From State of Origin to the European Championships, there’s no shortage of action-packed sporting goodness to immerse yourself in. Read on for the best places in Melbourne to root for your local team!
A top sports bar should offer three basic things: food, beer and enough screens to build a new cinema. With over 30 screens screening Fox Spots, Fox Footy, ESPN and more, The Sporting Globe in Moonee Ponds ticks all these boxes magnificently. What’s more, they’ve always got a whole load of great deals going on to let you fill your belly for less.
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Famous for serving up some of the finest pub grub in town, the Riviera features its own dedicated sports bar with TAB, FOX and Sky screens to cover the whole shebang. It’s eminently friendly and welcoming to all, and as for that grub we mentioned? Well, from Monday to Wednesday, you can sink your eager chompers into a prime, 350g rump steak for just $22. Nice!
“Love this place top food, friendly staff and right opposite the beach. One of the best pubs around the area.” – AllyF
Spacious, stylish and bathed in a cool blue tinge, Hoops is the quintessential laid-back sports bar. It’s chocked full of pool tables and comfy booths for private viewings, and the scent of its legendary hot wings drifts in from the kitchen to entice the taste buds. You can catch everything from basketball to AFL to golf, so head down and see what’s on!
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Dozens of screens, cutting-edge betting tech and a lovely outside terrace make Sanctuary Lake’s sports bar one of the best around. The service is practically faultless, keeping the beer flowing and the food piling up, and the whole place simply oozes clean, modern class. The competitions are always worth a punt as well, especially the Footy Tipping one. We’ll see you there!
“The buffet is a popular destinations for the locals. Bookings are recommended, especially on weekends. Good service. Finished plates are quickly cleared even when the place was quite full. Seatings are not too tight which is great.” – werxj
A sprawling, classically attired pub with tasty bistro leanings, Turf Bar is the CBD’s most relaxed and enjoyable spot to indulge in some quality sports viewing. They’ve got three big screens and multiple plasmas, perfect for catch the NBA, Ashes, footy and anything else you can think of. Make sure you head down on Wednesdays for ‘Parmageddon’ as well. That’s your choice of eight different parmas with chips and salad for only $15. Not bad. Not bad at all.
“The atmosphere is pleasant and welcoming. You can go there and watch your favourite teams on the big TV screens. I like this pub a lot, because it is full of people every evening. If you are not an easy-going person, social or talkative at all.. this place won’t be the best choice for you.” – M.Deeming111