It’s here again. We’re adding our two cents to the ongoing debate over where to make the most of the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne. Here’s our picks, from the classic to the unexpected. Enjoy the party!
Classic: The Rose, Fitzroy
A true Melbourne footy icon. The Rose in Fitzroy has been around for as long as there’s been football in Melbourne. And for almost as long it’s hosted a sport loving crowd. Here you’ll find a quality parma, 13 beers on tap and plenty of revellers to cheer along with.
The Rose is in week three of a footy finals tap take-over at the bar. Keep an eye on the Facebook page to see what’s on for Grand Final Day.
Posh: Garden State, CBD Melbourne
For something a little more up market, our pick is the Garden State Hotel. They’ve come up with a series of packages to suit everyone: A three-course, pre-game brunch in the garden with a choice of a pint or bubbles; A luxe four-course lunch, with drinks, and a spot in the Observatory with an uninterrupted view of the game on the big screen; or escape the footy altogether in the Rose Garden with a package including cocktail on arrival, canapes and a wine package.
Party: Welcome to Thornbury, Northcote
The food trucks will be out in force, dogs are welcome, and the game will be played on a giant 8sq screen. Welcome to Thornbury’s Grand Final Party has it all covered. Food truck stars Mr Burger, Greek Street Food, Super Taco, Senor Churro, Farang Thau Isaan Eatery and Levain Doughnuts will keep you fed. The bar will be serving mimosas from 11, and Esky and tinny specials all day. After the game the party continues with live music and DJs.
Brewery: Stomping Ground, Collingwood
For lovers of beer and football, Stomping Ground might be the spot for you. They regularly have between twelve and twenty beers on tap, and tasting paddles available so you can try them all.
A pre-game ‘feast style’ brunch starts at 10, so you’ll be properly fed and ready for the kick off. In the beer garden, a total of eight screens will play the action. They’ve pulled together a beer garden package that includes a main and beer so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the drama. There’s also a kids’ play area to keep them entertained when the attention lapses.
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The Grand Richmond, Richmond
Whole hog served Tex-Mex style in a West Footscray block party
Harley and Rose, West Footscray
Pizzini pop-up cellar door with barrel tastings plus fabulous salumi bar
Project Forty Nine, Collingwood
A WA chef making native ingredients a staple
House of Food and Wine - Hotel, Melbourne