Rugby World Cup: 7 pubs where you can watch the rugby in Edinburgh

Backing Blue? Here are the best pubs in Edinburgh to catch the World Cup action

By Finlay Greig
Tuesday, 10th September 2019, 4:13 pm
Catch all of Scotland's Rugby World Cup fixtures at these Edinburgh venues
Catch all of Scotland's Rugby World Cup fixtures at these Edinburgh venues

Scotland first take on Ireland at 8.45am on September 22, before facing Samoa one week later at 11.15am on September 30.

In their third fixture the Murrayfield side lineup against minnows Russia on October 9 at 8.15am, finally facing Japan in a crunch match at 11.45am on October 13.

Despite the unsociable hours, a select number of venues in Edinburgh have confirmed they'll be showing at least some of the action.

Catch all of Scotland's Rugby World Cup fixtures at these Edinburgh venues

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    Here are some of the best spots in Edinburgh to catch the games.

    McSorley's Irish Bar

    McSorley's proudly proclaims to be a bar with an "Irish Heart" and a "Scottish Soul" - what better place to watch Scotland's World Cup opener against world number one ranked side, Ireland.

    The Forrest Road space is hosting a "big breakfast party" to coincide with the crunch fixture and will also provide coverage of England's opener against Tonga and the Edinburgh Derby.

    Picture: McSorley's Facebook

    The lively venue will be open and fully licensed from 8am.

    Visit: 14 Forrest Road, EH1 2QN

    The Tron

    Rugby fans after a feed and a drink can head to the Tron who will be offering a bap and an alcoholic beverage for just £5.75.

    Picture: The Tron Facebook

    Supporters after a more sizeable option can tuck into a large breakfast and a pint for £11. In order to avoid disappointment visitors are advised to book a table in advance.

    Visit: 9 Hunter Square, EH1 1QW

    Rex Club House at Eastside Edinburgh

    For one month only Sports brand Rex Club House are setting up shop on George Street with a pop-up venue showcasing all of the early-morning action.

    Picture: Eastside Edinburgh Facebook

    Organisers promise a "comfortable" and spacious setting for sports fans looking to avoid their overcrowded local.

    Sleep-deprived fans can rejuvenate with a mug of Ruck Coffee, the brainchild of Scotland captain Stuart McInally and fellow international Damien Hoyland

    Visit: 51a George Street, EH2 2HT

    The Three Sisters

    So often the first port of call for sports fans, the Three Sisters has promised to accompany every World Cup fixture with "an electric atmosphere".

    The Old Town institution will be open for every game of the tournament and is licensed to serve alcohol from 9am.

    Peckish fans can also enjoy a hearty breakfast while observing events on the 225" screen.

    Visit: 139 Cowgate, EH1 1JS

    Belushi's Bar

    With umpteen screens and a projector, Belushi's Bar is better equipped than most to screen sporting events and the Rugby World Cup is no exception.

    You’ll catch the majority of the action at the Market Street venue, which will also be serving up substantial breakfasts along with the usual beers and burgers on offer.

    Visit: 13 Market Street, EH1 1DE

    The Mitre

    The Mitre guarantees a good atmosphere for any Scotland fixture and thankfully the High Street venue will be showing all games featuring Gregor Townsend's side.

    Beyond Scotland, the centrally located pub also promises to screen a "select" number of games in glorious HD throughout the tournament.

    Visit: 131-133 High Street, EH1 1SG

    The Refinery

    All of Scotland's games and select home nations fixtures will be available to watch at trendy West End venue, The Refinery.

    Those backing Blue can sample "a breakfast of champions" and wash it down with a pint of Guinness for £11.95

    Visit: 5 St Andrew Square, EH2 2BD