Marvellous eats before the Game

Rev up before the action at Marvel Stadium with drinks and a bite in the heart of the city. Unpack the game afterwards at a pub by the water in Docklands or Southbank, or follow the laneways to some of the city's best post-match watering holes. 

1. The Boatbuilders Yard

An excellent perch by the Yarra and a fondness for fun and games (hello Bocce sand pit) has made The Boatbuilders Yard a perennial favourite for Melbournians before and after the big game. 

2. Melbourne Public

With its raw industrial flair and moody neon lights, you can’t get more Melbourne than this popular watering hole housed in restored heritage cargo sheds. Pull up a bar stool at Melbourne Public and tuck into a classic chicken parmigiana or steak sandwich.

3. Bhoj

Packed full of bold colours and punchy flavours, Bhoj brings Indian cuisine to life with a menu that spans the mountainous north to coastal southern India. The extensive vegetarian offerings are a winner, as is the ‘quick menu’ in case you need a fast feed before the game.

4. Merrywell Burger Bar

Dive into deliciously juicy US-style burgers at this Southbank institution Merrywell Burger Bar. Once you’ve had your fill of sliders, daquiris and shakes, grab some fried chicken bites as a treat for the short walk to Marvel Stadium.

5. Steakhouse Grill 66

Conveniently situated in the Docklands, Steakhouse Grill 66 is the place to go for prime cuts of meat cooked exactly how you like it. Think premium grade angus beef, prime grade porterhouse and free flowing drinks. After something lighter? The seafood and vegetarian menu is equally as appealing. 

6. Urban Alley Brewery

Warm up for the big game with a beer tasting paddle at Dockland’s very own brewpub Urban Alley Brewery. Make the most of the special meal deals throughout the week, including Happy Hour on Fridays.

7. Munich Brauhaus

You’ll likely hear Munich Brauhaus before you see it thanks to the enthusiastic Oom-Pah-Pah band that calls this popular German beer hall home. It’s Oktoberfest every day of the year here, so lean into the pork knuckles, pretzels and generous beer steins.

8. Mjolner

Mjolner answers that eternal question: 'Where would Thor go before watching the footy?' This two-level dining hall draws heavily on Nordic traditions, serving up trays of bone marrow alongside inventive cocktails and horns full of ale.

9. MoVida Aqui

Take a detour through Spain en route to the game. MoVida Aqui is a regular on Melbourne’s lists of top restaurants (including the Good Food Guide) thanks to its charcoal-cooked tapas and hearty authentic paellas.

10. Ging Thai

Thai chef On Saengyojanr walks the line between homage and reinvention at Ging Thai, her restaurant in Southbank. Shuck oysters with nam jim sauce, slurp pad Thai or feel the burn of spiced chicken wings, then wash it down with cocktails that deliver a Muay Thai kick.


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