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Best Bars in Edinburgh for Watching the Rugby

06 February 2016

As the home of Scottish Rugby, you'll always find a great atmosphere in Edinburgh on game days. Around the city there are plenty of great bars for you to catch the action and cheer on your team.

Check out our selection of the best Edinburgh bars to watch the Rugby in:  

The Cambridge Bar

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If you like a good burger while you watch the Rugby then this atmospheric bar could be the one for you. Independently owned, The Cambridge Bar is tucked away on a quiet side street, but don’t be fooled, this place is jam packed for rugby viewings and boasts a big screen, making it an ideal spot for sport viewing. They also serve carefully chosen beers as well as their homemade gourmet burgers.

20 Young Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JB, Tel. 0131 226 2120, website

Teuchters Bar


Known for its friendly environment and cosy atmosphere, Teuchters is a great spot for rugby watching in Edinburgh’s West End. This buzzing bar offers up a vast collection of whiskies and some quirky food choices, including their infamous haggis stovies in a mug! You'll also find a great range of beers and craft ales specially selected for game days.

26 William Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7NH, Tel. 0131 225 2973, website

The Queens Arms

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Steeped in heritage, The Queens Arms is a traditional pub which offers rugby fans five high definition screens for watching the action.  Inside you can expect to find a welcoming atmosphere and quirky décor with home-cooked seasonal produce on the menu and a selection of top handpicked cask ales behind the bar.

49 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EP, Tel. 0131 225 1045, website

The Three Sisters 

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The Three Sisters is a popular destination for sports fans, which could be something to do with their impressive outdoor 200 inch LED screen... While there are smaller screens inside, the real atmosphere can be found out in their beer garden and BBQ zone and there’s no need to worry about feeling the chill as the heated marque should keep you toasty. If you would prefer a prime spot inside though book a place in their Beer Hall which includes a two pint stein and mega meat platter for just £22.50 per person.

139 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JS, Tel. 0131 6226802, website

The Bothy – Murrayfield Hotel Bar

The Bothy Murrayfield Hotel

If you want to get as close to the action as possible without braving the Edinburgh chill, then The Bothy is an ideal spot for you. Part of the Murrayfield Hotel family, The Bothy bar is situated in close proximity to the stadium, which means an electric atmosphere is guaranteed.  There are plenty of seats inside and with classic pub grub on the menu. This one is definitely a top destination amongst rugby enthusiasts.

18 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6HN, Tel. 131 337 1844, website

The Huxley

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You can hardly miss the Huxley in the West End, currently landmarked by a big beautiful Scottish cow proudly standing outside! Come here to watch the rugby in a nice homely setting. If you're feeling hungry, be sure to check out their great food menu made from fine seasonal produce, and wash it down with their wide range of beers, ales and cocktails.

1 Rutland Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AE, Tel. 0131 229 3402, website

Frankenstein's Bier Keller

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Frankenstein's traditional style beer hall is a lively spot to watch the rugby with their resident Oompah band on hand to play during the national anthems. There's plenty of space to enjoy their great German beer and food with their traditional long wooden tables with room for up to 160 tables. If you want to the VIP experience then book one of their party packages for reserved seating, table service, 2 pint steins and a selection of food and drink.

26 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EH, Tel. 0131 622 1818, website

Looking for more Edinburgh bars? Check out our selection over on our Bars page.