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Where to watch the AFL Grand Final

If you weren’t lucky enough to nab a ticket to this year’s AFL Grand Final, never fear. You can still be in the thick of it at many venues throughout Melbourne.

A huge crowd of people cheering on a football game in a big stadium

The AFL Grand Final is almost here. Photo: The 2016 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 1 October 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/AFL Media)

With the family

AFL Footy Festival at Yarra Park

Located at Yarra Park outside Gate 3 of the MCG, the AFL Footy Festival is an action-packed four days including player appearances, music and entertainment, the MILO Kids Zone and the Taste of Footy precinct. The MILO Kids Zone offers plenty of fun for kids with an AFL obstacle course, the Woolworths AFL playground and the Nintendo interactive zone. Settle in on the Saturday to see all the live action as it unfolds!

Fed Square

Settle in with the best seat in the house when Fed Square shows all the action live and loud on their big screen. The free screening kicks off (pun intended) at 2.30pm, but head down early with chairs in hand to secure your spot. Once you’re all set up refuel at one of the awesome food trucks on site!

A night-time shot of Federation Square, with a large screen showing a football match.

The digital screen at Federation Square will be screening the AFL Grand Final from 2.30pm

With the crew

Johnny’s Green Room

Head up high to watch the big game at Carlton’s latest rooftop bar. Enjoy a delicious feast of Italian BBQ food, dance along to DJ tunes and settle in with the best seat in the house. Make it a super feel good long weekend with 5% of all profits from the bar going to Melbourne Indigenous Transition School.

A restaurant rooftop with people sitting and enjoying the view

Johnny’s Green Room

Waterside Hotel

Come for the giant screen, stay for the $9 pints!  Doors to the Waterside’s public bar open at 11am with the match playing live and loud on every single screen.

A rooftop bar with fairy lights

Waterside Hotel

European Bier Café

The European Bier Cafe boasts over 50 varieties of beer and four levels including a rooftop. You’ll be spoiled for choice on where to watch the action (and what to drink while doing it).

Melbourne Public

Two teams, seven screens and one massive party – grand final footy looks awesome at Melbourne Public. Get in early at 11am and pick yourself a perfect spot to watch the action, have a drink and enjoy their in-house DJ spinning tunes as the day draws on.

The George On Collins

Book a table and nibble on Khang Ong’s special grand final day menu while you watch the biggest sporting event of the year at Melbourne’s iconic George building. Starts at 11.30am.

Garden State Hotel

Take in the action at Garden State with an awesome bevs package in the Rose Garden – complete with nibbles and burgers. Foot-balling on a budget? The match will be shown live and loud in the beer garden and public bar across all their screens. Doors open at 10am.

An outdoor bar area

Garden State Hotel

Left Bank Melbourne

Bump up your game day festivities with espresso martinis, DJs and lunch options like double patty burgers and steak fritz at Left Bank. With multiple screens showing the action and glorious views of the Yarra River, you’ll have something awesome to look at where ever you turn.

The Boatbuilders Yard

After much demand, the waterfront AFL fiesta at Boaties is back. Work up an appetite with a handball competition, then devour everything from beef brisket and pulled pork to buffalo wings and tater tots. Once you’ve had your fill, watch the game day action unfold on their mega screen.

A venue on a dock overlooking the water with the city skyline behind it

Boatbuilders Yard

Hardimans Hotel

Make this cosy corner pub your game day local with multiple screens and a huge projector showing all the action live and loud. Sink $9 pints, snack on crispy thick cut chips and let the good times roll at Hardimans.

The Wharf Hotel

Enjoy footy, food and free face painting at The Wharf Hotel. Watch the game on their huge riverside screen or on plasma screens throughout the venue – there’s even a half time handball comp to keep little fans entertained! Free entry, with doors open from 10am.

The Leveson

Pull together a tenner and head to their Grand Final party (with a free drink on arrival) or splurge on a room for your mates with a private bar. Multiple huge screens will be showing the match at The Leveson, with special footy menus offering the goods all day long.