It's the time of year when footy fever grips the nation and lovers of the iconic sport gather in excitement to see who will take out the NRL Premiership. With an all-Sydney contest and a huge choice of local watering holes to take in the game, there's nowhere better than the Emerald City to watch the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles battle it out against the Sydney Roosters. Here are the top bars and pubs to watch the hotly anticipated NRL Grand Final.
Feel the fever at the Magic Millions Bar in Manly's Steyne. Recently refurbished, and located in the heart of Manly, passionate Sea Eagles' supporters are sure to pour into this venue. With craft beers and ciders, as well as boutique food offerings, Hotel Steyne is the perfect all-rounder on Grand Final night.
Address: 75 The Corso, Manly NSW 2095
Phone: 02 9977 4977
Coogee Bay Hotel
Celebrating the Grand Final with a BBQ and beers, the Coogee Bay Hotel is a prime spot to get amongst it. Snack on a snag, sip a cold bevvy and soak up the atmosphere, all while cheering your team on. You'll be sure to find a crowd of Roosters' supporters doing the same!
Address: 253 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee NSW 2034
Phone: 02 9665 0000
Manly Wharf Hotel
Spanning four bars, Manly Wharf Hotel is an idyllic spot to embrace the glorious game. At this stunning waterfront bar, fans of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles can indulge in a delicious menu, featuring all the favourites, a vast wine and cocktail menu, and a variety of beers on tap.
Address: Manly Wharf, East Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095
Phone: 02 9977 1266
Beach Road Hotel
With a dedicated Sports Bar hosting the big event, Beach Road Hotel in Bondi is a top place to catch the final. Featuring big screens and pizza and beers aplenty, Bondi locals who are mad about the game will be flocking here.
Address: 71 Beach Road, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Phone: 02 9130 7247
Australian Youth Hotel
Known for their warm and friendly atmosphere and love of the game, the Australian Youth Hotel offers a bar area with three large plasma screens, so you won't miss a minute of the action. You can also catch the game from the leafy rear courtyard, which features a plasma screen and great dining and drinking options.
Address: 63 Bay Street, Glebe NSW 2037
Phone: 02 9692 0414
Golden Sheaf Hotel
Boasting one of the best beer gardens and bistros in the East, the Golden Sheaf Hotel has an atmosphere second to none. This buzzing venue serves up some of the best steak in town, award-winning burgers, and fresh seafood—so that's dinner sorted! The sports bar comes decked out with big screens and pool tables.
Address: 429 New South Head Road, Double Bay NSW 2028
Phone: 02 9327 5877
The Peach Tree Hotel
The outdoor entertainment area at 'The Peachy' offers the perfect setting to revel in the big match. With a huge screen broadcasting the game and a lively atmosphere, you will feel like you're right in the stadium, all while enjoying the comforts of your local. We highly recommend the pizza and schnitzels from the bistro.
Address: 54 Peachtree Road, Penrith NSW 2750
Phone: 02 4731 3444
The oldest licensed pub in Balmain, the Dry Dock has certainly seen its fair share of NRL Grand Finals. A favourite among the locals, it's famed for its great range of beers on tap. Pair a cold one with fare from the bar menu, and sit back and relax.
Address: 22 Cameron Street, Balmain NSW 2041
Phone: 02 9555 1306
Hosting the action from the heart of Roosters' territory is The London, where the beers are cold, and the atmosphere will be fever pitch with excitement. The Main Bar will be screening the game, and locals are sure to pack in, so head down early to garner a prime spot.
Address: 85 Underwood Street, Paddington NSW 2021
Phone: 02 9331 3200
One of the North Shore's favourites, get to the Kirribilli Hotel this Sunday for a family-friendly celebration, including a delicious bistro feed, and a great view of the match off their massive plasma screens.
Address: 37 Broughton Street, Milsons Point NSW 2061
Phone: 02 9955 1415
There's a great buzz at the Trinity Bar during big sporting clashes, and on Sunday it will be no different. Grab a beer from their huge on-tap selection and settle in with mates in front of the big screen. If you're looking to have a meal before the game, Trinity Bar is also renowned for their top-notch pub food.
Address: 505 Crown Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9319 6802
Newtown Social Club
Offering a vibrant and communal setting, Newtown Social Club is an ideal location to watch the Grand Final. With three screens showcasing the game, an array of beverage options, and favourites like pizzas and hotdogs, those mad for NRL will be in footy heaven!
Address: 387 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042
Phone: 02 9550 3974
The Lord Wolseley Hotel
If you're looking for a laid-back location to watch the NRL, The Lord Wolseley Hotel abounds in old-school pub charm. You can perch at the bar and sink a schooner whilst enjoying the biggest match of the year.
Address: 265 Bulwara Road, Ultimo NSW 2007
Phone: 02 9660 1736
At Hotel Concord, passionate punters will feel right at home in the main bar, where the huge screen will display every detail of the NRL Grand Final. There's always a dedicated group of colourful Roosters' supporters barracking for their team, so the atmosphere is sure to be electric.
Address: 39 Victoria Avenue, Concord West NSW 2138
Phone: 02 9736 1891
The Bank Hotel
Closing out our roundup of the best bars and pubs to catch the NRL Grand Final is Newtown's The Bank Hotel. With an expansive bar area to take in the match, there's plenty of room for you and your mates to cheer your team to victory. With fabulous cocktail jugs on offer, along with a selection of beers and ciders on-tap, The Bank Hotel is also a great spot to continue the festivities, long after the siren has sounded—Try!
Address: 324 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042
Phone: 02 8568 1900
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