Couldn't fork out a grand to fly to Melbourne? Nether 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 2018 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 29 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. 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.
$3.50 pints. Big screens. Enough said. Gather your mates and watch the GF at The Vic with some of the cheapest beers in Perth. You can also upgrade to a pint and pie for $10.
Harvey Leigh’s Public House
Checking out a brand new venue and the grand final all in one go? Yes please! Watch the game from their beer garden at Harvey Leigh’s (the old site of the Beaufort Local). With a raffle, $10 beers, $8 wines plus an after party you’ll be happily in it for the long haul.
Bounce down to Market Grounds to catch the biggest game of the year. Their new outdoor bar will have massive screens to watch the game plus $15 Superdry jugs. Or 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 Wembly with indoor and outdoor bars, footy food and plenty of screens for a good view of the game. For $120 you can score a 3 hour drinks package with a buffet lunch.
Dear god. Even if you’re not a sports fan you will be completely converted at The Stables. It’s serving up five Belvedere cocktails paired with a delish four-course menu for $99 a person. If you’re not too distracted by the meal, the game will be shown live on screens all over the venue. Just make sure you book a ticket.
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. There’s also a comp to win a gold class couch pack for you and three mates.
The Raffles is known for its bargain bites and it’ll be even better on game day.
There are a whole lot of food and drink specials on offer in between sirens including $6 beers and ciders plus $20 pizza & pint. Stick around for the after party.
Live and loud—The Royal has you covered for both the footy and the food. Spend $25 for the footy bites menu with three Asahi beers. If you have a bigger group you can also reserve a private spot with your own screens, food and bar tab.
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 and serving $10 pints. Walk-ins are welcome.
A rooftop bar is just as good as the MCG, right? Reserve a seat at Bob's Bar for all the finals action. You can snack on a Bob’s Box—cheeseburger, wings, fries and a beer for $20. And the parties not over when you hear the final siren—a DJ will be playing tunes until late.
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. There’s $15 beer jugs and $10 champers all day long. VIP packages with bottomless drinks are also available.
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. Win or lose—at least you’re in prime position to either celebrate or drown your sorrows. If you want to be a little more dignified while you’re shouting at the TV, The Inglewood has a restaurant package for $80 per person. It includes four drinks, table service and canapés. Doors open at 9am.
There’s nothing like a pint and pie to fully embrace the footy final. The Globe has you covered for $20 per person for a pint on arrival and pies at half time. Yum.
Paddington Ale House
Ah, the Paddo. This beauty of an old pub has been entertaining footy fans for more than 80 years. Not that you’ll care when your eyes are glued to the 15 mega screens for every second of the game. Be prepared to elbow your way to the front of the bar for a $9 pint and rub shoulders with a sea of guernseys because this place is going to be packed.
Start early and dance all night when (fingers crossed) the Eagles. Blue Flamingo is running a $25 pint and pub classics special and is offering up a door prize of a $500 flight voucher. DJs will be playing all night long so get ready to groove.
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.
Get over your devastation about the Dockers’ shocker of a season and haul yo' ass down to Moondyne Joe's. This classic sports bar will have everything you need for a great grand final.
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