On the last week of September each year, Australia's sunniest capital is abuzz with excitement and anticipation as Perth gets its game plan on for the AFL Grand Final!
Western Australia is two hours behind Victoria, giving Perth football fans the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely breakfast or brunch before settling in to one of Perth's favourite spots to watch the big game, with the rest of Saturday afternoon to enjoy together with family and friends.
By late September, spring has well and truly sprung in Perth, with many pleasant and sunny days: expect temperatures in the low 20s, perfect for enjoying a cold brew at one of the many pubs screening the Grand Final, or head to the WA home of AFL Optus Stadium for footy camaraderie as you catch every fine detail of the game on the enormous outside screen. Here are 7 of the best places to watch the AFL Grand Final in Perth.
When Perth people think AFL, they think Optus Stadium! Easily accessible from Perth Stadium station, this multi-purpose stadium opened to much fanfare last year. With a capacity of over 60,000 people, it's the third-largest stadium in the country. The Stadium is the home to WA footy, and regularly plays host to a wide variety of other sports – such as cricket, soccer and rugby – as well as major concerts by international stars such as Eminem and Taylor Swift.
The Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar
Situated right on the Swan River waterfront, with a decked boardwalk that's perfect for some sun and fun, this popular bar is a great place to relax and enjoy picture-perfect river views while enjoying the camaraderie and excitement of watching the Grand Final in true-blue Perth style – as well as delicious pub fare and perhaps a pint.
Australia's largest pub is located a stone's throw away from the Optus Stadium and Crown Perth, on the banks of the Swan River. With 5 bars, 175 beer taps, mouthwatering food, an onsite microbrewery, and a funky beer garden with a container bar and a massive screen – it's a perfect spot to catch the Grand Final in all its glory before enjoying a stroll around Chevron Parkland or a day at Crown Perth.
Varsity Bar is a chain of beloved American-style sports bars, opened down the road from the University of Western Australia in 2013 as a favourite spot for students and locals to relax, and now with five venues across Perth located in Nedlands, Northbridge, Joondalup, Morley and Waterford. Perth football fans can catch the Grand Final at any of these venues, enjoying the sporty atmosphere, big screens and some of Perth's favourite burgers!
The Stables Bar
Conveniently located in the heart of Perth CBD a short walk from Perth Underground, The Stables is known for its tasty food, creative cocktails and stylish atmosphere. Housed in one of Perth's original horse stables from 1894, the bar feels a million miles away from the fast pace of city living.
A Perth CBD institution since way back in 1880, The Globe is one of the oldest remaining pubs in Perth, situated in the original Globe Hotel building that has been a favourite hangout for generations of Perth locals and visitors alike. The renovated Globe building is merely metres away from Perth Underground train station, bringing together old-fashioned and modern styles and a lush beer garden area. Perth football fans can enjoy delicious modern Australian fare and charming atmosphere while enjoying the Grand Final in this conveniently located three-story gastropub that forms an unmissable slice of Western Australian history.
Perth's iconic waterside pop-up bar has dropped anchor on Riverside Drive in East Perth, now in a permanent location replacing Ku De Ta in the scenic Point Fraser area. The Front Bar at Embargo On The Point sits over the water, with almost 360 degree Swan River views, while the outside Embargo Deck boasts a huge turfed outdoor beer garden and bar area. Embargo Bar is a great spot for footy lovers to have some fun in the sun while watching the big game. It's also kid and dog-friendly, with a special kids food menu and a play area with giant Jenga and Connect 4, so make a day of it with the whole family!
The fare at Embargo Bar shouldn't be missed: from relaxing on the deck with classic Fish Boss fish and chips with Perth’s freshest seafood to savouring mouthwatering woodfire pizza, you’re in for a treat. After the game, take a stroll down the boardwalk in Ozone Reserve, or down the scenic Riverside Drive towards Elizabeth Quay for a great relaxing way to spend your Saturday afternoon.
To find more activities to enjoy in Perth this spring, go to: Spring in Perth.