We gotta admit, it’s pretty exciting to see Perth’s events calendar filled to the brim with events at the moment, and one of the biggest coming up is ICON Festival – Perth’s very own International Festival of Football. Taking over Optus Stadium on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 July, football fans can catch visiting teams Manchester United, Leeds United, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace facing off in a couple of games.
In the interest of helping you get warmed up for those games, an upcoming AFL game, or just on any old night enjoying a brew and bite to eat with your mates, here’s where to get it done along the vibrant Vic Park stretch… They’re mostly along Albany Highway or near the train so you could even do a little trail down to Optus – responsibly of course!
Victoria Park Hotel
There’s a raft of great watering holes along the Vic Park stretch, and Victoria Park Hotel is one solid pub that shows the sport on the telly, has plenty of great beers on tap and serves up delicious pub grub (with a slight twist). They’ve also just added “epic beer garden” to their offerings following a $2.3M courtyard refit – perfect for a sunny winter’s afternoon.
605 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park
If you’re someone who likes to get a little competitive on game day, Palace Arcade is the place to do it. The place is lined with dozens of iconic arcade games, all you need to do is grab a giant slice of pizza, an ice cold beer and smash some top scores out on those machines!
774 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park
Blasta Brewing Co.
Blasta Brewing Co. is perfect on a number of fronts. 1: With a huge beer hall, cruisey outdoor area and well-matched food, you can put some serious time in here before and after games. 2: Their beer selection… “Blasta” is Scottish for delicious, so go forth and taste young braveheart! 3. Their Sunday roast is one of the best around town. 4. It’s only a short walk from Burswood Traino and Optus Stadium – perfect!
84-88 Goodwood Pde, Burswood
Broken Hill Hotel
Let’s call time on this list with one last legendary pub, the Broken Hill Hotel, established over a hundred years ago and doing the basics right. You’ll find all the good stuff like bangers & mash, steak sangas, fish & chips and more for a pre-game feed and plenty of beers on tap. If you and your football-faring crew like your lagers clear, parmies huge and vibes toasty (their marquee-covered courtyard has heaters for days), get your boots down to the Broken Hill.
314 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park
If you’re simply chasing a ripper pub with a great beer garden out the back, plenty of rotating taps along with all the beer staples and an honest, modern Australian pub menu – bet on the Balmoral Hotel! Pups are invited outside as well, in case you’d prefer to just stay at the pub and watch the game on the big screens all over the joint.
901 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park
RoyAl’s Chicken & Burgers
One of a few burger kings around Perth, RoyAl’s know their chicken, know their burgers, and know their beers with a great selection of brews on tap at their Vic Park location. And while putting yourself into a food coma right before the big game isn’t ideal, it is open till 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays so perhaps a post-football feed is on the cards?
834 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park
Dutch Trading Co.
Speaking of crafty drops, Dutch Trading Co. might be Perth’s finest spot to test your palate with 22 rotating taps featuring an epic selection of brews from all around the world. Their smashed burgers and Vinnie’s Korean Fried Chicken are the perfect warm up meal before the big game, and it’s right on the bus line straight into Optus.
243 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park
Boston Brewing Co.
Boston Brewing Co. has been a Denmark hotspot since it was born in 2011, and it’s fair to say their Perth iteration ain’t no slouch either. With more craft beer than you can shake a stick at, a sophisticated-yet-accessible gastropub menu and fantastic people watching out on the al fresco area, your craft beer obsessed mates will just be as pleased as your finer diners.
660 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park
Frank’s Barbecue Texas Smokehouse
If you’ve got mates who like their meat, do them a favour and take them to Frank’s. The whole joint feels like it’s been lifted straight out the middle of America’s deep south and plonked down into an old Vic Park car yard. This fully-licensed diner serves a mouthwatering array of smoked meats alongside classic sides, soda refills and more. It also provides incredible bang for your meaty buck, so you might need to walk down to Optus once you’ve finished!
767 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park
The Carlisle Hotel & Distillery
This honest pub (handily right on the train line) has been in the process of a cheeky little facelift in recent times, and the results speak for themselves with The Carlisle Hotel & Distillery maintaining strong community vibes alongside an updated aesthetic and menu. The new gin, vodka and moonshine distillery means they’ve got spirits on lock along with a great selection of beers on tap, and, most importantly if you can’t make it to the game, a huge screen in the beer garden to watch it on instead.
174 Rutland Ave, Carlisle
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