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Best bars to watch State of Origin away from the crowdsMay 28, 2018


It’s that time of year again when Queenslander’s go a little crazy, faces are painted and beers are chugged – and that’s all on a Wednesday night.

The yearly Blue and Maroon frenzy is about to start whether your interested in the game or just the beer and the food, we’ve got the best places to sit back and relax away from the crowds.

Copperface Jacks
Corner of Edmondstone St & Boundary Road, South Brisbane

Don’t let the fact that this is an Irish bar deter you. With four bars that cleverly mix old and new, luxury and eclectic, this welcoming and relaxing environment is the perfect space to sit back and enjoy the game.

Open Wednesday-Sunday from 12pm til late, the venue covers it all, from a strong food offering matched with great drinks and atmosphere to match.

[More Info + Gallery] | [Contact Venue] | [To Book Private Functions]


The Defiant Duck
3/84 Longland Street, Brisbane CBD

The Defiant Duck is Newstead’s newest foodie spot, dishing up all-star American fare with that famous Southern hospitality.

You won’t miss any part of the Origin action here with the bar directly live streaming the game as it happens. Cheer on your team with a beer in one hand and a burger in the other.

[More Info + Gallery] | [Contact Venue]


Brewhouse Brisbane
601 Stanley St, Woolloongabba

Locally owned and operated, Brewhouse are passionate about three things: good beer and food, awesome venues, and happy customers. With their large TV screens, what more could you ask for in a bar.

Forget about their proximity to the Gabba and AFL and instead spend the night enjoying locally brewed beer and the world’s best NRL.

[More Info + Gallery] | [Contact Venue]


Embassy Craft
214 Elizabeth St, Brisbane CBD

Right in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, Embassy Craft Beer Bar has perfectly blended simplicity with a modern rustic twist. With ambient lighting, exposed brick walls, industrial installations and vintage art, the Embassy embodies a chic, New York style hideaway.

A special 100 inch projector will be set up especially for some Origin viewing pleasure along with two additional 55” screens so that you are guaranteed a view from every seat in the bar!

[More Info + Gallery] | [Contact Venue] | [To Book Private Functions]


Fat Angel Sports Bar
Eagle Ln, Brisbane City

Another American-themed favourite for the list is Fat Angel Sports Bar, where the emphasis is all things live sport.

Pull up a bar stool and munch on a selection of America’s finest as you enjoy the game. Although this place won’t be as empty as others, the atmosphere will be sure to give you a great Origin night.

[More Info + Gallery] | [Contact Venue]


Southbank Beer Garden
30ba Stanley Street Plaza, South Brisbane

Here in the Southbank Beer Garden, you can enjoy a beer at the only beach side beer garden. It’s the perfect place to escape the crowds in their garden retreat.

With their quality pub dining and unparalleled river and city views, celebrate all things Queensland whatever way you like to enjoy the game.

[More Info + Gallery] | [Contact Venue]

By Jade Byers-Pointer


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