Watch the 2015 Rugby World Cup at These Eight Elite U.S. Bars [SLIDESHOW]

Fans from San Francisco to Boston can get a taste of the spirited sport at these authentic pubs…


If it is not prominently on your calendar already, mark September 18 as the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup—the 44-day international competition showcasing a full contact sport that cannot be bothered with cumbersome helmets or protective pads, and whose fan base tends to be equally uninhibited. This year, 20 countries will take the field across 14 cities in England, with each nation vying for the coveted Webb Ellis Cup trophy. While the majority of supporters in the United States are still ardent expats from Europe and Australasia, homegrown interest is growing, as evidenced by the rise in rugby clubs throughout the country. For many, the best way to watch their favorite players take the pitch is at a pub, pint in hand. With this in mind, we at hit the ground running to find the best bars in the nation for watching every ruck, scrum, maul, and tackle of the tournament. Admittedly, the following establishments may be a little more raucous and rough around the edges than those we would normally cover, but it is rugby, after all—game on.