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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

The 4 best sports bars in Shoreditch

So you may think that 'sports bars' are just another poor attempt at Americans emulating the pub. Sure, they tend to smack of guys in backward hats drinking bud light and shoving each other on the back. But wait, hold your judgement for a moment, please.

Shoreditch actually does have a few quality sports bars that won't leave you pining for oak furniture and sticky carpets. There are sports bars that actually let you play sports while you watch the game and sports bars that bring things back to the important stuff: the sport. Believe us, Shoreditch provides the lot. What's more, you can hire a lot of them out for your own private event.

Here are a few of our favourite sports bars in Shoreditch.

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1. A Shoreditch sports bar you can bowl at: All Star Lanes Brick Lane

Brick Lane, London

Situated just to the east of Shoreditch High Street, this Brick Lane sports bar is one of four iterations of All Star Lanes across London.

Whilst most famous for their excellent bowling alleys and karaoke booths, All-Star Lanes also play a lot of live sports. Premier League, Champions League and UEFA Europa Conference League all get shown, with special match day deals on offer. Also, who wouldn't want to bowl whilst watching the footy?

You can also book the whole thing out for up to 500 lucky guests.

bar kick sports bar shoreditch
Bar Kick shoreditch activity bar

2. Play foosball whilst watching football in Shoreditch: Bar Kick

Shoreditch, London

Whilst not having the most imaginative name of all Shoreditch sports bars, Bar Kick wins for the amount of fun to be had there.

Like All Star Lanes above, Bar Kick have landed upon the genius combination of playing sport whilst watching sport. This time it's football table. The Shoreditch High Street multi-level sports bar has plenty of tables to keep you occupied, and you can also eat and drink from their menu. Expect sports bar classics like loaded burgers, craft beer, and some classic American sandwiches.

If you're looking for private hire, the basement area is a great option. Entirely private for your event, the area comes with its own bar, foosball tables and beer pong, alongside 4K screens for live sport.

Matchbox Shoreditch sports bar
Matchbox Shoreditch sports bar

3. A Shoreditch sports bar with a truly excellent naming convention: Matchbox

Shoreditch, London

Another Shoreditch High Street spot, Matchbox combines what it disconcertingly calls 'feminine decor with sports passions'. Retrograde descriptions of interiors aside, this Shoreditch sports bar cannot be said to underdeliver on the sports front.

2 floors of screens and cheap drinks prove a good combination for watching people kick a ball as you slowly descend into a drunken haze. That, really, is it. And what else would you want from a sports bar? Masculine decor?

Private hire is available, with the whole sports bar being available for 300 people. American-style food platters can also be arranged, for eating we assume.

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Corner shop shoreditch sports bar

4. A Shoreditch sports bar that doubles as a club: Cornershop bar

Shoreditch, London

Located at the corner of Old Street and Shoreditch High Street, the fittingly named Cornershop bar boasts 8 flat-screen HD TV to watch all manner of physical activity (see: sports) on. You'll find 3 of the 5 TVs on the ground floor, whilst two more are in the basement.

After the final whistle has blown, Cornershop bar ushers in the late-night revellers of Shoreditch with its drinks menu, featuring everything you'd expect alongside tiered drinks packages for those who don't fancy queueing at the bar.

The Cornershop can be hired for private events, with two rooms to choose from.

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Goooooaaal!!!!! Or home run, try, hole in one... you get the gist. Show some love for your favourite team by getting your friends together and shouting as loudly as possible at the screen until something happens. Check out the top Shoreditch sports bars with private hire options for your next event. Go sports!

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Our guide to hiring a sports bar in Shoreditch

Define your event: Before you start looking for a sports bar in Shoreditch, it's important to have a clear idea of what you're looking for. Consider the number of guests, the type of event (e.g. a casual gathering or a formal event), and the specific sports or games you'd like to watch.

Research venues: Use HeadBox to find sports bars in the Shoreditch area. Look for reviews and ratings to get an idea of the quality of the venue and the service provided.

Narrow down the options: Once you have a list of potential venues, narrow it down to a few that fit your event's requirements. Consider factors such as location, capacity, amenities, and price.

Contact the venues: Reach out to the venues that made it to your shortlist and ask for more information. Ask about availability, pricing, and any additional services they can provide.

Check out the venues: Visit the venues in person to get a feel for the space and to ensure that it meets your needs. Take note of the atmosphere, the facilities, and the staff.

Compare and Choose: Compare the venues you've visited and choose the one that best fits your needs. Remember to consider factors such as the cost, location, and atmosphere of the venue.

Book and confirm: Once you've chosen the venue, book it and confirm the details of your event. Make sure to ask about any deposit or cancellation policies.

Plan and execute: Plan your event and work with the venue to make sure everything runs smoothly on the day. Make sure that you have all the necessary equipment and that the staff is aware of any special requests or requirements.

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Frequently asked questions

The cost of hiring a sports bar in Shoreditch can vary depending on the size of the venue, the amenities offered, and the date and time of your event. It's best to contact the venues on your shortlist and ask for a quote. Or, alternatively, approach multiple venue with your own budget, via HeadBox.

To ensure that your event runs smoothly at a sports bar in Shoreditch, it's important to plan ahead and to work closely with the venue's staff. Make sure that you have all the necessary equipment and that the staff is aware of any special requests or requirements.

Some sports bars in Shoreditch may have restrictions on the types of events they can host. Be sure to ask the venues you're interested in about any restrictions they may have, such as age limits, noise levels, or dress codes.

There are plenty of great Shoreditch sports bars. Here are some of our favourites:

All-Star Lanes: A bowling venue that also shows live sports. A winning combination.

Cornershop bar: A multi-level American style Shoreditch sports bar with enough TVs to make sure you don't miss anything.

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