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Things to do on the Grand Final long weekend

Hit the ground running this Grand Final long weekend. Whether you're planning to watch the big game, or planning to avoid it at all costs, we've got Melbourne covered

Whether AFL is your game, the Grand Final is happening and you can't ignore a Friday off. Make the most of the long weekend and get stuck into the celebrations - food and drink events are cropping up across Melbourne's restaurants and pubs, while the city's party starters are taking advantage of the Friday morning lie in. Of course, watching the AFL Grand Final at the pub is a great Melbourne tradition so don't miss it and go to these great pubs before kick-off starts, or head outdoors and head to the best beer gardens in Melbourne.

Friday: Grand Final Day Eve

Grand Final Eve at The Yarra Hotel

The post-hardcore foursome, Burlap, join Melbourne’s own Ply|ers to deliver a musical onslaught of sonic infused noise and activity this Grand Final Eve. The TRAIT records favourites will be joined by The Electric Guitars, SYNTHETIC, FLOUR, LOOBS, The Only Boys, Crop Top, Jenny MCK (Cable Ties) and DJ Ella Thompson. 

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Saturday: Grand Final Weekend

AFL Grand Final Party at The Deck

The Waterfront Hotel has announced the return of its annual AFL Grand Final celebration at The Deck, its lavish inner city bar and viewing platform. Watch the game across five big screens and enjoy food and drink packages throughout the afternoon. DJs will be spinning tunes until late and guests will be in with a chance of winning fabulous door prizes.

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Sunday: Grand Final Weekend

Unlimited Yum Cha at David's

You’ve had a busy weekend. How about taking it down a notch on Sunday? Sit back and relax as traditional Chinese tea and dim sum dishes are delivered to you in their bounty upon a trolley. Remember, it’s unlimited, so make sure you pencil in a post-yum cha nap.

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