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Posted at 1:06 PM ET, 02/ 9/2007

Six Nations, But How Many Pubs?

By Fritz Hahn

From Dublin to Rome and beyond, rugby fans are buzzing about the Six Nations tournament, the annual contest between Europe's top national teams. The problem is, where to watch the action?

As it does with soccer's European Championships, exclusive broadcaster Setanta is limiting the number of venues that can show matches live. If you're looking to see England play Italy at 8:30 tomorrow morning, or have a Welshman in the house who's hoping for a morale-boosting victory over Scotland at 10:30, your choices are limited to Fado, Flanagan's Harp and Fiddle, Murphy's of Alexandria, Summers, the Auld Shabeen and, somewhat surprisingly, Daniel O'Connell's. There's also the option of driving up to Slainte in Fells Point. All of those bars will also be showing the match of the weekend: Sunday's showdown between defending champions France and defending runners-up Ireland.

Expect to pay a $20 cover, which includes perks at some bars; last week, for example, Murphy's offered a breakfast buffet for early risers.

If you can't make it out so early in the morning, though, you can watch tape-delayed action at Solly's Tavern, which is trying to establish itself as a hangout for rugby fans. Scotland vs. Wales is on at 6 p.m. tomorrow, though England and Italy won't be shown until Sunday at 5 and the Irish match isn't replayed until 9:45 on Monday night.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | February 9, 2007; 1:06 PM ET
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Thanks for posting that - I get the Setanta DirecTV channel, but it would be nice to find a bar to watch in as well. But forget Six Nations - where to go for Super14, and TriNations, and the World Cup later this year?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 9, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

woooo love that rugby coverage
cheers mate

Posted by: Wallabies | February 9, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Setanta also offers live Six Nations telecasts through their Setanta Broadband service, either on a pay-per-view basis, or it's included with an annual subscription to the service. Host your own Six Nations, Super 14, and Rugby World Cup parties!

Posted by: Dateless Nerd | February 9, 2007 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Off subject - does anyone have any information on the Rocket Bar on 7th in Chinatown?

Posted by: Me | February 12, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

"If you can't make it out so early in the morning, though, you can watch tape-delayed action at Solly's Tavern, which is trying to establish itself as a hangout for rugby fans"

I don't think places are going to be hot spots for ex-pat sports showing tape delay stuff - it's got to be live nowadays with some much more access via DirecTV and online.

Fritz - any word on Solly's showing the Cricket World Cup?

Posted by: Kev | February 15, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

wow. there is only one place in DC to watch the matches live. all the others are in VA. thats weak. also, the setanta channel on direct tv does not show the games live and you cannot purchase them via pay-per-view, except if you want to watch them on your computer. wouldn't be much of a six nations party with all of your guests huddled around your computer monitor. setanta blows donkeys.

Posted by: tim copsa | February 21, 2007 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Any news on bars in the Metro area that will be showing the Cricket World Cup?

Posted by: james wood | March 5, 2007 5:34 PM | Report abuse

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