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Where to watch State of Origin live in Brisbane 2018

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?

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.


Caxton Hotel

  • 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.


The Normanby

  • 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 the famous chicken schnitty, BBQ ribs, barramundi or a choice of three tender steak cuts for half the price.

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?


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.

QLD Maroons State of Origin 2018 men's home jersey
QLD Maroons State of Origin 2018 men's home jersey

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QLD Maroons State of Origin 2018 training cap
QLD Maroons State of Origin 2018 training cap

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QLD Maroons 1998 State of Origin men's retro jersey
QLD Maroons 1998 State of Origin men's retro jersey

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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.

Alex Keshen

Alex takes care of the travel section here at finder.com.au. If there's a new sale on tours or cruises, discounted flights or hotels, or anything else that can be on offer, she'll fill you in.

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