We're not sure how, but it's rugby time again. Welcome to ten weeks of absent boyfriends and husbands, emotional highs and lows and very noisy pubs. But you don't have to stand in some grotty, cramped, city centre hole to get in on some social rugby action. You can actually go to civilised places instead. Ones that serve very nice food, while you're comfortably sitting down. This way, no matter what happens in the game, on some level you will have already won.
Lemuel's in The Conrad
Looking for something swankier? Head to The Conrad's cocktail bar, Lemuel's, for bar food, comfy seats and complex cocktails.
Not one we were expecting to have on the list, but Dylan McGrath's new high end Ballsbridge restaurant Shelbourne Social are showing the match in their 'Loft' bar. You can order bar food including that famous hot curd bread, bao buns filled with pork belly, lemon sole or duck, and there's a wagyu beef burger which you can add freshly grated truffle or foie gras to. Cocktails are also a speciality. Super fancy match option.
Fallon & Byrne
The posh supermarket on Exchequer Street are showing the match in their wine cellar. They're doing England Vs Ireland match day specials - ham hock and kale hash with black pudding and Guinness gravy Vs a Ploughman's platter, and they have a lot of wine down there.
Comfy basement bar Urchin in the Cliff Townhouse is showing all of the matches, alongside an offer of fish and chips with a pint of Guinness or Hophouse for €22. We've also got our eye on their February cocktail specials, particularly the 'fuego de amor' - we've no idea what's in it but it looks great.
Rugby with a view in Grand Canal Dock. Charlotte Quay are doing a special three-course match day lunch, or a bargainous offer of a burger and a pint of Guinness or Hophouse 13 for €12 - in case you were wondering, Guinness is the new official beer of the Six Nations, so expect to start seeing it everywhere.