Good god, sports fans are being treated this year. The All Blacks will be the first to cheer for this weekend with their Rugby World Cup opener vs France on Saturday at 7:15 AM NZT. Later that night, the Wahs play and on Sunday Issy Adesanya is battling in the UFC.
That ABs game is far from prime drinking hours (unless you’re bending through). We’ve put together a list of bars and pubs that will be cranking the game live, so you can watch it with the pleasure of a beer in your hand and strangers cheering, hugging and crying around you.
Be safe and BOOK A TABLE.
NOTE: This list is NOT conclusive, but it’s pretty extensive.
Dr Rudi’s rooftop bar on the waterfront will be playing nearly every RWC game. Drinks will be available, as will a breakfast menu. Visit their website to book your table and see what games they are playing.
Morningside Tavern, or the Tav as the Kingsland locals dub it, has a less extensive schedule of games, but all the big ones will be getting air time. They’ll be providing a full bar service and an a la carte breakfast menu.
Saint Alice on the viaduct is playing every All Blacks game, as well as every knockout round match. There’s a full breakfast menu and, again, the bar is open for brewskies.
The Old Bailey:
The Old Bailey on Lambton Quay is playing nearly every RWC game, complimented by a full breakfast menu and the bar is running.
Upper Hutt AB fans can head to The Tote on Ararino Street to catch every NZ and knockout stage game and grab something from the brekkie menu and bar.
The Four Kings on Tarankia Street is playing 39 RWC games over, check out the full list here. Like everyone else on this list so far, there’s full bar service and a breakfast menu.
Hataitai’s The Realm, located on Moxhman Avenue, is playing all the big World Cup games… with a brekkie menu and a bar!
Carlton Bar & Steakhouse:
The Carlton Bar on Papanui Road plays about every sport involving a winner and a loser, and that includes rugby.
The Dux on Poplar Street in the CBD is running an All Black Fan Zone during the World Cup. Every NZ match will be streamed with food and drink specials on offer.
Monza Sports Bar:
Monza Sports Bar, located above the Christchurch Casino, is playing all of New Zealand’s pool games on a 208-inch screen. There’s also a $15 buffet breakfast on the cards.
Muy Muy, a craft beer and margarita bar on Welles Street, plays all the All Black games in their courtyard. They’ve got a $55 big breakfast on offer, which feeds two people.
Located on Great King Street in North Dunedin, The Baaa will be playing every All Blacks pool game.
Cornerstone Bar & Eatery:
Head to the Cornerstone on The Strand to watch World Cup action and grab a brekkie, coffee and even a beer if you’re feeling frisky.
Pig & Whistle:
Down south in the QT, head to the Pig & Whistle (great name) to watch some World Cup rugby. Located on Ballarat Street, the bar will be flowing and there’ll also be a feed available.