Best Sports Bar Rome: Where to watch football on Roman Holidays

If you’re in Italy, don’t let the fact that they aren’t participating in this year’s World Cup stop you from trying to catch the games. They might all be locked inside crying into their Blues, but the rest of us are thirsty and looking for a place to settle in for some great football. So, those of you after a football fix head to a sports bar, Rome is littered with them. Here are some of the best.

  • Hopside

Via Francesco Negri, 39, 00154 Roma 

Craft beer and football, has there ever been a better combination? The answer is no. And, because of that, Hopside is one of the best bars to watch football in, in Rome. Sit inside and suck down quality craft brews from one of their 12 taps. Imagine, watching Belgium play Panama with a beautiful Belgian blonde (beer that is). Sounds pretty great. Hopside also serves up a delicious array of pub type food. We’re talking burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, the lot. So, pull up a chair, order yourself a beer and a burger and settle into the football.

  • Four Green Fields

Via Costantino Morin, 38, 00195 Roma

Isn’t it the worst when you turn up to a bar to watch a game and then someone sits right in front of you. Everytime you crane your neck to get a better view of the game their head still manages to block your line of sight somehow. It gets to the point where you both admire and loathe them. You almost want to tell them, “If there was a World Cup of getting in the way, you’d be champion. No contest.”

Well, Four Green Fields solves that problem. If a place has got screens galore, then it automatically becomes one of the best places to watch football. Or, any sport for that matter. Four Green Fields boasts 12 screens. That’s right, 12. And, seats up to 180 people. It's an Irish bar so expect all the usual suspects when it comes to the beer, including Guinness. And, it serves up standard pub-grub fair alongside traditional Roman classics.

  • Abbey Theatre

Via del Governo Vecchio, 51, 00186 Roma 

When it comes to the sports bar, Rome’s Irish pubs are always going to deliver. And with that, another great option for watching all the World Cup action is the Abbey Theatre. Located a short walk from Piazza Navona is this little Irish pub. Well, I say little, the Abbey has a whopping 14 screens on site. So, combine a morning of sightseeing with an afternoon of football watching. It shows all much all major sporting event throughout the year, the World Cup being no exception. The service is friendly, the food cheap and the beer fresh. What more could you ask for?

  • Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà

Via Benedetta, 25, 00153 Roma 

Voted one of the best bars in Europe by Rate beer, Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà is a great place to check out. It is also another place where craft beer reigns supreme. And, another of Rome’s great bars to watch football in. That’s a whole lot of great, isn’t it? Located smack, bang in the middle of Trastevere, Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà is pretty much always packed to the rafters. You know what they say, a big crowd means a good thing. Screens are limited, but the atmosphere is ripper and the service second to none. If you’re not sure what you’re after, the staff are happy to help guide you to the perfect sudsy tipple. But be sure to head to the bar before halftime to avoid the rush!

  • Hard Rock Cafe

Via Vittorio Veneto, 62a/b, 00187 Roma

What? The Hard Rock isn’t populated by leather-clad rockers drinking pitchers of beer and listening to Metallica. Full blast. On repeat? Well maybe sometimes, but not always. The Hard Rock may not be one of the best bars in Rome, but if you’re after a place to watch world cup match live, it’ll definitely do. The great thing about the Hard Rock Cafe is you know exactly what your getting. Beer, snacks, and food all at reasonable prices. For an afternoon of football watching, that’s all you want or need.

  • Druid’s Den

Via di S. Martino Ai Monti, 28, 00184 Roma

Last, but certainly not least is one of Rome’s oldest Irish pub. With a happy hour that runs daily until 8 pm and more sports screens than you can shake a stick at, Druid’s Den is arguably the best sports bar Rome has to offer. They serve food all day, have pool tables and alongside their regular televisions, projector screens. The taps boast all the beers you’re familiar with, Guinness features prominently, as well as a large selection of spirits. Prices are great, service is quick, and the place boasts a lively atmosphere.  

  • The Public House

Via delle Tre Cannelle, 8, 00187, Rome

Located between Piazza Venezia and the Pantheon is The Public House, a fantastic place to head to if you want to watch sports. This place hosts a ton of live events and screens all major sporting events on the many HD-TVs dotted around the venue. For food, it serves up burgers and nachos alongside Italian classics like carbonara. What’s best though, is that they serve Brooklyn East IPA on tap! And, not to worry for those of you after a cocktail The Public House has got you covered. They boast an extensive cocktail list, and drinks made with care and attention by fantastic, friendly staff.

So, there you have a selection of Rome’s best places to watch football and no excuses to miss out on the World Cup.

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