The best pubs and bars to watch Irish boxing at in Ireland

Wondering where the best place in Ireland, and particularly Dublin, is to watch Irish boxing? Well, you’ve come to the right place. The country and capital city is full of lively sports bars, idyllic restaurants, and rowdy pubs to get you in the mood for the big fight. However, with so much choice, it can be tough to whittle it down to the best of the best. Well fret not – we have you covered.


This article includes the best spots in the city for you and your mates to get your boxing fix, all while getting some tasty cuisine and thirst-quenching drinks at the same time. Plus, you can always choose to stay in if you’re not feeling up to it with the likes of Deliveroo bringing you all the food you need without having to trek the pub. Dublin has plenty to offer, so feast your eyes on these essential establishments in the Irish capital, as well as an alternative to going to the pub for a tasty burger!




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McGowan’s should be the first point of contact for any true boxing fan. As well as holding cocktail nights, the nightclub/bar also plays host to a wide range of sports – attracting the footy fans after a game at Croke Park.


Platform 61



Foodies can also take pleasure in the city’s mouth-watering burgers, which are the perfect accompaniment to any good boxing match. One place that certainly knows how to deliver tantalizing patties is Platform 61, located on South William Street.


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The Living Room mixes it up every night, with DJ sets, good food, and a great selection of drinks. However, it’s best known for its sports broadcasts. With one of the biggest screens in Dublin, you’ll be sure to witness that big knockout punch in stunning detail.


The Back Page


If you’re after a more quirky venue to watch the fight in, look no further than The Back Page. Situated in Phibsborough, the sports bar offers something different with its gaming consoles, table tennis, and other past times that are unique to the venue.


The Merchantile

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Last but not least is the well-priced hotel The Merchantile. They show various sports through their multiple screens, with boxing being a favourite in the venue. You can even grab a special meal deal for just €10 consisting of their famous match day burger – a particularly good deal considering that it arguably has the best burgers in Dublin.


And if you want to simply watch the fight from the comfort of your own home, the restaurant delivery service Deliveroo is only happy to oblige. They will deliver to your doorstep from some of the most premium restaurants in the country with all the burger-eating goodness you can imagine.


So there you have it. A comprehensive round-up of the most essential places in Dublin for you to spectate at your leisure. Irish boxing has come into its own in recent years, and so to have these unmissable locations in the Irish capital. Grab a bite to eat, water your gills, and prepare to watch the boxing action!

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on, Boxing News,, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: