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.
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.