What makes a great sports pub? Big screens are a must, as is a spread of events, great cheap pints, ample seating and an exciting atmosphere. One Trick Pony Club in Moseley has all of this, even going as far as to say it’s “the best place to watch live sports in Birmingham.” But a new study says it might even be the best sports pub in the UK!
Currys has been putting together The Great British Sports Pub Guide and has analysed over 3700 UK pubs to find the best pub in the country for watching sports. One Trick Pony Club has confidently topped the list, which scored pubs out of 50 for things like the average price of a pint in the area, the number of screens, the availability of a big screen, anti-social behaviour figures per postcode and more.
Scoring 39.37 out of a possible 50, One Trick Pony Club boasts multiple screens (including a big screen), live streaming from Sky Sports and TNT Sports, as well as an average pint price in the area of £4.00. You can also head to their website to see which fixtures will be shown in the pub and allows bookings for more popular tournaments.
It’s not all about sports either. When it comes to pints, One Trick Pony Club has a rotating selection of hand-picked craft beers on tap; while the food menu is stacked with great pub classics like pizza, burgers, fish ‘n’ chips and more. You also find regular DJ nights and quiz evenings taking place in the pub.
But Birmingham has bags of choice when it comes to finding the best sports pub in the UK. Another local boozer to crack the top 20 was Hennesseys Bar in Digbeth, coming 7th. Scoring 36.51 out of 50, it has an impressive 20 screens across 5 different rooms, with room for 1000 people during major events – this includes a big LED outside screen. Another Brummie sports pub, coming 18th, was The Vine Inn in Ladywood.
In a survey with sports fans, the study also looked at some of the reasons for what makes a great sports pub experience. A quarter of sports fans say a buzzing atmosphere and good company are what matters most, while 92% of Brits want large screens and ample indoor seating. And what matters least? Table service! Chatting to people at the bar at half-time is part of the experience if you ask us.