It's that time of the year once again, that one day in September......well, October...but anyway.
Beer is flowing freely, pies are being injected with a healthy amount of tomato sauce, and the TAB is full to the brim with punters looking for some value in that first goal kicker (I never pick it). And what better way to watch the game than to gather around a table, throw a few jugs filled with amber liquid on top and scream at a team that you don't support at any other time of the year, today is different.
Wondering where to watch this grand final this Saturday? Here are some of the best events happening on Grand Final Day that you should look at booking.
Arbory Bar & Eatery
Located right on Flinders Street Station, and a short walk to the G', Arbory Bar & Eatery is the perfect spot to go to before or after the big game this Saturday. Arbory Bar & Eatery will be open from 7.30am, so a great spot for breaky before the game, with Chef Nick Bennett's new menu that includes breakfast items: 'Sweet Corn Fritters, Smoked Salmon, Confit Leek, Dill Oil & Goats Curd' X 'Savoury French Toast, Asparagus, Poached Eggs & Hollandaise Sauce'
The kitchen will be open until 1am, so come and enjoy a Double Cheeseburger, Bacon, Pickles Tomato Relish & Crinkle Cut Chips, alongside a Helles Lager from Stomping Ground Brewery.
The Rochester Hotel
Head down to The Rochey for Grand Final Day. They have the big game showing on the big screen and five TVs throughout the venue with dude food specials such as party pies, sausage rolls and hot dogs on offer. For punters who pre-book a table they'll get a free jug of Coopers to help them slide into the day.
The Duke Of Wellington
The Duke is the destination for all interstate supporters, this year following in tradition they will rename themselves as The Duke Of Sydney. Melbourne’s oldest pub will be showing the match live and loud on all screens. Doors open from 7am with breakfast available. The perfect spot if you need to grab a bite to eat before heading to the match.
Prince Of Wales
Everything kicks off at The Prince from 12pm. The Boags will be flowing freely, with a ticket for their Grand Final Day raffle coming with every pot of James Boags purchased. A $400 bar tab is the top price, with the classic meat tray for 2nd prize. There will be $2 pots of Boags from the first bounce until the first goal, as well as meat pies and sausage rolls filling your stomach.
They'll be offering up delicious burgers all day for just $15, with a variety of top quality local beers to be sampled. In case you're keen on a beer, you can enjoy free pots of Coopers Pale Ale from the first bounce to the first score—point or goal. Spot prizes will also be given away on the day.
You'll be covered from 10am at The Botanical, with plasma screens and surround sound getting all the action straight into your eyeballs. They have a Grand Final Big Breakfast on offer as well as an all day BBQ if you're keen on a snag.There will also be drink specials, a tipping comp, prize and giveaways. Throw in an after party with live entertainment, and the fact that you don't even have to book and you're set for the big day.
If you're watching the big game down on the peninsula, then making your way to the Portsea Hotel is a very good idea. Doors open from 11am, and you'll be able to catch the game via their big screen HD projector.
College Lawn Hotel
The College Lawn will be showing the game live and loud throughout the day, with DJs from 6pm. On Thursday they'll be holding their annual Sportsman's Lunch hosted by Liam Pickering. The panel will include Jack Riewoldt, Glenn Archer and Terry Wallace. Tickets available here.
Bounce down the laneway at Bridge Hotel and revel in all the Grand Final Day action on over 14 screens. If you're heading to the game you can fuel up on The Bridge's pre-game breakfast menu from 10am-12pm.
The grand old lady of Abbotsford is lacing up her footy boots and terming it up for this year’s granny. The flood gates open at 11am with the public bar open all day and for just $100pp you can have a centimetre-perfect package upstairs with roaming canapés and beverages from 12pm-6pm. With a DJ following the Norm Smith, you'll be in fine form to tackle the long day.
Watch the Dogs & Swans battle it out for ultimate glory on over 20 screens at Prahran Hotel. Doors open 11am with a $50pp restaurant package on offer including a 2 course set menu, drinks at bar prices and a table is yours for the day, or head upstairs to Upton Bar and take on their $100pp four-hour food and drink package. Kick on with a DJ following the Norm Smith presentation.
Garden State Hotel
Catch all the best spoils, speccies and sledges in the business at Garden State’s inaugural Grand Final Day. They've got a pre-game breakfast on offer for $85pp, or stick around and catch all the action with either their Game time in the Garden package for $85pp or Game time in the Observatory package for $155pp. For tickets and more info click here.
The Aviary Hotel will be showing the game on three big screens and hosting a classic Grand Final BBQ in the beer garden. There will be games, prizes, and raffles both before and during the game and you can wash everything down with $2 pots of Boag's until the 1st score. Also on offer are $12 Boag's jugs and $18 cocktail jugs all day and your traditional meat tray raffle.
Image Credit: Arbory Bar & Eatery