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Where to watch the State of Origin live in Sydney 2018

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.

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But first you should know when the games are happening. Game One is on 6 June 2018 at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Game Two is on 24 June 2018 at ANZ Stadium and the third and final game is on 11 July at Suncorp 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 $6 schooners of 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.

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 as well as cheerleaders, face painters and giveaways.

VIP packages are the way to go here, which feature the best seats in the house, bottles of Tooheys New, food packages and a personalised cocktail server. Because you don't want to get up and miss a single moment of the action.

Bars in the Inner City and Eastern Suburbs

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 - so no matter where you are in this joint, you won’t be able to miss a single tackle.

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.

Coogee Bay Hotel

  • Address: 354 Bourke St, Surry Hills
  • Facebook: Coogee Bay Hotel
  • Phone number: (02) 9977 3305

Live and loud, Cogee Bay is doing your team proud by airing each and every game on all 15 TV screens in the Sports Bar as well as 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.

Food specials to keep you fueled up all night long like $20 pizza specials.

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.

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 the Rag and Famish tends to do discounted beers throughout the game?

Go the Blues!

Bars in the Inner West

The Marlborough Hotel, Newtown

Always a huge supporter of sporting events, Marly Bar 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, am i rite?

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.

For Blues supporters:

NSW Blues State of Origin 2018 men's T-shirt
NSW Blues State of Origin 2018 men's T-shirt

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NSW Blues State of Origin 2018 bucket hat
NSW Blues State of Origin 2018 bucket hat

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NSW Blues 2018 State of Origin men's home jersey
NSW Blues 2018 State of Origin men's home jersey

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For Maroons supporters

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 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?

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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