Bars & Pubs

Where to Watch the AFL and NRL Grand Finals

By Amy Lyall
1st Oct 2015

It’s that time of year again, the weekend footy fanatics live for. Yes—it’s grand final weekend!

With Hawthorne taking on the West Coast Eagles in the AFL on Saturday and the all Queensland decider with the North Queensland Cowboys battling it out against the Brisbane Broncos in NRL on Sunday, you’re in for a huge weekend of sport. 

Although there isn’t a team from Sydney playing in either game, we’ve rounded up the best pubs in Sydney for you to sit back with a few bevvies and enjoy two cracker games of footy this long weekend. 

The Star 


For this monster weekend of sport, head on down to the 24/7 Sports Bar at The Star where you can catch both the AFL and NRL on their massive LED mega screen. Dig into a burger or buffalo wings while you’re there and cheer on your favourite team.

The Light Brigade


This Saturday, doors open at 9am for the AFL grand final with bacon and egg rolls, bloody marys and coffee kicking off the morning. Get down early to this Sydney pub to secure a spot in front of the big screen. You’ll also be able to catch the NRL grand final on Sunday at The Light Brigade, with coverage starting at 6:30pm.

Kirribilli Hotel


You’ll be able to catch both the AFL and NRL grand finals at Kirribilli Hotel this weekend, get down early for $6 craft schooners from 12-4pm. 

Coogee Bay Hotel


It doesn’t matter which grand final you’ll be watching this weekend because Coogee Bay Hotel has you sorted. Head down early and enjoy the sunshine this weekend with a few cold ones in the beer garden before the action kicks off. 

Alexandria Hotel


With two outdoor cinema screens and 15 other plasmas throughout, you won’t miss a minute of the action this grand final weekend whether you’re there for the NRL or AFL. The Alexandria Hotel's bistro menu will be running all day Saturday and Sunday with a BBQ and with huge indoor and outdoor areas, you’ll find a spot no worries at all. 

The Dry Dock Hotel


It’s certainly seen it’s fair share of NRL grand finals and this year will be no exception. The Dry Dock is known for its huge range of beer on tap, so make like a local and head down for a feed from the bar menu and a few cold ones (and the footy, of course).

The Duck Inn Pub and Kitchen


This weekend The Duck Inn will be showing both the AFL and NRL grand finals on the big screens, and with free beers from the bounce or kick off until the first points are scored in each game it’s gonna be packed, so head down early. 

Manly Wharf Hotel 


With two large screens on the jetty and ten others throughout the venue, you wont miss a minute of the NRL on Sunday at this pub in Manly. There’s a BBQ out on the jetty and DJs after the final whistle blows for your Sunday Sesh to really kick off. 

Miranda Hotel


Miranda Hotel is putting on one hell of a party for the NRL grand final, with entertainment starting at 3pm and an INXS cover band rocking out before and after kick off. Every screen will be dedicated to the NRL so you won’t struggle to find a spot in front of the action.   

Newtown Social Club


This weekend, head down to Newtown Social Club to watch the AFL and NRL live on two big screens. You can’t say no to $10 parma subs and $12 jugs of Carlton from 12:30-2:30pm. 

Beach Road 


Pay a visit to Beach Road to catch the AFL and NRL this weekend on the big screens in the sports bar. Grab the crew and head down for a few bevvies and something from the bistro before kick off. 

Golden Sheaf Hotel

Double Bay

With one of the best beer gardens in the East, The Golden Sheaf is the perfect place to enjoy some grand final footy. Boasting some of Sydney’s best steaks and award winning burgers as well as a buzzing atmosphere there are worse places to be for grand final weekend. 

Moore Park View Hotel


They love their league at the Moore Park View Hotel and they’ll have the NRL grand final live and loud this Sunday night. NSW diehards will have to pick a team from north of the border to cheer on, so you might need a few beers before you make that choice. 

Crows Nest Hotel

Crows Nest

If you’re keen to see either grand final this weekend get to the Crowie where they’re showing the AFL on Saturday and NRL on Sunday arvo. Head down early for a few drinks and take advantage of their everyday drink specials. 

The Clovelly


If there’s anywhere in Sydney that will have the NRL grand final on you can always count on the Clovelly Hotel. Pop down early for a Clovelly classic or something from the grill before sinking a few cold ones pre kick off. 

The Oaks 

Neutral Bay

If you’re on the northside you know you’ve gotta head to The Oaks early to snag a spot in the garden bar, but why not? For the NRL on Sunday, stop in for lunch and set up camp while waiting for kick off. With plenty of nibbles on the bar snacks menu and beers on tap you’ll be set for a big afternoon. 

Image credit: Lisa Brooke at The Oaks Hotel

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