I see your true colours shining through and if your true colour is not maroon… then why? In the regular world, State of Origin is an overly enthusiastic sporting event. In the world of a QLDer, State of Origin is the one night of the year when you can scream like Ned Flanders when he got purple drapes. And no one can say anything about it.
In case you didn’t get tickets to the greatest battle since Britney Spears and double denim aka Origin III, we’ve compiled a list Brisbane’s most happening venues so you won’t be feeling blue. Let’s face it, there is nothing worse than being (a) blue.
For serious State of Origin fans who want to be knee deep in XXXX and Queensland team spirit, look no further than the Caxton Hotel. For the ultimate Origin experience, you can nab tickets for a selection of renown Queensland seafood and three mains for $89. You don’t need to be on the field to score with this deal.
Warm up your vocal cords with Darling & Co’s seasonal menu. You’ll be tackling staff over their juicy eye fillet and decadent ice cream sandwich. Don’t actually tackle them though, it will be counted as a professional foul.
This venue is something even the blues can get excited about. With a 60-inch screen and surround sound, you’ll feel like you’re in the stadium crowd. Swap the over-priced pies and cold chips with juicy $5 sirloin steaks. Don’t walk, RUN!
With specular river views showcasing the Story Bridge, you can raise to your glass to being a mighty Queenslander. Be proud, it’s an exclusive club. Enjoy these privileges by sipping on a cocktail and eating Brisbane’s finest produce. Don’t worry, it’s how we would play it too.
Don’t be left pining for more at this year’s Origin III viewing! Head down to the Pineapple Hotel and watch the game live and loud on the big screen, while you tuck into juicy steaks from their iconic Steakhouse Restaurant. It doesn’t get more QLD that that!
When the sweet nectar of Queensland winning isn’t enough, get ready for the Normanby’s annual kick for cash. The bigger the kick, the more cash you WIN! They also feature 3 huge projector screen and 15 wide screen TVs. Who needs tickets with an atmosphere like this?
Feeling like a more up-market origin experience that isn’t overrun by sports-mad enthusiasts? Check out the Brewhouse where you can relax with locally brewed beer and extravagant share platters. Who said sharing is not allowed with our fellow sporting counterparts? The best part is you can pop into their specialised bottle-o to so you can enjoy the post-match highlights in style. WIN AND WIN
This go-to list ensures you can wrap up the last origin, the right way. After this game, we’ll be Thurston for more! GO QUEENSLAND!
Words by Brooke McGregor.
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