Just outside the boundary of the 'G

Kick off game day at the MCG with a few drinks and something to eat at these Melbourne institutions or celebrate the victors after the match with beers and live music at local haunts.


1. The London Tavern

Soak up the charming local vibe at The London Tavern. Situated in the heart of Melbourne’s sporting precinct, find a seat by the big screens, and watch sporting greats battle it out with a pint in hand. 

2. The Cricketers Arms

Serving beers since the 1860s, The Cricketers Arms is one of Richmond’s oldest pubs. Play a round of pool, lounge on the sundeck, grab a seat by the TV, or try your luck at a classic arcade game. The best part is, you’re right across the road from the ‘G, so you can grab a bite to eat then go watch a live game. 

3. The Corner Hotel 

Revel in the live music atmosphere at The Corner Hotel, where international buzz bands, local stalwarts and acclaimed heavyweights take the stage most nights of the week. Enjoy a classic parma or grab a drink on the rooftop before a match at the MCG or put your party shoes on and rock on long after the final siren. 

4. Royal Saxon

Feast on pizza, share plates and a cheeky cocktail under the venue’s Jackson Bay fig tree, or take a seat inside and admire the Royal’s bluestone and ironwork design accents over a few drinks. 

5. Feast of Merit

For something different to traditional pub fare, book a table at Feast of Merit on Swan Street in Richmond. While the venue serves delicious Middle Eastern and Southern-Mediterranean-inspired food, it has a very Melbourne vibe. Picture external street art by Dan Wenn and internal gardens designed by Jennna Holmes.

6. Mountain Goat Beer

Fancy a craft beer developed with unrestrained flavour, technique, and creativity? From organic steam ale to more complex flavours – and even gin –  Mountain Goat Beer has a taste for every palate.

7. Public House

Take a seat in the front bar overlooking Church Street, or head to the rooftop for views of Melbourne’s skyline. The menu at Public House will take you on a trip around the world, with plates inspired by global street food paired with classic cocktails, spirits, craft beer and wine. 

8. The Palm Royale

Kick back amid palm trees and flamingos in this smoking, Cuban-themed cocktail oasis. Sip on drinks infused with spiced rum and mango, or flavourful bourbon and aperol with spiced pineapple, lemon and chilli-apricot foam. 

9. The Posty

Grab a cold one and savour the carb-loaded goodness of a wood-fired pizza in an old post office conversion at The Posty. Expect great food, a long drinks list and friendly neighbourhood service at this Cremorne institution. 

10. The Blacksmith Bar  

Snack on fine cheese and charcuterie and pay homage to a by-gone era of uncomplicated cocktails and quality spirits on a pre-or-post game visit to The Blacksmith Bar. 

11. Brogan’s Way Distillery

Get an insight into the distilling process and taste the aromatic gin direct from the source. Sample classic gin cocktails, try a tasting paddle or share a grazing plate with friends. 

12. Fargo and Co.

Laugh all the way to the bank at this two-level state bank turned eclectic bar. Make game day an affair to remember with a pre-match bottomless brunch or refuel at bottomless bites night post-game. 

13. Hanoi Hannah New Quarter 

Experience the taste of Vietnam with a modern twist, as chef Anthony Choi takes flavour, texture and style into new and exciting territory at this Swan Street must-visit. 

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14. Magic Mountain Saloon

Swing open the doors to the saloon and treat your palate to hybrid Thai-Oz cuisine. Expect fragrant Thai-inspired flavours, fried chicken, and an enviable drinks menu all a five-minute drive or 15-minute tram ride from the ‘G. 

15. Boilermaker House

Make the most of Melbourne’s late-night scene at the Boilermaker House. Get acquainted with the boilermaker, a traditional beer-and-whisky-shot combination that’s a fiery favourite, or enjoy a big ole beer with a side of cheese and charcuterie. 

16. Young & Jackson

Situated across the road from Flinders Street Station, Young & Jackson is a quick train ride to Richmond station and all the sporting fun. Grab a beer and dine on steak cooked to your liking, fresh seafood, or a light and tasty salad. 

17. Ballers clubhouse

Play on after the game with ping pong, shuffleboard, darts and virtual reality fun at Ballers Clubhouse. Load up on hearty burgers, flaky calamari and spicy tacos and wash it down with a premium lager or citrusy cider. 

18. Kicks

Chill out with a round of pool and all your favourite pub fare at KICKS on Elizabeth Street. Just 15-minutes from Melbourne’s home of sport, you can fill your belly with a hearty serve of lamb shanks and mashed potato followed a game at the MCG.

19. Imperial hotel 

Head to Bourke Street for generous servings of wholesome comfort food in a lively sports bar setting, with two big screens, plasma TVs and a rooftop with views of Parliament House. 

20. Exford hotel

Flock to this English-inspired corner pub at the entrance to China Town for a lively atmosphere with a wide variety of local and imported beer. Famished after a big day of sport? Keep things simple and knock back a drink with a cheesy slice of pizza. 

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