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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

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

Mail-Exchange

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

Pyranees-Unearthed

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

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

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

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

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:

Sydney:

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

Brisbane:

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

Canberra:

  • 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

Hobart:

  • Brunswick Hotel: 67 Liverpool St, Hobart

Perth:

  • Crown Perth Casino: Great Eastern Highway, Perth

Darwin:

  • Cazalys Palmerston Club: 10 Temple Place, Palmerston

Adelaide:

  • Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL: 10 Semaphore Road, Semaphore

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. 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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