It's that One Day in September, and it's so close we can smell it—AFL GRAND FINAL DAY!
Unfortunately, we can’t all sell a kidney to fund a trip to Melbourne to see the game live—however you can still soak up the electric atmosphere and ride the highs and lows of the Tigers vs Crows battle from the comfort of your favourite pub. And hey, even if you don’t know your drop kicks from your handballs, grand final day is still a good excuse for a beer and a sausage sizzle right?
So where should you go to unleash your cantankerous behaviour upon the world? We've rounded up the best of the best places to watch the 2017 AFL grand final in Perth on Saturday.
On grand final day, the motto at the Inglewood Hotel is seemingly go big or go home—literally. Each year they set up their giant projector screen (there's also 20 other HD screens throughout the venue) so you can catch every bit of the action with your mates. One of WA’s best sports pubs, the Inglewood Hotel crew will be opening the doors at 9am so get in early to nab a good spot, or step things up a notch with their VIP service. $89 will get you reserved seating, five drink vouchers and table service for the duration of the game. A rocking GF celebration indeed! Get the details here.
It’s true, The Vic will be shutting its doors for good this weekend, so they’re throwing one heck of an AFL grand final party to say goodbye. Punters will be able to ride every bump and tackle of the game with several big screens situated around this giant pub. Want to guarantee your spot? We reckon you’d be wise to book a table in the restaurant ASAP, then settle in with a bucket of beer every quarter, half time pies and a handball competition. Proceedings get underway at 11am, get all the details here.
A brand newbie on the Perth scene, Dogtown Beerfood opened just last week but that's not stopping them from throwing one heck of a party for grand final day! With two big screens playing the game live, they've also got specials like $20 for four Export or two classic burgers and two Exports for $35. Plus, they'll be doing it all again on Sunday for the NRL finals.
Paddington Ale House
Can’t make it to Melbourne? No probs! Head down to iconic sports-lovin’ pub The Paddo from 9am where you won’t miss a second of the action (there are 15 mega screens) in what promises to be an epic grand final. With $9 Swan pints and live music after the siren, you’ll want to get your crew together and celebrate grand final day in style. Find out more here.
The Wembley Hotel
Six indoor and outdoor bars + a bunch of big screens + food + beers = fun! The Wembley Hotel will be one of THE places to watch the big game on Saturday. With doors being thrown open at 10am, this will be one of the busiest spots in town so get in early. Find out more here.
It’ll be live and loud at The Raffles on grand final day with drinks and food specials from siren to siren (including $12 pizzas and $6 Colonial pints!) and a plethora of screens to watch alllll of the footy action. Head down from 11am and keep the party going into the wee hours. Get the details here.
Beer And Beef Festival
That’s right, the Beer and Beef Festival is back (for reals) this weekend, and they’ll be playing the AFL and NRL grand finals on the big screens at Elizabeth Quay on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Beer, beef and footy. Could you get any more Australian?
Watch the game live atop 140 William at The Aviary's Nest Rooftop Bar while munching down on some delish noms and $8 Little Creatures beers. If the result doesn’t go your way, you can stare out over the Perth city skyline and still feel pretty blessed to be a West Aussie. Doors open at 11am so get there early. Find out more here.
There will big screens galore at The Globe on Saturday for their AFL grand final celebrations. Doors fling open at 11am and there will be food and drink specials like chicken burgers with chips and schooner for $22, plus a post-game band and DJ to keep the party cranking. Get the details here.
Catch all of the action from the MCG at 'The G' (The Guildford) on Saturday from 11am. The party will be spread across two floors and there will be plenty of specials like $5 middies, $10 pints and $75 mini kegs. Some DJ action will follow the game so get pumped for one of the best days of the year. Find out more here.
A Subi institution, $7 Tiger, Red Stripe and Somersby pints will be flowing at Paddy Maguires all day on Saturday with the game showing on the big screen. Opening from 9am, there will also be TAB facilities for you to make the game a liiiiiitle more interesting. Luck of the Irish to you! Find out more here.
Gather your crew and head to The Game for burgers and beers while you watch the footy. There will be Swan Draught and Somersby pints for $8, burger and beer specials and one massive after party. Find out more here.
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