The FIFA Women’s World Cup is almost here, kicking off on Thursday July 20, and ending on Sunday August 20. Co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, this thrilling tournament will feature 32 nations, and take place in stadiums in Melbourne, Auckland, Sydney and more. This year, Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (AAMI Park) will host six matches, including a game between Australia and Canada on July 31. And if you’re wondering where to see the action this year, don’t worry. There’s heaps of pubs around Melbourne that will show the FIFA Women’s World Cup live, so you can enjoy the game while indulging in a drink or two. Some of these pubs will show just the Matildas games, and some of them will show every single match in the World Cup.
1. Beer DeLuxe
If there was anything we learned from the World Cup last year, it was that Fed Square is one of the top places to watch the game. Watch live matches on the big screen and enjoy live music, entertainment and more at the FIFA Women’s World Cup FIFA Fan Festival from July 20 to August 20.
Then, if you’re feeling thirsty, pop into Fed Square’s Beer DeLuxe for drinks before or after the game. Sip on beer, wine and cocktails, and feast on pub favourites like schnitzels, burgers and chips. Cheer on the Matildas as they play against Ireland, Nigeria and Canada on July 20, 27 and 31. More info here.
📍Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
2. The Duke of Wellington
Visit Melbourne’s oldest licensed pub and watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup in this classic venue. There’s a variety of screens throughout The Duke of Wellington, so you can watch all of the Matildas and finals games live. Enjoy a hearty bite during the game with fish and chips, lamb pie and more. Of course, there’s plenty of beers on tap for you to try, as well as wine and cocktails. Located in the CBD, The Duke is also an easy walk away from Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (AAMI Park), so you can pop in for a drink before or after the match. See more here.
📍146 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
3. Imperial Bourke Street
Wander over to one of the oldest pubs in Melbourne and catch every single game of the World Cup live. At the Imperial, you can nibble on small plates like calamari, sliders and nachos, or go bigger with pizza, burgers and steak. Wash it down with a beer or two, then head up to the rooftop for mulled wine and hot toddies. More info here.
📍2-8 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
4. The Crafty Squire
Visit the CBD’s only working microbrewery and cheer on the Matildas at The Crafty Squire. Try their award-winning beers, seasonal flavours and limited-edition brews while you watch the game unfold on one of the big screen TVs. If you’re not into beer, there’s also wine, spirits and cocktails. Munch on pub classics made with sustainable produce and locally sourced ingredients. This pub is playing every game of the World Cup, from July 20 to August 20. More info here.
📍127 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000
5. Prince Alfred Hotel
Head to Prince Alfred Hotel and see the games live on their screens. As you watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup, order some pub favourites like a parma or a pizza, and indulge in an extensive range of wine and beer. Prince Alfred will show all of the Matildas games, as well as the finals live. See more here.
📍619 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121
6. Richmond Club Hotel
Richmond Club Hotel is celebrating the FIFA Women’s World Cup by playing all the Matildas games and the finals live. Visit this historic pub and soak in the energetic atmosphere as you watch the game unfold on the screen. Feast on pub treats like bangers and mash, while downing a beer or two. See more here.
📍100 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121
7. Great Northern Hotel
Visit the Great Northern Hotel in Carlton North and watch every game at the World Cup, including the Matildas games and the finals. Feast on a range of snacks and pub fare, and try one of the 22 beers on tap. Dogs are encouraged to come along too! More info here.
📍644 Rathdowne St, Carlton North VIC 3054
8. Hotel Railway
Hotel Railway in Brunswick is supporting the Matildas by playing their games live. Swing by this pub and catch the action on July 20, 27 and 31. They’ve got a huge outdoor screen, with plenty of heaters to keep you toasty, as well as screens indoors. On the menu, you’ll find plenty of Mediterranean flavours to please your taste buds, as well as beer, wine and cocktails. More info here.
📍291 Albert St, Brunswick VIC 3056
9. College Lawn Hotel
Gather your crew and head to College Lawn Hotel for a good time watching the game. They’re playing all of the Matildas games live, as well as selected matches throughout the season, before finishing off with the exciting finals. There’s 18 screens throughout the venue, so you won’t miss a thing! Share small plates with your friends, or opt for something larger to have on your own. There’s heaps of College cocktails to try, as well as beer, wine and more. See more here.
📍36 Greville St, Prahran VIC 3181