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Things to do on the AFL Grand Final long weekend

Whether you're planning to watch the big game, or planning to avoid it at all costs, we've got you covered this Grand Final long weekend
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By Time Out editors |
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Make the most of the long weekend (Sep 28-30) and get stuck into these events, whether you're going all in on the footy celebrations or would rather avoid them all together. Food and drink events are cropping up across Melbourne's restaurants and pubs, while the city's party starters will be taking advantage of the Friday morning lie in.

Don't miss the big game at the best bars and pubs to watch the Grand Final, or go to these great pubs before kick-off starts.

Things to do on Friday, September 28 (Grand Final Eve)

Bars, Pubs

Grand Final Weekend at the Corner Hotel

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The Corner Hotel will be open from 11am on the Grand Final Eve public holiday for a ripper warm-up party featuring a rooftop barbecue, a meat tray raffle and plenty of good vibes. When the sun goes down there will also be tunes played by local DJs in the pub's front bar. 

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Things to do on Saturday, September 29 (Grand Final Day)

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Bars, Craft beer

Grand Final Day at Beer Deluxe

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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. 

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Bars

Grand Final Day at Garden State Hotel

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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. 

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Bars, Pubs

Car Park Party at the Corner Hotel

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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.

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Bars

Grand Final Day at the Woolshed

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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. 

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Bars

Grand Final Day at the Builders Arms Hotel

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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.

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Watch the Grand Final at these pubs

Footy posters at The Palace Hotel in South Melbourne
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Bars, Sports bars

The best bars and pubs to watch the AFL finals

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?

Great Otway National Park
Photograph: Robert Blackburn
Travel, Short getaways

The best day trips from Melbourne

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.  

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