Where to play two-up in Melbourne on ANZAC Day

Be a true blue Aussie this Anzac Day by heading to the pub at midday for a game of two-up. Here's who's playing the game on April 25.

While two-up is banned state-by-state for most of the year, we think it's fair to say that Anzac Day just wouldn't be complete without it. So for this day (and this day only) bans are lifted in the spirit of those who have served us in all wars and conflicts.

Celebrate this national occasion by attending the Dawn Service and then head to the pub to witness the first toss and partake in this great Australian tradition.

It's still early days until that first big toss so please come back closer to the date for all the latest times and details. In the meantime, here's who joined in the Anzac Day games in 2016:

Top places to play two-up in Melbourne

Crown Casino


Trust a casino to be playing two-up on the day when it's most acceptable in Australia! (We mean that in the very best way).

Crown comes ready for the toss on Level 1 of its venue, giving you the opportunity to be spinner and better throughout the day. Best of luck!

8 Whitman Street, Southbank

The Mail Exchange Hotel


Great grub and great company goes hand in hand at the Mail Exchange. Located just minutes from Southern Cross Train station, this hotel is perfect for anyone wishing to start their day off early.

At 7am the doors will open with food ready for the hungry. You'd better eat your fill early as the crowds will be coming in from midday to spin, bet and celebrate the occasion.

688 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Avoca Shire Turf Club


Bring your betting self down to Avoca Shire Turf Club 'cos there's more than a two-up game to put your money on here. Anzac Day is marked with the Jayco Avoca Anzac Day races at this country location with local food, Pyrenees wine stalls, games and that important game of two-up capping off the day for you.

Festivities run all weekend in tandem with the Pyrenees Unearthed Festival (pictured) and campsites are available for those planning to make a weekend of it.

Racecourse Road, Avoca

Prahran RSL


Now in its 100th year, Prahran RSL is no stranger to the Anzac Day celebration. There is a cover charge to attend ($15pp) though it is well worth it with a banquet lunch, BBQ, RSL prices, free beer, wine or soft drink and competitions galore, including a $1000 draw.

Oh, and did we mention the band? Starting from 6pm and playing right until midnight.

301 High Street, Prahran

The Palace Hotel


Tuck into some music and grub at The Palace Hotel before the toss at midday. On offer is a spit roast and BBQ in the beer garden, the footy (Pies vs Bombers) and that important game of two-up. All runs from 10am-10pm.

You know what to do.

505 City Road, South Melbourne

Caulfield RSL


This venue is doing something a little swankily left-of-centre this Anzac Day and is hosting a three-course ladies lunch. Special guests making an appearance include members from the production of White Mouse with comedian Elliot Goblet being the MC of the event. Two-up is from midday.

4 St Georges Road, Elsternwick

Other Melbourne RSLs and Clubs hosting Two-Up games on Anzac Day

VenueVenue AddressTwo-up timesMore details
Bairnsdale RSL2 Forge Creek Road, BairnsdaleAfternoon-
Box Hill RSL26 Nelson Road, Box HillAfter breakfastThere will be a breakfast and two-up held at the RSL for members following the service in Box Hill gardens.
Dandenong RSL40-50 Clow Street, DandenongFrom 2pmRefreshments available
Darebin RSL402 Bell Street, DarebinFrom 1pmTwo-up hosted in the Club rooms. Venue is open for lunch and dinner service.
East Malvern RSLStanley Grose Drive, East MalvernOther events include kids' activities and a twilight concert
Emerald RSL3 Memorial Avenue, EmeraldThroughout the dayLive AFL screening from 2pm, hot food served throughout the afternoon
Ferntree Gully Hotel1130 Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully1:00 PMBBQ running all day.
Greensborough RSL111 Main Street, Greensborough1pm-4pmHeld in the Nui dat room
Hampton RSL25 Holyrood St, HamptonFrom 2pmDawn Service held at 5:30am
Highett RSL1 Station Street, HighettAfter 9amGunfire breakfast will follow the Dawn Service.
Melton Country Club28-30 Reserve Road, MeltonFrom 10amGunfire breakfast for a gold coin donation following the Dawn Service
Oakleigh/Carnegie RSL95-97 Drummond Street, OakleighFrom 12pmKids' activities and RSL ANZAC football match will be held throughout the afternoon
Prahran RSL301 High Street, PrahranFrom 3pm-
Ringwood RSL16 Station Street, RingwoodFrom 8:30amFree breakfast following the Dawn Service. Collingwood vs Essendon match played on the big screen.
Rosebud RSL117 Eastbourne Road, RosebudFrom 11:30amRaffles, live band, jumping castle and footy on the big screen
Sunshine RSL99 Dickson Street, SunshineFrom 9:30am-
Upwey/Belgrave RSL1 Mast Gully Road, UpweyFrom middayTwo-up and entertainment held throughout the day
Williamstown RSL128 Ferguson Street, WilliamstownFrom 10amGunfire breakfast and two-up held after the Dawn Service
Yarraville Club135 Stephen Street, YarravilleThroughout the dayFree members BBQ
York on Lilydale
Corner York and Swansea Road, Mount Evelyn
Throughout the dayTwo-up will run in conjunction with the Mount Evelyn RSL
Young and Jackson
1 Swanston Street, Melbourne
From 11am in
Chloe's bar (upstairs)
Open from 6am for the post-Dawn Service crowd

Where to play two-up around Australia

For those of us who aren't in Melbourne, these venues will sort you out for a true blue Aussie game of two up on the 25th:


See our Sydney guide to where to play two-up here.


  • The Chalk Hotel: 735 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba
  • The Shafston Hotel: 3 Lytton Street, East Brisbane


  • The Canberra Irish Club: 6 Parkinson Street, Weston
  • The Duxton: Corner Mcpherson and Sargood streets, O’Connor
  • The Dickson Tradies & Quality Hotel: 2 Badham Street, Dickson. Breakfast at 6am. First toss at 11am hosted by the legendary Bruce Thornton/
  • Ainslie Football Club: 52 Wakefield Avenue, Ainslie
  • Labor Club Belconnen: Chandler Street, Belconnen
  • Siren Bar & Restaurant: 30 Anthony Rolfe Avenue, Gungahlin. Gunfire breakfast available from 6am, two-up from noon).
  • Gungahlin Lakes Golf Clubs: Gundaroo and Gungahlin Drives, Nicholls
  • Canberra Services Club: Manuka Oval, Manuka Circuit, Griffith
  • Vikings Erindale: 6 Ricardo Street, Waniassa
  • Vikings Chisholm: Benham Street, Chisholm
  • The Hellenic Club: Matilda Street, Woden


  • Brunswick Hotel: 67 Liverpool St, Hobart


  • Crown Perth Casino: Great Eastern Highway, Perth


  • Cazalys Palmerston Club: 10 Temple Place, Palmerston


  • Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL: 10 Semaphore Road, Semaphore

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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