Tis the season to ditch the beach towel, bikinis and sunset drinks, and welcome in the footy beanies, guernseys and pub feeds. That’s right… FOOTY SEASON IS BACK! Whether you’re a rugby league, rugby union or AFL lover, there’s one thing every footy fan can agree on – a good pub with a good screen is a game changer.  That’s exactly why we’ve rounded up the best spots around the capital to enjoy a bit of pub grub, watch the game and get rowdy (within reason). 

Bleachers Sports Bar  

Bleachers is a sports bar for sports fans. Burgers, beers and 24 big screens, it’s as simple as that. Conveniently located in the city, the venue is for unapologetic fanatics, food lovers, beer drinkers and TV-screamers. With sports viewing and sound from every angle, including a monster 177-incher, you won’t miss a single second of the action. Plus, their menu is loaded with pub classics so you can fuel up for a full day (or night) of cheering.

Check out their live sports calendar.

The Kingston Hotel (The Kingo) 

The Kingo is a legendary watering hole and practically a Canberra institution. Head to the main bar for a classic pub vibe, massive screens showing every game imaginable, and a pumping atmosphere – perfect for celebrating a big win (or commiserating a tough loss). Plus, if you snagged tickets to a Manuka Oval clash, this is the prime spot for pre-game or post-game drinks

The RUC  

The RUC is a great spot to gather your crew for an after-work beverage and some footy action. With a lively atmosphere, a full bar and bistro, and of course, big screens galore, you can catch the game, grab a feed, and have a good catch up with your mates all under one roof. Depending on when match day falls, a game of barefoot bowls is a great way to awaken the competitive spirit. 

Disclaimer: This spot tends to be pumping on game night – so come prepared!

The Lighthouse Pub 

Craving a delicious feed alongside your footy fix? The Lighthouse Pub in Belconnen is your answer. This chilled-out spot offers a modern setting with a menu packed with schnitzels, pizzas and juicy steaks. Plus, they’ve got a cracking selection of beers and cocktails, and of course, big screens to keep you glued to the game.


The Alby  

Head downstairs at The Alby in Woden to discover their hidden gem – a basement transformed into the ultimate sports bar. Think classic pub vibes, three huge 85-inch HD TVs, and enough atmosphere to satisfy even the most passionate supporter. When you’re not cheering on your team, you can challenge your mates to a game of duckpin bowling, pinball or pool. 

Check out their sports schedule here.



Assembly offers the ultimate pub experience with something for everyone. Head to the dedicated sports bar for prime screen real estate, or grab a table in the front bar or beer garden for a more relaxed vibe. Assembly caters to all tastes with delicious food, a great drinks selection, and of course, all the footy action you can handle. 


Rally a group of friends or family, and find the same energy, electricity, and thrill as you would in the stadium. 

 If you’re looking for more pub content, check out the best pubs in Canberra.