after the game.
Location: Beggars Bush, Dublin 4
Literally so close to the Aviva Stadium that it could almost be considered part of the stadium, Slattery’s in Dublin 4 is an avid rugby pub and makes for a crackin’ atmospheric venue to watch the Six Nations or to grab and pint before or after the game with other fans.
Location: Camden Street Upper, Dublin 2
This charismatic Dublin pub dates back to the 17th century is one of our favourites to catch the six nations games. Centrally located on Camden Street and near the Harcourt Luas stop, The Bleeding Horse is always lively on match day and is spread over two floors with plenty of screens throughout, as well as sizeable beer garden for half time breaks.
Location: Burgh Quay, Dublin 2
Located on the quays in Dublin 2, near O’Connnell Street Bridge and in the former premises of Messrs Maguire’s / JW Sweetman’s, J.R. Mahon’s has been extensively renovated and opened in March 2023. The owners of this pub are avid rugby fans and will be a lively spot to watch the six nations in Dublin. Centrally located, the city will be buzzing with fans on the day and with the venue spread over four floors you’re sure to be able to find a seat to enjoy the game with great food served here also to top it off.
Location: Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2
Doheny & Nesbitt’s on Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2 is a great spot for the craic on six nations match days. This character filled, traditional style pub is ideal for rugby enthusiasts with just enough screens to please everyone and we’ve even spotted a few of the Irish rugby team here on occasion.
The Harcourt Bar sometimes known as ‘The Home of Sport’ on Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 has been one of the go-to-venue of ours for quite some time for the Six Nations matches. This expansive venue has a huge heated outdoor area, 20 massive screens throughout and a 12 foot indoor screen, making it one of the best spots to check out the game. Walk-ins are welcome, however you may be able reserve a table ahead of time.
Location: Ranelagh, Dublin 6
R. McSorley’s in Ranelagh, Dublin 6 has long been a favourite for nights out and watching the 6 Nations. They’ve plenty of screens throughout the venue, including a number of pull-down projectors. No bookings taken or required so arrive early and find a nice snug to catch the game. It gets very lively here on match days, which carries on late into the night, a really enjoyable, atmospheric place to cheer on the boys in green!
Location: Leopardstown, Dublin 18
It is local to us at VenueSearch, so perhaps holds a special place in our hearts and although it can be sometimes quite busy / tricky to get the ideal viewing spot on match days, The Leopardstown Inn on Brewery Road, does offer a fantastic atmosphere and food menu, if you can get in early or book ahead of time (not sure if they are taking reservation just yet). Plenty of screens throughout, the sound system is one of the best for all the match action and as mentioned you won’t go hungry with a great food and drinks menu to choose from.
Location: St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
Sinnotts on St. Stephen’s Green, is possibly one of the best spots to stroll into on a casual Saturday afternoon to catch a match. There’s always sense of excitement as you go down the stairs and enter an arena of atmosphere. With more large screens and projectors than a cineplex as well as fantastic pub grub, Sinnotts is always one of the most popular pubs in Dublin to watch the Six Nations games, whether it’s Ireland playing or one of the other games.
Location: Ranelagh, Dublin 6
The Barge located a stone’s throw from the Charelmont Luas stop and on route to bustling Camden Street is one of Dublin’s most well known pubs, particularly during the summer months for impromptu outdoor parties but also a very popular pub for watching 6 nations games. There’s always a great atmosphere in here, spread over two floors and the food is nice also and reasonably priced.
Sister venue to Lemon & Duke and owned by the same rugby players, The Bridge 1859 in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 is only minutes from the Aviva Stadium. Expect this venue to be a bustling hive of fans and activity on match days. Whether you’re going to the match or not it’s worth a visit if you want to soak up some of the festival like atmosphere. Spread over two floors, matches will be shown on the big screens, however please note given how busy this spot can get there’s usually only very limited availability to reserve tables in advance so get in touch as soon as possible.
Location: Duke Lane, Dublin 2
Lemon & Duke just off Grafton Street, is part-owned by Irish rugby players Jamie Heaslip, Dave & Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien, so you can expect this venue to be one of the hubs in the city for fans for all the Ireland rugby matches. We recently attended their Six Nations preview night (pictured below) and can’t wait to check it out for some of the games. Arrive early to get a good spot for the match, they have screens and a large projector towards the rear of the venue and a great selection of food options and drinks of course also.
Location: Camden Street, Dublin 2
The Camden on Camden Street is one of the city’s prime spots on match day, thanks to its incredible viewing setup. Their 4K HD screen is the biggest in Europe, and they also boast a high-end sound system guaranteeing solid viewing and sound, no matter the seat. With cosy booths, high tables and chairs, there’s ample space for the rugby match-day crowds and a great buzz all around the venue, win or lose.
Searsons on Baggot Street, Dublin 2 take the 6 Nations very seriously and is always one of the best spots to catch all the rugby action. Located close to Aviva Stadium it’s a popular stop off for fans heading to the games and on the way back, but also with revellers who want to watch the game in a lively, atmosphere filled setting. They’ve plenty of screens throughout and the sound system will be turned up all the way to 11! Great food and drinks on offer here also, all while you cheer on the boys in green. Check out the all-weather heated beer garden for the games, complete with large screens, particularly if we get a bit of sun for the last two games in March.
Only a minute’s walk from the Aviva Stadium, Sandymount Hotel is THE place to be on match days. For home games they usually have the BBQ going before the match in their stunning courtyard gardens, perfect to get a feed in before the big game. The Line Out Bar is open early with additional outdoor bars and marquees open to the front of the hotel to cater all the fans that gather here. You might even spot the team on the way to the stadium as the team bus often passes by. Even if you don’t have a ticket to the game you can watch the match in The Line Out Bar. Whitty’s Restaurant is then a great spot to grab a post match dinner and talk about the game with other fans.
This article was updated on 18 Jan 2024