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Seven Pubs to Hit Before, During or After the Game

Whether it's to celebrate, participate or commiserate, these Melbourne pubs will be there for you post-game.
By Kat Hayes
August 29, 2018
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Seven Pubs to Hit Before, During or After the Game

Whether it's to celebrate, participate or commiserate, these Melbourne pubs will be there for you post-game.
By Kat Hayes
August 29, 2018
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SEVEN PUBS TO HIT BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER THE GAME

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Whether it's to celebrate, participate or commiserate, these Melbourne pubs will be there for you post-game.

Sports season is upon us, folks, which means either celebratory or commiseration beers are upon us, too. There's always a last-minute shuffle among sporting fans as they try to find a pub or bar that's close to the game and won't take three trams and a bus to get to. Starting with a few beers and then just rolling on down the road is the whole aim of the game, right? Apart from your team winning, of course. 

We've partnered with Heineken to compile a list of sports-passionate places where you can snaffle down a few beers, set up camp to watch the game, celebrate a win, or cheer yourself up after a loss. When you've got your mates around (and a beer in hand), it's all part of the fun. 

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    Campari House is a pretty good place to send out-of-towners when they want a quintessentially Melbourne bar experience. Laneway location? Tick. Rooftop bar? Tick. Good Italian food? Tick. It’s also an A+ place to settle in for a plate of pasta and a couple of Heinekens before the game. Make your way from the downstairs dining room to the rooftop before heading out to the game at Etihad. Stomachs lined with pasta and beer will last the distance through a cold winter’s footy game — it’s common knowledge.

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    Nestled in the terrace-lined backstreets of Prahran, this southside pub and bistro is a dependable local that no doubt gives its neighbours some grief over the weekend. In addition to the main bar, dining area, public bar and bottle shop, the large astroturf-lined beer garden can house hundreds on hot summer days and, conveniently, has an outside bar to cater for it. The place is a hotspot for sports-goers with big ol’ TVs showing many a sports game. Plus, its vicinity to the MCG precinct and post-game antics on Chapel Street mean it’s pretty much perfect.

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    This multifaceted South Melbourne venue boasts a multitude of indoor and outdoor spaces to accommodate all kinds of people in all kinds of moods — from those keen to celebrate to those needing to commiserate. The dedicated Sports Bar is a sports lover’s dream, with 38 screens showing live sport from all over the globe and every major event — be it the World Cup or Wimbledon. And the bar opens out to street seating, so you can catch all the action and still enjoy the fresh evening air. Sport with a summertime breeze, yes, please.

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    Fitzroy Social is a crowd favourite and a good choice for either a beer or a feed before watching the game — especially if you’ve got a large group with you. The Social is a jazzed up, photogenic version of a beer garden, but indoors: think hanging green canopies, big murals and a huge neon-hued hall with ample space for a group of excited sports fans.

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    The other side of town also has some goldmines when it comes to finding somewhere to sink a beer on any sports occasion: win, loss or just “hey mate, I haven’t seen you in forever — it’s nice we’re hanging out watching sport together!”. The Newmarket Hotel, on Inkerman Street in the heart of St Kilda, is what happens when a contemporary restaurant and a beautiful old brick pub get together. With a decent happy hour from 4–7pm on weekdays, when kids also eat free, you’ll congratulate yourself on braving the Punt Road/MCG traffic to get here.

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    The Exchange has a monopoly on cosiness and is perhaps the pick of the bunch in Port Melbourne. It’s a place where you can get all snuggly and watch the game. An inviting facade, warm interior and fireplace coupled with a whole heap of meal specials means you won’t want to leave — also, a $20 Sunday roast never goes astray. A proud feature of the Exchange is showing AFL games live so you can rest assured it’s got your best interests at heart. Come for pres, durings or afters.

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    The best bit about Trunk is that you can pick and choose exactly what you might be in the mood for while visiting. Missed the train and in a rush? Grab a bumper hotdog at Trunk Diner and off you trot. Want to stick around for a little longer and enjoy the leafy courtyard under a 150-year-old coral tree? Get some Italian grub at the Trunk Bar and Restaurant — it feels pretty bloody Melbourne to be sipping a beer, watching sport and look out at Exhibition Street under the candy-striped umbrellas.

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Plan your next night out — all you need to do is rally the troops, choose a venue and order a round of Heineken.

For more suggestions on where to spend your night out, send us a message on Facebook to chat with the Heineken Insider.

Top image: College Lawn Hotel.

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