20 of the best Edinburgh bars for watching rugby - where to see Scotland vs England and all the Six Nations matches

Here are some of the best pubs in Scotland’s capital showing the Six Nations rugby action.

Published 20th Feb 2024
Updated 20 th Feb 2024

Here are some of the best pubs in Scotland’s capital showing the Six Nations, when it kicks off in February.

At 4.45pm on Saturday 3 February 2024, Scotland took on Wales in Cardiff, and just scraped a win, the first time they'd do so in the Welsh capital since 2002.

Before that, at 8pm on Friday 2 February, France played Ireland, followed by Italy vs England at 2.15 on Saturday 3 February.

On Saturday 10 February at 2.15pm, Scotland will took on France at Murrayfield. The less said about the final try, the better.

After that, Scotland take on England at Murrayfield on Saturday 24 February at 4.45, in a bid to keep the Calcutta cup in Scotland.

If you're looking to catch all the action, here are some of Edinburgh’s best watering holes where you can watch the Six Nations matches.

Brewhemia

(1A Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE)

Brewhemia we will be showing all the Scotland six nations games including the much anticipated Scotland vs England game.

You can enjoy the game with tank fresh pints in the Beer Palace.

Brewhemia is also hosting an exclusive Six Nations breakfast Q&A with Bryan Easson and friends on the 24 February from 10am.

Tickets are £10 per person. For more information and to book, click here.

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The Peartree

(West Nicolson St, EH8 9DD)

The Peartree will play host to a Guinness FanZone, which will launch on 2 February.

Billed as the ultimate destination for rugby supporters, the FanZone will be transformed into a dedicated space, complete with a large sports screen, pints of Guinness and pub bites.

Tickets to the FanZone are free and guests can book directly here.

Malones

(242 Morrison Street, EH3 8DT)

Malones is another pub to visit for watching the Six Nations this winter.

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Malones have cultivated a limited edition Six Nations drinks menu, which includes Steins of every beer they have on draught, including their popular Tennent’s Tank Lager.

Inside the Irish bar, fans can catch every dramatic pass, kick and try as the six nations battle it out for the title.

With 4K Ultra HD screens on every wall, the Six Nations Fan Zone at Malones will be a place fans can immerse themselves in the action.

Find out more and book here.

Three Sisters

(139 Cowgate, EH1 1JS)

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Photo: Three Sisters Facebook

This Old Town institution will be open for every game of the tournament, and have a dedicated fanzone with four different spaces and more than 30 screens throughout the venue.

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The pub has a 225 inch screen in the courtyard, and three huge projector screens to watch the games in the Live room.

Find out more and book here.

 Finnegans Wake

(9b Victoria St, EH1 2HE)

This busy Irish bar always fosters a lively atmosphere with customers sharing its long wooden tables to watch the rugby.

Alongside the TV sports, the venue also regularly plays host to live bands, and offers student discounts.

Find out more and book your spot here.

Hanover Tap

(112 Hanover St, Edinburgh EH2 1DR)

This trendy New Town watering hole regularly shows sporting events on its big screen.

For the more refined clientele, the Tap also offers a range of cocktails alongside its craft beers.

Find out more and book here.

Belushi’s Bar

(13 Market Street, EH1 1DE)

With umpteen screens and a projector, Belushi’s Bar is better equipped than most to screen sporting events, and the Six Nations is no exception.

Find out more and book here.

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Belushi's Bar on Market Street.

The Mitre

(131-133 High Street, EH1 1SG)

The Mitre guarantees a good atmosphere for any Scotland fixture and this year should be no different.

The centrally located pub will screen games in glorious HD throughout the tournament.

Find out more and book here.

The Tron

(9 Hunter Square, EH1 1QW)

Rugby fans can gather to watch all Six Nations games in this centrally located bar.

Booking is recommended so you can secure a good spot, you can do so here.

The Earl of Marchmont

(22 Marchmont Cres, Edinburgh EH9 1HG)

This bustling and dog-friendly little street corner pub is a perfect refuge from the weather this weekend, and serves cocktails alongside a good range of draught beers.

Find out more on their Facebook page.

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The Earl of Marchmont in Marchmont Crescent.

The Argyle Bar

(15 - 17 Argyle Pl, Edinburgh EH9 1JJ)

This Jekyll and Hyde bar offers something for everyone.

Watch the match and chat away over a few pints in the warm, dog-friendly atmosphere of the Argyle at street level, or else head down to the Cellar for a relaxed cocktail or three in a more intimate setting.

Frankenstein

(26 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN)

Frankenstein bar is a quirky gothic venue with three bars over three floors and an eclectic menu for anyone deciding to make a day of the sporting action.

Find out more and book here.

Black Ivy

(4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU)

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Picture: Black Ivy

This bar and hotel in Bruntsfield has a whopping nine HD projector screens in which to soak up all the Six Nations action.

There's also a live piper after the game, free half time pies and fresh tank beer plus, if the weather is decent, you can catch all the action on the TV on the heated outdoor terrace.

Angels Share

(7, 11 Hope St, Edinburgh EH2 4EL)

This trendy hotel has a modern restaurant and bar decorated with images of Scottish celebrities.

Enjoy the rugby while tucking into a contemporary three course meal.

Teuchters

(26 William St, Edinburgh EH7 3NH)

This rustic wood-panelled pub serves hand-pulled ales, and and array of eclectic food and wines.

Its warm atmosphere is perfect for watching the rugby during another cold and wet weekend.

Teuchters Landing

(1c Dock Pl, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6LU)

This cosy pub down by the Leith docks specialises in whiskies and beer, and will be showing all the Six Nations rugby live when it kicks off in February.

Find out more and book here.

St Vincent

(11 St Vincent St, Edinburgh EH3 6SW)

Watch the rugby and chow down on burgers, wings and vegan options in this cosy little bar tucked away on St Vincent Street in the capital’s New Town.

They also have a great selection of cask ales and cocktails.

Find out more and book here.

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St Vincent in St Vincent Street.

Ghillie Dhu

(2, Rutland Place, Edinburgh EH1 2AD)

Famed for its Scottish dining, live music and ceilidhs, Ghillie Dhu is a spacious and lively spot for watching Scotland, and could be perfect for a round of post-match celebratory cocktails (should the need arise).

Cold Town House

(4 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU)

A casual bar that covers multiple floors of its Grassmarket home, Cold Town House serves pizza with creative toppings along with its craft beers, and has one of Edinburgh’s best skyline views of the castle from its rooftop terrace.

The perfect setting for a large group of friends to get stuck into a weekend of sport.

Doctors

(32 Forrest Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2QN)

This bustling real ale local has warm Victorian decor that provides a comfortable backdrop when watching the rugby.

With lots of small niches and booths, Doctors is great for small groups or couples looking for somewhere to watch the Six Nations action.

Further afield...

If you're heading out of Edinburgh, check out these pubs in which to watch the Six Nations fixtures.

Mercat Grill, Musselburgh

The Six Nations is back and the rugby loving owner will be showing the matches on this Musselburgh venue’s big screens.

Join fellow rugby enthusiasts and watch the Six Nations unfold, over some great grub, beers and banter.

Currie Rugby Football Club, Balerno

Tennent’s Lager is celebrating Scotland’s national rugby team ahead of this year’s Six Nations by introducing a series of personalised Tennent’s taps in the players’ favourite local pubs including Blair Kinghorn’s in Balerno.

Rugby fans across the country can get into the Six Nations spirit with Scotland’s favourite beer, all while celebrating some of their favourite players.

Rusacks, St Andrews

The One Under Bar - the Scottish pub at Rusacks St Andrews hotel - will be showing all of the Six Nations rugby matches during the tournament (2 February - 16 March).

Rugby fans can enjoy all the weekend action from the Home Nations, Italy and France within One Under Bar's cosy but stylish surroundings, located just a few steps away from the Old Course - the world's oldest golf course - and the West Sands Beach.

Guests can also enjoy the pub's extensive drinks menu of fine ales and world-class drams, and a food menu of pub classics such as haggis fritters with Arran mustard mayo and beer battered haddock and chips with mushy peas and tartare sauce, and comfort food such as the hot chicken sandwich and loaded nachos.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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