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Where To Watch The 2018 AFL Grand Final In Melbourne

By Urban List Writers - 18 Sep 2018

Look, let’s be honest. The AFL Grand Final is probably our favourite public holiday. Probably because it involves all our favourite ‘F’ words—footy, friends, food and Furphy (well, almost all of them). You don't even need to like football. Just soak up that free Friday and say thanks very much. 

There's some good events and live screenings going down this weekend. Here's everywhere to watch the AFL Grand Final in 2018.

Lamb Sausage Rolls At Pontoon

Okay, so these guys are closed on Saturday, but they do offer the perfect start to the long weekend—tight-ass friendly bevs, snag rolls and a view of the Bay. From 4pm Thursday, Pontoon is offering up Australia’s national dish, lamb and rosemary sausage rolls in a combo with a tin of Furphy for $15 (noice). Happy Hour also goes from 4–8pm with $6 wines, $6 pots and $12 espresso martinis. Good start to the long weekend. 

Where: Pontoon, 30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda
When: Thursday 27 September
For more info, click here.

Free Pots At The Grosvenor Hotel 

Happy Hour kicks off (ha ha) from 12pm, which is just enough time to get yourself buzzed in case things don’t go well for your team. You might want to start lining up at first siren, coz The Grosvenor are giving free pots of Coopers until the first score. There’ll also be extra screens scattered about the hotel. The doors open at 11am too, so it's easy to find a good viewing pozzy. 

Where: 10 Brighton Road, St Kilda East
When: 29 September, 11am—1am
For more info, click here.

Drinks Packages At The Cricketers 

The Cricketers are offering special drinks packages from first bounce to final siren—no matter the end result. The Classic Package will get you Carlton Draught, house wine, sparkling & Aperol Spritz, and the Premium Package adds on spirits, French Champagne and Espresso Martini. All unlimited access for the whole game—heck yeah. 

Where: 69 Cruikshank Street, Port Melbourne
When: 29 September, 12pm—11pm
For more info, click here.

$2 Pots At Victoria Hotel Footscray

It's all systems go at Footscray's Victoria Hotel on GF Day. They're running bacon and egg rolls in the morning, $2 pots from first bounce to first goal, Norm Smith sweeps and sausage rolls all 'round. If you want to kick things up a notch, sign up for James Cornwall's special $45/head set menu.

Where: 43 Victoria St, Footscray
When: Saturday 29 September, from
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Mega Sports Screens At 'The Pub'

So CUB has just opened a showcase pub inside Crown, and it's called...The Pub (you might remember it as the old Lagerfield). The Pub will be rocking on GF day, as you'd expect, with eight sports mega screens, live entertainment and $60 food and bev packages. Good choice if you're planning to spend the day on Southbank.

Where: The Pub, Crown Casino
When: Saturday 29 September, from
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BBQ Spit Roast At Dr. Morse

Picture this one: big screen, Bodriggy tinnie specials and a dirty-big spit roast at Dr. Morse. Not a bad Grand Final recipe, that. There's also a charity raffle running on the day (all proceeds are going to charity, so dig deep). 

Where: 274 Johnston St, Collingwood
When: 29 September, from
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Heineken Buckets At The Emerson 

If you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets to the game, The Emerson is putting on a stadium-style spread (so you don’t feel left out). There'll be food specials, drink packages and Heineken Buckets to keep your spirits up. And besides, whether you win or lose, it’s hard to be sad when you’re on a rooftop that overlooks the city.

Where: The Emerson, 141–145 Commercial Road, South Yarra
When: 29 September, 12pm–5am
For more info, click here.

Free Grub At PA's 

What’s more Australian than a BBQ and beers? Newly re-opened in Carlton, Prince Alfred's will be playing the game across both levels, so there’s no excuse to miss it. There'll be free snacks at the three-quarter mark and free sweeps for those wanting to make things a bit more interesting. If you’re travelling in four or more, book ahead to get a free jug on arrival (so much free stuff).

Where: 191 Grattan Street, Carlton
When: 29 September, 11.30am
For more info, click here.

Boozy Breakfast At Welcome To Thornbury 

Okay guys, this is a big one. Welcome To Thornbury are hosting a boozy GF breakfast turned boozy dinner with spit-roasted pork rolls and unlimited beer, mimosas and espresso martinis for $70 per head. There will also be DJs spinning tunes from 11am right up till game time. Book in advance to ensure a seat.

Where: Welcome To Thornbury, 520 High Street, Thornbury
When: 29 September, 11am–6pm
For more info, click here.

VIP Drinks Packages At The Woolshed 

The Woolshed is hosting three different spaces for the game, so there's something to suit every budget. There’s free GA available, plus two different VIP packages (if you’re feeling extra boujee). A VIP ticket will get you upgraded food and drink packages, as well as half-time pies, sausage rolls and scones. There'll also be drinks specials, sweepstakes and prizes for the best dressed (ooh, aah).

Where: The Woolshed, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
When: 29 September, 12pm–late
For more info, click here.

$2 Pots At The Builders Arms Hotel 

The guys from Builders Arms are smart. They realise the order of importance for footy fans on GF day is game, booze and food. Their bar menu offers hot dogs, burgers, house-made sausage rolls and sandwiches that can all easily fit in one hand, PLUS $2 pots for the other (until the first goal is scored). They’re even opening at 9am, so those on their way to the G can grab an egg and bacon roll for the road. There’s also set lunch packages for groups, complete with half-time sausage rolls, scones and lamingtons.

Where: Builders Arms, 211 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
When: 29 September, 9am–late
For more info, click here.

Vegan Pisstake At Evie's Disco Diner 

Look, we’re going to be honest. Not everybody's a die-hard AFL fan (sorry, but it’ true). If your friends are harassing you to watch the game, then Evie's is perf. While they will be projecting the game onto the big screen, the day will also be hosted by a local stand-up, offering some much-needed comedic relief to ease tensions, a bottomless brunch, $7 pints and $10 jugs, plus the chance to win vegan-tastic “meat” trays.

Where: Evie's Disco Diner, 230 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
When: 29 September, 11.30am–1am
For more info, click here.

5-Hours Of Food At The Prahran Hotel 

An oldy but a goody. Prahran Hotel has a five-hour food and bevvy package for ultimate indulgence. $105 per person will get you roaming canapes in the Upton Bar otherwise book a table downstairs for a shared banquet for $55 per person. The Public Bar will be open all day for everybody else but get in quick because it’s first in, best dressed. The game will be played throughout the hotel, complete with live commentary.

Where: Prahran Hotel, 82 High Street, Prahran
When: 12pm–5pm
For more info, click here.

Don't care about the 2018 Grand Final? You'll care about this—we just found a Melbourne crew slinging loaded potato cakes

Image credit: Annika Kafcaloudis

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