We know it’s come up fast, but the biggest day in the sports calendar for Melburnians is here, the AFL Grand Final! Whether you’re a football fan or not, Grand Final Day gives you a long weekend and an excuse to party. No matter who wins, fun is undeniably had on this day every year, so get around it!
We’ve compiled a list of very viable options of things for you to do this Saturday the 29th of September. There are plenty of events running out there that guarantee you cheap drinks, great food and (of course) top quality live viewing of the match! Any one of these places will give you a great experience for the 2018 AFL Granny.
Check out the details carefully in case they need to be booked, so you don’t get your hopes up only for it to sell out, get in quick!
109 Barkly St, St Kilda
Hotel Barkly in St Kilda will be celebrating Grand Final Day on their rooftop bar. There will be live viewing of the match on TV screens, as well as a large projected screen. Tickets are essential as in previous years this popular event has sold out quickly. Tickets are $65 and include a 3 hour beverage package, canapes throughout the game and a follow up BBQ with live music so you can keep celebrating well after the game is over!
The Bridge Hotel
642 Bridge Rd, Richmond
Snatch yourself an upstairs package at The Bridge Hotel in Richmond, which includes 5 hours of local tap beer, house wine and food from 12:30pm. The game will be shown on the big screen and all other screens, so you can watch the game no matter where you are inside! Tickets can be purchased from their website for $100.
508 Flinders St, Melbourne
The Waterside Hotel are hosting their Grand Final day Party on The Roof! Tickets for the event starting at 12:30pm. A $100 ticket will give you a 5 hour beverage package so you can enjoy the game in the right way. If it tickles your fancy, add another $25 dollars onto your ticket and you will have access to an unlimited Aussie BBQ from 1pm until 4pm. The Waterside Hotel will also have a Public Bar with the game shown live and loud on all screens, their doors will open at 10am so you can start your celebrations early.
87/89 Swan St, Richmond
Celebrate the Aussie footy finals at Macelleria in Richmond this coming Grand Final Day. Macelleria aren’t light hearted when it comes to footy fever, they’re celebrating the whole weekend for you, offering specials and promotions from Thursday the 27th through to Sunday the 30th! You can warm up for your weekend on the Friday (public holiday) with drink specials, including $10 pints and 2 for 1 cocktails.
They’ll be screening the footy live on Saturday so you can enjoy some grub while you watch! Macelleria aren’t taking bookings. so it’s best in best dressed and anyone is fair game. Best of all, wrap up the big weekend with a recovery day in the finest butchery restaurant of Richmond, where you can regain your strength from your Grand Final antics, with high protein and fat meals, including a ‘full English’ special so you’ll be feeling good in no time. If you’re an NRL fan, they’ll be screening that Grand Final match too!
82 High St, Windsor
Watch Grand Final from the comfort of the Prahran Hotel. $105 will get you a 5 hour food and beverage package in the Upton Bar from 12pm, with the game shown live with commentary. Their restaurant and Public Bar will be in full swing, with bookings available in the restaurant for a $55 shared banquet menu. Book ahead now!
Richmond Club Hotel
100 Swan St, Richmond
The Richmond Club love Grand Final day and have a great celebration every year, and they are located close to the MCG! If you’re around Swan Street, their doors will open from 8:30am for a pre-game breakfast, including food and beverages for $80 a head. Perfect for those heading to the game or gearing up for a massive day. Kick back at your table before the game until 11:30am. Lunch and dinner bookings are also being taken, with a limited menu available but be quick! Call the venue to book a table or to book in a breakfast package.
Garden State Hotel
101 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
The Garden State Hotel have an option for everyone this coming Grand Final Day! With a great location in the heart of Melbourne on Flinders Lane, you can celebrate the biggest day in AFL however you like. There will be a Public Bar and Beer Garden open from 10am where you can watch the game on all screens. If you’re after more of a planned event or are attending the actual match, you can pay $80 for Brunch in the Garden Grill which is a 10 minute walk from the MCG, it includes a three course meal and a drink on arrival. You can also book in and enjoy a three course lunch for $170 in the observatory that runs throughout the match, and you can watch on the big screen.
605 Victoria St, Abbotsford
Enjoy the big match from The Terminus Hotel in Abbotsford. They will have their doors wide open from 11am, with all seats in the public bar up for grabs for the quickest punters. You can book in advance for their Punters Package. For $100, you’re covered for the entire game, with all beer, wine and food supplied from 12pm – 5pm. Tickets can be purchased from their website.
202 Barkly St, St Kilda
Book your table now to watch the game from the comfort of the Village Belle Hotel in St Kilda. From the first kick-off to the final siren, they’ll be playing the game throughout the whole venue, including on big screens in the Garden Bar and Restaurant. The cold beers will be flowing and the staff will be dishing up your favourite footy snacks all day long. There are limited tables available for booking, but walk-ins are welcome on the day!
The National Hotel
344 Victoria St, Richmond
The National Hotel on Victoria Street will have 7 screens throughout the venue, as well as presenting a special menu for the day. They’ll be opening an hour earlier than usual at 11am and bookings are essential. They will also be showing all the finals games leading up to GF and offering $15 jugs of Carlton Draught during the first quarter of each game (excluding Grand Final Day). However, The National Hotel are offering a special menu for the special occasion. They’ll be showing the game on 7 screens, including their beer garden big screen!
6/60 Fitzroy St, St Kilda
The Secret Garden are planning something big for the biggest day in the AFL calendar. Grab yourself a ticket for $75 to enjoy drinks and food from 1pm till 6pm, including tap beers, wines, basic spirits and a classic Aussie BBQ. The game will be on all screens and on a big projector! The game will finish long before those at the Secret Garden stop having a good time, as DJs and entertainment will go on after the final siren.
517 Chapel St, South Yarra
Watch the 2018 AFL Grand Final on Chapel Street at Katuk! There will be multiple screens playing the match live throughout the venue. Katuk’s Grand Final Day Party has sold out the last three years running, so get in quick! Tickets are $99 per person. Food & Beverage Package supplies you from 12pm to 5pm, all-inclusive of the following; Basic Spirits, Beer, Wine & Sparkling. Food consists of; Burgers served from 12pm until the first ounce and homemade Sausage Rolls and Beef Pies will be available at half time.
Northcote Social Club
301 High St, Northcote
With free entry from 11am, the Northcote Social Club are promising to quench your grand final day thirst with drink specials that won’t empty out your pockets! They’ll have the game screening through the venue, and they’re also running some ripper pie specials that Dennis Cometti himself could only describe as ‘delicious’! If you’d like a table it’s recommended that you book ahead.
57 Swan St, Richmond
The Corner Hotel aren’t taking bookings so this event is one to head to early if you’re feeling that footy fever! The Corner Hotel has a great location in the heart of Richmond and are opening at 9am. The kitchen promises to be open all day, and a pre-game BBQ will be something to look forward to. There are 14 big screens around the venue that will be playing the match and after the final siren has gone a DJ will be downstairs to keep the party going into the night!
By Grace Thomas