The Olympic Games are just around the corner and as everyone knows there’s nothing like watching sport on the big screen. We’ve come up with a list of popular Auckland sports bars where you can catch the action from London 2012.
The following venues will be screening Olympic events. Enjoy a beer or two and share in the excitement as the world’s best athletes, including a number wearing the silver fern, compete for top honours.
If you watched the Euro 2012 football competition or last year’s Rugby World Cup at Fox’s Alehouse, then you’ll know how they turn on the party atmosphere for major sports competitions. Fox’s will be screening all the major events live. Given the time difference, many of them will be early in the morning, so come on down for nightcap, or perhaps for breakfast! They’ve got 11 different tap beers to choose from and hearty bar snack and pub grub menu.
While it’s not a sports bar as such, O’Hagan’s certainly has a reputation for hosting a great sporting shindig. The Olympics won’t be an exception with many of the big fixtures being shown on the big screen behind the bar. Come, soak up the atmosphere and show your support for the world’s best. The Beef and Guinness Pie at O’Hagan’s is fantastic.
The four Auckland Cock n’ Bull pubs in Newmarket, Botany and Lynfield will be showing the Olympics on the big screen. Expect the best of British, as always, but only more so, given that London is hosting the Games! Tuck into some traditional English nosh and get set for a proper knees up. You’ll be well on your way with their range of house beers which have great names like Blue Goose, Buxom Blonde and Dark Star.
Most people know that The Kingslander is one Auckland’s top sports bars when it comes to rugby. You’ll also be pleased to know that they’re also providing highlights coverage of the Olympic Games. Pop in for a pint and catch up on the action. If you’re a steak fan you’ll be in your element here, they’ve got sirloin, eye fillet and scotch fillet on the menu.
Popular late night venue The Empire Tavern with its spacious bar and large covered courtyard to the rear, is a great spot for watching sport on the big screen. It’ll be packed during the Games, so make sure you arrive early. Grab a tap beer and one of The Empire’s delicious sharing platters.
Spitting Feathers is Auckland CBD’s newest English pub. Located up a flight of stairs in Wyndham Street, it’s the answer to a homesick Brit’s prayers, they’ve got Carling Lager, Martson’s Pedigree Bitter and Strongbow Cider on tap. You expect a good dose of bona fide English hospitality at Spitting Feathers during the Games.
The Albany is your classic Kiwi pub. Enjoy a beer in the sports bar and catch the Games on the large LCD TVs. Why not enjoy a meal while you're at it? The Albany's restaurant is open for lunch brunch and dinner and they also offer a range of platters for sharing. Main meal options include Thai Beef Salad, Guinness and Apricot Lamb Shanks or Fettucine Cabonara Pasta. Mains are priced between $19 and $30.
Chances Sports Bar in Wairau Valley is also a sports bar in the classic mould. Come on in and watch the action on the big screen. There's hearty bar food and a range of tap beers on offer, plus TAB facilities on the premises if you're up for a flutter.
Editorial by Nicholas Chidley
16 July 2012