Looking for where to watch the Six Nations in Dublin with a bit of atmosphere? The Guinness Six Nations tournament officially kicks off this Saturday, 1st 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 (#sadface), so we’ve outlined what some great venues are doing for it below if you want to get in on the action.
Saturday 01 Feb (16:45) vs Scotland (Home)
Saturday 08 Feb (14:15) vs Wales (Home)
Sunday 23 Feb (15:00) vs England (Away)
Saturday 07 Mar (14:15) vs Italy (Home)
Saturday 14 Mar (20:00) vs France (Away)
Only a minute’s walk from the Aviva Stadium, Sandymount Hotel is THE place to be on match days. For home games they’ll 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 will be open early from 10.30am 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. Match day hospitality suites are available for private hire also, enquire with Sandymount Hotel’s VenueSearch listing for more info.
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.
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.
Rody’s sprawling venue in Rathmines, Dublin 6 has tonnes of large screen TVs, a giant projector to the rear of the venue, plenty of seating throughout and a match atmosphere that’ll have the place rockin’. They do lovely pub grub also at very reasonable prices (would recommend the wings if you need some mid-match sustenance!). Arrive early to find a nice spot to cosy into for the match or reserve a table in advance via Rody’s VenueSearch listing (book well in advance if you can).
DTwo ‘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 20 foot screen in the beer garden, making it one of the best spots to check out the game. They’ve also got some promo offers for the games, you can get 5 bottles of Bud or Rockshore for €20 on match days or a burger and pint is only €12.95. You can reserve a table ahead of time via DTwo’s VenueSearch listing or feel free walk in on the day and find a good viewing spot.
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 it’s not possible to reserve tables in advance, just get yourself down there nice and early to get a prime viewing spot.
Experience match day at Ballsbridge Hotel with or without a ticket for the game. Watch the match in The Dubliner Bar and feel the energy of the Irish support just a stone’s throw away from the action. Rugby fans will be stopping in on route to and from the stadium here all day so the atmosphere will be buzzing. They’ll have the marquee and outdoor seating outside with the BBQ ready to go and you can get a beer & burger for just €12.50, a gourmet beef roll for €9.95 or a wide-ranging buffet for only €12.
Kennedy’s on Westland Row, Dublin 2 is another 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.