Ahhh September you beautiful month… Spring is here, Summer is on its way and it’s AFL Finals time! While there’s nothing like being in the thick of it at the G, let’s be realistic. You’d probably have to sell your first born for a ticket, miss half the game while lining up for a drink, sell your second born for a pie and some chips and then legit freeze your butt off when that arctic MCG wind sets in. Forget all that, head to Chapel Street – where with all the festivities, the real winner is… you.
A fresh new rooftop bar and restaurant has popped up in South Yarra, just in time for some more agreeable weather! Good views, good vibes, good footy. What more can you ask for? Other than a win of course. There’s free entry all day and night, four big screens and DJ’s pumping tunes from 6pm.
119 Commercial Rd, South Yarra | @theosbornerooftop
$105 will get you a five hour food and beverage package from 12pm in the Upton Bar, with the game shown live with commentary. For something more casual, the Public Bar will be in full swing with a $55 shared banquet on the menu. Book now to snag a seat!
82 High St, Windsor | Book here!
Chapel Street’s favourite prohibition themed bar is hosting finals footy for another spectacular year. Live on the big screens in a covered and, more importantly, heated courtyard. Happy hour is from 4pm to 7pm, celebratory if your team is winning, great to drown your sorrows if they’re losing.
359 Chapel St, South Yarra | @speakeasybar
Kick back and enjoy four hours of bottomless drinks and roaming BBQ with The Imperial’s AFL Granny package. For $70 a pop, you’d best book quicksmart, because tickets won’t last long. Stick around after the final siren for live acoustic melodies taking you into the night.
522 Chapel St, South Yarra | Book now!
If you were to ask us, ‘What’s the only thing you could add to make The Emerson even better?’ we’d say footy. Looks like our prayers have been answered. Take in the breathtaking rooftop views while you watch the game on the big screen. Indulge in the $65 bevs package and get unlimited drinks from first bounce to final siren. Or, there’s the $20 food and snack package. Limited VIP booth tickets also available.
141-145 Commercial Rd, South Yarra | Make a booking!
If Dusty Martin was a grand final food and beverage package, he’d be served up at Katuk on grand final day! $99 for 5 hours of beer, wine and basic spirits (which will leave you dusty the next day). Then there’s the food… Burgers from 12pm til bounce down, then halftime sausage rolls and beef pies (homemade and gourmet – they’re not whipping out the Savings brand). That’s enough to raise a cup right there.
517 Chapel St, South Yarra | Tickets here!
Some of us love being at the G, amongst 100,000 people. Others prefer sitting on the couch with their besties. If you’re looking for more of an intimate spot to get involved, Wolf and I will make you feel like you haven’t even left your lounge room. Although on Grand Final Day, it may be harder to get in than the G itself. Why? Glad you asked… They’re doing free Furphy pots from starting siren to first goal. Yep, you read that correctly… This is not a drill. Free. Pots. Soak it in.
152 Chapel St, Windsor | @thewolfandiwindsor
Usually reserved for American Sports – The Silverlake Social are Aussie’ing it up! Free cork hats and vegemite for erryone! Nah, just kidding – but they are switching their screens to our beautiful game for every match of the finals series. Happy hour is from 12pm to 2pm providing exceptional value with $12 cocktails, $9 schooners and $6 house wines!
198 Chapel St, Prahran | @thesilverlakesocial
More consistent than Josh Kennedy for a great spot to watch any major sporting event. The Union Hotel will be next level for this years’ final, with five big screens and some sweet food and drink packages.
90 Chapel St, Windsor | @unionhotelwindsor
Hosting the footy finals at home this year? There’s a few things you simply can’t afford to get wrong. Is the TV sound in good nick? Are the beers ice cold? And, are there hot pies at your guests constant disposal? Footy and pies go hand in hand so look not further than Alison’s Bakery for all your footy food needs. Pre order your pies on the Wednesday so they’re ready to go on D Day or grab them hot on game day, if you’re in a last minute rush! ‘Cause there’s nothing more footy than a burnt tongue from a blasting hot pie.
180 Commercial Rd, Prahran (entrance on Izett Street) | @alisonsbread
One of Chapel’s best night spots are bringing an A Game for AFL Finals. Sister of Society will be trading until 1am the whole long weekend. Now, feast your eyes on these specials – free Mountain Goat Pots from first bounce to first goal, $15 parmas and $10 espresso martinis from end of game until close. Heck yeah.
254 Chapel Street, Prahran | @sisterofsociety
Grand Final Day is going to be mega at The Railway, serving up Furphy mega jugs for just $22 all day (equivalent of four schooners). Big screens inside the Main Bar, outside in the deck and downstairs in the Public Bar. $18 lunch special during the game, $1 Grand Final Sweep – pick first goal kicker, Norm Smith Medalist and the winning margin and win a $50 bar tab. Plus, DJ’s from 6pm and sweet drink specials from 4pm to midnight. It doesn’t get much better.
29 Chapel Street, Windsor | @railwaywindsor
Somewhere Bar has your Grand Final Day and Night sorted. Think great drink specials from siren to siren and a free half time BBQ! Kick it with this crew to watch the game live and loud and boogie to the DJ’s on set.
181 Chapel St, Prahran | @somewherebar
Southside Central are throwing a rooftop party like no other this Grand Final. Four hours of drinks from 2pm to 6pm including basic spirits, house wine and Furphy tap beer. There will be food provided plus a half time food challenge (how interesting) and DJ’s after the siren. Snag a ticket for just $55.
34 Chapel St, Windsor | Get your tickets here!
Battle of the birds at Bess Bar! From 11.30am you can have $15 burger and pints, $15 beer jugs, $20 cocktail jugs, $7 spirits and $8 wines. Don’t forget there will be sweet tunes, for when the real party begins.
427 Chapel St, South Yarra | @bessbar_
Somewhat of a Prahran institution, set just behind Greville Street, our favourite people watching spot is celebrating D-Day in style. Get your footy finals gang down to Babble Bar and Cafe for a day to remember. Just be sure to reserve a table.
4B Izett Street, Prahran | 9510 6464 to book
Grand Final Day at Carpe Diem means no clean up on Sunday, free food, $8 pints, basics and spirits and four big screens. Watching the game at home means a trashed house on Sunday, an empty fridge, a raided esky, a crammed lounge room and nudie runs (no thank you). There’s also free finger food from 12 to 3pm. These guys are pulling out all the stops.
194 Commercial Rd, Prahran | @carpediem_bar
High Street’s local favourite, The Smith, are pulling out all the stops this Grand Final with a Jumbotron screen installed just for the big day. The vibes, which are all about fun and a bit of light-hearted mischief, makes The Smith one of the best spots to catch the game.
213-219 High St, Prahran | @thesmithprahran