Six Nations 2020: best bars in Edinburgh to watch all the rugby action

Here are the best pubs in Edinburgh to catch this year’s Six Nations action.

Published 20th Jan 2020
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

The annual competition will kick off with a fantastic weekend of rugby on Saturday 1 February, when Wales play host to Italy at home in Cardiff.

Scotland will look to test Ireland - and their new head coach Andy Farrell - in their first match of the contest in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium at 4:45pm on Saturday.

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A week later, Scotland will face off against England in rugby’s greatest grudge match, at home in Murrayfield.

With all the northern hemisphere’s teams looking to make progress after a fairly bruising World Cup in Japan, there is plenty to look forward to in the weeks ahead.

So with that in mind, here is a round-up of the best pubs and bars in Edinburgh where you can enjoy watching the Six Nations.

The Peartree

(West Nicolson St, EH8 9DD)

Picture: Peartree Facebook

If you’re brave enough to face the cold this time of year, this lively pub near George Square has a huge beer garden complete with an extra-large sports screen.

Three Sisters

(139 Cowgate, EH1 1JS)

Picture: Three Sisters Facebook

This Old Town institution will be open for every game of the tournament and is licensed to serve alcohol from 9am.

Peckish fans can also enjoy a hearty breakfast while observing events on the 225″ screen.

Finnegan’s Wake

(9b Victoria St, EH1 2HE)

Picture: Finnegan's Wake Facebook

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.

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The Fly Half

(48-52 Constitution St, EH6 6RS)

Photo: Fly Half Facebook

As the name suggests, this casual Leith bar is the perfect place to watch this year’s Six Nations.

Guests can enjoy a few drinks or sit in and sample the menu.

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Hanover Tap

(112 Hanover St, Edinburgh EH2 1DR)

Photo: Hanover Tap Facebook

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.

Belushi’s Bar

(13 Market Street, EH1 1DE)

Photo: Belushi's

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.

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You’ll catch the majority of the action at the Market Street venue, which will also be serving up substantial breakfasts along with the usual beers and burgers on offer.

The Mitre

(131-133 High Street, EH1 1SG)

Photo: Google

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.

The Tron

(9 Hunter Square, EH1 1QW)

Photo: Tron Facebook

Rugby fans after a feed and a drink can head to the Tron, which will be offering a bap and an alcoholic beverage for just £5.75.

Supporters after a more sizable option can tuck into a large breakfast and a pint for £11. In order to avoid disappointment visitors are advised to book a table in advance.

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