When it comes to finding the best place to watch the rugby in Cardiff, you have a huge amount of options. Of course, you could always try and get tickets to the game but if you’d prefer to stay warm and dry with a fully-stocked, reasonably-priced bar a short walk away then there are plenty of pubs that will cater to you.
As a leading Cardiff letting agent, we’ve done our fair share of exploring the city on match day to find the best destinations. So, if you want a great atmosphere, plenty of screens to watch the rugby on, live commentary and easy access to a cheeky pint then here are some of the best places to watch the game.
Urban Tap House
Located just across the road from Cardiff Arms Park and the (newly named) Principality Stadium, Urban Tap House is solely dedicated to craft brews. This means that you can try loads of Welsh-made beers, ciders and ciders just a stone’s throw away from the action. With two huge screens to watch the action on, you won’t miss a single tackle, penalty or try – even if you do have to refresh your pint! If you’re feeling a bit peckish then you’ll also find a great selection of food on offer here.
The Old Arcade
Known as one of the ultimate rugby pubs in Cardiff, the Old Arcade is packed out with rugby fans on match day. You’ll find plenty of international and club memorabilia decorating the walls as well as a timeline of Welsh rugby 1881 to present day, creating a hive of Welsh support. Being a Brains pub, you can expect a good standard of beer and food here – much of it locally sourced. There’s plenty of TVs around the pub to ensure that you don’t miss a second of the match.
Want a TV that’s so big you have to physically turn your head to see from one side of the screen to the other? Walkabout is the place to be! With screens everywhere you look and bars that take up the length of the building, you’re sure to be swept away in the atmosphere here. Expect plenty of chanting, singing and rejoicing when the home team takes the victory!
29 Park Place
A new venue that’s really establishing itself as a great place to watch the rugby thanks to their awesome Six Nations packages. These range from £20 to £40, guaranteeing you a table and a clear view of the screen. The £40 Full House option gives you 7 drinks vouchers and a lush burger, as well as ensuring that you can see every hit, scrum and try with an unobstructed view. If you’re looking for a more relaxed environment to watch the game then this is the place to be!
With more world beers than you can shake a stick at and TV screens wherever you look, this is the perfect venue for die hard rugby fans. There are four different bars to choose from, offering a range of environments – the Beirkeller and Shooters bar offers live commentary and are packed full of rugby supporters giving a really lively atmosphere. The World Bar and main bar have the rugby on but with music instead of commentary, making it more relaxed for those wishing to talk during the game. They offer VIP event packages that start at just £10 per head, ensuring that you have a great view of the screen and don’t have to go to the bar yourself.
One of the liveliest venues in town, O’Neils is particularly brilliant for any Irish game. You’ll find plenty of big screens and TV adorning the walls, ensuring that the action reaches you wherever you are within the pub. If you’re planning on watching the game here then you should try to get an early start, as it can get full on match days… but don’t worry, if this happens you can always head over the street to
Prince of Wales
Yep, right across the street from O’Neils you’ll find the Prince of Wales. With a burger and a beer for under £10 you really can’t moan at the prices here! There’s a good selection of alcohol here and with two floors you’re sure to find some room to comfortably watch the match. Big TV screen? How about a 20 foot screen and eight TVs scattered throughout the venue? This is the perfect destination if you want to be in the middle of all the action but you’re on a bit of a budget!
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