There’s no doubt that expats love getting together to watch live sports and support their nation. Being proud expats ourselves we’re constantly on the look out for the very best Sports Bars in Australia. From Sydney’s iconic Star Casino Sports bar to the new home of Rugby, The Palace Hotel, Brisbane’s Pig and Whistle and Melbourne’s Turf Bar, BBM Readers can be safe in the knowledge that you and your fellow countrymen can watch live sports in Australia. Here we discover Australia’s best sports bars for expats and like minded sports fanatics.
The best Sports Bars in Melbourne, Victoria
The Sherlock Holmes Inn
Feeling a bit homesick and desperate for a drink? Get yourself over to The Sherlock Holmes Inn pronto! Down in a dark basement on Collins Street hides this hangout for all things English and for all those in need of a decent pint. This tavern takes you back to the days of Olde England, giving it a quaint charm and creating a humble feel. You are spoilt for choice in terms of beer, ale and cider on tap, whether you’re looking for Irish (Kilkenny Irish Ale), British (Hobgoblin) or local Australian (Hargreaves Hill). Meal deals are often on throughout the week, but be sure to take advantage of their Scotch steak and chips for only $20.
What’s on: Australian Football League, English Premier League
Address: Basement, 415 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC, 2000
Turf Bar is a sophisticated, traditional pub that has become one of the best places in Melbourne to watch live sport! Turf offers a bustling and warm atmosphere, excellent food and beverage menus, boasting six plasma screens, three big screens, three private screening booths, advanced surround sound systems, and pool tables.
What’s On: Superbowl, AFL, 6 Nations, English Premier League
Address: 131 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
The Imperial on Bourke
One of the best sports pubs in Melbourne just got a little bit better… Understatement! It’s got a rooftop and mega screen!
As well as the being the best places to watch live sport in Melbourne CBD, The Imperial Hotel boasts an incredible rooftop bar, overlooking the city and with spectacular views of Melbourne Parliament House.
The Imperial on Bourke hosts regular English Premier League fixtures live and is home to the official Liverpool FC supporters club.
What’s On: English Premier League, AFL, 6 Nations Rugby, UFC, NFL
Address: Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
The Best Sports Bars in Sydney, New South Wales
The Palace Hotel, Sydney
The Palace Hotel Sydney is by far one of Sydney’s best city pubs with a great selection of draft beers on tap, cocktail promotions, a fantastic wine list and they show the best live sports fixtures, in the heart of Sydney CBD. Plus, to top it all off, you can watch late night live sports on one of 14 High Definition TVs or their giant screen (sound for premium games shown at management’s discretion, check with the venue to see if your team’s playing live to avoid disappointment).
The Palace Hotel is also home to the official All Blacks, supporters club making it hands down Sydney’s best pub to watch live Rugby.
English Premier League, Scottish Premier League, Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup, NRL, AFL
Address: 730-742 George St, Haymarket, Sydney,
Bat and Ball Hotel, Surry Hills
The Bat and Ball is a proper pub, a regular bar, a local and a great place to watch live local and international sports. This Surry Hills/Redfern local is a great a place to relax, meet up, have a laugh, watch a game, grab some food, shoot the breeze, unwind.
What’s On: A League, International football and Rugby fixtures, NRL, AFL
Address: Redfern – Cnr Cleveland + Sth Dowling
Churchills Sports Bar
Churchill’s Sports Bar in Sydney is a great location dedicated to showing live sports with sound.
Every sporting event taking place is shown here on our vast amount of BIG Screens – from the late night international soccer including the English Premier League, FIFA World Cup, Champions League, Scottish Premier Leagu until mid-afternoon UFC and boxing.
It’s also a great place to meet friends for a drink or a bet. Join the excitement and mingle with your mates while you enjoy a drink from the bar. Don’t forget to check out the Wall of Fame with all the colourful sporting personalities of past and present.
What’s On: All international fixtures, EPL, AFL, NRL, NFL, 6 Nations, UFC, A League and more
Address: 532 Anzac Parade, Kingsford, Sydney, 2032
The Best Sports Bars in Perth, Western Australia
Located in Northbridge, the heart of Perth’s entertainment district, Rosie O’Grady’s is a very popular pub with locals, backpackers and the thousands of tourists that pass through each year. Wellknown for its lively atmosphere, friendly staff and cracking Sunday carvery, Rosie’s is Perth’s number one Irish venue to catch all your sport. Once the whistle’s blown, stick around for hilarious comedy gigs featuring the likes of Reginald D Hunter and Gordon Southern, and the rather unique experience of Bogan Bingo, incorporating comedy, music and bingo. So drop in for a pint and a bite, and enjoy the craic.
What’s on: GAA, Pre-season friendlies, Scottish Premier League, EPL, 6 Nations
Address: Corner James & Milligan Sts, Northbridge, Perth, WA
The Mustang bar, Northbridge
The Mustang Bar is an American themed venue that is home to Perth’s best student, backpacker and general fun nights out and is well known as the best sports bars in Northbridge.
What’s On: NBA, 6 Nations, Super Bowl, EPL, SPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, Cricket and more
Address: 6 Lake St, Northbridge WA 6003
The Best Sports Bars in Brisbane, Queensland
Pig ‘N’ Whistle
While there are three Pig ‘N’ Whistles in Brisbane, the Riverside is one of the most popular pubs in the city and is the premier venue for live sport. Whether you fancy catching a late night EPL game or Local A-League, Pig ‘N’ Whistle Riverside has rights to them all. They won’t let you go hungry either, serving food of outstanding quality, including Black Angus beef from their own herd of cows, and old classics such as sausages & mash and steak & Guinness pie. Pig ‘N’ Whistle Riverside is THE place to eat, drink and enjoy matches live and in HD.
What’s on: NRL, AFL, English Premier League, A-League, UEFA Champions League, GAA
Address: Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle St, Brisbane,
The Stadium Bar & Grill
The Stadium Bar and Grill is located on one of Queensland’s most iconic streets, Caxton Street. The rustic brick walls, polished wooden floors, open fireplaces and modern, quirky furniture make it a must-visit venue. The Stadium Bar and Grill is fast becoming a popular entertainment, food and function venue in Brisbane. The Beer Garden provides a great alfresco area and the rooftop can be opened to take in the great Brisbane weather, or closed in the case of inclement or chillier conditions. Whether it’s for a cold, relaxing ale or a jumpstart to a big game at Suncorp Stadium – which is just a short stroll away – The Stadium Bar and Grill has got you covered.
What’s on: NRL, AFL, Rugby Championship, A-League
Address: 25 Caxton St, Brisbane, QLD