Best Pubs in Hong Kong to Catch a Sports Game
Can’t make it to the big game – or just want to catch your favourite team in peace? These sports bars have you covered. Not only do these watering holes offer excellent beers and pub grub in hearty portions, they’ll all equipped with screens showing international sports games. Prost!
Inn Side Out
Inn Side Out is a Causeway Bay institution. After being forced to close down its iconic original location at Sunning Plaza when the complex was knocked down, ISO fans breathed a collective sigh of relief when the sports bar found a new home at the South China Athletic Association. There are more than 100 varieties of beers, including craft brews from Belgium and the US, as well as hearty pub favourites. The spacious sports bar has multiple screens throughout the venue, so if you’re here to catch a game broadcast on TV, you’re never too far from the action. Inn Side Out overlooks the SCAA’s football pitch and is just a stone’s throw away from the Hong Kong Stadium, making it a popular joint for post-game nosh.
88 Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay, (852) 2895 2900
Looking for something a little bit more fancy than your average sporty watering hole? The Dickens Bar at The Excelsior should do the trick. The British gastropub, located at The Excelsior, shows sports major sports games live on its six 42-inch TVs as well as two projectors. It’s a hotel bar, so there’s no chance of loud, drunken punters here. While you’re catching the game, choose from a wide selection of beers and liquors. Best part? Dickens Bar offers a curry lunch buffet.
The Excelsior, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, (852) 2837 6782
Craft Brew & Co
Despite only having opened its original SoHo location two years ago, Craft Brew & Co has rapidly expanded with two more outlets in Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town. Craft beers take centre stage at all three branches, while there are also some mouthwatering hotdogs on offer – some made with unusual ingredients, like crocodile!😆 Craft Brew & Co puts on live broadcasts of sports games regularly – call ahead to check times.
17 Old Bailey Street, Central, (852) 2885 0821; 36 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, (852) 2559 0498; G/F, 27-31 Catchick Street, (852) 2246 8782
For awesome beers, a laid-back atmosphere and delicious pub-grub, The Globe is where it’s at. The SoHo gastropub has been a much-loved watering hole for quite some time, offering an extensive selection of beers – from the craft varieties to more basic ones like Peroni. Not only does it make for a casual spot to watch the games, The Globe also has an all-day happy hour (9am – 8pm), offering up to 30 percent off drinks. Top tip: The Globe does the best Bloody Mary in town.
G/F, Garley Building, 45-53A Graham Street, Central, (852) 2543 1941
Trafalgar Brewing Company
It might be in a slightly awkward location, but Trafalgar Brewing Company is worth the trip. The joint is equipped with its very own brewing facility in house, creating brews with traditional British methods. The pub can show up to eight sports events on its screens, while there’s a state-of-the-art satellite system in place that ensure no interruptions.
Shop 10, Brim 28, 1/F, 28 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, (852) 3102 9438
McSorley’s Ale House
DB crowd favourite McSorley’s is an Irish pub and Indian restaurant all in one. Could there be a better combination to go with a marathon sports-watching session? Kick back with a beer and catch everything from football and rugby to tennis and golf on flatscreen TVs.
G11A-1 Discovery Bay Road, Discovery Bay, (852) 2987 8280
There are a number of sports bars in Wan Chai – although Champs is known as one of the better ones. Located at the heart of Wan Chai, Champs shows big-scale sports events like the World Cup. It’s your usual Wan Chai setting – dimly lit with a pub-style decor – but if you want to be among other hardcore fans, this is where to be.
209-219 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, (852) 2892 2286
Andrea Lo is a freelance journalist and translator based in Hong Kong. After cutting her teeth in the industry as a staff writer at a lifestyle magazine, she embraced the freelance life in 2015 and hasn’t looked back. She spends her time exploring the best of Hong Kong’s dining and nightlife scene, trialling new fitness trends, and travelling to exotic locales – all in the name of “research”.