Top 5 places to watch the footy
Old school simplicity, with Fitzroy Football Club memorabilia on the wall, a cracking value for money menu (try the mixed grill) and a good selection of beers. There are two main viewing areas; the front bar and the little nook in the side entrance and kicking a footy at half time (day games) is compulsory. It's also the unofficial home to West Australians watching Docker and Eagles games. The new upstairs area as made the viewing area roomier too!
You know a pub is serious about its footy, when they sponsor Western Bulldog player, Matthew Boyd. Just a classic backstreet pub with a nice little sports bar out the back, ensuring there is plenty of room. Just don't insult the doggies.
The THH team have been here for the last two weeks watching Freo get beaten. While it does have a lot of Carlton FC history, the West Australian owner has made it his own, and the freo train comes in droves. Heaps of screens are around the place and with the biggest serving of nachos in the city, and what has to be one of the best tap lists around, this is an absolute gem.
Another old Fitzroy Football Club haunt, sitting on a stall at the front bar, watching the footy at the Napier is one of life's simple pleasures. With a menu full of huge portioned fare (get the bogan burger...we dare you), some excellent craft beers from local brewers, and a nice little park across the road for a kick, this is a great (though very snug) option. Just don't expect the sound to be turned on.
Beer might be on the pricey side, however the beer garden is one of the city's best, and has a few plasmas dotting around which make it even better. Also such is its proximity to the MCG, you'll be able to hear a few roars on the bigger occasions (3 seconds after you see it live), and there is no better feeling when your team wins at the 'G'. and you walk back to the London just to see the delayed telecast.