2008 AFL Grand Final Parties

The AFL Grand Final is fast approaching, with the event celebrated by footy clubs, expat Australians and other assorted sports fans across the globe. This year's GF will kick off on Saturday September 27th at the MCG in Melbourne, with TV coverage starting around 12pm AEST.

For many international footy clubs, the Grand Final party is the year's major fundraiser, for others it's been the key meeting where footy fans in a far-off city have realised they weren't alone and started a new team.

At WFN we also get a steady flow of requests from people who want to know where to see the game overseas. We've put on a very short list of ones we've heard about so far, if you aren't on the list yet, leave a comment on this story and we'll add you in!

NORTH AMERICA

Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Friday, September 26 at 10:00pm
Bench Warmers Sports Grill
2775 Clairmont Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329
PH. 404.321.0303
$20.00 per person gets you your drinks. Excellent food available.
Tickets limited, visit the Atlanta Kookaburras' site to book.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Friday, September 26 at 7:00pm
Bottlescrew Bill's Old English Pub
140 - 10 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB

Las Vegas, Nevada
Friday, September 26 from 8.30pm
McMullins Pub
450 W. Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Friday, September 26 at 10:00pm
Sports Forum Bar
AMC Building, Level 4
Corner Atwater St and St Catherine St downtown Montreal.
Nearest Metro is Atwater.

New York, USA
Friday, September 26 at 9.00pm
Pressure, Union Square
110 University Place between E 12th & E 13th Street, Manhattan
Entry $30, tickets available from the NY Magpies.

Philadelphia, USA
Friday, September 26 at 9:00pm
Fieldhouse Philly
1150 Filbert St, Philadelphia, PA
Entry $15 at the door gets you all you can eat dinner and game.

Phoenix, USA
Friday, September 26 at 8.30pm
Churchill Pub & Grill
2050 N. Alma School Road, Ste. 8
Chandler, AZ
Visit ArizonaHawks.com to register.

San Diego, USA
Friday September 26th from 7pm onwards, game starts around 9.20pm
Bare Back Bar and Grill
624 E St (between 6th Ave & 7th Ave), Downtown, CA92101
Bare Back has drink specials all night ($3 draught beers) and food specials, and will be giving back 10% of all money spent during the game to the club.
Contact admin@sandiegolions.com

Toronto, Canada
13th Annual Grand Final Party, hosted by the Toronto Downtown Dingos AFC
Friday September 26, doors open 9pm, game starts 11pm
Sports Centre Cafe
49 St Clair Ave West, Toronto
Cover Charge: $10
There is a trip for 2 to Australia to be won in our Grand Final Raffle Draw at half time.

Vancouver, Canada
Friday September 26, 7pm
Mahony's Bar, University of BC, Vancouver
Entry - $10, Entry plus a beer and burger - $15 (plus processing fee)
Buy online at the Vancouver Cougars website.

EUROPE

Berlin, Germany
Saturday, September 27
Starting around 5am, but either do an all-nighter or get there earlier as it will be packed!
Belushi’s
Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 39 - 41, 10178 Berlin
Subway station Rosa-Luxemburg-Str.

London, UK (Camden)
Saturday, September 27, Doors Open at 4:30am
Belushi’s
48 - 50 Camden High Street, Camden, NW1 OLT
Entry £10

London, UK (Fulham)
Saturday, September 27, Doors Open at 4:00am
Durell Arms
704 Fulham Rd, Fulham SW6
Tickets £10 available from the pub or the Putney Magpies

Paris, France
Saturday, September 27 from 6.30am
Café OZ - The Australian Bar
18 Rue Saint Denis 75001 PARIS
Tél : 01.40.39.00.18

Prague, Czech Republic (Stare Mesto)
Saturday, September 27 from 5.30am
Fat Boy’s Bar
Mala Stupartska 5, Stare Mesto, Praha 1 (near Old Town Square, close to Dlouha Trida tram stop)
Bacon and eggs BBQ Breakfast and coffee available
Visit Fatboys' site for more info.

Prague, Czech Republic (Nove Mesto)
Saturday, September 27 from 6.00am
The Three Lions
Address of Venue: Krakovska 19, Nove Mesto, Praha 1 (near Muzeum metro and Vaclavske Namesti tram stop)
Bacon Roll and 2 beers plus entry 200CZK, see www.thelionsbar.cz/contacts for more.
Czech Australian Football League: www.cafl.cz.

Vienna, Austria
Saturday, September 27 at 6.15am
Roo Bar
Hegelgasse 8, First District, behind the Radisson Hotel
Nearest subway station - Karlsplatz (U1, U2, U4), Stubentor (U3), Stadtpark (U4).

ASIA

Bangkok, Thailand
Saturday, September 27 from 9am-4pm
Witch's Tavern
Soi Thong Lo (Sukhumvit 55)
Entry 1,600THB, includes champagne breakfast, pies, & free flowing beer / wine
Contact Andy Teague for more details +668 1911 2670; andy@intrepidthailand.com

Beijing, China
Saturday, September 27 from 11.30am
All-Star Sports Bar and Grill
Solana #5-1, 6 Chaoyang Park Road, Beijing
Entry Y200 BARFC and AustCham members, Y250 non-members, Y70 kids, includes Australian beer, wine and soft drinks and an extensive buffet lunch from 11.30 to 3.30.
More details at the Beijing Bombers website

Jakarta, Indonesia
Saturday, September 27, 8am-5pm
Biggest Event on the Expat Calendar in Indonesia.
MC will be Nick McArdle from Fox Sports + AFL Players will be there, and local entertainment, including popular local band Josh & the Animals.
Contact: Michele +6281546194721 or micheleb@austarnet.com.au
See www.bintangs.com for further details.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Saturday, September 27
Malaysian Warriors AFL Grand Final Function
Ballroom, Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Special guest St.Kilda Legend Kevin "Cowboy" Neale
Visit warriorsmalaysia.com or contact MANZA.

Hanoi, Vietnam
Saturday, September 27 from 9am-4pm
Jaspas Bar & Restaurant
Level 4 Hanoi Towers, 49 Hai Ba Trung Street
Entry US$30, includes breakfast, lunch and drinks
Vietnam Swans website

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam
Saturday, September 27 from 9am-4pm
No. 5 Bar & Restaurant
43 Mac Dinh Chi Street, District 3
Entry 500,000VND, includes breakfast, lunch and drinks
Vietnam Swans website

Singapore
Saturday, September 27 from 11:00am - 4:00pm
Orchard Hotel, Grand Ballroom, Singapore
Entry SG$110 members, SG$140 guests
Visit SingaporeWombats.com for more details.

REST OF WORLD

Auckland, NZ
Hosted by the University Blues FC
Saturday September 27 from 3pm
The Paddington Hotel
117 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell
$20 buys you a discount card which gets cheap drinks, food and nibbles all day.




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