Top 5 places to watch the AFL Footy Finals

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It’s quickly closing in to what I see as the Melbourne sports highlight of the year. Yeah, I’m not a big Melbourne Cup fan, it is a bit too posh for my taste. I’d rather stay in the pits (read pubs), knock down a coldie and get really emotionally involved in whatever I’m watching. Which is why this coming Saturday and the AFL Footy Finals 2013 is such a highlight. Even if you’re not that into sports, I don’t care, you just have to see the game. Or at least go to a pub and pretend to watch it.

For all us who can’t cough up enough money (i.e. a lot of it) to go and see the real thing, we’ll have to make do with screenings. Not that I’m complaining. Quite often I find the atmosphere of a really engaged crowd at a pub much more exciting than the real thing.

Anyway, here are the top 5 places we’d head on over to see the game on Saturday.

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The Corner Hotel

With 9 big screens over the place, there’s plenty places to see the game. It opens at 9.30 am for breakfast bookings and 10.30 for the general public. And of course, there’s a special grand final day menu.

57 Swan Street, Richmond
www.cornerhotel.com
9427 9198

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The Wharf Hotel

You can see the game on one of the 9 big screens as well as on a truck mounted super screen on the open promenade. They’ll have happy hour between 1 pm – 2 pm and there’ll be BBQ going on during the afternoong. There’s even complimentary drinks at occasions, from first bounce to first goal. Limited table bookings, so just head over there early.

WTC Wharf Riverside, 18-38 Siddeley Street, Melbourne
www.wharfhotel.com.au
03 8680 6000

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The Railway Hotel

For the bit more traditional person, head on over to Railway Hotel. There’s a $50 dollar AFL grand final set lunch menu that you’ll need to book in advance. If you’re not that planned, the courtyard can’t be booked, so just get there early to grab a spot. Doors open at 11am.

280 Ferrars Street, South Melbourne
www.railwaypub.com.au
(03) 9690 5092

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Republica

For the more chilled out footy experience, make your way to St Kilda. The courtyard will be run by Albert Park Football Club and open for footy business from 12 pm. $10 entrance fee and bookings necessary.

St Kilda Sea Baths, 10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
www.republica.net.au
03 8598 9055

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The Grace Darling Hotel

A classic pub with a younger crowd. Prepare to squeeze in and make sure you’re there in good time so you can grab a seats. Close to the CBD, great atmosphere and plenty screens to watch the game on.

114 Smith St, Collingwood
www.thegracedarlinghotel.com.au
(03) 9416 0055

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Great Northern Hotel

This Carlton classic pub is a gem any day of the week, and will surely not disappoint during the footy finals. Even though there’s a great big beer garden and plenty space inside, it will surely fill up fast. They have a great selection of beer and good food, so reserve in advance or show up early to stake a spot.

644 Rathdowne Street, North Carlton
www.gnh.net.au
9380 9569

If you made it this far and know how to count, yes, it is six places and not five, we know. But the series is called Top 5, and we couldn’t change the name and couldn’t really cut any of the pubs. Just live with it, alright?

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