It’s that time again, footy fans. However, this year is a little different! Not just the one weekend, but two whole weekends where footy food (including party pies & sausage rolls) are washed down with copious amounts of ice-cold beer is entirely acceptable. Yes, finals weekends are upon us, and how good is it to have TWO opportunities to celebrate!
Here are a few places to get amongst the AFL & NRL coverage and get behind your teams!
Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern
Keen for a footy party overlooking the marina? Get down to Fisho’s. There’ll be drink specials and footy food, and you can enjoy it all while relaxing by the water and watching the sun go down (in the ad breaks, obviously).
Where: 60-70 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
The Cavill Hotel
Touted to have the biggest screen in Surfers Paradise, this is the place to come if you like your footy gigantic! Both weekends will have sweep competitions and lucky door prizes, all underpinned by a great food menu and TAB facilities right at your fingertips.
Where: 46 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
The Public House Sports Bar, Robina Pavilion
As if the Robina Pavilion wasn’t already a great spot to take in al fresco style eats and drinks, then the Sports Bar is the cherry on the cake. The perfect haven to watch both sets of finals with classic dishes like nachos and steak sandwiches and numerous craft beers at your disposal.
Where: 229 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina
Grab your friends and catch all the action of the footy Grand Finals at Currumbin RSL ‑ it’s always a fun atmosphere. There are colossal plasma screens around the Club, plus beer specials, beer towers (yes please!), complimentary half time snacks, and a $20 footy parmi special with chips and Schooner of Carlton Draught.
Where: 165 Duringan Street, Currumbin
The Club at Parkwood
With over 40 HD TVs dotted around the Sports Bar, this means it’s a mathematical impossibility you will miss any goal/try! Pair this up with on-site TAB facilities and a great selection of beers and wines; you’re onto a winner for both finals days here.
Where: 76-122 Napper Road, Parkwood
Crafty’s Sports Bar
Catch both finals at Harbour Town’s sweet sports bar, Crafty’s. There’s lots of next-level footy food on offer, not to mention tons of beers on tap and plenty of activities to entertain the kids if you’re taking them along. Plus, of course, plenty of action on the 12 screens they have!
Where: Harbour Town Premium Outlets, Brisbane Road, Biggera Waters
Catch all the good times for the AFL grand final at Mackenzie’s Sports Bar at Southport Sharks. Choose between several giant screens and feel the energy of a packed stadium with screaming fans, live entertainment after the game and 50c Wings between 5.30pm and 8.30pm. Happy days!
Where: Cnr Musgrave and Olsen Avenue, Southport
Burleigh Bears Leagues Club
If you’re after the real footy experience, Burleigh Bears Leagues Club is where you want to watch the finals this year. Whether you catch the action in the lounge or the Sports Bar, you can sit back, relax and enjoy a couple of cold ones. They’re also open till 2am if you feel like celebrating your team’s win well after the siren!
Where: 80 Pacific Avenue, Miami
Harry’s Sports Bar
The good time Burleigh Heads spot will be showcasing all the grand final action with a side of epic eats and frosty beers. Pull up a high table and feast your eyes on one of the many screens around the venue, also enjoying a spot of people watching while you’re at it!
Where: 1744 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
The Coolangatta Hotel
Head down to Coolangatta and get ready for what’s probably one of the biggest Grand Final line-ups. Warm-up to pre-match live music and tuck into one of their Grand Finals burger and beer combos ‑ followed by more post-match live music with the Smashed Crabs late into the night!
Where: Marine Parade, Coolangatta
The Sporting Globe
The Robina sports-centric bar will undoubtedly make all your footy final dreams come true this year with 50 high-definition screens including two, 5m2 screens and a nine-screen video wall to choose from. Fueling yourself will be a breeze with a selection of food packs that can be pre-ordered and served hot to you on the day!
Where: The Promenade, Robina Town Centre, Robina
The Star Gold Coast
The Star Gold Coast is the place to be with an epic sports bar and a big ol’ lawn to catch all the action. Get lost in all the big game buzz at the Sports Bar with 23 state-of-the-art screens, including an epic 10.5m mega screen, VIP booths, a stunning outdoor terrace and all the tasty beers. Or soak up the enviable Gold Coast sunshine while relishing in the rousing game-day energy on The Lawn at Garden Kitchen & Bar with all games screened live and loud.
Where: Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach
Words by Alex Mitcheson.