Can’t make it in London to cheer on your team for the Rugby World Cup final this Saturday? Don’t fret, a range of bars in the city will be opening their doors early for this momentous sporting event, which means that rugby fans here in Vancouver will be able to watch the action unfold from 8:45 a.m. (PST) onwards.
With extended liquor licenses, breakfast buffets, and giant TV screens dedicated to the match, here’s our guide on the best venues to watch the Rugby World Cup final in Vancouver.
Malone’s Social Lounge & Taphouse
Malone’s extensive coverage of the Rugby World Cup will run right up until, and include, the final match on the 31st. Budding rugby fans will be happy to note that the sports bar will open up its doors from 8 a.m, with no cover charge. Although, due to liquor licensing laws, drinks won’t be sold and served until 11 a.m.
Address: 608 West Pender Street
TVs: 18 TVs, plus one projector screen
Dubh Linn Gate
This Irish-themed pub will be open from 8 a.m. Breakfast sandwiches and non-alcoholic bevvies will be available. Though the pub apologises for those wanting a Guinness with their morning rugby, as patrons will have to wait until 11 a.m to get their hands on a pint. No cover charge.
Address: 1601 Main Street
TVs: 1 big screen, 5 TVs
Library Square Public House
Early risers will be ecstatic to learn that Downtown’s Library Square Public House will be open from 7:30 a.m. on the day of the final match. The 212-seat venue will not be charging cover and is sure to draw a fun and boisterous crowd. Drinks will be on offer from 9 a.m., while a range of brunch features like breakfast sandwiches and burritos will be available to order throughout the morning. Be sure to fill out an entry form on arrival for the chance to win beer for year.
Address: 300 West Georgia Street
TVs: 17 TVs and 3 projector screens (one of which is 16 feet wide)
The Butcher & Bullock
The Butcher & Bullock will be open from 5:30 a.m. on the morning of the Rugby World Cup Final. While the bar does love rugby they’re not open from that un-godly hour because of the final, but rather due to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea, which starts at 5:45 a.m. Although the Liverpool game should be well and truly over by 8:45 a.m when the rugby final is scheduled to start, its best to call before to check exactly what the West Pender bar will be playing on their screens.
Address: 911 West Pender Street
TVs: 12 TVs, 1 big screen
Score on Davie
Come the final game, Score on Davie will open up their doors to the public from 9 a.m. with no cover charge. The Davie Street hangout features 10 TVs, a drinks menu from 10 a.m., and a brunch menu with a varied selection of offerings.
Address: 1262 Davie Street
Moose’s Down Under
Moose’s Down Under will open their doors at 8 a.m. While there is no cover charge, the Aussie-themed bar and eatery does ask that rugby fans spend a minimum of $10 on drink and/or food. Alcoholic beverages will be available from 10 a.m., and a full breakfast menu will also be offered.
Address: 830 West Pender Street
The London Pub
Open from 8:30 a.m. The London Pub is a great venue to watch the final. The bar will be serving drinks from 9 a.m., so you’ll be able to toast the game just after the first kick has been made. In addition to a variety of drinks, The London Pub will also offer a special $10 English breakfast.
Address: 700 Main Street
TVs: 9 flatscreen TVs, 1 projector
Housing a whopping 68 TVs, rugby fans won’t miss a single minute of the action at The Pint. Though the doors open at 8 a.m., the liquor license doesn’t kick in until 9 a.m. A cover charge of $15 will be collected upon entry, but $10 of that will go towards an all-you-can eat buffet brunch, and the remaining $5 towards a local rugby club.
Address: 455 Abbott Street
Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery
The good news is that this Smithe street sports bar has chosen to open their doors at 8 a.m. on match day. The even better news is that the liquor license has been extended, so that patrons looking for a kick-off pint will only have to wait until 9 a.m. Not only will Red Card have all the televised action on their numerous TVs and projector screens, they will also be offering a range of brunch specicals, like steak and eggs.
Address: 560 Smithe Street
TVs: 16 HD TVs, 2 106 inch projector screens
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