When it comes to the fever of a big game like the State of Origin final, location is essential. Make sure you’re front row on game night with our picks of the best places to watch in Brisbane this year.
Whether you’re local and keen to be surrounded by your colours as the Maroons play to take back the title, or you want to show your support for the Blues away from home, we know you want to be up close to the action.
Big screens, big crowds, and, of course, big beers. What more could you want?
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Best bars to watch State of Origin in Brisbane
The Brew House
- Address: 601 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba, QLD, 4102
- Website: The Brew House
- Phone Number: (07) 3891 1011
The Brew House is famous for its function venues, entertainment, and, as the name suggests, incredible selection of microbrewery beer made local in West End, Brisbane.
But what about the big game? Enjoy big screens everywhere you turn whether you’re in the restaurant, lounge bar, sports bar, or beer garden.
- Address: 38 Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace, QLD 4000
- Facebook: Caxton Hotel
- Phone Number: (07) 3369 5544
With five bars, a multi-award winning restaurant, and a superb location amongst the trendy restaurants and bars in Caxton Street, Brisbane’s oldest licenced premises is still one of the best places to watch in the city.
Pre-game food and beverage packages which include roving platters are available for all three games. If you'd prefer to come in for a sit down, a 2-course set menu is also available in the Char Grill Restaurant for $89 per person.
- Address: 1 Musgrave Road, Red Hill Brisbane QLD 4059
- Facebook: The Normanby
- Phone Number: (07) 3831 3353
If watching the game live on a 400-inch screen sounds good to you, then head down to The Normanby.
Hungry stomachs can enjoy a $16,95 400g big rump or one of the the bar's famous chicken schnitzels for $9.95 on game days.
Bookings are recommended to guarantee your spot.
The Alliance Hotel
- Address: 320 Boundary Street, Spring Hill, Brisbane, QLD 4000
- Facebook: The Alliance Hotel
- Phone Number: (07) 3839 0169
The Alliance is a classic choice for State of Origin night.
The Big Screen is front and centre in this Spring Hill Bistro, so you can chow down on modern Aussie fare without missing a second on the action.
The bar has promised us some good #rugbygrub this year. Super keen, right?
Riverbar and Kitchen
- Address: Riparian Plaza, Promenade Level, 71 Eagle Street, Brisbane QLD, 4000
- Facebook: Riverbar and Kitchen
- Phone Number: (07) 3211 9020
With spectacular views of the river to get your ‘Go-Maroons’ juices flowing, as well as a fantastic cocktail menu, The Riverbar and Kitchen is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy the game fever.
Bring a group as they do large tables) and enjoy a beaut shared menu. It's how we'd play it, too.
Where to buy State of Origin merchandise to show your support for Queensland.
We know you want to be as maroon as possible on State of Origin night, and we’ve got you covered if your attire needs some attention. Rebel Sport is a favourite for Aussie shoppers and for good reason: free shipping, discounts on offer with coupon code, and a selection of speciality State of Origin gear.
Where to buy the official beer of the Queensland team.
Staying in? If the thought of swarms of drunken football fans clamouring for their place at the bar gives you the shivers, then staying at home is always an excellent option. Your own couch, an obstacle-free view of the screen, and best of all, ice cold brew moments away in the fridge. Stay stocked up with the official beer of the Queensland team or branch out with some of Australia’s best craft beers.