Where to watch the 2021 AFL grand final in Perth: Pubs and bars where you can watch the game in style
Perth’s biggest pub is getting ready for its biggest ever day of trading ahead of WA’s history-making AFL grand final match.
There will be 20,000 litres of chilled beer, 25 TV screens and enough produce to serve up thousands of meals at The Camfield, which neighbours Optus Stadium, and owner Tim McIernon has also upped the capacity of the expansive venue from 2500 to 3500 to ensure as many footy fans as possible can enjoy the big game there on Saturday.
“We obviously got inundated with lots of people trying to book functions and all those kind of things but we didn’t want to do that. We didn’t want people coming through the venue and having so many areas blocked off so there’s another thousand spots and we’ve pretty much left it so it’s pretty much completely walk in,” he said.
And while he believes there’s a good chance queues could snake around the venue as eager fans try to get into the next best thing to Optus Stadium, he is keen to keep it moving as quickly as possible.
In addition to the venue’s 15 screens, Mr McIernon is bringing in another 10 including two large LED displays in the main bar and hall.
The Camfield will also be stocked to the brim on Friday ready for pre, during and post game celebrations.
“We’ll have probably 20,000 litres of beer sitting in the cool rooms, that’s a lot, that’s enough for sort of 40,000 pints — we’ll go close to getting rid of most of that,” he laughed.
“Then we’d expect to do somewhere between 5000 and 6000 meals in the day — 1000 pizzas, 5000 other meals,” he revealed.
The Camfield’s in-house Bevy Brewing Co have created a special beer for the occasion.
Rovers Draught is a hazy lager inspired by the Rovers Football Club — one of the four founding clubs of the WA Football Association in 1885. The Rovers won two flags before folding in 1899.
Bevy head brewer Andy Scade described the easy-drinking unfiltered draught lager as a “no frills beer fresh out of the cellar and into punters hands for the big dance — so old school WA we should have served it in ponies”.
The fresh frothies will wash down food specials, such as cheeseburger pizzas and chicken karaage burgers, plus there will be live music all day long.
“We never thought we’d have the AFL grand final, it’s always been locked away by the MCG but you’d think that this is going to end up being the biggest day that we’ve had and it’s not just for us, it’s for everyone around the city that will have a really good day,” he said.
“Our other venues are actually booked out as well with people going there for lunches before so all it’s not just The Camfield, it’s everywhere that really gets a kick from the day.”
More places to celebrate the grand final in Perth
The Old Synagogue, Fremantle
This Freo foodie hub is opening its bars The Arbor and Mr Chapple for walk ins, with six big screens displaying the action while guests enjoy the crowd-pleaser menu full of pub faves with a fancy twist and expansive drinks menu.
Planet Royale, Perth
Fans can watch the big dance on an actual big screen, with the theatre’s 8m by 4.5m screens one of the biggest in Perth. Tickets are $79 and include bottomless craft beer, cider, Aperol spritz cocktails and wine — as well as a burger or gourmet hotdog of your choice and chips. VIP booths are also available to book for those who want to level up and feel like they’re in a box.
The Raft, Swan River
For something totally unique, book a spot aboard The Raft for Float Ferry Footy. Cruise the river, enjoy a BBQ lunch and flowing drinks with Optus Stadium in the Background. If you have tickets to the game, you can even be dropped at the venue as part of the package.
The Garden, Leederville
Sip a spritz or local beer in the sun while taking in all the pre and post-game hype on a huge outdoor screen. Acoustic music will further set the scene — even better when paired with all-day food and bevvie specials.
Northbridge Piazza, Perth
Grab the kids for a free public viewing of the grand final in the beating heart of Northbridge. From 4pm, the piazza will offer entertainment for all ages and roving performers before the main event, and there will be a second encore screening later in the evening.
Freo Social, Fremantle
At 3.2x2m, the LED screen at Freo Social is the biggest in the locale and will be hooked up to the venue’s state of the art sound system for the match. Pair with a $25 “dad board” packed with snacks and $15 jugs.
Market Grounds, Perth
The CBD’s multi-level gastropub fills up quickly on a Saturday, so get down early for their AFL bash. There will be bottomless drinks, platters stacked high with footy-themed eats and four screens broadcasting the stoush.
Samuels on Mill, Perth
If a more low-key viewing session is your preference, head to the luxe Parmelia Hilton for a glass of wine and a meal from the contemporary dining menu while watching the game.
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