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.