Where to watch the State of Origin live in Gold Coast 2016

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Stuck for ideas on where to watch State of Origin on the Gold Coast?

It’s that time of year again when every Queenslander and New South Welshman dons their colour — be it maroon or blue — and gets behind their home state.

And one thing's for sure: wherever you’re from and wherever you happen to be when the game kicks off, prime viewing location and a festive atmosphere are essential ingredients for a good night out. We've rounded up the best of the best and here is our pick of some of the best places to watch live and enjoy the State of Origin on the Gold Coast.

All you need to do is come out cheering!

Best Gold Coast bars to watch the game

Mackenzie's Sports Bar @ Southport Sharks, Southport

  • Address: Cnr Musgrave & Olsen Aves, Southport, QLD 4215
  • Facebook: Southport Sharks
  • Phone number: (07) 5532 1155

The guys at Mack’s Sports Bar are well-versed in creating the perfect atmosphere for their sports-mad patrons, and State of Origin night will be no exception. With a two-for-$9 VB special, free footy food at half time, and a chance to win the ‘Couch Time’ prize including free beverages and personal service, Mack’s is a great option for a boys’ night out.

Surfers Paradise RSL, Surfers Paradise

  • Address: Level 1, 9 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217
  • Facebook: Surfers Paradise RSL
  • Phone number: (07) 5539 8966

The family-friendly Surfer’s RSL is a much loved feature of the Gold Coast. They will make a night of it for the State of Origin with raffles and live music all night long. Bring your family (or don’t!) The game is live from 7.30pm.

LoneStar Tavern, Mermaid Waters

  • Address: Cnr Markeri & Sunshine Blvd Mermaid Waters 4218
  • Facebook: LoneStar Tavern
  • Phone number: (07) 5572 2000

All three games will be screened live at the LoneStar. Wednesday night is spit roast night, so bring the family along to share the 1.2kg of prime whole rump - cooked whole on an open spit. Minimum 2 people. As a bonus, LoneStar is also offering a free pick up and drop off service anywhere along Markeri or Sunshine Blvd.

Cineplex Nerang

  • Address:  52 Price Street, Nerang, QLD, 4211
  • Facebook: Cineplex Nerang
  • Phone number: (07) 5502 0222

Break from tradition, skip the pub, and take the whole family to the Nerang Cineplex where all three games will be played, live, on the big (cinema-sized) screen. Entry is free, but Cineplex have teamed up with the Animal Welfare League to collect a gold coin donation from all attendees.

Coolangatta Hotel

  • Address:  Cnr Warner Street & Marine Parade Coolangatta, 4225
  • Facebook: Coolangatta Hotel
  • Phone number: (07) 5589 6888

Live on TWO big screens, you can expect the Coolangatta Hotel to be packed to the rafters with the sounds of cheering in its third and final State of Original party. Think Origin Doubles, live music (half time and after the game), cheap $10 meals and cheerleaders.

Atrium Bar @ Jupiters Hotel and Casino Gold Coast, Broadbeach

Jupiters Hotel and Casino needs no introduction on the Gold Coast, combining luxury accommodation, casino and gaming facilities, entertainment, as well as a range of quality bars and restaurants. Make no mistake, though, the State of Origin festivities will be just as enthusiastic here. The games will screen live on the plasma screens from 7.30pm.

Currumbin RSL

  • Address: 165 Duringan Stree Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach, QLD, 4218
  • Facebook: Currumbin RSL
  • Phone number: (07) 5534 7999

A classic State of Origin experience awaits you at the Currumbin with competitions, meal and drink specials, and even maroon coloured beer to get you in the spirit.

State of Origin gear

For Blues supporters:

New South Wales Scarf from City Beach

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NSW Blues 2015 Mens Premium Jersey from Rebel Sport

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State of Origin NSW Platinum Cap from OnSport

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Victoria Bitter Cans from Dan Murphy's

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Victoria Bitter Stubbies from Dan Murphy's

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Victoria Bitter Gold Cans - 30 Block from Dan Murphy's

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For Maroons supporters

Queensland Scarf from City Beach

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Queensland Maroons 2015 Men's Official On Field Jersey from Rebel Sport

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State of Origin Queensland Maroons Platinum Cap from OnSport

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XXXX Gold Cans 30 Pack from Dan Murphy's

This Award Winning lager continues the tradition of FOUREX brewing, using fine quality Aussie malt, barley, and golden cluster hops. Tastes pretty damn good, too.

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Tap King XXXX Gold 3.2L from Dan Murphy's

One thing's for sure: all those Queenslanders know how to drink beer. Forget kegs, this is the beer revolution! Tap King is a refill system, that's as easy as 1) chill 2) install 3) dispense 4) (like we need to tell you) drink.

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XXXX Bitter Stubbies from Dan Murphy's

Those who prefer their beer to be on the bitter side of things should grab a case of XXXX Bitter

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