Sport is undoubtedly Australia’s favourite pastime. Another favourite pastime? Eating. Combine the two, add a few beverages and you’ve got yourself a cracker of a night. Rather witness grass grow than sit through a game of grown men tossing around a ball? No worries, just bury yourself in delicious eats while your better half/best mate/someone who shares your genetics has their eyes glued to the screen. Pro tip: When your date is shouting at the big screen, that’s the time to sneak a bite of their dinner.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up Brisbane’s best spots to watch sport and feed your face, all at the same time – we’re big fans of multitasking! The days of daggy sports bars in Brisbane are a thing of the past.
You’ve got no chance of missing a game with The Defiant Duck’s live sports streaming. Watch the game with a burger and beer in hand (is there any other way?), along with fellow fans and maybe even a few potential rivals. There’s nothing like sport to bring out the Neanderthal in you, so carnivores, dig in to a rack of smoked beef or pork ribs or a basket of charcoal wings with hot sauce and wash it down with a celebratory cocktail.
No mater whatever game takes your fancy, Pig ‘N’ Whistle has you covered, screening just about every televised sport under the sun. Embrace the atmosphere (re: lots of passionate shouting), eat your weight in really good food and knock back a few choice beverages. It doesn’t matter if you’re celebrating your team’s win or trying to drown your sorrows, Pig ‘N’ Whistle West End has you covered with their British pub classics.
Whether you get cosy in the bar (where you’re closer to the cocktails) or take in some sun in the courtyard to better imitate the live sport experience, Regatta Hotel has a table and a big screen for you. And with eats like their pan baked nachos and scrumptious pizzas, there’s a strong possibility you’ll be too busy stuffing your face to cheer for every victory.
The ‘beer’ in the name pretty much guarantees that this South Bank favourite is a perfect place to catch a game. Get your hands on a burger, or something from the grill. Feeling generous? There’s an abundance of share plates you can split with mates. Oh, and it would be rude not to have a drink or two. Just try not to get too distracted by the river views – eyes on the game, people!
The Irish may not be known for their sporting prowess, but Finn McCool’s isn’t letting that stop them. No matter your code, you can watch every angle of the game on the big screens throughout the venue, meaning you won’t miss a minute when you’re digging into their delicious pub grub. We can’t guarantee the luck of the Irish will be passed on to your team, but after a couple of pints and a full stomach, the end score will hardly matter.
Live and loud is the name of the game at one of Brisbane’s most iconic pubs. NRL, AFL, rugby and V8’s are amongst the sports broadcast, and we guarantee they’re even more enjoyable to watch when paired with a classic pub feed. They’re currently taking bookings for AFL and NRL grand finals, so round up your mates and get out your jersey – the only thing you have to worry about is not spilling any of your beer on your team colours.
While the teams fight it out on the big screen, battle your mates over who can eat the most wings. In our eyes it’s just as noble a fight as anything a professional athlete does, and probably requires just as much training. Wings aside, Buffalo Bar provides the perfect atmosphere for any game day celebrations, just BYO empty stomach.
Dig into a true American feed at Racecourse Road’s first garden bar while cheering on your team. If you like your sports with a drink menu that rivals the length of a Harry Potter novel and extra saucy BBQ meats, 5 Boroughs is the place to be. Just don’t try to cheer with a mouthful of ribs, things could get messy.
‘Charming’ may not be the first word that springs to mind when thinking about football players, but The Charming Squire should be a first port of call when it comes to watching the game. Get yourself a beer (or four) and a burger and watch the game on old mate James’ big screen. Head down early and catch some live music, all while giving yourself some extra time to have a go at the 15 page drinks menu.
Suburban sports (and food) fanatics, don’t fret, Barcadia is here to save you from spending game night at your neighbours, eating burnt sausages and drinking home brew. With a menu that rivals anything in the big smoke, Barcadia is the perfect spot to pull up a chair and watch your favourite team. Heck, Barcadia is even the official sponsor of the Brisbane Bullets mascot – that’s how serious they are about sport!
REALLY love your sport? Is it a love that warrants a private room with Foxtel access? If sitting amongst a room full of rowdy fans isn’t really your thing, we suggest heading straight to Nantucket, where you can hire the Montauk Room for you and your nearest and dearest to really embrace game night. The hire of the room comes with a delicious menu showcasing the best this Hamptons-inspired spot has to offer. Yep, that’s fancy.
You may forget the final score, but you won’t forget your feed.
Words by Georgia Tyler