With the 2017 AFL grand final upon us, and the NRL final hitting our screens the very next day, the question of where to watch the footy finals in Brisbane has reared its head, yet again. Before you resign yourself to another year on the couch with a bowl of Cheetos, you might want to check out our pick of the Brisbane bars who are kindly screening the footy finals for you this year.
Whether you like your finals game with a side of craft beer, a bowl of wings (er, yes?), or a rowdy crowd of sports fans, we've got you covered. Here's where to watch the footy finals, Brisbane ballers.
The Flying Cock
Who's up for a spot of bird watching? Come down to The Coop at The Flying Cock to watch Adelaide and Richmond battle it out in the AFL grand final. Saturday antics kick off from 1pm, with jugs of XXXX and a kilo of wings for $25 keeping hunger at bay pre-game. Sunday's NRL final is gearing up from 5pm (but a few cheeky pre-game bevvies and a feed wouldn't go amiss, tbh), plus they'll be serving their famous Sailor Jerry's and ginger beer slushies—which of course you'll be drinking. Click here to get all the details.
A relative newbie to the Brisbane bar scene, The Monty in West End is lifting the spirits of West Enders and playing the tigers vs crows game this Saturday. Pop in for some proper gastro pub grub, the fact they've got 17 beers on tap. Oh, and $10 espresso martinis—because we're feeling classy this AFL grand final day.
The Wickham Hotel
The newly renovated Wickham has just undergone quite the transformation, including a new beer garden, awesome bar food menu, and schmick new bars, upstairs and down, and is now the perfect spot to watch the footy finals with your crew.
The Plough Inn
If the thought of a pumping beer garden does it for you, then you'll love what The Plough Inn are dishing up for the AFL and NRL grand finals this year. Perched moments from South Bank Beach, The Plough Inn has the upbeat vibe and ridiculously good pub food you love, in a handy inner-city location.
The Regatta Hotel
Cheeky weekend sessions in The Regatta Hotel courtyard are a must—especially when there's a weekend chock full of footy finals! A Brisbane institution and long-time local favourite, Regatta Hotel's sleek and airy bar overlooks the Brisbane River and is the perfect spot to gather the crew, be you a die-hard AFL or NRL fan.
There can't be mention of footy finals without featuring iconic Brissy pub, The Caxton. This Brisbane icon's proximity to a sporting arena makes it a no-brainer for catching the footy finals—think of all the sporting legends that have downed a frothy under The Caxton's hallowed roof.
The Breakfast Creek Hotel
The Brekky Creek's iconic beer garden will have the finals games blaring from seven metre screens, and the Substation No.41 Rum Bar will also be screening the game.
The Fox Hotel
If you haven't been to South Brisbane pub, The Fox for a while, it's time for a catch up. The Fox has had a makeover, and now boasts a plethora of funky bars for catching the game. The awesome pub grub on offer only sweetens the deal.
Embassy Craft Beer Bar
If you're looking for casual footy finals-watching joint in CBD, look no further than Embassy. A craft beer bar, The Embassy is a favourite with corporate kids, and with 16 beers on tap and over 100 bottled varieties it's not hard to see why. Choose you poison, choose your seat, and settle in.
The Alliance Hotel
We know we're always banging on about how great The Alliance Hotel is, but that's because this Brissie pub rocks, plain and simple. The fact this gastro pub is also screening the AFL and NRL finals (on every screen in the house, too!) only makes our ball-sports loving hearts grow fonder.
Riverbar & Kitchen
Riverbar & Kitchen are screening the AFL grand finals in their usual couth style, with no sound, and plenty of Pimms jugs.
Caxton street craft beer bar, Brewski will be screening both the AFL grand finals, and the NRL finals in two weeks time. Book a table for your pals or grab a spot in the beer garden, grab one of their Spring lamb meatball baguettes and a frothy, and settle in for a great day of sports watching.
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