Places to watch the Australian Open in Melbourne
If you’re looking for places to watch the Australian Open in Melbourne during the 18th – 31st January, then check out the list of Bars & Live sites below, that will be screening the tennis on TVs or big screens for all to enjoy. So why not drop by at any of these places & watch the world’s greatest tennis stars (Novak, Serena, Frederer, Sharapova, Murray, Venus & so many more greats ) dominate the courts at Melbourne Park & smash it out to win the first Grand Slam title of the tennis season.
The Botanical (South Yarra)
Available from 5:00pm – 6:30pm on the 18th – 31st January The Botanical will be offering a delicious 2 course set menu ($45 per person) for an early dinner service during the Australian Open, features delicious options such as Rock flathead with clams, ratatouille and lemon and thyme sauce, while any with a sweet tooth can get revved up for a peach, olive oil and raspberry trifle!
Tel: (03) 9820 7888
Address: 169 Domain Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
Builders Arm Hotel (Fitzroy)
In the main bar at the Builders Arms Hotel you will be able to sit back & relax, whilst enjoying a lovely drink or a bite to eat from the bar or bistro & watch the Australian Open daily. Offering a refreshing variety of wines, craft beers & cocktails, along with the Bistro offers an a la carte menu, whilst the counter meal reigns in the Main Bar. Open from midday Monday to Friday and 11am on Saturday and Sunday, with the kitchen open all day. Reservations are taken for lunch and dinner.
Tel: 03 9417 7700
Address: 211 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065
Crown Live at the Riverwalk (Southbank)
From the 15th – 31st January (12 noon ’til late), Crown Live brings you The Summer Experience on the Riverwalk. Featuring live tennis on the big screen, appearances by your favourite tennis stars, including Eugenie Bouchard, Li Na & Maria Sharapova, as well as live entertainment. Relax & enjoy tasty bites by The Merrywell, Gradi, San Antone by Bludso’s BBQ & more, plus refreshing drinks at the Heineken Bar, Chandon Bar, all while you bask in captivating city views.
Tel: (03) 9292 8888
Address: 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, VIC 3006
The Duke of Wellington (CBD)
Whether you’re looking to watch the Australian Open on one of the nine screens available on the ground floor, catching up with friends or just looking to wind down with a few drinks after a long day, then the recently renovated Duke of Wellington is worth visiting. Happy Hour everyday from 4:00pm – 7:00pm (all drinks are just $7.50)
Tel: 03 9417 7700
Address: 146 Flinders Street, Melbourne, vic 3000
The Emerson (South Yarra) – The Emerson Tennis Series
The Emerson Tennis Series will run from the 18th – 31st January (Thursday to Sunday). In conjunction with Heineken the Emerson have transformed The Emerson Rooftop into their very own tennis oasis, with tennis court greenery & more. They have gone the extra mile & have created a relaxing space for guests to enjoy all the action of the Australian Open off court, with a chance for guests to WIN 1 of 2 Wilson Packs valued at $500. Other specials running during this period include: ‘Thursday – We Love Locals’ (any main meal & a glass of beer or wine for $20), ‘Fridays – After Work Drinks’ (Cocktail hour from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, $10 cocktails & $8 wines) & ‘Veuve Seven at Seven’ (7 bottles of veuve clicquot at 7:00pm for $70 each).
Tel: (03) 9825 0900
Address: 143/145 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
Federation Square (CBD)
For the first time in 2016, the Australian Open experience extends along the banks of the Yarra River. Start your journey at Fed Square where you can purchase tickets at the Ticket Booth, stock up on official merchandise at the Merch Booth (open 12 – 31 January), or visit the Info Booth to get all the information you need about the city’s nonstop tennis action. Pull up a deckchair and catch all the action from centre court with live broadcasts on the Big Screen from 11am (18 – 31 January).
Tel: (03) 9655 1900
Address: Corner Swanston Street & Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Half Moon (Brighton)
If your looking for a place to watch the Australian Open on the Bayside then you’re in luck. Half Moon is a vibrant yet relaxed pub that boasts an extensive lists of wines by the glass, cocktails, ciders & craft beers from around the globe. In addition, they provide their customers with a lovely all day dining menu, kid’s meal options & bar snacks, if you fancy something smaller to nibble on.
Tel: (03) 9591 0611
Address: 120 Church St, Brighton VIC 3186
The Middle Park Hotel (Middle Park)
The Middle Park Hotel Public Bar is a definitive nod to the golden days of Australian pub culture. With one of Australia’s largest free standing bars at 70 metres long & a remarkable 45 beer taps – Middle Park Hotel’s beer & wine offering is impressive. Boasting 9 plasma screens, along with 5 private dining booths, complete with individual screens to enjoy your favourite sporting event in style.
Tel: (03) 9690 1958
Address: 102 Canterbury Road, Middle Park, VIC 3206
The Railway Hotel (Windsor)
The Public Bar at the Railway Hotel has two large TV’s & will be screening the major Australian Open matches & providing their customers with a relaxing place to hang out & enjoy a great selection of local & imported beers, spirits, sparkling & wines. The Public Bar is an informal brasserie with a menu designed around home style food perfect for families or friends catching up for a drink.
Tel: (03) 9510 4050
Address: 29 Chapel St, Windsor VIC 3181
Royal Croquet Club at Birrarung Marr (CBD)
Located at Birrarung Marr, on the Yarra River’s north bank next to Federation Square, the banks will come alive with food, bars & entertainment day & night at the free Australian Open Festival. The festival will screen all the major games from the Australian Open, whilst Mamasita, Gazi, Uncle, Gelato Messina, Cobb Lane, Huxtaburger, Huxtable featuring Mr Claws & the new Estelle Mistress by Scott Pickett will provide you with some of the most amazing food in Melbourne. The Canadian Club Racquet Club, along with the Heineken & Jacobs Creek Bar will help festival-goers wash down all the delicious food.
Address: Birrarung Marr, Batman Ave, Melbourne, VIC 3000
The Sporting Globe (Richmond)
The Sporting Globe will transform into the official Heineken Deck offering a premium food, beverage & entertainment experience for tennis fans. The Sporting Globe’s rooftop 3.75m2 mega screen will be streaming the tournament live from the 18th – 31st January showcasing all the action from center court. The open-air deck is the perfect way to kick back and enjoy a hot summers day or balmy evening with a frosty Heineken or refreshing Pimms jug.
Tel: (03) 9428 2656
Address: 288 Bridge Road, Richmond, VIC 3121
Photo Credit: The Australian Open, The Emerson, The Botanical, The Builders Arms Hotel & The Crown