Friday, October 19, 2018 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Beer and Games: Top Sports Bars in Australia

Australia is a wonderful place to go for many reasons: the sun, the surfing, and, of course, the accents! One of the best things about Australia, though, is the opportunity to enjoy good sports and good beer. You can get both of these at Australia’s many sports bars. There are endless options for pubs and bars in Australia from Darwin to Melbourne! However, there are some that stand head and shoulders above the rest. If you’re looking for a great sports bar to visit in Australia, be sure to hit one or two of the excellent pubs below.

1    Turf Bar, Melbourne

If you like your pubs traditional, you’re sure to enjoy the environment at Turf Bar! This is an excellent place to watch football—Australian, American, and otherwise. There are no less than six massive plasma screen TVs and three large TVs that show every major sporting event, plus surround sound so you can listen to the game while playing a game of pool. If you like, you can even book one of the three private screening booths. If you’re in the area, be sure to visit for the Friday happy hour!
Turf Bar, Melbourne
2    Light Brigade Hotel, Sydney

Head to the ground level of Light Brigade to find Brigade Bar, Sydney’s top destination for watching a game while sipping your favorite beer. Besides the drink, you’ll find plenty of good food here! The bar serves a smorgasbord of good pub grub, but the most popular meal is the Monday night $15 wood-fired pizza special. Mondays are also trivia nights, so stop in at 7 PM for a shot at winning a round or two!
Light Brigade Hotel, Sydney
3    Village Belle Hotel, Melbourne

The Village Belle Hotel is an essential part of Melbourne culture. In fact, the area around the establishment is officially known as the Village Belle Precinct! Of course, something as famous as this bar must be worth visiting. But is it worth it for its own sake, apart from its history and fame? As it turns out, it certainly is! The beers on tap are excellent, and the food is delicious. The portion sizes are perfectly enormous! Be sure to try the cheesy garlic pull apart bread.
Village Belle Hotel, Melbourne
4    The Breakfast Creek Hotel, Brisbane

The stately 1889 building that houses the Breakfast Creek Hotel is as impressive as the bar inside! This iconic Queensland hotel is the best place around for enjoying a beer and the big game. It is also a great place to stop in after an excursion to Eagle Farm Racetrack and Doomben Racetrack! The hotel actually contains five bars, each with a unique vibe, as well as a tropical Beer Garden. If you like history and ghost-hunting, you will have even more reasons to love the Breakfast Creek Hotel. There is rumored to be a ghost haunting the hotel, and every now and then, a patron sees or hears something unusual. Maybe you’ll be the next!
The Breakfast Creek Hotel, Brisbane
5    Highway Pub, Adelaide

If you are looking for a fun time, Highway Pub is the place to find it! With live music, exciting events, and an energy-driven atmosphere, you won’t find boredom here. Fridays are especially fun, since they include live acoustic music at 6 PM. If you like DJ music, Saturdays at 9 PM would be ideal for you! Other nights of the week include various music events, from reggae to cool jazz. No matter what you like, you’ll find it at the Highway Pub. That’s what makes it one of the best sports bars in Australia.
Highway Pub, Adelaide
6    Crown Sports Bar, Perth

Crown Sports Bar boasts the biggest sports bar screens in Australia. Rugby lovers, rejoice! Every major game is aired here, and you’ll love having the chance to watch one on the massive TVs that cover the walls. The range of beer selections are as large as the screens, so anyone’s tastes are sure to be accommodated. The pub food isn’t half bad, either. It’s little wonder that this Australian sports bar is perpetually packed… it is worth even an out-of-town trip just to hang out here for a few hours.
Crown Sports Bar, Perth
7    York 75, Sydney

The incredible city of Sydney boasts many excellent sports bars, but you haven’t experienced the best until you visit York 75! This sports bar has twenty screens. Two of them are even in 3D! Now, that is pretty incredible. You will feel like you’re right in the middle of the game yourself! This venue is a popular place for sports betting, and everything will be taken care of for you when you visit. If you want to be sure of a spot when you go to York 75, you can book a booth with full waitress service and enjoy an evening of fun and laughter.
York 75, Sydney
8    The Sporting Globe, Melbourne

The 30 screens at this Australian sports bar play a variety of games every evening. No matter what you want to see, you will be able to watch it here! But people don’t come here simply for the games. They also come for the menu, which is full of favorites from Australia, Europe and America. Love the beer, the food, and the game! The atmosphere is fun and welcoming, so you will be sure to want to stay a while! Melbourne has a lot of good pubs to enjoy, but be sure to visit this one while you’re there. You won’t regret it.
The Sporting Globe, Melbourne

As you can see, there are plenty of great options for sports bars in Australia! You won’t have any trouble finding a good one, especially if you set your sights on any of the bars above. Be sure to try some authentic Australian beer and catch a game of Australian rugby while you’re at it!

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