Things to do on Friday, September 28 (Grand Final Eve)
Things to do on Saturday, September 29 (Grand Final Day)
Beer Deluxe at Fed Square is all about the notion that beer and footy go hand in hand. This Grand Final, all taps will be taken over for a Hop Nation and Modus Operandi beer off (more info on the tap list closer to the date). Plus, you won't be able to miss a moment of the big game with all the action being played live and loud across the big screens.
The much-anticipated Grand Final Day match is getting played live and loud in the CBD hotel's beer garden and public bar. Get amongst an $80 per head brunch package where you'll get a three-course sharing-style menu with a complimentary drink on arrival. Or for those sticking around for lunch, you can enjoy lunch and drinks in the Observatory for $170 per head.
Get rearing for the big dance on Saturday with the Corner’s huge car park day party. Gates open at 10am where you can get amongst a huge LCD screen is popping up in the pub’s carpark to show all the big game action from start to finish. It’ll be gold coin entry with the donations on the day going towards the 'Buy and Bale' aid to support local farmers. They're putting on games for the little ones and a Mr Burger food truck will be set up, too. Expect about as much celebration as when Tony ‘Plugger’ Lockett kicked his 1300th goal back in ‘99.
Take your pick of views and brews at the Woolshed on Grand Final Day. There are two VIP package options, as well as booking for general admission. The Super Box VIP luncheon ($150pp) is located in the Harbour View Room and will include a three-course lunch, half-time pies, sausage rolls and scones, plenty of beer and wine and a special appearance by a VIP AFL player. The Mezzanine VIP ($125pp) includes canapes and chunky bowls, half-time eats, bottled beer and wine.
Let the good times roll at the Builders Arms Hotel where they'll be screening the game across the public bar, the bistro and upstairs. Doors open at 9am for those on their way to the 'G who are keen on early beers and egg and bacon rolls. Book a table for lunch and watch the game with a $65 per person menu (hello halftime house-made sausage rolls!) as well as $2 pots of Grand Final Day beer from midday until the first goal. They're booking Brownlow-style big round tables with the first jug of beer on the house, too. A Meatsmith meat tray is also up for grabs with all proceeds going to charity. DJ Goldie from PBS will then finish off the day with tunes until late.
Watch the Grand Final at these pubs
If you can’t get a ticket to the 'G during the finals, the next best place to watch the footy is in a Melbourne pub packed with supporters. But what makes a great footy pub? A big screen (preferably more than one), good sight lines to the action on screen, a knowledgeable crowd, a variety of beers on tap and reasonably priced food. And if they drop the music and crank up the commentary, all the better.
Feel like escaping the city?
If you're looking for a break from the inner-city grid, there's no better cure than a day trip from Melbourne. The state of Victoria is full of friendly neighbourhood towns, whether you're in the mood for a winery tour, a road trip or a national park to explore. These one-day escapes are just what the doctor ordered, so get out there and explore Melbourne's beautiful backyard.