This year, history will be made as the Blues take on the Maroons in the State of Origin. Fans where will you be watching this epic clash from?
We’ve got a couple of ideas.
But first you should know when the games are happening. While Game One has come and gone, Game Two is on 22 June 2016 at Suncorp Stadium and the third and final game is on 13 July at ANZ Stadium.
Goddit? Good. Now onto where you can watch the games.
For those who like to pre-plan, it’s likely you’ve already figured out which mates’ house you’ll be crashing that evening, which of your many items of footy memorabilia you’ll be sporting, and what footy food will be on the menu. Namely beer, am I right?
For those who aren’t pre-planners, or prefer to be surrounded by the energy of strangers as they experience the big game, there are these wicked bars and their big, big screens. And beers. You’ve got to have beers.
Whether in the Northern Beaches or Inner West, there's something here for footy fans from every corner of the city.
Bars in Sydney, CBD
ivy, Sydney CBD
- Address: Level 2, ivy, 330 George St, Sydney CBD
- Facebook: ivy
- Phone number: (02) 9254 8088
This is for the fans who take their footy seriously. The ivy sports the biggest screen in the CBD and will be screening all three State of Origin Games as they happen.
Food and beverage packages are available for those who book early, but for those who prefer to "wing it" feel free to indulge in the $5 schooners of Toohey's New and Hahn Super Dry pre-game drinks and at half-time.
As a bonus, if NSW wins then this beaut drinks offer will be available for an extra hour following the game.
York 75, Sydney CBD
- Address: Hotel CBD, Level 2, 75 York St, Sydney
- Facebook: York 75
- Phone number: (02) 9254 8088
York 75 is not called a sports bar because it sounds good. They really do dedicate themselves to playing live sports and ramping up the sense of camaraderie and spirit in their digs. And all with a certain pizzazz.
Merivale considers it the kind of sports bar Ralph Lauren would create, with mahogany walls and private booths with leather seating. Oh, and did we mention they have TWENTY screens?
24/7 Sports Bar at The Star, Sydney CBD
- Address: The Star, Pyrmont
- Facebook: 24/7 Sports Bar
- Phone number: (02) 9777 9000
Planning to stay out the whole night with the boys? Already booked in your sick leave for the following morning? There’s one place for you, and that’s the 24/7 Sports Bar at The Star.
Guaranteed there will be Origin legends milling around including Anthony Watmough and David 'Cement' Gillespie.
There will also be food and drink specials and giveaways throughout the evening. Book your booth in early.
Bars in the Inner City and Eastern Suburbs
Goodtime Burgers, Bondi Junction
- Address: 500 Oxford St, Bondi Junction
- Facebook: Goodtime Burgers
- Phone number: (02) 9387 7828
If you're the kind of person that thinks burgers and beers make the best match, then head to Goodtime Burgers to catch an epic clash on its two huge screen projectors as you smash through your meal.
Like last year, Goodtime Burgers is selling $5 beers and ciders from kick-off right until siren.
Big group? Goodtime has a Footy Fanatic Pack going on this year for groups of four or more, which includes a beers, burgers, poppers, chicken wings and mac n cheese balls for $20pp.
The Bucket List, Bondi Beach
- Address: Shop 1, Queen Elizabeth Dr, The Bondi Pavillion, Bondi Beach
- Facebook: The Bucket List
- Phone number: (02) 9365 4122
As the good people at The Bucket List in Bondi say, ‘Get the crew together!’ The beachside eatery will be playing the game across two plasma screens and one 2x3m projector screen – so no matter where you are in this joint, you won’t be able to miss a single tackle.
Well, unless you’re looking the other way. Or into your $5 taco/$10 margarita/$5 Pacifico. Delete whichever is inappropriate.
The Cloey (The Clovelly Hotel)
- Address: 381 Clovelly Rd, Clovelly
- Facebook: The Cloey
- Phone number: (02) 9665 1214
The good ol’ Cloey can always be relied on to screen the footy in all its glory.
While it may be a tad too late to book a spot in the VIP section, there's will still be bargain house drinks going on and possibly even a free feed the keep the kids quiet (with a paid main). Not that you want to.
The Beresford, Surry Hills
- Address: 354 Bourke St, Surry Hills
- Facebook: The Beresford
- Phone number: (02) 9240 8088
Hidden away in leafy Surry Hills is this piece of Origin heaven. The Beresford offers one of the biggest outdoor screens in Surry Hills in its courtyard.
$25 pizza and pint offers is what you can expect from this Surry Hills fave on game day.
Coogee Bay Hotel
- Address: 354 Bourke St, Surry Hills
- Facebook: Coogee Bay Hotel
- Phone number: (02) 9977 3305
Live and loud, Coggee Bay is doing your team proud by airing each and every game on the Selina's big screen. With atmosphere and grub like this to kick the game off, you've got your Wednesday sorted like a boss.
Book a spot early to get table service thrown in - so you won't have to miss anything by heading to the bar, obviously.
Bars in the North Shore and Northern Beaches
The Oaks Hotel, Neutral Bay
- Address: 118 Military Rd, Neutral Bay
- Facebook: The Oaks Hotel
- Phone number: (02) 9953 5515
There’s no better place to catch the game if you’re up Neutral Bay-way than in the garden of The Oaks Hotel.
It’s got a great atmosphere, huge screens, and some of the best steaks in the whole of Sydney. Yes, we’ve tried them.
New Brighton Hotel, Manly
Pop into the New Brighton Hotel in Manly for all three of the State of Origin games, broadcast on the bar's five huge plasma screens. The Northern Beaches venue will be serving 50-cent hot wings each game night (along with their regular mod-Aus menu), plus you'll have the chance to win a jersey.
Papi Chulo, Manly
- Address: 22-23 Manly Wharf, Manly
- Facebook: Papi Chulo
- Phone number: (02) 9240 3000
Papi Chulo has quickly become a favourite with locals and its winning even more fans now that it's airing all three State of Origin games inside its venue.
The food deal here is pretty sweet too with $10 wings from 5:30-7:30 - just in time for the 8pm kick-off.
The Rag and Famish, North Sydney
- Address: 199 Miller St, North Sydney
- Facebook: The Rag and Famish
- Phone number: (02) 9955 1257
The Rag’s just opened up its new beer garden, making it a prime destination for catching the game (yes, even in the winter).
Oh, and did we mention $5 VBs throughout the game?
Go the Blues!
Bars in the Inner West
The Marlborough Hotel, Newtown
Here’s an idea I reckon ALL bars should adopt: NRL tickets for the best dressed Blues fan on the night. No joke.
Marly Bar also has one giant screen and heaps of room for you and the crew to gather around and support your team in!
Team meaning The Blues, amirite?
The Henson, Marrickville
- Address: 91 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
- Facebook: The Henson
- Phone number: (02) 9569 5858
Home to some of the best craft beer this side of Sydney, The Henson will be offering stellar specials for your swill as the game heats up.
Watch it from the front bar. Makes it easier to order another. True story.
The Union Hotel, Newtown
- Address: 576 King St, Newtown
- Facebook: The Union Hotel
- Phone number: (02) 9557 2989
Quite possibly one of the more underrated bars to catch the game, The Union Hotel sports some fabulous pub grub, and screens in the back bistro and front bar area.
It usually flaunts a more relaxed atmosphere, but you’re bound to see a change once that first point goes up on the scoreboard.
State of Origin gear
Let’s face it. If you’re a State of Origin follower, then you already have a wardrobe full of jerseys, scarves, and caps, so really do you need any more?
What kind of question is that? Of COURSE YOU NEED MORE! Go on - you know you want to.
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Where to buy the official beer of the Blues
The beer? VB, naturally. Now, where to buy them. If you’re at the bar already, then that one’s a no brainer. If, however, you’ve invited the gang over to watch the game on your big plasma, then we suggest making life easier and have the beer delivered to you. Now all you need to do is decide how many brewskies you’re going to need to see you through the game…
Where to buy the official beer of the Maroons
Let’s not forget about the Maroons supporters – they c’mon their team with a ripping good beer in their hands, too. The official beer of the Queensland team is XXXX and there’s more than one choice to make with these guys. Will it be a bitter, a gold or a summer lager? Why not get a case of each and make everyone happy?