7 September 2023

Edinburgh bars to watch the Rugby World Cup

Watch all the Rugby World Cup action in these Edinburgh bars.

The Rugby World Cup starts on Friday 8 September, running through until Saturday 28 October.

With France as the host nation and featuring 20 teams and 48 matches, there’s plenty of action to keep rugby fans glued to the screens.

Here’s our run-down of the top Edinburgh bars and pubs to watch all the live action.

The Pear Tree

Perfect For

Soaking up the rays.

Pear Tree

Located in the Southside area of the city, The Pear Tree is famous for its large beer garden, which quickly fills up on sunny days. With screens both inside and outside, it’s a great place for catching up with friends over a match and a drink.

Three Sisters Bar

Perfect For

A buzzing atmosphere.

The Three Sisters Bar in the Cowgate is much more than just a bar. With a large events space and outdoor courtyard, this lively bar hosts a year-round programme of major live sports, local music talent, comedians and much more. They will be screening all the rugby matches live – tables sell out quickly, so booking is recommended.

Biddy Mulligans

Perfect For

A traditional pint of Guiness.

Biddy Mulligans

Traditional Irish bar, Biddy Mulligans can be found in the historic Grassmarket neighbourhood. Not only can you enjoy live music every night, perfectly poured pints and a tasty food menu, but you can catch all the matches live. Booking recommended.


Perfect For

Catching up with friends.

Conveniently located just across the road from Waverley Train Station, Brewhemia is Scotland’s only beer palace and the city’s largest restaurant and bar. For the whole of the tournament they’ll be showing all the games on their three big screens. Book today to enjoy delicious dining and a pint while cheering on your team.

The Queens Arms

Perfect For

Enjoying Scotland’s national drink.

Leather chesterfields, Cosy Corner

Known for their handpicked cask ales, Scottish craft beers and impressive range of malt whiskies, wines and cocktails, The Queens Arms in the city centre is popular with both locals and visitors. They’re also dog and child-friendly.

They’ll be showing all games on several screens, alongside serving their tasty food menu. Booking advised.

Hanover Tap

Perfect For

Trying a new variety of craft cider.

Also in the city centre, Hanover Tap are a great choice if you’re looking for a varied selection of craft beers, ales and craft cider. They also offer some great food and drink offers.

Book a table now to catch the matches live.  


Perfect For

Classic pub grub.

With a sports area complete with seated dining and disabled access, Shakespeare’s at the West End have all your sporting requirements taken care of.

Couple this with a classic pub menu and extensive drinks list and it’s a great place to watch all the action unfold.


Perfect For

An ever-changing range of cask ales.


Around a 15 minute walk from the city centre will take you to the charming neighbourhood of Stockbridge, and it’s here that the popular local, Hectors is found.

They’ll be showing select games live – all of which can be enjoyed whilst tucking into a great range of traditional dishes, seasonal specials, cask ales and Scottish gins.

Carriers Quarters

Perfect For

Bringing your dog – they’re dog-friendly.

Known as the oldest wee pub in Leith, Carriers Quarters is packed with character.

Popular with locals, pop by to watch the matches, and when hunger strikes, why not try one of their delicious handmade pizzas.

Murrayfield Hotel

Perfect For

Al fresco dining in their year-round beer garden.

Although there are no cup matches taking place here, if you want to be close to the home of Scottish rugby (Scottish Gas Murrayfield Stadium), Murrayfield Hotel is just a stone’s throw away.

Book now to secure your booking at their Bothy Bar and watch all the games live.

Guide to Bars and Pubs in Edinburgh

From trendy to traditional, however you like your watering hole, there’s plenty of choice in Edinburgh


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