Best Places in the World to Watch the 2011 Rugby World Cup

The quest for rugby supremacy gets underway in New Zealand this coming weekend, on the 9th of September. If you haven’t managed to score a ticket for a front-row seat in Auckland, then here’s our line-up of places to catch the rugby action, no matter where in the world you are.

Africa and Middle East

Cape Town, South Africa

Fireman’s Arms

This place is a favorite with the expat crowd in Cape Town and it is bound to be popular during the Rugby World Cup. The bar has nine 46” screens and two projectors so rugby fans should be able to find somewhere in the venue where they can get a good view of the action.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Barrels: Barrels is a relatively new bar in Dubai and it certainly isn’t the largest on offer. However, what makes this place unique is the fact that every table has their own private screens, which means that if you reserve a table in advance you will be guaranteed a view of the action.

Asia Pacific

Auckland, New Zealand

Hosts of this year’s Rugby World Cup will be offering live screenings at venues throughout Auckland in their Fanzones. There promises to be plenty of live entertainment on offer and a great atmosphere throughout the competition.

Bangalore, India

Sports Express will be screening some of the games. Give the bar a call on +91 80 4165 1543 for more details.

Bangkok, Thailand

The Sport Corner, which is situated at the corner of Sukhumvit and Soy 20, will be showing games from the 2011 Rubgy World Cup. Check out their online schedule for details of the game showings.

Beijing, China

Ned’s in Nanluoguxiang will be screening games throughout the world cup. For details of the schedule email

Delhi, India

Underdogs Sports Bar & Grill, situated in the Ambience Mall, will be showing games from these year’s competition.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Jaspas in Hoàn Kiếm will show as many games as possible. Australia, New Zealand, France, England and South Africa games are most likely to be screened.

Hong Kong, China

The Globe on Graham Street is a favorite with the expatriates and will be showing games throughout the world cup.

Melbourne, Australia

Charles Dickens Tavern in Melbourne will be screening the games on big screens throughout the bar. Call (03) 9654 1821 for game times.

Mumbai, India

The Sports Bar at the Regal Cinema Building has three screens behind the bar and potentially may show some of the games. Give them a call on Mumbai 5639 6688 to confirm screenings.

Seoul, South Korea

Scrooge pub, Itaewon, will be one of your best best for catching live screenings of the games during the Rugby World Cup.

Shanghai, China

The Camel Sports Bar, 1 Yueyang Rd, Xuhui, not far from Dong Ping Road. Happy hour runs from 4pm to 8pm.

Singapore, Singapore

Chijmes will be one of best places to catch the game. This outdoor location provides multiple screens showing sporting events and a number of bars will be happy to serve you drinks while you watch them.

Sydney, Australia

Time Out’s Rugby Bar at Helm Bar & Bistro on Cockle Bay Wharf promises to be Sydney’s greatest social and sporting hub during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Tokyo, Japan

Bar Quest, Rene Building, 3rd Floor, 5-3-1 Roppongi is a good bet for catching many of the games as they are screened.


Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Coco’s Outback, an Australian bar, will be hosting a special event for the 2011 Rugby World Cup and will be screening the majority of the games.

Barcelona, Spain

Rambles, one of Barcelona’s most well knows Sports Bars is centrally located on Las Ramblas and has 16 big high definition screens so you needn’t miss a moment of the action.

Berlin, Germany

Oscar Wilde Irish Bar will be showing many of the rugby games in an environment that promises to have a great atmosphere.

Brussels, Belgium

O’Reilly’s Bar has 2 big screens and 12 HD plasma TVs throughout the bar so you won’t miss a single kick in this year’s Rugby World Cup.

London, United Kingdom

The Colliers Tup is a bar that is dedicated to rugby. They have 3D large screens, huge projectors and a dedicated outside covered bar with its own large screen. They will show every significant World Cup match.

Madrid, Spain

Dubliners, Espoz y Mina, 7. Metro: Sol. Tel: 91 522 7509.

Moscow, Russia

SportLand, Novy Arbat, will be showing a large selection of games from the World Cup and also offer a betting service to make things a little bit more interesting.

Paris, France

Eden Park Café is owned and operated by a group of rugby enthusiasts and is bound to rise to the occasion.

North America

Chicago, USA

Fado’s Irish pub will be showing a selection of the games throughout the 2011 World Cup.

Houston, USA

The Bull & Bear, 11980 Westheimer will be showing a large selection of the games on their high definition screens.

Los Angeles, USA

Springbok Bar and Grill. Games will be screened live on the big screens.

New York City, USA

Lunasa bar, an Irish bar in t


Author: ExpatInfoDesk