EVEN if you miss out on a ticket to the big game at the MCG, there are plenty of great places around Melbourne to watch the AFL Grand Final in 2018.
So if you’re looking to plan your Grand Final day celebrations, here’s the best spots to grab a beer and watch the match.
WHERE TO WATCH THE AFL GRAND FINAL 2018 IN MELBOURNE
Munich Brauhaus — South Wharf
Munich Brauhaus is firing up for the long weekend, with live TV screenings of all the Grand Final action. You can enjoy a line-up of traditional Bavarian and limited-edition Oktoberfest biers, and indulge in the Epic Sports Feast Platter ($140) which includes a full rack of succulent ribs, a whole roast chicken, half a kilo of BBQ chicken wings and much, much more. And if you survive Saturday you can also head back on Sunday to watch the NRL grand final. Check out the full menu here.
The Emerson — South Yarra
Take in the incredible rooftop views while you watch the game on the big screen. On Grand Final day you can choose which package suits you best. Indulge in the $65 beverage package where you’ll get unlimited drinks from the first bounce to the final siren. But if that doesn’t take your fancy you can choose the $20 food and snack package. Get in quick for the VIP booths offer.
Collingwod Live Site – Olympic Park @ The Holden Centre
Join 12,000 die hard Pies fan at their offical Grand Final Live site. Olympic Park Oval at the Holden Centre will become a sea of Black and White on Saturday when the Magpie Army turn out to cheer their team on. There will also be pre game entertainment, giveaways, food trucks and of course plenty of big screens to watch the game on. Book your tickets here.
The Swan Hotel — Richmond
Just a drop punt from the ‘G, the Swan Hotel is always a popular spot on the biggest footy day of the year. Given last year’s scenes, if the Tigers make the big dance, Swan St will be the place to be. On Grand Final day purchase the VIP package which includes an all-inclusive food and beverage package. After the game stick around for the live music from ex-Melbourne Demons players Sammy V and Russell Robertson.
The Local Taphouse — St. Kilda
The Local Taphouse will be screening the game on the big screen downstairs, and on smaller TVs upstairs. Private room for guests can also be booked for your own private party!
There will also be a live band from 9.30pm, and footy inspired Pie + Chips = $15 all weekend.
The Palace Hotel — South Melbourne
Across the series, the AFL finals will be shown across all 8 screens at this South Melbourne pub. There will also be prizes and giveaways throughout the series. There will be a Free Jug of Stone and Wood for any bookings of 5 or more people prior to the game. On Grand Final day there will be $17 BBQ and from the first siren to last, there will be $8 Carlton pints.
Freddie Wimpoles — St. Kilda
They say bigger and better is always best, so head down to Fitzroy St in St. Kilda and watch the game live and loud on the pub’s huge projector. If you’re a lover of beer, then you’re in luck because the team at Wimpoles will be will be showcasing independent Australian breweries throughout the series.
The Albion Rooftop — South Melbourne
If you’re not too busy taking in the rooftop views, the big game will be screened across both levels of the popular South Melbourne venue. Enjoy bar snacks and pub classics all day with entertainment post game and DJs across both levels until late.
Lamaro’s Hotel — South Melbourne
If your team isn’t in the Grand Final, never fear because the team at Lamaro’s have a bunch of sweeps to keep the game interesting. With plenty of gourmet food and extra TV’s to watch the game you’re set for a ripper day.
The Rose Fitzroy
This final series the Rose will be showcasing local craft beer. There will be four hand-selected beers to try & brewery prize giveaways at halftime. Every game will be shown live on their six screens. On Grand Final day they’ll be a footy menu, half time kick-to-kick in the street. After the final siren sounds join in the long tradition of proudly blasting out the winning team’s song.
The Sporting Globe — Richmond
Enjoy the big clash from Melbourne’s most well-known sports bar. With over 50 screens to watch from, you won’t miss a second no matter your vantage spot. There will be $20 beer buckets all day and an array of packages are available. It’s guaranteed to sell out so get in quick!
Imperial Hotel — CBD
It’s a Melburnian’s dream; footy and a bottomless breakfast. Between 8.30-11.30am jump on board the $75 deal for bottomless drinks with a delicious breakfast. After 11.30am opt for the $60 deal for a jug of beer, footy food & an all day BBQ on the rooftop. Don’t forget to secure your booking before it’s too late!
Why not celebrate grand final day while also raising money for charity? The team at Dr Morse will be having a charity raffle with $500 AFL voucher, Sherrin footy, venue vouchers and meat tray all up for grabs. All raffle proceeds are going to Baht Babies and a local charity yet to be decided.
Provincial Hotel — Fitzroy
All the footy action will be live & loud from the first bounce on the rooftop and ground floor
Get in early for a spot on the rooftop, or book a table for your crew on the ground floor.
College Lawn Hotel — Prahran
With 18 screens and 2 projectors across the whole venue, the College Lawn will be the best spot to be in Prahran on Grand Final day. Stick around after the final siren for plenty more drinks and a live DJ playing until close.
Hawthorn Hotel — Hawthorn
Hawthorn’s most iconic pub will be pumping even if the Hawks don’t make the final showdown. With $30 Furphy Mega jugs all day and happy hour from 4-7pm you’ll be doing your hip-pocket a favour too! Grab your 5 closest mates and book a table to score a free mega jug.
Skinny Dog Hotel — Kew
Grab one of their famous parmas and a beer or two and watch the showdown from their massive screen. Get there early though, sports lovers turn up in droves to this Kew icon or you can book a private space for you and your mates.
Welcome to Thornbury — Northcote
Forget the ‘G, Northcote is the place to be this Grand Final day. With plenty of screens to view the game on (including one giant truck yard screen). You’d be a fool to not get around the pre-game fuel pack which for $70 includes food, a guaranteed seat for the final and most importantly unlimited beer, mimosas and espresso martinis from 11am-2pm.
Foresters — Collingwood
This Smith St pub is shaping up to the best spot in the inner east to watch the game. With $5 parmas all day, 32 beer taps, a 4am license and DJs till late, you won’t even need to leave the venue to get a great game day atmosphere.
Imperial — South Yarra
The best place to catch the AFL Grand Final on Chapel St will be the Imperial. Kick back and enjoy 4 hours of bottomless drinks and roaming canapés with the AFL Grand final package. Get in quick this $70 package won’t last long.
Hanoi Hannah New Quarter — Richmond
Just because it’s Grand Final day, it doesn’t mean you need to settle for burnt snag and stale bread. The team at Hannoi Hannah are bringing traditional Sunday Yum Cha to AFL’s biggest day with a selection of Vietnamese-inspired Yum Cha plates (prices $4-$12) and bottomless booze (% 30pp). Bookings are must if you don’t want to miss out on this delicious offering.
Beer Deluxe — Hawthorn
The guys at Hawthorn have an exclusive package deal for $75pp. The package includes drinks from the first bounce to the final siren and your choice of burger and chips. After the Norm Smith is announced settle in for the rest of the night with live music.
Beer Deluxe — CBD (Fed Square)
Only 5 minutes from the G, this CBD hot spot is the ideal place to experience the atmosphere of game day. As well as plenty of screens to watch on, some of Modus & Hop Nation’s best beers will be on tap all day.
Morris Jones — Windsor
If you’re in Melbourne’s inner southeast, then your Grand Final day plans are sorted. Morris Jones will be serving up $6 procescco and $12 espresso martinis for the big game. Stick around for happy hour specials which will be from 4pm-7pm. Book in now so you can enjoy all the action from 3 big screens across their cocktail bar and courtyard.
Left Bank Melbourne – Southbank
Enjoy all the Grand Final day action with a view of the spectacular Yarra River and city skyline. If you can take your eyes off the amazing views you can watch the game live and loud on multiple screens. The team will so conjuring up their favourite cocktail ingredients’ with beer. Don’t knock it till you try it! More information on their BBQ canapes and live DJ set times on their website.
WHERE TO WATCH THE AFL GRAND FINAL 2018 OVERSEAS
Washington, DC — The doors open at 9pm at Buffalo Billiards and there will be drinking games to pass the time until the game starts at 12:30am. Entry is $20, and includes 1 free drink. All proceeds help out the DC Eagles.
San Francisco — The Golden Gate Australian Football League is bringing the AFL Grand Final to San Fransisco! The entire venue will be showing the game on every screen, as well as on a huge “jumbo” screen. Don’t forget to secure a ticket.
Austin — Join the local team, the Austin Crows at Lavaca St Bar on South Lamar for the big game. The entire bar will be exclusive to this event and will be showing the game on more than 20 big screen TVs. No tickets will be available at the door so make sure you grab some online!
Portland, Oregon — Hosted by the Portland Australian football Club at On Deck Sports Bar and Grill, watch the Australian sporting event of the year. By buying a ticket you also support funding for USAFL National Championships!
New York — Even if you’re in America you can indulge in a meat pie and the footy this Grand Final day at 5th & Mad Bar. Grab a ticket now for an early bird saving!
Los Angeles — The LA Dragons Football Club is hosting a Grand Final party at Busby’s West. There will heaps of festivities on the night including a raffle and $4 pint drink special courtesy of Bud Light.
Chicago — The Chicago Swans at the Brichhouse Tavern are promising an event better than their Australia Day party. Which may be possible with prizes, raffles, plenty of TV’s to watch the game and a themed photo station so you can post photos to Instagram with Australian themed props!
Wellington — The Wellington Sports cafe will be screening the game from 3pm, with the centre bounce at 4.30pm local time.
Christchurch — Head to The Redwood Bar where teams from the Canterbury AFL league gathers here annually to watch the Grand Final. Make sure you come and join us for what is always an awesome night. Cold beer is flowing and great food options are available.
Shanghai — Head along to Camel Sports Bar, where The Shanghai Tigers are hosting city’s largest Grand Final Party with Big BBQ, sweeps, raffles, prizes and a huge selection of Australian beers.
Hong Kong — Local footy club — Hong Kong Dragons are hosting an event at their grounds to celebrate Grand Final day. Across town the Bounty Entertainment and Sports Bar will also be opening it doors to footy fans.
Tornoto — Local AFL club Toronto Dingos are hosting their 23rd annual Grand Final party. At the Office Pub There will be giveaway door prizes, a raffle, as well as various other game throughout the night. Grab your tickets to Toronto’s hottest party or you’ll miss out.
Vancouver — Be transported to Melbourne by enjoying a BBQ while watching the game at Vancouver’s Second Floor Eatery.
Bali, Kuta — Bring it more Aussie flair to Bali by watching the game! Both Holy Guacamole and Moo Moos Steakhouse Bar & Grill will be hosting events for any ex-pats, or holiday makers needing their footy fix.
Osaka — Head along to Coolabah Sports cafe, which will have plenty of Aussie food on offer to dig into while you watch the game.
Tokyo — If you’re in the country’s capital there will be a Grand final breakfast at Brew La La hosted by the Tokyo Goannas with raffles, entertainment and the game on a projector screen in HD. Make sure you reserve a spot.
Ho Chi Minh — Experience Grand Final day in Ho Chi Minh. The event is shaping up to be more than just watching the game, with kids entertainment, raffles, and games to pick the best players and goal kickers. This extravaganza is set to sell out so grab your tickets here.
Bangkok — Never fear if you’re in Thailand and worried about missing the match! In Bangkok you can head along to The Coffee Club 2018 AFL Grand Final Family Day hosted by AustChamThiland. There are plenty of different package deals for families or individuals wanting willing to spend a few extra Baht!
Phuket — Aussie Pub Kamala will be showing the great game, with plenty of great drinks and food deals to top off the day! Walkabout Sports Bar will be welcoming walk-ins to the venue, with plenty of screens to watch on.
London, Hammersmith — Belushi’s will have plenty of screens to watch the game on at their Hammersmith venue. Get in quick for their table packages!
London — After 11 years, The Clapham Grand knows how to host London’s best Grand Final Party! Grab an Aussie snack and a beer or two and enjoy the game!
London — Join the biggest AFL team outside of Australia, The Wandsworth Demons at The Alexandra. Entry is free and there will be plenty of beers and meat pies to dig into while the game is on.
Paris — Local AFL team Paris Cocks will be celebrating the game at Belushi’s in Gare Du Nord. Doors Open at 5:30am, so you can grab breakfast and a beer if you’re keen while watching the clash.
Rome — If you’re keen for an early wake in Rome, head to Irish pub Scholars Lounge for the AFL Grand Final.
Barcelona — Wake up early and head along to George Payne Irish pub to watch the showdown. Grab a cold beer, cider or Bloody Mary to kickstart your morning then enjoy watching the match on one of the many big screens live and with commentary.
Barcelona — Belushi’s will have plenty of screens to watch the game on at their venue. Get in quick for their table packages!
Amsterdam — Belushi’s will have plenty of screens to watch the game on at their venue. Get in quick for their table packages!
Amsterdam — Don’t just watch the footy, have a kick to kick in the breaks at The Duke of Oz
Berlin — Belushi’s will have plenty of screens to watch the game on at their venue. Get in quick for their table packages!
Munich — Where better than the home of beer is a better place to watch the AFL Grand Final? If you can’t be Melbourne, Munich bar has to be the next best spot. The Keg Bar will have breakfast available, make your reservations here.
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Originally published as Where to watch the AFL Grand Final