Here you will find a list of the best sports bars and pubs in the great sporting city of Melbourne. Melbourne has long been considered the home of sport, especially by the locals. There is merit to the argument with the city hosting international events such as the Australian Open, the Australian Grand Prix and the Melbourne Cup. Not to mention the AFL. Below are our current favourites when it comes to atmosphere during live sports events. These pubs will certainly have the game on and are likely to have a few of the key ingredients we deem necessary for ultimate the live sports experience. This list covers the best pubs in all of metropolitan Melbourne, if you are looking for the complete list of bars in the CBD try this page.
Pubs & Bars
Bourke Street Imperial
This is the type of sports bar that can bring the feeling of the stadium to the pub. Standing room only for big matches, has a couple of big screens and good sound for the commentary. Great rooftop garden bar for sundowners before the big game. Very popular for English Premier League matches.
Duke of Wellington Hotel
One of Melbourne's oldest licensed pubs, and also one of its best. The Duke is a mecca that must be visited by all sporting fans. If you haven't been yet, do yourself a favour and make this one the next pub you get to.,
This is a serious sports pub. Located in the heart of the CBD, Turf bar has it all for sports fans. Private booths with TV's on every wall, Turf bar even has localised sound, so you'll hear commentary for different games depending where you stand. The perfect spot for those that who want full sound when they watch their team.
The perfect pub for American sports in the CBD. Kicks is a sprawling modern venue that overlooks Elizabeth St. This one's got huge projector screens and is always pumping.
London Tavern Hotel
One of the most iconic of Richmond's sporting pubs, the Tavern is one of the best places to watch the footy in Melbourne. A generous beer garden complete with outdoor bar and huge big screen, the Tav has all you could ask for to watch the game. Best of all it's only a short walk from the MCG, so you can hear the siren and the roar of the crowd from the bar.
The Precinct Hotel
If you're looking for the best place to catch an afternoon game in the sun, the Precinct is the venue for you. This modern style pub shows the games on a large projector screen on their deck area and is only a stones throw away from the MCG. If you havn't been, you're missing out, a must visit for sports fans.
The Royal Derby Hotel
This pubs just ticks all the boxes. Home to a strong following of Brisbane Lions, or Fitzroy fans in the old, the Royal Derby is serious about sports. Beer garden - Tick, big screens - Tick, cold beer, good vibes and the sound turned up - tick, tick, tick
The Rose Fitzroy
Plainly and simply, one of Melbourne's best footy pubs, the Rose is a mecca for lovers of the Sherrin. Get down for a cold beer, perch yourself on a stool, and soak it all in.
College Lawn Hotel
This place is like four pubs in one, so no one will be disappointed. College combines one of the best beer gardens in Melbourne and a more traditional front bar that is filled with screens. If you're looking for a pub crawl without paying the taxi fares, then College is for you.
Richmond Club Hotel
Completing the holy trinity of perfect footy pubs in Richmond, the Richmond Club is three levels of footy fun. Always a popular place when any sport is on, you're guaranteed an electric atmosphere here.