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.
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.
Devitts on Camden Street are always good for a bit of sport. They usually have a tipster competition and the chance to win free bets and pints during the festival.
Ryan’s Camden Street
Ryan’s on Camden Street is another haven of activity during Cheltenham. This year they’ll be doing a number of specials including 3 pints for €10 from first to last race, free bets daily, and complimentary hot food during races. That should whet the appetite.
Cassidys, Camden Street
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.
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.
There’s no specific offer on, but we’ll always recommend Tommy O’Gara’s in Stoneybatter when it comes to watching sport. They’ve got some of the best bar staff, decent toasties, and there’s always at least 2 screens tuned into the horse racing.
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.