With Perth’s own West Coast Eagles as strong contenders for this year’s AFL Grand Final, Perth is set to come alive with pubs, bars and restaurants screening the game.
From the ultimate sports bar packed with dedicated supporters to friendly local pubs with a more laid-back vibe, we’ve rounded up the best bars to watch this year’s AFL Grand Final in Perth.
The Raffles Hotel
Situated right on the Swan River, in leafy Applecross lies the historic Raffles Hotel. After impressive renovations, this local pub was transformed into a swanky bar with a great alfresco area and some of the best priced pizzas in town.
Hosting their own AFL Grand Final event, The Raffles Hotel is on this year’s screening hotlist. With LED screens in the marquee and alfresco area as well as the regular screens inside, you’ll get a good view no matter where you manage to nab a seat. Doors open at 11am and stay open ‘till late so you can party into the night after a win. Enjoy $12 pizzas (we recommend the Salumi), $12 sliders and fries and $6 Colonial Pints. And if your team isn’t performing too well, no worries, just sit back and soak in river views and that delicious Perth sunshine.
The Paddington Ale House
Consistent winner of the AHA Best Sports Bar Award, The Paddington Ale House (also known as The Paddo) is the ultimate sports bar. With 15 plasma TVs along with two mega screens, and surround sound, The Paddo is as close as you’ll get to the game without flying to Melbourne. Streaming every AFL game for the whole season, live - this is the perfect place if you want to be surrounded by other AFL enthusiasts.
As proud supporters of the West Coast Eagles, expect this venue to be packed out if the team make it to the grand final. Arrive well before 2:30pm kick-off if you want to get a table to fit all your friends.
Each year the infamous Inglewood Hotel sets up their giant projector screens for the AFL Grand Final (plus their 20 HD screens throughout the venue). Known as the “friendly local” everyone is welcome at the Inglewood. And with a menu that is far from pub grub, you’ll have a good reason to stay a little longer, no matter the end result.
Entry is free but you’ll need to arrive early if you want one of the prime seats. And with the doors opening at 9am, we mean early. Good food, plenty of screens and a warm atmosphere, this pub is the holy grail of sports bars.
The Left Bank
Standing proudly on East Fremantle’s beautiful foreshore lies the much-loved Left Bank. Adorned with quaint hanging flower pots and a wraparound balcony, this period pub is a Fremantle icon. While The Left Bank may play host to some pretty infamous events throughout the year, on its day off this chilled-out pub offers great tunes and cracking sunset views over the river.
Hit the restaurants lower ground sports bar “Billy’s” with 5 plasma TVs and like-minded punters. If the Eagles make it to the grand final, expect a mega screen in the alfresco area. This bar’s chilled our Freo’ vibes make it the perfect place to watch the game if you want to steer clear of the ruckus at some of the better-known sports bars.
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