Get out and support your team for the upcoming Rugby World Cup by heading down into the city to one of these great venues. Grab a beverage and sit back as the world's greatest rugby nations come together for rugby’s biggest event. From sports bars to open venues, the lively atmosphere that the world cup creates is electric. Win or lose, getting out and enjoying a game is best experienced at one of these exciting venues.
The key dates are:
First game (Japan v Russia) on Friday 20 September
New Zealand v South Africa on Saturday 21 September
Argentina v Tonga on Saturday 28 September
New Zealand v Canada on Wednesday 2 October
South Africa v Italy on Friday 4 October
New Zealand v Namibia on Sunday 6 October
Wales v Fiji on Wednesday 9 October
New Zealand v Italy on
Saturday 12 October Quarter-final:
England v Australia on Saturday 19 October (8.15pm)
New Zealand v Ireland on Saturday 19 October (11.15pm)
Wales v France on Sunday 20 October (8.15pm)
Japan v South Africa on Sunday 20 October (7.15pm)
Semi-final: England v New Zealand on Saturday 26 October (9.00pm) Wales v South Africa on Sunday 27 October (10.00pm)
New Zealand v Wales on Friday 01 November (10.00pm)
England v South Africa on Saturday 02 November (10.00pm)
The Fox Sporting Bar & Restaurant | 85/87 Customs St W
This iconic Auckland sports bar is the perfect place to take in all the excitement of the World Cup. Pop in early and sit down to a deliciously hearty meal or get a few rounds of mussels to keep the team going. Located in the Auckland viaduct the friendly service and relaxed atmosphere of The Fox makes it one of the best places to watch the World Cup.
Andy’s Burgers & Bar | Victoria St and Hobson St
Andy’s is an unassuming little burger bar inside SkyCity which offers wings and fish n’ chips alongside their classic line up of burger. Andy’s location gives you easy access to all the other great offerings of SkyCity and also has great parking rates will be much needed once the Cup kicks off.
The Brit | 122 Quay Street
Just opened as of late August 2019, one of Auckland’s most well-known bars, the former Northern Steamship has a new name and a new look. Whether you are looking to grab a cold one with your mates or sip on cocktails with the girls, the whole experience at The Brit has been designed with sociability at its core. What's more, the place comes with six big screens, a projector and pool tables to keep everyone busy and entertained during the Rugby World Cup.
Headquarters | 115 Customs St W
Headquarters is a pop up bar and restaurant boasting one of the best locations in the city’s viaduct. The venue serves up quality food and offers an enormous range of beverages, all of which can be enjoyed while watching your team go at it on their huge 5m led screen, the largest of its kind in New Zealand.
The Shakespeare | 61 Albert Street
120 years of history line the walls of The Shakespeare, and it is the oldest working Micro-Brew Pub in New Zealand. The menu is crammed with pub classics done in style, and a range of award winning beer made behind the bar are a perfect accompaniment. Full of character and space, it's a great place to head to for a beer and the game with mates.
The Right Track Sports Bar & Cafe | 4 Fort St
This classic sports bar is one of Auckland's lesser known institutions, it’s a casual place to grab a drink and enjoy watching your team amongst the company of other dedicated sports fans. Located on Fort Street, The Right Track is conveniently located to a range of accommodation for those visiting the city to join in the festivities.
The Empire Tavern | 137 Victoria St
One of Auckland's longest operating bars, opening in 1875, The Empire Tavern has always been a great watering hole for locals and travelers alike. Serving up high quality pub food, and great beer to match, The Empire is an easy choice that the whole squad can enjoy.
Auckland Fish Market | Wynyard Quarter
This September Auckland Fish Market will be transformed into a dedicated fan zone. With a huge variety of bars and restaurants in Wynyard Quarter this will certainly be one of the most exciting places to watch the Rugby live come kick off. This will be an area of immense celebration as fans of all countries will head down to show their support.
Dr Rudi's | The Viaduct
If you're looking for a great place to enjoy a cold one with a breathtaking view of Auckland's Viaduct Harbour then you have to check out Dr. Rudi's Beer Brewing Co. The atmosphere at Dr. Rudi's personifies the classic European Beer Hall with lots of open space for beer and snacks. What's more, this Viaduct hotspot will also be screening the games during the Rugby World Cup, which makes it a great place to start and spend your night.
Seafearers | Britomart
Celebrate the Rugby World Cup with Seafearers' unique offering you won't find anywhere else. Enjoy private rooms with your own big screen and uninterrupted game time. In their Matisse Room, enjoy your own private chef to watch the game, preparing your special sit down menu. Or if you’re after something a little more casual, then we recommend our canapes or walk and fork menus in their Green Room – perfect for that club room ambience. For more, click here.
The Bluestone room | Durham Lane
The Bluestone Room continues her legacy as one of Auckland's most vibrant and contemporary restaurant, bar and function venues. Enjoy the games on their big screen and don't miss out on special drink and dinner packages available on the night.