Sydney Bars To Watch the Fifa Women's World Cup 2023

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The Fifa Women’s World Cup has landed on Australia’s shores for the first time, and Sydney has scored the coveted grand final match. Come August 20, the city will be swarming with soccer fans. And if you can’t score a ticket to the game, the next best spot to enjoy the world’s game is at your local pub.

Venues right across the city will be screening the must-watch tournament – the largest Women’s World Cup ever. With a full field of 32 teams taking to the turn, you’ll have plenty of chances to catch a game.

So grab a beer, don your Matildas scarf and watch as the Aussies take a stab at the championship. (And we’ve all got a little skin in the game, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese all but guaranteeing a public holiday if Matildas captain Sam Kerr can lead her team to its first World Cup victory.

Here’s a growing list of our favourite Sydney pubs streaming the Women’s World Cup.

  • This is one of the most attractive – and classic – pubs in Sydney, both inside (where a polished wood bar wraps around the cosy dining room) and out (in the pristine art deco facade). The hand-pumped pints of Lord Nelson bitter are a bona-fide rarity on this side of the bridge.

  • “Oasis” is a descriptor that’s oft bandied about for beer gardens, but in the Barley’s case it’s justified. Ferns, hibiscus and wisteria grow thick outside the family-friendly bistro. The public bar, with its jukebox and pool tables, has a living-room feel (with the looks of a greaser’s man cave).

  • In a suburb full of pubs, The Welcome still stands out as one of Rozelle’s best. Many original details are over 100 years old, making it one of the area’s oldest venues, too. An array of Australian and Italian pours make up the wine list, plus there are 15 taps dedicated to Sydney’s craft beer scene. The bistro’s menu of upmarket grub is worth staying for.

  • The Glebe Hotel is a welcoming upscale pub with nods to the past and the present. There’s a working fireplace and chesterfield sofas, portraits of Glebe locals, and in the dining room – where the Sunday Roast rules – there's a majestic jacaranda mural painted by local artists.

  • Established in 1925, The Lansdowne Hotel is one of the city's most iconic live music venues. Everyone from Billy Eilish to You Am I has graced its hallowed stages, and the Mexican-inspired rooftop is where you want to be at sunset.

  • This traditional Sydney pub is brightened up with a Central American twist. Find tacos filled with steak, crumbed avocado, or lamb and beef doner meat. Plus, burgers, cocktail jugs and Caribbean Colas.

  • Ask anyone about the best spots for a drink in Surry Hills, and Forrester’s would have to be in the conversation. This 100-year-old pub is split into multiple distinct spaces – do afternoon pints in The Public Bar, a bottomless rosé lunch in the dining room, or trivia in the light-filled functions space upstairs.

  • This huge two-storey pub – with a popular wraparound verandah and interior courtyard – is one of Surry Hill's original boozers. And after 150 years, you still can't do the Crown Street crawl without a trip to The Clock.

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  • The avant-garde interior is just as striking as the wine list, which specialises in European drops from independent producers. Defining the menu is tricky. Gastropub? Wine bar? Fine diner? It’s hard to say. In any case, it all tastes great.

  • One of Surry Hills’ best value boozers, if not its best looking. Miraculously, you can frequently nab a beer and feed here for around $20. Take it upstairs to one of the Shakey's ornate dining rooms. A happy hour schooner on the footpath outside is just as satisfying.

  • This neon-lit brewery is pouring vegan beers and local vegan wines, as well as serving a globetrotting vegan menu. Snack on share-friendly plates of kimchi dumplings, pad see ew and eggplant gyros.

  • This stunning three-tiered, sculptural venue from Matt Moran offers a diverse array of dishes and dining experiences. And its house bar has screens where you can catch a game alongside Japanese-influenced share plates.

  • Four distinct spaces in a Victorian-era pub package. The brassy, stain-glassed Royal Bar downstairs is a great spot for a beer and some live sport. Upstairs the restaurant does upmarket pub classics. One more level, and you’re on the rooftop. You can dine year-round up here, thanks to some retractable coverage. But in summer, it’s rosé-ready – the good stuff is pouring on tap.

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  • This eastern suburbs destination pub has multiple bars and that famous fairy-lit fig tree. Its Garden Bar – with its subdued lighting, timber booths and burgundy rugs – hosts live bands, international DJs and has big screens where you can catch a game.

  • Coogee’s other gargantuan boozer sports has stepped up in recent years. A flash Mediterranean inspired eatery with a seafood focus joins the downstairs Garden Bar – one of Sydney's most impressive beer gardens, and the best spot in the house for seaside pub grub and schooners.

  • Public House Petersham features a wood-fired pizza oven, a Czech pork platter and wine on tap. And its airy, family-friendly beer garden is a great place to watch a game.

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  • This is Neutral Bay’s favourite beer garden, not least for its majestic old oak tree. Find Taffy’s Sports Bar to enjoy its screens, beers on tap and pub classics such as pizzas and burgers.

  • This oasis by the sea had a revamp in 2020. Now, it combines heritage charm with all the modern ritz you’d expect from a standout seaside boozer. Elevated food and drinks, luxe design and one of Sydney’s best beaches down the street.

  • Come for a pan-Asian pub menu featuring curries, dumplings and wok-fried classics. Plus, beers on tap, a crowd-pleasing wine list and a lush courtyard vertical garden.

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  • This sports bar from the group behind Fratelli Fresh has 40 beers, Buffalo wings done any style you like, and frozen Margaritas on tap. Plus, a 12-foot wide TV screen showing everything from tennis to golf and American football.