Where can you watch live sport in Nottingham?

The Horn in Hand, located in Goldsmith Street, opposite the Newton Building.
The (original) Southbank Bar, in Bridgford Road.
The Southbank (formerly The Approach), in Friar Lane.
Hooters, in London Road, near the train station.

The prospect of starting university, and for some living in a new city, can be quite daunting – especially for those used to spending most weekends watching sport on the box. OLA FISAYO gives the low down on where you can get your sporting fix in Nottingham, within the realms of some of the best sports bars the city has to offer.

The Horn in Hand:

The perfect place to go if you’re new to the city and need a sports bar fix. The Horn in Hand, perhaps more colloquially known as ‘The Horn’, is a charming pub located just opposite Nottingham Trent University’s Newton Building. On match day it boasts the perfect mix of lively students and charming locals, and if you’re lucky, they may even buy you a drink. The popular city centre pub had a £215,000 refurbishment earlier this year and is renowned for its eclectic jukebox and student-friendly drinks deals.

The Southbank Bar:

Located just off Trent Bridge, between Nottingham Forest’s City Ground and the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, The Southbank Bar is always heaving when Forest are playing at home. The original Bridgford Road boozer has a welcoming atmosphere and shows every major sporting event, be that a boxing grudge match or a nail-biting football relegation battle. The Southbank opened its sister venue closer to home for most students, in the former home of The Approach bar, in Friar Lane. Wide-screen televisions adorn the place and good food is served until late.


Trust us, we went to watch sport… Despite being an American staple, Hooters is an incredible venue for British sport. With a massive array of TV screens, you can find almost any game on show. That, coupled with a friendly atmosphere, cheap drinks and more chicken wings than you can conceivably consume, Hooters earns its legendary status. Give it a try, found in London Road, near the train station.

Nottingham Trent University’s Students’ Union:

Last but not least, NTU’s Students’ Union, the SU! Hosting a number of events on Saturday afternoons, you can catch some sports on a number of the screens in the bar area. Trent’s legendary hospitality, and a Sky Sports subscription, makes the SU one of the best places to catch a game. Catch mid-week Champions League games here, too, with your flat-mates.

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