Couldn't fork out a grand to fly to Melbourne? Neither could we. But the atmosphere will be just as good right here in Perth (that’s our story, and we’re sticking to it). And if you’re lucky enough to see your team play in the finals showdown—even better. Whether this is the biggest day in your 2019 calendar, you’re just there for the party or you like to watch grown men turn into emotional wrecks—this is the definitive list of the spots to catch the big game. Bounce down is at 12.30pm on Saturday 28 September, don't be late.
Here’s where to watch the AFL Grand Final in Perth. Game on.
The Camfield is Australia’s biggest pub and it will definitely be at capacity on game day. This is one of the best spots to really feel the roar of the crowd, with six bars, a microbrewery, beer garden, container bar and restaurant—where else would you want to catch the match? There’ll be food vendors so you can quickly run and get a bite in between quarters. There’s no need to book—everyone can walk right in. We recommend grabbing the Growler Shareplate, available for $80 from siren-to-siren.
Gather your mates and watch the GF at The Vic, serving up $8 pints all day, we can't say no to some of the cheapest beers in Perth. Flick them a message to book a private section or function.
Bounce down to Market Grounds to catch the biggest game of the year. With half time entertainment and prizes up for grabs, it's a no brainer. Grab at least five other mates and go all out with a $55 each siren to siren package—it includes all tap beers, ciders, wine and bubbles, plus a feed for the crew.
The Wembley Hotel
What better way to round out the season than at this old favourite? It will be one hell of a party at The Wembley, with indoor and outdoor bars, footy food and plenty of screens for a good view of the game. Entry is free but we suggest making a booking to secure your seat. For $125 you can score a three-hour drinks package with a BBQ feed.
The Guildford Hotel
With bevvies and some serious dude food, you’ll be in footy heaven at The Guildford. We recommend taking the hassle out of game day and reserving a table. They have brought back their famous MVB, a triple cheeseburger, skewered with onion rings and served with chips for just $25.
The Left Bank
Soak in the footy fever and enjoy the sunshine on the biggest day of the sporting year. The Left Bank is setting up massive screens in the beer garden with plenty of food and drink to choose from, including a classic chicken parmi, walk-ins are welcome.
Big beer-garden? Check. Big crowd? Check. Big screens? Check. Wear your team’s colours (even if they haven’t made it) to The Queens and get ready for a ripper final. To sweeten the deal, there's $10 champers and $8 pints all day long. VIP packages with bottomless drinks are also available but get in quick so you don't miss out.
Secure a good spot in the beer garden and you’ll be all set. There’s free entry and no reserved seating so get in early. If you want to be a little more dignified while you shout at the TV, The Inglewood has a restaurant package for $85 per person. It includes four drinks, table service and share plates. Doors open at 9am.
Crown Sports Bar
Consider this: Crown has the biggest sports bar screens in Australia. So get ready to see every blade of grass and bead of sweat on the ground at the ‘G. They’ll also be serving $8 pints for the big game.
The Generous Squire
Grab your mates and catch bounce down at The Generous Squire. If you have a group of six or more you qualify for a $50 siren to siren package that includes all beers on tap, house wine and soft drink, how can we say no?
Scarborough Beach Bar
AFL Grand Final, the beach and a bar, could you get more Aussie? Watch the game at Scarborough Beach Bar across multiple screens with $6 pints available siren to siren. If you get hungry, the epic beach eats tower is back, including a double-decker feast of seafood, porterhouse steak, delicious sliders and chips.
Looking for more of Perth's best pubs? Search Pubs in The Directory.
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