Huzzah! The Wallabies have booked their ticket to the Rugby World Cup final, and we can’t wait to see them take on the All Blacks at… 2am on Sunday morning? Wait, what?
OK, so the time difference between Oz and Twickenham Stadium doesn’t make for the most ideal viewing scenario, but you don’t have to resign yourself to watching the game under the covers at home or — worse yet — on replay the next day, as a number of rugby-mad Brisbane venues have committed to showing the final LIVE.
Believe it or not, this’ll be the very first time that Australia and New Zealand have squared off in the Rugby World Cup final. Each nation has won the William Webb Ellis trophy twice, so here’s hoping Australia can break that deadlock in our favour.
Pull on your green and gold and head to one of these venues this Saturday night/Sunday morning to get amongst the action!
Treasury Casino & Hotel
The Treasury Casino’s 24/7 LiveWire bar has been christened the official Heineken Rugby World Cup Clubhouse for the duration of the tournament. They’ve shown all the big games on the big screen so far, and the final certainly won’t be any exception. Better yet, if you pick up two Heinekens from the bar, you’ll get a 2 for 1 meal voucher valid between 8pm and 9am at Kitchen at Treasury and 2GO Restaurants!
130 William St, Brisbane. For more info, click here.
Pig ‘N’ Whistle
The Rugby World Cup has been a fixture at each of the Pig ‘N’ Whistle venues in Brisbane over the last few weeks, and we can confirm that two of them — Pig ‘N’ Whistle Riverside and Pig ‘N’ Whistle Queen St — will be staying open for the final. Kiwi expats are encouraged to get along and support their team (the venues promise a great night out, regardless of who you go for and which country you’re from) but we expect you’ll be well and truly swallowed up by the sea of green and gold.
Pig ‘N’ Whistle Riverside — Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle St, Brisbane.
Pig ‘N’ Whistle Queen St — T5 Queen Street Mall, Brisbane. For more info, click here.
The Alliance Hotel
Despite closing up shop for the semi-finals (the Aussie game being played on Monday morning at 2am sealed its fate), The Alliance Hotel is all systems go for the final. The kitchen is opening a touch later than usual, but you’ll need a booking to be seated after 9pm, and no one will be seated after 10pm. If you just want to watch the game and soak up the awesome atmosphere (and craft beers) of the front bar, however, you can turn up anytime.
320 Boundary St, Spring Hill. For more info, click here.
Having secured an extended license for all Australian games and finals, there’s no way the Regatta is going to miss out on the fun this weekend. The match will be shown on the big screen in Merle’s Bar.
543 Coronation Drive, Toowong. For more info, click here.
Another venue with extended trading hours to show all games, no matter the time of day, The Vic is billing itself as Supporter HQ for the big game. As per liquor licensing laws, the Victory won’t be serving alcohol between 5am and 10am, but they will be putting on some special breakfast offers for those who stick around well into Sunday morn — celebrating a Wallabies victory, no doubt.
127 Edward St, Brisbane. For more info, click here.
The Elephant Hotel
Want to watch all the action on the biggest screen in Fortitude Valley? Then you’ll need to head to The Elephant Hotel, where the match will be shown live and loud on a screen that would make Spielberg blush.
230 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley. For more info, click here.
Where will you be watching the final? Let us know in the comments below!