Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

The Sports Bar Atmosphere At The Pub

It’s game day and The Pub is packed: the fever pitch rises at every kick, every crunching tackle, every catch. And a silence descends; only a few huddled gasps and whispered encouragements -- “Go, you good thing!”

Then the roar of the crowd.

Every day and every night at the Airlie Beach Hotel’s Sports Bar, the big screen is filled with football, with fights, with bat and ball sports. And its atmosphere is always unmatched, it’s like being in the stadium.

And what’s on the menu? The full sporting scope.

The picks of the bunch from the early parts of this year have been the Australian Open (Djokovic’s win producing a groan from the Australian crowd), the A-League and Premier League, ODI Cricket and T20, and the NBA, NBL, and UFC.

Airlie Beach Hotel Sports Bar manager, Mathew Rowley, said it’s been a sporting start to the year – and they’re looking forward to more variety courtesy of their patrons.

“Any sport you can think of, we’ll put it on,” Rowley said.

“We don’t care if it’s hopscotch! If we can find a channel, it’s up on the big screen, ready to go. The atmosphere in here is incredible when there’s sport going.”

Rowley said the biggest event so far is the upcoming 2023 Super Bowl on Monday, February 13, one of the world’s largest sporting events which he said is ready to take over Airlie Beach’s largest sports screen – a nine by two metre mammoth that covers the length of an entire wall.

It’s certainly going to be a game to remember for football fans, too, with The Philadelphia Eagles taking on the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl LVII – the second time in six seasons for the Philadelphia team.

They come into the game as slight favourites – and it’s easy to see why, any American Football Fan will have witnessed the dominating NFC title game where the Philly side ran riot against the 49ers.

At The Pub, the day will kick off early at 9am with the Sports Bar operating in the morning hours thanks to a special license, so there’s plenty of time to grab a few drinks before the 9.30am start.

And you won’t want to miss this: Rowley will be hosting and dishing out Free Hot Chicken Wings all morning – his shout!

There’s no better atmosphere in town to experience one of the world’s biggest sporting events and the feel of prime-time football.

Grab yourself a freshly poured beer Stein of your choice and settle in for the Super Bowl – and plenty of other sports coming up this year.


Airlie Beach Hotel’s Sports Bar manager Mathew Rowley said the preparations for the Super Bowl were well underway at local’s favourite local

The matchup is bringing together the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs for Super Bowl LVII

One of the biggest sporting matches of the year is just a taste of what’s on offer at the Airlie Beach Hotel

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