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Canberra’s best sports bars

Michaela McGrath

In the wake of the State of Origin and the FIFA World Cup, one thing is clear—a quality sports bar is a necessity when it comes to catching live games.

Whether it’s live and loud with beer in hand, or a more casual viewing experience, there’s nothing like watching the game surrounded by fellow fans. Luckily, Canberra is brimming with quality venues with the drinks lists, food offerings and big screens to boot. To ensure you don’t miss a minute of the action, here are our seven favourite sports bars in Canberra.

KING O’MALLEY’S

One of Canberra’s most iconic pubs, everyone’s a local at King O’Malleys. Canberra’s best Irish pub serves as the ultimate watching arena for all sports fans, with the biggest games live and on screen. Home of one of the widest ranges of single-malt scotch and whiskies in Canberra and lip-smacking pub grub, it’s the perfect place to combat Canberra’s cold.

King O’Malleys | 131 City Walk, Canberra | Sunday – Wednesday 11am – 1am, Thursday – Saturday 11am – 4am | http://kingomalleys.com.au/

BLEACHERS SPORTS BAR

The latest from the team who brought you Molly and Highball Express, Bleachers Sports Bar is Canberra’s newest place to catch all of the mid-season action. At the heart of the bar is its viewing capabilities—you can watch up to 16 channels at once across 24 screens. Better yet, nine central screens can merge as one to create a whopping 4.5 metre viewing experience for big game matches.

Bleachers Sports Bar | 33 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra | Sunday 11am – 11pm, Monday – Thursday 11am – 12am, Friday – Saturday 11am – 2am | https://bleachers.bar/

THE DOCK

Boasting all of the big games on the big screens and serving winter warmers with the cold brews to boot, The Dock is a great place to escape the cold this game day. Bringing the live experience to all patrons, generous finger food, drool-worthy drinks and live big-name sport is always on offer.

The Dock | 7/81 Giles Street, Kingston | 10.30am – 11.30pm daily | http://thedockkingston.com.au/

HALE + MARY

It’s always game day in the heart of Kingston at Hale + Mary. Match a big game with an even bigger appetite and tuck into the Monster Hale + Mary’s triple beef and bacon burger. Local beer from Capital Brewing and Stone & Wood, craft draughts on tap and imported brews on offer, make the experience even sweeter.

Hale + Mary | 15 Tench Street, Kingston | 12pm – 12am daily | http://www.haleandmary.com.au/

ERINDALE VIKINGS CLUB

Catch live action sport in style at the OG Canberra Vikings Club, Erindale Vikings. Recently undergoing a major facelift, the new-look club boasts chic modern décor and hospitality offerings to boot. Head down to the Erindale Club for all the big games, live and loud on the big screens with delicious bar snacks, substantial meals and a weekend grazing menu to boot.

Erindale Vikings Club – Sideline Bar | 6 Ricardo Street, Wanniassa | Sunday – Wednesday 10am – 1am, Thursday – Saturday 10am – 4am | https://www.vikings.com.au/erindale/

THE MAWSON CLUB

Posted by The Mawson Club on Sunday, 15 June 2014

Offering a classic bistro dining space, two recently-refurbished bars and an elegant cocktail lounge complete with cosy fireplace, watch the game your way at The Mawson Club. Rugby is at the heart of this club’s ethos, so you can rest assured you’ll never miss a minute of Raiders action.

The Mawson Club | 10 Heard Street, Mawson | 9am – 4am daily | https://www.mawsonclub.com.au/

WALT & BURLEY

Trade crowded arenas for sweeping Foreshore views at Walt & Burley. Streaming all of the big games from around the world in stunning Kingston surrounds, what better way to watch the match this winter than with one of the venue’s signature pot pies. We recommend keeping an eye out for the decadent lamb and red wine pie encased in a flaky house-made crust—delish!

Walt & Burley | 70/17 Eastlake Parade, Kingston | Monday – Friday 11am – 12am Saturday – Sunday 8am – 12am | http://www.waltandburley.com.au/

THE DUXTON

Not only can you catch games on their screens, but The Duxton have also got great deals on offer for live sport. For example, on Friday 14 July, purchase any of their selected meals and receive a Raiders vs Cowboys ticket all inclusive – as well as a free bus to get you to the game. If you choose to catch a match on the big screens, dive into their delivious menu of bistro favourites and satisfying snacks

The Duxton | Corner of Sargood and Macpherson St, O’Connor | 12 pm – late Mon to Thurs, 11.30am ’til late Fri, 9 am ’til late Sat & Sun | 6162 0799 | theduxton.com.au

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Michaela McGrath

Michaela is a New Zealand born Australian currently based in Adelaide. Spending her childhood in Canberra’s north, she regularly travels east to the nation’s capital to visit family and friends. An avid foodie, Michaela is thrilled to see Canberra’s thriving hospitality scene continue to unfold. She is in her final semester of a Bachelor of Media with a major in Journalism at the University of Adelaide, and is an aspiring food and lifestyle writer with a passion for all things local. When she’s not busy writing her next piece, you’ll find Michaela on the hunt for the next place to grab a caffeine fix or whipping up a storm in the kitchen. More about the Author