After dozens of matches, hundreds of goals and more than a few frothy beers, the 2019 AFL season is finally coming to an end. But before that happens, Melbourne will be treated to the cream of the AFL crop as the finals series kicks off. And no one is more excited about the finals seasons than Melbourne’s oldest licensed pub, the Duke of Wellington.
If you haven’t been lucky enough to score some (highly coveted) tickets to the thrilling finals, then the Duke is your best friend during the last few weeks of the footy season. The pub has a grand total of 17 screens across three floors (including a rooftop bar), so it’s got a little more going for it than your mate’s dodgy plasma. Every game will be screened live so you won’t catch any footy FOMO.
Put away the footy franks and frozen pies: the Duke also offers finals food deals that score goals every time. Every game day you can order a pie and a pint for $15, or for the fancy fans you can get a $25 steak and wine combo.
Plus even if you are one of the lucky ones heading to the MCG, the Duke is an ideal place to begin your game day celebrations. The 166-year-old pub is located on the corner of Flinders Street and Russell Street, making it the perfect location for a pre-game bevvy or two. The pub is the closest to the MCG of any CBD pub and the tram to the ‘G stops outside the front door (and it’s just a short walk if you’re athletically minded). It’s also the place to celebrate (or commiserate) after a match with 16 beers on tap and pouring until 1am six nights a week.
Entry to the Duke is free during the AFL footy finals. For more information visit the Duke’s website.