29 September 2022

Where to go to enjoy Sunday's NRL grand final action

| Evelyn Karatzas
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The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. Photo: NRL, Facebook.

After 25 rounds of weekly matches and three weeks of finals, the countdown is on for the 2022 NRL grand final.

This Sunday (2 October) at 7:30 pm, the Paramatta Eels will go head-to-head with the Penrith Panthers at Sydney’s Accor Stadium.

As one of the biggest days for Aussie footy fans, picking the right place to watch the game is a must. We’ve compiled a list of the best places to go to ensure you make the most of your grand final viewing experience.

Burger and chips

Come and watch the footy and grab one of the CSCC gourmet burgers. Photo: Canberra Southern Cross Club, Facebook.

Canberra Southern Cross Club

If you want a place perfect for you and your mates to watch the grand final, then head to the Canberra Southern Cross Club.

With three locations across Canberra – Woden, Tuggeranong and Jamison – you can start the game prep early from 4 pm to 6 pm and enjoy a wide selection of beers, wine and soft drinks for 50 per cent off.

Then, when the hunger kicks in, a special ”Burger Bunanza” deal is on offer in Woden, where NRL grand final guests can enjoy a drink and gourmet burger for only $20.

In Tuggeranong and Jamison, you can choose either a burger or a pizza from the menu and pair it with a schooner of tap beer or a house wine for $20.

The Southern Cross Club also has a wide selection of options on its kids’ menu, perfect for families who bring their hungry little ones along. There’s also a $100 prize for the best dressed in footy gear, as well as lucky door prizes.

Book here to ensure you get the best seat in the house to watch all the on-field action.

Tenpin bowling

The Basement is the place to be to dine and play at The Alby. Photo: The Alby, Facebook.

The Alby

The Alby, a fairly new hidden gem in Phillip, could be just the right spot to take yourself and the kids to watch the big game. It’s best known for its downstairs games Basement with pool tables, pinball machines and bowling, which is perfect to keep the kids distracted too.

Also in The Basement, if you’re feeling peckish, the menu offers half a kilo of barbecue chicken or hot chicken wings for $10, and one kilo for $18. Not to mention, there’s a wide variety of 12-inch pizzas and cheeseburgers, chicken burgers, steak sandwiches and more to order too.

To secure a table, book here.

the dock

Beautiful sunsets, good food, drinks and footy with your friends on a nice spring day: the perfect way to spend your Sunday. Photo: The Dock, Facebook.

The Dock

If you want to go somewhere to watch the footy and enjoy nice views with good value beer and food, all just a short hop from the city, look no further than The Dock at Kingston Foreshore.

For a minimum of four people, from $35 per person, you can dive into a Fiesta Package food banquet! In this, you’ll get guacamole and tortilla chips, jalapeno poppers, two taco flavours and a choice of either a Corona or soft drink.

Did we mention that The Dock has also been voted Canberra’s best sports club this year? Book here to reserve your table.

Beer glass on pool table

Have a cold one with the boys this weekend while watching the footy in Dickson. Photo: Dickson Taphouse, Facebook.

Dickson Taphouse

The time has come for the final match of the NRL season, but how do you want to enjoy it?

At the Dickson Taphouse, are burgers and beers your go-to? Or do schnitties, steaks, nachos, chicken wings or pasta tickle your tastebuds more?

If you want it, they’ve got it, with your pub favourites available all day to order. Bring the family or bring your friends and enjoy a great selection of food along with a match guaranteed to grab your attention.

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Come and have a juicy steak at Eastlake. Photo: Eastlake Football Club.


From 5:30 pm this Sunday, the bistro will be open in the lead-up to the grand final to make sure you’re well fed as you watch the Panthers take on the Eels.

With clubs in Gungahlin, Calwell and Griffith, there are pub favourites to be enjoyed everywhere, as well as 1.7-litre mega-jug drinks to sip on while watching the game.

Beer garden

Sit out in the sun in the beer garden at Assembly and enjoy a cold beer, good food and the big game. Photo: Assembly Facebook.


In Braddon this Sunday, come and watch the NRL grand final inside, or outside in the beer garden on the big screens with your friends and family. The kitchen will be open throughout the evening to serve your favourite foods, and all the bars at Assembly will be open to pour your go-to drink.

Bookings aren’t required, but get in quick before all the good spots to watch the big game are gone.

Lawn bowls

Have a bowl before the footy and enjoy some great food before the live action kicks off. Photo: The RUC, Facebook.


If the location is important to you when it comes to picking the right venue to watch a game, then why not try out The RUC in Turner. It’s only minutes away from Canberra’s CBD, offers several screens to watch the game on, and has pool tables, lawn bowling and a great selection of foods to try.

Men cheering in pub

Sip on some cold ones with the boys and watch the grand final this weekend. Photo: Region Media.


As one of Canberra’s premier sports venues to watch anything and everything nationally and internationally, Bleechers is definitely on our list for the NRL grand final.

They’re calling it an epic “Battle of the West”, and for only $15 you’ll have a guaranteed seat and a schooner of Asahi Dry upon arrival – what more could you want?

There’s also a monster 177-inch screen to watch the game, as well as a great selection of wings and snacks on offer if you’re feeling peckish.

Book in quickly here to avoid disappointment.

Have we missed any of your favourite spots? Let us know in the comments.

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