The Best Places To Watch The Australian Open
The Australian Open is upon us, which means it’s time for Melbourne to spend two weeks being completely totally tennis obsessed. For those wanting to keep in the ‘swing’ of things without battling the crowds, here are Melbourne’s best places to watch the action.
1. Richmond Club Hotel
RCH is just a stone’s throw away from the main event at Melbourne Park, so you basically feel like you’re there. They also have 15 screens across their multi-level venue to make sure you don’t miss a single winner. With a great range of beers, amazing pub grub and one of the best views in Melbourne on their rooftop, RCH is basically the equivalent of court side seats.
2.Middle Park Hotel
This iconic corner pub is known for two things. Their undying dedication to sport and their ability to constantly deliver top notch classics (but just that little bit fancier). Pull up a stool in front of their many screens, indulge in a counter meal and sip on $4 Heineken pots or $6.5 Schooners from 5.00pm – 7.00pm to really get into the tennis spirit.
3. Duke of Wellington
The oldest bar in Melbourne is the perfect spot to either grab a drink and a feed before seeing the action live at Melbourne Park, or you can just as easily settle in and watch the professionals battle it out on centre court without going anywhere.
4. College Lawn Hotel
You can always trust the College Lawn to be showing your favourite sport and to provide the perfect social setting for a good day or night. Screens are located both inside the pub and outside in their legendary beer garden, so you’re guaranteed to have your tennis obsession fully catered to.
5. Great Northern Hotel
The courtyard. The amazing food. The perfect north-side pub to soak up the sun and watch two people slog it out on court while you go and get another beer (and maybe another pulled pork shoulder sandwich).
6. The Australian Open Festival At Birrarung Marr
The local pub isn’t the only place to catch the action this year. Birrarung Marr has been transformed into a sporting and foodie haven, as some of Melbourne’s best restaurants (Mamasita, Gazi, Uncle, Messina – and that’s just the beginning) have set up food trucks to ring in the masses. There are also big screens set up to watch live tennis plus activities for the kids to keep them entertained. Did we also mention entry is free? Game. Set. Match. We’re there.