The 2019 AFL Grand Final – Where to watch the match like a Melbournian
The 2019 AFL Grand Final. An event so ingrained in Melbourne culture, that we made it a public holiday. Whether you’re a mad Aussie Rules fan or not, Grand Final weekend is a great excuse to catch up with mates or plan a day out with the family. If you’re not one of the lucky 100,000 spectators inside the MCG, here is our selection of viewing points to make the match a memorable viewing experience.
Family friendly places to watch the 2019 AFL Grand Final
Right outside Flinders Street Station, Federation Square is an easy-to-access and picturesque viewing spot for the match. The spirit of the outdoor venue draws a large crowd every year, with footy fans coming together with AFL newbies to enjoy the fun atmosphere that is characteristic of the day. The site hosts free live music before the match and has a variety of pop-up food trucks and comfortable beanbag seats available from 9am.
Where: Corner Swanston Street and Flinders Street, Melbourne
To learn more visit the Federation Square website
Yarra Park is walking distance from the MCG and can be considered the official home of the AFL Footy Festival, which runs in the lead-up to Grand Final Saturday. Entertainment fit for the whole family runs throughout the day and viewing on the live sites giant screen is an experience that cannot be replicated!
Where: Marathon Way, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Victoria University Whitten Oval
Usually the Western Bulldogs Home training ground, VU Whitten Oval is inclusive of all on Grand Final Saturday, with two big screens playing the game and entertainment beforehand from 1pm. Food trucks and a kick of the footy on the oval makes for a full day of family fun!
Where: Victoria University Community Stadium, Footscray VIC 3011
Mates friendly places to watch the 2019 AFL Grand Final
Garden State Hotel
Garden State Hotel is a CBD institution, considered one of the hottest up-scale pubs in Melbourne, sporting a sophisticated public bar and rooftop beer garden in the heart of Flinders Lane. On Grand Final Saturday the venue transforms to provide the ultimate AFL viewing experience for enthusiasts of fine food, with package options from $80per person for tapas-style share plates or a three-course meal in the observatory from $170 per person. For those more casual diners, A la carte options and drink specials are available when doors open at 10am, with fans able to watch the action on the giant screen in the beer garden or public bar.
Where: 101 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Visit the Garden State Hotel website to learn more
Welcome to Thornbury
If bottomless cocktails and unlimited food doesn’t sound like the perfect way to spend Grand Final Day, we don’t know what does! Food truck mecca ‘Welcome to Thornbury’ is once again hosting its Annual Boozy Brunch on the day, where $70 per person includes huge range of local craft beers, cocktails on tap and food trucks to suit every taste. Doors open at 11am, so grab your mates and gear up for a Grand Final garden party like no other!
Where: 520 High St, Northcote VIC 3070
Visit the Welcome to Thornbury website to learn more
The Boatbuilders Yard
A venue that sits on the edge of Southbank, the Boatbuilders Yard opens from 12pm on Grand Final Day to satisfy all your final-watching needs. Six plasma TV screens, a waterfront view, $20 jugs of Carlton Draught and a modern take on the classic Aussie beef pie – need we say more?
Where: 23 S Wharf Promenade, South Wharf VIC 3006
Visit The Boatbuilders Yard website to learn more
The Corner Hotel
The Corner Hotel is an icon for AFL attendees, sitting walking distance from the MCG in Richmond. A recent refurbishment means the venue is ready to tackle the enthusiastic Grand Final Day crowd, starting with breakfast on the rooftop from 9am. The festivities will continue throughout the day, with a pumping crowd wielding pints of local beer sure to line the venue until well after the final siren.
Where: 57 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121
Visit The Corner Hotel Website to learn more
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