There is no bigger day in the American sporting calendar than the Super Bowl. Now in its 53rd year, the culmination of the NFL season is the most-watched sporting event in America, and the second most-watched annual sporting event in the world (second to the UEFA Championships).
And if you are an NFL fan, you are in luck, because there are plenty of places to watch Super Bowl LIII in Melbourne. All of these venues are offering special American food and drink deals on the day, and you'll be able to catch all of the action, live and loud. The Super Bowl will screen on Monday, February 4.
The party will kick off at 9am at this Southbank craft beer bar. Get your crew together to watch the game live and loud across six screens and two huge walls.
Special food offerings on the day start and 9am and include fried chicken waffles; hot dog with onions and American mustard; chicken wings with hot sauce and blue cheese dressing; pulled pork nachos with all the fixin's; maple bacon and egg roll; and waffle fries with chipotle cheese sauce, jalapeños, sour cream and guacamole. There will be $10 Goose Island schooners to wash all that down.
You can win a front row VIP pack for four people, plus a Goose Island prize pack, by RSVPing on the venue's website. Entry is free.
Catch all the action live and loud direct from Atlanta starting at 9am. There will be $10 Super Bowl eats, $8 Budweisers and $25 buckets on offer. Enter the half-time quarterback competition and test your aim against that of your fellow bunters. The winner will get $100 to spend on food and drinks at the venue. You can register on the day to compete.
After the game is over, you can enjoy some of the best views in Melbourne, as the Wharf is located right on the water in the modern WTC precinct. It's worth taking a day off and doing it properly.
Harlow is the place to be if you want to watch the game in Richmond, with the Church Street pub offering plenty for NFL fans (and just party people) to make the most of the day.
You won't miss a second of the action on Harlow's four screens, plus a projector. Things kick off from 10am, and there will be free Brooklyn Lager schooners from the first whistle until the first point. Brooklyn Lager pints will be $10 during the game, and there will be an American barbecue menu. Entry is free.
Doors will open at the Prince Alfred Hotel at 9am, and breakfast will be available. The big game will be on every screen in the pub, so you won't miss a single touchdown or pass. You can also catch the action outside on the projector screen in the beer garden. Entry is free.
It's always a great atmosphere at the Prince Alfred, and enjoying a few drinks in the beer garden while watching the big game is one of life's pleasures. Don Patriots or Rams colours for a bit of extra fun, or just sit back and enjoy the game.
Find out more at the Prince Alfred's website.
The party starts extra early here, with doors opening at the crack of 7am. You can get Brooklyn Brewing lager on tap, and the American bar snacks menu includes loaded tater tots with pulled barbecue meats, cheese, jalapeños and green onions; loaded nachos with guacamole and chilli; an American hot dog with hot sauce; Buffalo hot wings with blue cheese sauce; and an all-American burger. Entry is free.
You won't miss a thing, with the game playing on screens throughout the venue. More info is available at the Duke's website.
Why settle for one or two screens when you can catch the action across a whopping 24 screens across two levels at the Crafty Squire?
The craft brewery knows how to make the most of a sporting event, with doors opening at 8am and plenty to keep you occupied. Entry is free.
Get comfortable before kick-off, and if you're hungry there will be American breakfast specials all morning. You can even build your own Bloody Mary just how you like it for $20. Or if Bloody Marys are not your thing, the brewery (the only working microbrewery in Melbourne CBD, in actual fact) has plenty on tap to whet your whistle.
Celebrate the Super Bowl in style at the College Lawn Hotel with a four-hour beverage package and share platters of all kinds of American favourites for $99 per person.
Doors open at 9am, and the food and beverage package runs from 10am to 2pm. There will be bottomless Brooklyn Lager, Kosciuszko pale ale, Furphy, 5 Seeds cider, sauvignon blanc, shiraz and sparkling wine. Share platters of food include: sticky honey soy chicken wings; bacon, cheddar and ranch fries; parmesan wedges, sour cream and sweet chilli dip; macaroni and cheese croquettes; pulled pork and chipotle slaw sliders; Wagyu beef and bacon cheeseburgers; New York pizza slices; and loaded beef nachos and sour cream.
This event always sells out quickly, so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
The doors of the Imperial South Yarra will open at 9am, and there will be American hot dogs available from a special hot dog stand set up for the occasion. Entry is free, and if you book a table, you'll get a free round of American beer.
What you need to celebrate the Super Bowl, of course, is beer, and here is where the Imperial South Yarra has planned ahead. Beer and the usual happy hour suspects will be available for $5 during the entire game.
No one wants to watch gridiron hungry, so there will also be a special American menu. You can choose one dish for $15 or three for $35. Dishes include a super dog with beer-braised beef; Big Mac-loaded chips with beef brisket; and fried hot wings with blue cheese dip. You can also get a Cuban sandwich with marinated pork shoulder for $20.
Head up to one of Fitzroy's favourite rooftops to catch all the action of Super Bowl LIII on the big screen. Book a spot early, as space is limited. Entry is free, and doors open at 9am.
For food offerings, there will be American snacks such as a bucket of chicken wings or cauliflower bites for $20 and American hot dogs for $10. Drinks specials include $7 Brooklyn Brewery schooners, $7 whiskey shots and $12 Boilermakers.
The pub is in the heart of Brunswick Street, and its rooftop bar has killer views if you decide to stick around after the final whistle (and we reckon you probably will).
Who says you need to wait for 10.30 to have fun on Super Bowl Monday? Doors will open at the Imperial at 8am, so you'll have plenty of time to get amongst it and get ready for the big day.
You won't struggle to see the game, with it playing on the pub's famous Jumbotron. If bigger is better (and this an American sport we're talking about), surely jumbo is best.
Food and drink will be American on the day, including Coors buckets, Brooklyn Lager on tap and an American food menu all day. Entry is free, but you can book a spot to make sure you get a good table.