Devitts on Camden Street are always good for a bit of sport. There’s several screens downstairs and up. Get yourself food at any time during the day and maybe hang around til later for the live music to start. They usually have a tipster competition and the chance to win free bets and pints during the festival.
Kennedys on Westland Row held a large Cheltenham preview event recently. That shows that they take the festival seriously. They’ve got a number of screens in the 2 sections of the ground floor bar. They do food all day and it’s well located near train stations and bus stops.
The Waterloo on Baggot Street is usually a good option for Cheltenham. There’s always a few specials on including give aways of free Paddy Power bets and some free pints each day.
The Boars Head
Over on the North side of the city there’s a pub on Capel Street that we have frequently dubbed ‘the best small sports bar in the city’. The Boars Head has a great reputation for showing sports of all types and even welcoming in sports stars from GAA, snooker, and golf. Pull up a seat in The Boars Head and watch all the action on their projector screens and TVs. They serve food here, so all your needs are catered for.
DTwo on Harcourt Street is one of the biggest sports bars in the city. They have more screens than you can count and a great outdoor area if the weather is good enough for it. They serve food all day and you’re more likely to be able to get a seat here.
The Landmark on the corner of Wexford and Kevin Street will have the action on their screens, as well as holding daily sweeps, having meal deals, and losing docket draws.
Napper Tandy’s on Merrion Row show all sport on their 8 screens. They’ll be showing the action all week. If you book in with a group of 8 or more they’ll even throw in some finger food.
The Dame Tavern on Dame Lane is a haven for horse racing during the day at any time of year, but during Cheltenham the place kicks into overdrive. It’s a small bar, but the atmosphere when a race is on is electric. A great shout right in the heart of the city.
One word of advice for this pub during Cheltenham, get in early. The pub tends to pack out and the early bird gets the worm, and the complimentary stew that they usually serve up. The atmosphere in here is crazy during Cheltenham week and would turn anyone into a fan of the horses.
Settle into P Duggans on Parkgate Street for a very competitively priced pint, a pizza, and watch all the action live on the large projector screen at the back of the bar.
Graingers on Hanlons Corner are running a promotion during the festival where if you buy one of their drinks deals you’ll get a free pint. They also serve food all day.
Tom Kennedy’s on Thomas Street is the home of karaoke and horse racing in that area. There’s a great community spirit in the pub and it attracts a lot of locals in for the festival.