7 Great Bars To Watch The Football In

It's set to be a match for the ages...


Just passing through the city? Haven't got a ticket for the match don't want to be sat at home?

Why not saddle up at any of Manchester's best football-watching spots to watch one of the most hotly-anticipated Premier League fixtures in years?

We've compiled a list of the best bars in town to kick back, put your feet up (actually that may be frowned upon) and enjoy the match with good food, good beer and a great atmosphere.

1. Montpellier's

This Northern Quarter haven boasts a delightful basement bar where football fans are not only welcome, their presence is actively encouraged. 

The venue played a blinder during EURO 2016 with all matches advertised on its social media platforms which helped build a strong relationship with the clientele. 

A large selection of snacks and all kinds of beers means supporters have everything they need to get them through the match. 

2. The Green 

Want to get out and watch the match with your mates but don't want to fight for a seat or a decent view of the telly? No problem.

Located on Ducie Street around the corner from Piccadilly train station, The Green offers a private viewing room where you and your pals can watch the match in peace on a giant projector for only £10 per person. 

And when the football is finished, why not pass the afternoon by partaking in some indoor golf? Phone the bar on 0161 228 0681 and get yourselves booked in. 

The perfect group day out. 

3. Bierkeller

If you know your Bastian Schweinsteigers from your Uwe Roslers then you're probably fairly clued in on German culture and thus already know about this Printworks hideaway. 

Inspired by the classic Bavarian beer dens, the venue is laid out with long wooden benches and tables so it feels like Oktoberfest all year round. 

Wherever you park your bum you won't be far from a tv to watch the action unfold. They've a live Irish band every Saturday at 3pm and 5pm so there's no need to head home straight after the final whistle. 


4. The Footage

With the specially-commissioned opening time of 10am for Derby Day, this Oxford Road haunt is perfect for those looking to start early. 

A traditional brekkie costs just £3.95 so your wallet won't mind you fueling up for the passions that are sure to explode once kick-off arrives. 

5. Tib Street Tavern 

There's nothing worse than having to negotiate a crowded bar to get your next drink in. 

Not an issue at Tib Street if you avail of their special offers on 4-pint jugs and buckets of beer.

Word of warning though, leave your football kit at home as no jerseys are allowed in order to maintain a friendly atmosphere. 

6. O'Shea's 

Manchester's most famous Irish bar with the best Guinness in the city.

For those of us with Scottish girlfirends/boyfriends/cousins in town, the pub will be showing the Old Firm clash between Celtic and Rangers simultaneous to the Manchester Derby.

When the dust settles,there's live music from 2.30pm. 

7. The Courtyard

This Chester Road venue is dedicated to sport, no more so than when the two Manchester giants go head to head. 

There's usually a great amosphere inside dring major football matches and their heated beer garden provides you with another option if the place is packed. 

Got a United or City supporting pooch who doens't like being left at home? Don't worry, The Courtyard's got you covered as animals are more than welcome!

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Written By

James Fenton

Resident football writer, covering City, United and the rest of what the beautiful game brings to our city. I also moonlight in news, current affairs and emmm... burger reviews.