The Piggery Café, Sherbrooke
Want to escape the city chaos caused by foot fever? Head to the regions for a scenic long weekend and enjoy the Grand Final in the Yarra Valley. The Piggery Café offers a more relaxed day of footy celebrations, with lawn games, the char grill churning out barbecue favourites and the serene Burnham Beeches in the background. No bookings required. Visit Yarra Valley has curated a list of local spots to enjoy the game without the madness over the weekend.
Garden State, Melbourne
If you're looking for something a little more up-market or a bit more low-key, the Garden State Hotel has it covered. Choose from a range of footy final packages including: a three-course, pre-game brunch in the Garden Grill; lunch and unlimited drinks from 1:30pm in the Observatory high above the hustle and bustle; or steal a table in the public bar or beer garden from 10am, with the game playing live and loud across all screens. For more info and bookings, click here.
Builder’s Arms Hotel, Fitzroy
Let the good times roll with big screens and big sound at Builder’s Arms – you won’t miss a single bounce, tackle or dodgy umpires' call. Think hot dogs and housemade sausage rolls for an easy Grand Final Day at the pub, with $2 pots from midday until the first goal and a chance to win a Meatsmith meat tray in the sweeps. Doors open from 9am. For more info and bookings, click here.
The Corner Hotel, Richmond
Found in the heart of Richmond, the Corner Hotel celebrates the AFL Grand Final over a four-day footy festival kicking off Thursday. With the MCG just a stone's throw away, it's almost like you're there. Fourteen big screens throughout the venue will be playing the game. With a pre-game barbecue and post-game DJs downstairs included, there's no need to venue hop – just find a spot and stay all day. Open from 9am with no bookings, so get in early.
The Terminus Hotel, Abbotsford
Go east for a Grand Final feast with live coverage of all the action on all screens, as well as a five-hour food and beverage package from 12pm. All beer, wine and food included. The Public Bar will also be in action mode – first in best dressed, so make sure to get in early. Doors open 11am. For more info and booking, click here.
Harley & Rose, West Footscray
Footy Final festivities in Footscray kick off Friday to start the long weekend in style. Saturday will be a family affair with great happy-hour deals on food and drinks from 11:30am until the first goal and $5 pizza for the kids all day. The team will screen the game both inside and in the front yard so you can watch as everything unfolds. If you’re watching from home, their bottle shop is stocked up and their pizza oven will be firing away all day for takeaway orders. For more info and bookings, click here.