Heading to the MCG or Marvel Stadium for a concert, AFL or blockbuster sporting event? Here’s where to stop off for pre or post-event feasting.
Restaurant near the MCG
It’s hard to go wrong at this upmarket Greek souva joint. Gazi’s go-to are the savoury, juicy, salty souvlakakia. There’s Hellenic street food or large sharing plates if you’ve got time to linger. If you’re in a rush to catch the game, grab a souvlakakia to go.
Riverland Bar is ideally placed for a footy trip. Nestled by the Yarra River below Fed Square, with a bit of luck the spring weather shines and you can have a swift one by the water before the game. Their snag and pint deal makes your lunching decisions even easier – a delicious sausage and a pint of Great Northern will only set you back $10 if you order before the first bounce.
A little further along from Riverland is Pilgrim Bar. Baguettes and toasties are the go, or choose a meat and cheese platter to share. Small plates tend towards the veggo, and the waterfront view is fab.
Il Pom Italian
Right in Fed Square, Il Pom Italian serves up all your pizza and pasta favourites, so there’s no need to spend ages working out what to order. Look for the red umbrellas and bag yourself a table alfresco.
Situated under those iconic orange umbrellas and sparkling lights at Fed Square is Time Out. Sip a cocktail or two outside before the game or feast on modern delights like fried chicken burgers, fresh grilled salmon and warming pumpkin and fetta pizza. Breakfast is served until 3pm, so a pre-game brunch complete with mimosas is definitely not out of the question.
The Duke of Wellington
Take it to the next level and head to the rooftop at The Duke of Wellington. Watch the crowds pass by as you hoe into a tasty parma or fresh poke bowl.
Start the footy fiesta early at Fonda Mexican, just a short 15 minute walk from the Melbourne Cricket Ground. They offer a delicious range of tacos, quesadillas, burritos and salads – all with an Aussie twist. A great option for a quick and juicy bite before the big game!
The Tippler & Co
Only a stone’s throw away from the Melbourne Cricket Ground is The Tippler & Co. This hip bar and eatery has an ever-changing food and drinks selection. We recommend trying the pre show tapas menu, where you can indulge in five dishes for only $25 before heading to the footy. If you’re after something heavier, there’s seared lamb rack or pan-fried gnocchi.
Geppetto Trattoria is conveniently located right across the road from the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This traditional Italian restaurant offers plenty of pasta and antipasto dishes to fill up on before the game.
Near Marvel Stadium (formerly Etihad)
A Docklands secret, Limonetto Gelati make all their fresh flavours on-site. Before your team gets their just desserts on the field, get your own little treat on the walk over to Marvel Stadium. Flavours include Ferrero Rocher and lemon sorbet.
Diner, bar and grill, watering hole – however you want to describe it, Hightail is definitely worth a drop in. This huge space is filled with mountains of tap beer, an extensive wine list and enviable cocktail menu. The food is everything you want it to be – scotch fillet steak, chargrilled chorizo, chicken schnitzels and more. You’re sure to find your happy place at Hightail, less than 10 minutes walk away from Marvel Stadium.
The menu at Banoi fuses generations of Vietnamese family recipes with Melbourne foodie favourites, dishing up a modern street food. Start your culinary experience with crab and prawn imperial spring rolls, pork and prawn wontons and maple sriracha chicken ribs. Head down for ‘Crispy Friday’, when the menu offers crispy pork belly in every dish. It’s the perfect pre-game pit stop, just a short five minute stroll from Marvel.
Positioned perfectly between Marvel Stadium and Southern Cross Station, A25’s pizza is perfect when you’re peckish and in a pinch for time. A paper-thin base is the foundation for the ‘bufala’ – made with buffalo mozzarella, tomato, fresh basail and extra virgin olive oil. Or try the ‘Man’s man’ with Italian pork sausage, double smoked leg ham, cacciatore salame, fior di latte and parmesan. Vegan and gluten-free bases are also available.