For a fleeting moment, league fans in the capital dreamed that Origin might be making its debut in the ACT. It wasn’t to be.
Instead, the MCG fixture will be held in Townsville – the furthest north it’s ever travelled (if you don’t count game 4 in Los Angeles in 1987).
Jack Wighton will be the lone Raider making the journey to Far North Queensland, running on for the NSW Blues in Game One.
And although Canberra missed out on a hosting gig, top venues around town are pulling out all of the stops to make it an unforgettable evening of food, drink and competition.
It may not be the obvious choice for catching a footy game, but Limelight Cinemas Tuggeranong is showing the game on the biggest screen in town.
Tickets are $10 and come with a drink on arrival. There will also be a full-service bar inside the cinema selling pizzas, burgers and hot dogs delivered straight to your cinema seat.
Book online now.
Magoo’s Cafe & Bar
Magoo’s Cafe & Bar reckon they’re still the best place in town to catch all the action. With classics like Schnittys, Ribs and Wings on the menu, you’re sure to have a good night and a good feed, too!
Book now by calling 0492 823 800.
Known for their ability to throw a good party, The Dock reckons theirs will be the biggest in Canberra – and you can check out the Dock Dining Dome.
Even though it’s the home of Rugby Union, the RUC in Turner is offering drink specials during the match as well as two official jerseys to be won at each of the games.
During the two hours before kick-off, it’s XXXX v Tooheys New to see which state’s favourite beverage will be discounted to $3 during happy hour between 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm. The most popular beer between 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm will be the winner. Purchasing a schooner is your entry into the draw for a jersey.
Book your table online now.
Whether you’re a Blues or a Maroons supporter, Edgar’s Inn, Ainslie, doesn’t discriminate.
Thanks to their State of Origin Game bingo, you could also win a $50 Mama Dough Pizza Voucher.
Wednesday is also Schnitty Night – $18 with chips, salad and a drink from 5:30 pm.
Call 6257 5488 to book as seats are filling up fast.
Bleachers Sports Bar
Canberra’s unofficial home of sport is going all out for Game 1 with beer towers, big screens (177″) and big hits.
They’ve teamed up with Young Henry’s, so a $10 entrance fee will get you a guaranteed seat as well as a schooner of Newtowner.
Until the first points are scored, it’ll only set you back $20 for a two-litre beer tower. More drinks deals will begin at 9:00 pm.
All Vikings clubs across Canberra – that’s Erindale, Chisholm, Lanyon and the Town Centre – will be showing the big game.
Head down to your local and enjoy $5 happy hour from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Game 1 is on Wednesday 9 June (Townsville), Game 2 is on Sunday 27 June (Brisbane) and Game 3 on Wednesday 14 July (Sydney). Kick-off for all three games is 8:10 pm.