BY Harry Corton
This aptly-named boozer has been a favourite watering hole for rugby fans for as long as the sport has been around. It references the now-demolished stand at Lansdowne Road (now the Aviva) Stadium which is just a short walk away, making this the ideal spot to base yourselves on matchday. The family-run establishment recently celebrated its 350th birthday, and in that time it's become synonymous with warm hospitality, quality home-cooked food and a lively atmosphere. It's a must-see for any visitors keen to get an authentic view of the social makeup of the city and the locals’ love of rugby.
Situated just a stone’s throw from The Aviva, Ryan’s is the place to soak up all the atmosphere on matchday. Don’t have tickets? Nay bother. This place might suit you even better. Plenty of widescreen HD T.V’s inside and outside ensure you will never miss a moment of the action. The large terrace is also equipped with heaters, a separate bar to ensure speedy service and cover from the elements. You have to try their famous barbecue which is always fired up on matchdays to maintain energy levels throughout the game.
The undisputed centrepiece of Dublin’s newest and jazziest venue is the huge 4K LED T.V screen which looms large over the bar, reportedly the largest of its kind in all of Europe. If that or the dozens of other screens scattered around the place aren’t enough then why not hire out the private cinema room for you and all your pals? It can seat more than 40 guests, perfect for matches that fall on a birthday or other special occasions (St Paddy's Day, anyone?). Push on the right hidden door and you’ll be transported to a secret 1920’s speakeasy, the ideal place to toast an historic victory.
The awards just keep coming for this self-certified rugger fan Meccah. You’ll want to get there early if the Green Machine are playing to guarantee yourself a seat. Either way, you’re certain to cop view of one of 11 HD widescreens throughout the venue. The 51 Bar has been leading the pack for some time having been crowned Best Sporting Pub in the National Hospitality Awards 2014. Don’t forget your appetite because they serve up some of the very best pub grub around, recently picking up Leinster Carvery of the Year award.
A firm favourite for all rugby fans for its enchanted higgledy-piggledy layout which transports you back to a time when Scotland actually won something. There are plenty of cosy little nooks and crannies to base yourselves and a plethora of HD screens scattered across two floors ensure you’ll have a good view of the match wherever you’re seated. There is an excellent menu featuring some traditional Irish pub classics and some more contemporary dishes too. Whatever tickles your fancy, this place is certain to hit the right notes.
Located just around the corner from the other stadium – Croke Park – this is regular haunt for GAA fans but with the Six Nations on, you can bank on finding it full of green-clad rugby fans all gathered around to cheer on the Green Machine. It’s all about the atmosphere with this place - it attracts a legion of fans whenever there is a big event on T.V. It’s reportedly home to the best pint of Guinness in the city and with the atmosphere also second to none, you can be sure you’re in for a cracking session.