So you missed out on tickets to State of Origin Game 2. The horror! To make you feel better, I’ve searched high and low to find the best venues where you can watch the game without getting that FOMO feeling. So grab your jerseys and your mates and head on over to one of these great venues this Wednesday night! Oh, and… QUEENSLANDER!!!
THE FOX HOTEL, SOUTH BRISBANE
For only $35 per head, you can enjoy pizza, draft beer, house wine and cocktails on tap from kick-off until the end of the game! Watch all the action live and loud on the big screens. There’s no need to feel down about not making it to Suncorp when you can mingle with your mates at The Fox!
STORY BRIDGE HOTEL, KANGAROO POINT
Pop in early to the Story Bridge Hotel to get the best seat in the house for Origin. You can enjoy dinner and drinks in the Shelter Bar from 7pm and watch the game LIVE on the big screen! If you want to get a head start, there are all-day dining options available in Deery’s Restaurant & Smokehouse, The Shelter Bar, Main St Bar & Eatery or The Outback Bar & Grill. Get dressed in your colours (wear blue at your own risk) and get ready for Game 2!
TREASURY CASINO, BRISBANE
Take one for the team at the Treasury Casino and join Origin legend Jharal Yow Yeh and Aussie rock legend Daryl Braithwaite for the only Maroon home-game of the series. There will be giveaways and promotions, a Maroon menu, the game will be streamed live and loud on the big screens, Jharal Yow Yeh will be having a meet and greet in LiveWire all night and the almighty Daryl Braithwaite will be your post-game entertainment because that’s the way it’s gonna be, little darlin’!
REGATTA HOTEL, TOOWONG
If you’re a fan of open-air cinema viewing, the Regatta is the place to be for State of Origin. Not only will there be an open-air cinema in the courtyard, they’re also serving dagwood dogs and slow-roast lamb rolls for you to sink your teeth into! Get in early, secure your seat and get ready to cheer on your team! All games will be shown and there will be free buses to Suncorp Stadium for those lucky ticket-holders.
STOCK EXCHANGE HOTEL, BRISBANE
Head to Stockies to watch the State of Origin Game 2 this Wednesday night! It will be live and loud on their three-storey projector screen, there will be giveaways on the night and if you book a table of 10, you’ll receive a complimentary platter! Its central location makes it a no-brainer to get into the Origin spirit there!
WOOLLY MAMMOTH, FORTITUDE VALLEY
Woolly Mammoth will be opening their doors for Origin fans to watch the game while feasting on their 1 Hour of Power food and drinks package from 7pm-8pm. The package includes their brand-new pizzas and Mammoth Lager for just $35. If you buy for a group of four, they’ll take 15 per cent off. So get your jerseys out and cheer on your team this Wednesday!
THE FLYING COCK, FORTITUDE VALLEY
Head to The Flying Cock to watch Game 2! Their four-metre high-definition screen and surround sound will make you feel like you’re in the crowd! Doors open at 6.30pm and they’re kicking on until late – to celebrate QLD winning, of course! The night will be hosted by Johnny Manning and will include special guests. Don’t forget to take advantage of their two parmies for $19.99 when you dine in.
THE NORMANBY HOTEL, RED HILL
The Normanby has brought back the annual State of Origin Kick for Cash Car Park Event! Have a go kicking a footy to win some cash for yourself! You’ll also be able to watch the Maroons take on the Blues on their 400-inch screen in the car park and the game will be featured live throughout the hotel across huge projectors and wide screen TVs. Get fuelled with their BBQ rump steak for $20 or their Clive Parl-magiana for $15! You can also party after the match in their Beer Garden ’til late.
BAVARIAN BIER CAFE, EAGLE STREET PIER
It’s Game Stein! For something different, head to Bavarian Bier Cafe to watch the Maroons take on the Blues at Suncorp Stadium! There will be tipping competitions for picking the closest final score, good food and great beer for you to enjoy on Origin night. So grab your mates and head to Eagle Street Pier to watch Game 2.