Where to watch the 2024 Six Nations in Manchester city centre

Whether you're English, Irish, Welsh or Scottish — even French or Italian for that matter — you're in the right place to watch this year's tournament.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 26th January 2024

It’s that time again, the Six Nations is just around the corner and we can practically taste the Guinness already — that being said, we thought it only right to put together a list of where to watch it and enjoy those pints.

With the tournament kicking off on Friday, 2 February, we don’t want you scrambling around to find places showing the Six Nations in Manchester, we just want you to sit back and enjoy the games.

So, without further ado, here is our list of the 16 places where to watch the 2024 Six Nations in Manchester city centre.

Don’t worry, you’re in good hands.

16 of the best places to watch this year’s Six Nations in Manchester

1. Guinness Fan Zone at Freight Island – Depot Mayfield

Guinness and the Six Nations go hand in hand (I mean, their name’s literally on the trophy), so what better place to start than the official Guinness Fan Zone at Freight Island?


It’s the biggest outside of London and it’s got plenty more on offer than just the games. You can book online but walk-ups are more than welcome too.

They can fit plenty of people around that screen — after all, it’s the biggest in Manchester.


2. Mulligans – Deansgate

Speaking of Guinness, as far as Irish bars go, there’s an argument to be made that there isn’t any better than Mulligans.

A go-to for sports fans and punters in general, not to mention Guinness’ second home in Manchester, this traditional Irish pub sandwiched just across the road from Spinningfields will be showing the games and promises live music every night. It’s always good craic in here.

You don’t book here, you just keep your fingers crossed for a table.


3. Shooters/Bierkeller – Printworks

Next up, a tried and tested favourite of any punter who frequents sports bars in Manchester: Shooters Bar inside the Bierkeller at Printworks.

Showing the Six Nations every year, this place always draws in a big crowd whilst still promising plenty of room, not to mention great value for money when it comes to food and drink packages.

Either way, you can get your booking sorted early HERE.

4. Calcio! – Northern Quarter

You’d be forgiven for thinking a place called Calcio only shows football, but au contraire mon frère (one for those few France fans among you): this sporting hotspot just on the edge of the Northern Quarter and not far from Piccadilly has all kinds on the box.

They’ll be showing all the rugby action from start to finish as well as keep you busy during the breaks with tonnes of retro games and, of course, plenty of pints.


Better still, they’ve recently taken on a brand new food vendor in the shape of RioMex. If you want to try both, you can book your table or a personal booth HERE.

5. Tib Street Tavern – Northern Quarter

No list of Manchester sports bars would be complete without Tib Street Tavern, one of the most popular in NQ or the city centre in general, for that matter.

With recently refurbished booths for you and all your mates to pile into, massive screens filling the walls and solid grub, this place is packed out noon till night, so you best book whilst you still can.

You can call them up on 0161 834 1600 and they’re even doing a little competition with giveaways.

6. Kiely’s – Great Northern

Whether you’ll be cheering on Ireland or not, Kiely’s is a prime location to watch the Six Nations.


Yet another place for Guinness lovers and showing live sport all week-round before the rowdy live music kicks off in the evenings, we’ve spent many a night in here and can heartily recommend it for the rugby and good vibes in general.

We can’t think of many better places for a tipsy song-song after the game than here.

7. Seven Oaks – Central

For number seven, what better place to slot in than the seven screens over at The Seven Oaks? Tucked away on Nicholas Street just off Mosley St and round the corner from Chinatown, this place is great for watching all manner of sports, so of course they’re showing the Six Nations as well.

This place is always packed with plenty of regulars on matchdays and is even the local for the Northern Spurs fans and even the Manchester branch of St Pauli Supporters Club from Germany. It’s also known for serving bartenders till late.

One of Manchester longest standing free-house sports bars, having first opened its doors all the way back in 1824, it’s known for having some of the friendliest pub staff you’ll find anywhere in town, as well as now hosting regular live stand-up, music and even the odd theatre production these days. Give it a go.


8. The Waldorf – Piccadilly

Now, if you’re looking for something right next to the station so you don’t have to walk far for your first pint or, equally, can make a quick exit if the result doesn’t go your way, The Waldorf is the one for you.

Spanning across multiple floors with the upstairs regularly dedicated to big rugby fan bookings, you’ll catch many a face watching the sport here most weekends.

Again, it fills up quickly so bag yourself a table while you can HERE.

9. BOX – Deansgate

One of the biggest, best and busiest sports bars on this list, BOX on Deansgate brings a real sense of the American sports bar culture with shuffleboard, giant steins of booze, banging food and TV on every wall — including a big 360-jumbotron screen so nobody misses a second.

With all that in mind, it makes for the perfect place for all fans to come along and watch the Six Nations.


Even with two large floors, this place packs out quickly, so we would get booking your place now.

10. The Directors’ Box – Central

Another all-time classic Manchester sports bar, The Directors’ Box just off St Peter’s Square in the city centre has plenty of pints and an absolutely mint menu full of sharing platters perfect for watching the game with your mates.

We’ll be straight with you, it isn’t the biggest place for the amount of people that try and get in — it’s a local favourite for a reason — so we’d advise you book your Six Nations table now if you can.

No one likes being the one who suggested a place only to not get in. Trust us, we’ve been that person far too many times – the worst.

11. Walkabout – Printworks

Not a bad place to go Walkabout.


The massive pub, club and local nightlife institution has plenty of food, pints and screens to cater to the hordes of punters. Better still, with its Australian roots, there’s a real love for rugby in here, whether you’re a Wallabies, England fan or otherwise.

Book your place HERE.

12. Brickhouse Social – New Wakefield Street

Located just off Oxford Road Corridor, Brickhouse Social continues to cater to sports fans in the city centre and its fan zone come tournament time just keeps getting bigger.

With three floors including a rooftop terrace, solid slices of pizza up for grabs and plenty of pool tables to keep you busy in between the ruck, this place has everything you need.

Boasting a total of 12 screens and a state-of-the-art sound system for live entertainment and the club nights downstairs in Kable, this might be one of the best places for atmosphere in Manchester when it comes to the Six Nations. Book your table at [email protected] or on 0161 236 4899.


13. O’Sheas Irish Bar – Central

We’ve already had a couple of Irish bars on the list, what hard could another do? Third time’s the charm, as they say.

Mulligans, Kiely’s and O’Sheas — the holy trinity of Manc Irish pubs and just like the other two, this boozer on the corner of Princess Street has a brilliant atmosphere, especially when the rugby’s on. With great Guinness, classic Irish snacks like Taytos, a solid food menu and live music most nights, what more could ask for?

Just look at the scenes after St. Patrick’s Day last year when the tournament was still going on:

14. The Footage – Oxford Road

Another student favourite and budget-friendly venue, we spent many a uni day watching live sport in The Footage and we have to say, no matter how many years and tournaments have gone by, there’s nothing quite like a fever pitch rugby crowd in this place.

With good value for money when it comes to drinks and food — we’re talking no-nonsense pub grub and plenty of choice — you come for the multiple TVs and massive projector screen but you stay for the good vibes at a great price.


You can of course book a table if you want to secure the perfect spot but this place is plenty big enough if you just want to try your luck with a walk-in.

15. The Courtyard – Oxford Road Corridor

The penultimate round on this fixture list, not only is this one of the cheapest places for a night in town, possibly the country, but it’s yet another prime location to watch the sport.

It might be very student-heavy most nights of the week but with a large interior, huge outdoor area with coverage, as well as plenty of value for money grub and bevs up for grabs, you can’t go wrong with the old stomping grounds.

You are never, we repeat, NEVER too old for Courtyard and it never disappoints when the game is on.

16. Brotherhood – Central

The Brotherhood of Pastimes and Pursuits is another tried and tested favourite come any matchday and the team over there do a great job of building a proper atmosphere across their two floors. You can tell how much they love sports from the original posters they create for each tournament alone.


It’s great a post-work spot any day of the week, let alone when there are big events on like this. Food, pints, pool, table tennis and more. 10/10, no notes from us.

Not a bad place to love you and leave you to enjoy the Six Nations this year. Walk-ins are welcome but you’re best reserving your table HERE.

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So, if you’re still wondering where to watch the Six Nations in Manchester, that should be plenty of options for now. It’s one of the biggest competitions on the sporting calendar and we don’t plan on missing a single second.

It may still be a bit nippy this time of year but we’ve never been ones to let the weather put us off going out and having a good time.

The question is, who’s winning it?


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