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Written by Cassandra Thomson - 08 September 2023

Our Favourite Melbourne Pubs to Watch the Big Game

No matter the sport, there’s nothing better than celebrating the big game with your nearest and dearest. We’ve selected a handpicked list of our favourite pubs Melbourne wide to catch all the action. Whether you're a die-hard fan or just looking to catch the excitement, get ready to paint the town in your team's colours at some of the best function venues Melbourne enjoys.

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1. The Atrium, The Royal Melbourne Hotel


Cheer on your team from one of Melbourne’s historic pubs. Housed within the former Bourke Street-West Police Station, this historic gem seamlessly blends the charm of heritage details and a modern interior. Watch the game underneath the stars thanks to the beautiful glass roof of The Atrium. Surrounded by lush greenery and spotlights, this function venue makes for a magical evening. A variety of screens ensure you can keep your eyes on the game; grab a spot towards the right of the bar for The Atrium’s biggest screen.

2. Public Bar, Postmaster Hotel


Within the historic Kew Post Office building lies the Postmaster Hotel. Step into the Public Bar, conveniently tucked away behind the restaurant bar. With plenty of high tables and available screens, you can kick back and enjoy the action. A mix of pub classics and delicious share plates ensures there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Relax at one of the high tables and celebrate the game with friends and fans.

3. The Main Bar, Rochester Hotel


If you’re looking for a cosy pub to watch the big game, then Rochester Hotel is the ultimate spot. Perched on Johnston Street in Fitzroy, this function venue has a rustic heritage charm. Step into the heart of the action at The Main Bar. Boasting direct bar access and an outdoor area, Rochester has everything you need. Cosy up next to the inviting fireplace whilst keeping on top of all the action with the nearby TV. If you’re looking to bring a four-legged fan Rochester Hotel is dog-friendly, so you can cheer and bark for your team.

4. The Public Bar, The Lincoln


With a prestigious One Hat The Lincoln is a historic pub with food as good as its atmosphere. Step into an art-deco haven that pays homage to Melbourne's past at The Public Bar. The classic bar area, complete with an inviting open fireplace and charming bar stools, exudes a nostalgic charm that sets the perfect backdrop for lively gatherings. Quench your thirst with a selection of 12 rotating craft beer taps, or sample the curated wine list. With the kitchen led by Michelin-trained Head Chef Richard Hayes, expect mouth-watering pub classics to pair with the game.

5. Exclusive Hire, Dr Morse Bar & Eatery


Head to one of Abbotsford’s hottest pubs for your game celebrations. Dr Morse Bar & Eatery is conveniently situated just minutes away from Victoria Park Station, boasting a variety of spaces to enjoy the action. Escape to the cosy garden oasis of the Beer Garden, fringed with fairy lights and hanging greenery. Or, head inside to the industrial brick surrounds of the Front Bar. A delicious chef’s selection menu has a variety of dishes perfect for sharing. Or, try one of the fresh spritzes on offer. Enjoy great food, a great atmosphere and even better company for a memorable celebration.

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