The wait is almost over! That one, sweet day in September is almost here, the AFL Grand Final (and a much needed public holiday).
Now a well-loved Melburnian ‘tradition’, the AFL long weekend means you can kick the celebrations off early and let’s be honest, Monday is probably a write-off as well. Sorry boss.
Looking for somewhere to watch the match? We’ve found a few options that tick all our pre-requisites – uninterrupted beer and screen in every corner so you don’t miss a second.
54 Fitzroy St, St Kilda
With entertainment pre and post-match St Hotel is offering great food and drink from 12pm until late and more screens than you can kick a footy at. The celebrations are promised to run late as well, no surprises from a much-loved Fitzroy St icon.
344 Victoria St, Richmond
If Richmond gets up this is the place to be! Whether you’re stubborn for stubbies or like the sound of rosé sangria, The National promises to keep you hydrated throughout the afternoon. They have also just unveiled a fancy new beer garden big screen. There is nothing in that sentence we don’t like.
Boat Builders Hotel
23 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf
The popular inner-city beer garden will host up to 1,400 footy fans who can enjoy the game on a Mega Screen to radio commentary, watch an old-fashioned handball competition at half-time and feast on delicious American-style BBQ from Fancy Hanks. The festive atmosphere with run into the night with a SJ spinning classic 90’s tune well after the final siren.
545 Church St, Richmond
Royal Saxon will be kicking off at 11:30am with street eats and footy food on offer to pair with a nice cold Heineken. The game will live on their big screen and will be DJs hitting the decks after the match.
The Local Taphouse
184 Carlisle St, St Kilda East
Watch the game live and loud downstairs on the big screen with a three hour beverage package including Aperol spritz, beer, wine, sparkling – book now for the best seats in the house! Upstairs will have free entry all day and themed food on offer.
517 Chapel St, South Yarra
Chapel Street lover? Head to Katuk for all your AFL Grand Final needs. They are offering an all-inclusive five hour package with beer, wine, sparkling and basic spirits package plus a burger, sausage rolls and pies? Yes please!
Code word: KICKOFF@KATUK
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Vaults 1-9 Federation Wharf, Federation Square, Melbourne
Opening at 10am and offering drink specials from siren to siren the Riverland Bar promises plenty of big screen TV with the sound up so you can hear the commentary. The party will kick on at Riverland with DJ’s playing all your favs.
23-25 Hardware Ln, Melbourne
Free admission in Campari House for all day live coverage from the MCG plus Jim Beam drink specials, traditional BBQ and more.
The Corner Hotel
57 Swan St, Richmond
What better way to enjoy all the AFL Grand Final day action than from city’s sporting heartland, Richmond? Whether you’re stopping by for a feed before the game, looking for somewhere to perch yourself to watch all the on-field action from or are in need of a post-game hangout.
472 Church St, Cremorne
Hit up the heart of Richmond for the AFL grand Final at Maeve Fox. Both levels will be open, with multiple screens and all inclusive bevs and food from 12pm till 5pm. They sold out last year so get on it quick!
By Mel Campbell