The Best Sports Bars in Canberra

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Big game coming up? Looking for a lively sports bar to catch the action with a group of friends? You’ve come to the right place.

We understand just how passionate some Canberra locals are about their favourite sports teams. And we also understand just how much fun it can be getting a group together, heading to a local sports bar, and watching the game unfold on the big screen. Add a couple of burgers and beers, and you’ve got yourself a proper good time.

To help you find the best sports bar in Canberra, we asked the region’s residents to share their top picks. In this article, we’ll recommend four fantastic sports bars. So, let’s take a look.

What makes a great sports bar?

Not sure what, precisely, you want out of a sports bar? We’ve got you covered. Keep an eye out for the following must-have characteristics:

  • Access to all the best sports channels. This one’s pretty obvious. The best Canberra sports bars give you access to all the sports channels you could want – both on free-to-air and cable TV.
  • Big screens – and lots of them. The best sports bars show all the action on a big, high-def screen. What’s more, there should be enough screens so that every seat in the house has a great view.
  • Plenty of sound. Watching a sports game in a bar without sound can be frustrating. The best bars make sure that everyone can hear the commentary, while still keeping the TVs quiet enough to allow conversations to flow.
  • Excellent menu. When you stick around to watch a game from start to finish, chances are, you’ll get hungry. The best sports bars serve up a tasty menu of finger foods and mains.

The top sports bars in Canberra according to you

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Without further ado, it’s time to introduce the top sports bars in Canberra, according to the locals.

The Dock

Big-name sports events are always on show at The Dock. With a selection of big screens available, this popular sports bar is the perfect place to escape and enjoy a few hours of good old-fashioned fun. Grab a bite to eat from the bar’s generous finger food menu. And don’t forget the beer!

Walt and Burley

A Canberra sports bar with a touch of sophistication, Walt and Burley is an excellent choice. Situated in Kingston, this bar and restaurant serves up everyone’s favourite comfort foods – including their signature pot pies. So, sit back, dig in, and catch the big game.

King O’Malleys

King O’Malleys is one of Canberra’s most iconic pubs and offers up a truly king-worthy sports-watching experience. The biggest games are shown live on the big screens and are complemented perfectly by the incredible selection of single-malt scotch and whiskeys.

Bleachers Sports Bar

A sports bar for sports fans, Bleachers is a go-to. With 24 big screens showing live sports from 16 channels from lunchtime until late, this lively local hotspot is the perfect place to catch a big game. Their dedicated team serves up an indulgent range of authentic burgers and a killer collection of beers. Just remember, seating is on a first-in-first-serve basis – no reservations.

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you ever been to one of the bars listed above? We’d love to hear about it. Share your honest thoughts and feedback below.


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dph dph 12:33 am 03 Jul 12

Skidd Marx said :

It’s my dream to go to a bar in Canberra and not have to mercilessly hound the bar staff to put on the only live game rather than a replay of last year’s World Championship Darts. And it’d be the icing on the cake if they didn’t make me feel like a prick for asking.

+100

Sandman Sandman 9:09 pm 02 Jul 12

Wouldn’t Debacle be all over a game like that? I’m not much of a follower but went along with the brother in law when Brumbies played Waratahs here a couple months ago. We got the Debacle burger and ticket deal and then hopped on the free bus to the game.

Skidd Marx Skidd Marx 8:52 pm 02 Jul 12

It’s my dream to go to a bar in Canberra and not have to mercilessly hound the bar staff to put on the only live game rather than a replay of last year’s World Championship Darts. And it’d be the icing on the cake if they didn’t make me feel like a prick for asking.

Canburnian Canburnian 6:52 pm 02 Jul 12

FD10 said :

I hear Edgar’s in Ainslie is a decent place to watch super rugby matches, but I can’t vouch personally for it.

johnboy said :

Well I’ll be in Duxton!

Unlucky!

Edgar’s is great but I don’t remember them having commentary.

jase! jase! 6:22 pm 02 Jul 12

would people stop mentioning the RUC when these threads come up

it is starting to get tough to get a table these days

FD10 FD10 6:13 pm 02 Jul 12

I hear Edgar’s in Ainslie is a decent place to watch super rugby matches, but I can’t vouch personally for it.

johnboy said :

Well I’ll be in Duxton!

Unlucky!

notdingers notdingers 4:41 pm 02 Jul 12

The Rugby Union Club will probably have quite a crowd, though I usually go there for Geelong Cats games, not rugby so not sure.

johnboy johnboy 3:38 pm 02 Jul 12

Well I’ll be in Duxton!

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