Shoreditch is associated with hipsters, expensive coffee, popup food stands, graffiti, and a thriving art scene that’s spanned decades.
Yet tucked inside the grubby streets of the “Shoreditch triangle” and its surrounding areas, is a whole host of bars to suit any occasion — even sport.
While the vast majority of Shoreditch’s bars are known for their lively nights out, there’s some great options for live sport. Then once the game is over you’re perfectly positioned to enjoy everything else the town has to offer… long into the night if you like.
1. Bar Kick
This vibrant, quirky, internationally themed sports bar was originally a shoe shop before it was converted into a bar back in 2001. Nowadays Bar Kick is famous for its traditional Bonzini tables (table football) that continue draw in large crowds on match days.
Bar Kick features 60 and 80 inch TVs on each floor, a daily Happy Hour between 4-7pm and a kitchen that’s open all day on weekends. It’s is undoubtedly one the best bars for live sport in the Shoreditch area.
Visit here for the big games (e.g. champions league nights) and you’ll be immersed in large attendances of fans chanting at the screens and celebrating goals; an atmosphere that’s difficult to recreate without being at the stadium itself.
2. The Water Poet
The Water Poet pub is conveniently located between Shoreditch High Street and Liverpool Street station.
This “proper pub” is unlike several of the other, more gimmicky, local bars. It offers an array of spaces including a dining room, an enormous beer garden, a pool parlour, and a cinema. It’s an excellent all-rounder, and one of Shoreditch’s best offerings.
Visit the Water Poet for game screenings and you’ll be accompanied by friendly crowds coming from all over the city.
Oh, and if your game’s on a Sunday, get involved with the award winning Sunday Roast. Tasty!
Matchbox is a cocktail bar that fuses televised sport, street food, and late-night dancing.
Being a relatively new bar, Matchbox was specifically designed with live sport in mind. Groups of friends meet here to get a good view of the match, taking advantage of the 55 inch screens installed all around the venue.
We recommend Matchbox to sports fans that prefer cocktails to beer, or fancy nibbling on some food while watching the game. It’s also perfect for those looking to merge the live sport into a big night out in Shoreditch. DJs play from 6pm onwards every Friday and Saturday — so it’s a good place a start out.