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
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
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
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
|Venue||Venue Address||Two-up times||More details|
|Bairnsdale RSL||2 Forge Creek Road, Bairnsdale||Afternoon||-|
|Box Hill RSL||26 Nelson Road, Box Hill||After breakfast||There will be a breakfast and two-up held at the RSL for members following the service in Box Hill gardens.|
|Dandenong RSL||40-50 Clow Street, Dandenong||From 2pm||Refreshments available|
|Darebin RSL||402 Bell Street, Darebin||From 1pm||Two-up hosted in the Club rooms. Venue is open for lunch and dinner service.|
|East Malvern RSL||Stanley Grose Drive, East Malvern||Other events include kids' activities and a twilight concert|
|Emerald RSL||3 Memorial Avenue, Emerald||Throughout the day||Live AFL screening from 2pm, hot food served throughout the afternoon|
|Ferntree Gully Hotel||1130 Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully||1:00 PM||BBQ running all day.|
|Greensborough RSL||111 Main Street, Greensborough||1pm-4pm||Held in the Nui dat room|
|Hampton RSL||25 Holyrood St, Hampton||From 2pm||Dawn Service held at 5:30am|
|Highett RSL||1 Station Street, Highett||After 9am||Gunfire breakfast will follow the Dawn Service.|
|Melton Country Club||28-30 Reserve Road, Melton||From 10am||Gunfire breakfast for a gold coin donation following the Dawn Service|
|Oakleigh/Carnegie RSL||95-97 Drummond Street, Oakleigh||From 12pm||Kids' activities and RSL ANZAC football match will be held throughout the afternoon|
|Prahran RSL||301 High Street, Prahran||From 3pm||-|
|Ringwood RSL||16 Station Street, Ringwood||From 8:30am||Free breakfast following the Dawn Service. Collingwood vs Essendon match played on the big screen.|
|Rosebud RSL||117 Eastbourne Road, Rosebud||From 11:30am||Raffles, live band, jumping castle and footy on the big screen|
|Sunshine RSL||99 Dickson Street, Sunshine||From 9:30am||-|
|Upwey/Belgrave RSL||1 Mast Gully Road, Upwey||From midday||Two-up and entertainment held throughout the day|
|Williamstown RSL||128 Ferguson Street, Williamstown||From 10am||Gunfire breakfast and two-up held after the Dawn Service|
|Yarraville Club||135 Stephen Street, Yarraville||Throughout the day||Free members BBQ|
|York on Lilydale||
Corner York and Swansea Road, Mount Evelyn
|Throughout the day||Two-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:
- 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