2016 AFL Grand Final Viewing Parties

From its humble beginnings as the final match of the 1898 VFL season, to the grand spectacle that is planned for this year's edition, the AFL Grand Final has become the most anticipated event of the Australian sports calendar.  After six months of play, eighteen teams will have been whittled down to just two to fight it out at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to determine who will be crowned AFL Premiers for season 2016.

This year's match features the Sydney Swans squaring up against the Western Bulldogs.  The Swans, led by the meteroic Lance Franklin and Brownlow Medal runner up Luke Parker are in their 17th Grand Final, looking for their 6th Premiership.  The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are led by exciting Marcus Bontempelli and the dangerous Tom Liberatore, and are in just their 3rd Grand Final match in 92 seasons of VFL-AFL football, their first since 1961.  They are in search of their second flag, their first one famously coming in 1954.

As in past years, many USAFL clubs will be hosting viewing parties to celebrate the best the sport has to offer, while at the same time raising money for their clubs.  Whether you're a player, a footy fan, or an Australian ex-pat passing through the USA, support your local with some friends -- old and new -- and enjoy one of the greatest nights in world sport.

Below is a listing of USAFL clubs that are having watch parties.  Please check back here as we'll be constantly updating the page with new information as we get it.

Please note that all of the parties below, unless indicated, begin on Friday night, September 30th, local time. 
(Parties updated as of 9/30/16)

Don't see your city listed below?  Take a look at the AFANA Grand Final Party Finder and the AFL Overseas Grand Final Party Finder for more parties across North America and around the world.

Can't make it out?  The game will be televised on Fox Soccer Plus and can be streamed via a WatchAFL Live Global Pass subscription ($22).  You can also listen to the game for free via the AFL app on your smartphone, and the AFL.com.au webite.

The match is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:30am EDT on Saturday, October 1st / 9:30pm PDT on Friday, September 30th.  

Atlanta, Georgia – Atlanta Kookaburras
Start Time: 10pm EDT
Tim Roof Cantina – 2591 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
Event Site

The AFL Grand Final, live from Melbourne; Tickets at the door. Beer and Eats included. (Aussie Pies from the Australian Bakery for sale)


Austin, Texas – Austin Crows
Start time: 10pm CDT
Tap 24 – 1004 W 24th Street, Austin, TX 78705
Event Site

Join the Austin Crows as we host the AFL Grand Final Party in Austin. Come catch the game after an ACL show or plan for it all day! $20 at the door will get you entry, light appetizers/nibbles, drink specials, raffles and player sweeps. A full bar menu will available until half time and Boomerang's Pies will also be there! Over 10 TV's will be showing the game so the viewing will be great. Bring cash to join in on some fun - last year we raffled off thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.  Going to be a top night!


Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Baton Rouge Tigers
(~1hr 30m from New Orleans)

Start time: 10pm CDT
U Club Catteges -- 5689 River Road, Baton Rouge, LA  70820
Event Site

Aussie Football Fans,  Come join your favorite Louisianan Aussie Football Club for their Annual 2016 GRAND FINAL PARTY!!!


Boston, Massachusetts – Boston Demons
Start time: 8pm EDT
Kings Boston – 50 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02115
Event Site

The Boston Demons Footy Club are again hosting a Grand Final party to finish off the AFL year in style! Like years in the past we are taking over Kings Boston (Back Bay) w/ all the Aussie fixins! The KO pies and sausage rolls will be hot and the Coopers will be ice cold!  Come enjoy an evening of footy (with special license to be open the entire match!) and pass a bit of banter around for who's the best team! Starts at 8 and runs till late! Open to all!  Cover is $10 and helps support the club with Finals and field costs.


Chicago, Illinois – Chicago Swans
Start time: 9pm CDT
Highline Bar & Lounge – 169 W Kinzie Street, Chicago, IL 60654
Event Site

Please note that this party is organized by the Chicago Swans AFL Club and always sells out! You need to buy a ticket at the link above.


Columbus, Ohio – Columbus ARFC
​Start time: 9pm EDT
Smokehouse Brewing Company – 1130 Dublin Rd, Columbus, OH 43215
Event Site

$20 per person includes the big game (Australian Football League) , pulled pork sliders, smoked and grilled wings, fruit, veggie and cheese trays, BBQ Saratoga chips and buffalo chicken dip. Craft beer special $3.50 a pint.


Dallas, Texas – Dallas Magpies
Start time: 9:30pm CDT
Bryan Street Tavern – 4315 Bryan Street, Dallas, TX 75204
Event Site

$25 cover charge gets you 3 free drinks. Discounted drinks and discounted food all night long. Several large areas reserved for the Grand Final.


Des Moines, Iowa -- Des Moines Roosters
Start time: 10pm CDT
Saints Pub and Patio -- 4041 Urbandale Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310

Hosted by the Des Moines Roosters Australian Football Club


Denver, Colorado – Denver Bulldogs
Start time: 8pm MDT
3 Lions Pub – 2239 E Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80206
Event Site

Hosted by the Denver Bulldogs Australian Football Club


Fort Lauderdale, Florida -- Ft. Lauderdale Fighting Squids
(~30 minutes from Miami)

Start time: 8:30pm EDT
Maguires Hill 16 -- 535 North Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301

Come one, call all to the AFL Grand Final bash in South Florida. The Mighty Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids invite you to join them at McGuires Hill 16 for a night full of fun and frivolities. Party starts at 8.30PM in the Party room or back bar. Plenty of give aways and raffles on the night. McGuires has an extensive range of local and overseas beers as well as a fantastic bar menu. Please join the Fighting Squids to see who will take out this years premiership.


Houston, Texas – Houston Lonestars
Start Time: 8pm CDT
The Phoenix on Westheimer – 1915 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77098
Event Site

Proudly hosted for the 7th year by the Houston Lonestars Australian Football Club & the Phoenix on Westheimer.  Free AFL Grand Final Party Koozie > FREE Karbach Beer Tokens (before 9 PM) > Indoor & Outdoor Projection Screens > Exclusive Aussie Menu > Sausage Rolls & Party Pies > Handball Comp > Aussie Raffles & Door Prizes & MORE!

Come early to The Phoenix and enjoy the exclusive Aussie Menu and all the the pre-game build up fun including, Live Grand Final Pre-Game Entertainment, Handball Comp and the Houston Lonestars Nationals team jumper presentation.


Indianapolis, Indiana -- Indianapolis Giants **DELAY**
Start Time: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2nd at 5pm EDT
Union Jack Pub: Broad Ripple, 924 Broad Ripple Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220
Event Site

Grand Final watch party, game to be broadcast (with sound) @ 6pm.  Join us for dinner and a few drinks.


Kansas City, Missouri -- Kansas City Power
5009 NE 60th Terrace; Kansas City, MO 64119


Los Angeles, California – Los Angeles Dragons
Start Time: 7pm PDT
Busby’s West – 3110 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Event Site

As with previous years the LA Dragons Football Club is hosting at Busby’s West with a heap of festivities on the night including a raffle (return flights to NYC major prize), silent auction for some classic NBL and NFL memorabilia as well as fantastic drink specials courtesy of Bud Light.  Tickets are limited to 400 so be sure to purchase the discounted $8 ticket through this link before they sell out – in the unlikely event that tickets remain unsold they will be $10 on the door.


Minneapolis, Minnesota – Minnesota Freeze
Start Time: 7pm CDT
The Pint House – 430 N 1st Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 55401
Event Site

Come out to watch the AFL Grand Final with your local Aussie Rules Football Club, the Minnesota Freeze!  The event is free, but each $10 donated to the club gets you a tap beer and raffle ticket! Light snacks will be provided late evening for those who have donated.


Nashville, Tennessee – Nashville Kangaroos
Start Time: 11pm CDT
Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace – 2720 Old Lebanon Road, Nashville, TN 37214
Event Site

Hosted by the Nashville Kangaroos


New York, New York – New York Magpies
Start Time: 10pm EDT
5th and Mad – 7 E 36th Street, New York, NY 10016
Event Site

Join the New York Magpies for the biggest day on the Aussie footy calendar, the AFL Grand Final. The two best teams in the AFL will battle it out with the winner crowned the 2016 Premier. The best place in New York to catch the action is the 5th and Mad Pub with NYC’s very own Aussie Rules Football Club. Every year the Magpies host over 800 footy fans at our sponsor pub.

Ticket price includes: Live game with sound on all TV’s in the venue Drink specials (including Aussie wine and beer) Live music from Australia’s own Dave Young Giveaways on the night. Donation to the NY Magpies which helps pay the cost of running the biggest Aussie Rules club in North America.  Something new this year the New York Magpies are proud to announce the option to purchase our 2017 Players Calendars for the reduced price of $12 (RRP – $15. Calendars are only available at the reduced price when bundled with a Grand Final ticket.) All proceeds go towards the running costs of the club.


Orange County, California -- Orange County Bombers
(~30 minutes from Long Beach, Irvine, and Anaheim)

Start Time: 7pm PDT
The Anchor Bar -- 2675 Irvine Avenue, Suite D, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Event Site

Come on down to The Anchor Bar in Costa Mesa Friday evening, September 30th for all the action of the 2016 AFL Grand Final! Join the OC Bombers for an evening of great footy action, all are welcome so bring all your mates down too! 


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Philadelphia Hawks
Start Time: 10pm EDT
Cavanaugh’s Headhouse Square – 421 S 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Event Site

Come join the Philadelphia Hawks at Cavanaugh's Headhouse Square to watch the most anticipated match of the AFL season! $20 gets your admission and your first beer and meat pie! We’ll have Hawks merchandise, raffles, prizes and you’ll have a chance to win some cold hard cash in our world famous square game!  Bring your friends and bring your appetites for Coopers, Meat Pies and the best footy the AFL has to offer! All proceeds benefit the club and will help us get to the USAFL Nationals in October!


Phoenix, Arizona -- Arizona Hawks
Start Time: 8:30pm MST
The Hub Grill and Bar -- 1925 South Sossaman Road, Mesa, AZ 85209

Hosted by the Arizona Hawks Australian Football Club.


Portland, Oregon – Portland Australian Football Club
Start Time: 7pm PDT
River Pig Saloon – 529 NW 13th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
Event Site

Hosted by the Portland Steelheads and Portland Sockeyes


Sacramento, California – Sacramento Suns
Start Time: 8:30pm PDT
​Kupros Craft House – 1217 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
Event Site

The AFL Grand Final is the Super Bowl of Australia! Don't miss the most exciting game of the year alongside your Sacramento Suns! The game will be streaming LIVE from Melbourne, Australia in the upstairs bar at Kupros. $10 gets you: - admission to the event - a lucky door ticket - entry into 'pick a player' comp - entry into 'pick the margin'. We have a lot of great Gold Coast and Sacramento Suns merchandise and other prizes up for grabs!


San Diego, California – San Diego Lions
Start Time: 8pm PDT
The Ould Sod – 3373 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109
Event Site | Tickets

The biggest day on the Australian sporting calendar is being broadcast live in San Diego and hosted by the San Diego Lions!  $18 in advance or $20 at the door.  Space is limited so buy your tickets today. Ticket price includes: Live game with sound on all TVs in the outdoor portion of the venue Drink specials throughout the night. Giveaways and raffles including First Goal contest.


San Francisco, California – Golden Gate AFL
Start Time: 8pm PDT
Danny Coyle’s – 668 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA  94117
Event Site

Oi mate! You're invited to the ultimate Aussie party... The 2016 AFL Grand Final!  We'll be showing the game on every screen at the Danny Coyle's sports bar.  Your ticket includes entry and 1x free drink.  We're a local 501c3 non-profit.  By attending this event, you're supporting our mission to grow footy in the Bay Area.


Seattle, Washington – Seattle Grizzlies

Start Time: 6:30pm PDT
Kangaroo and Kiwi – 2026 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA, 98107
Event Site

The Seattle Grizzlies Australian Football Club are hosting the biggest Australian celebration of the year! Hop on down to the Kangaroo and Kiwi for the biggest day of the Aussie calendar!  There will be door prizes, raffles, games, a special football-themed menu and more Aussie culture than you can point a stick at!  $10 cover charge will go towards the Seattle Grizzlies' USAFL Nationals campaign.


Tulsa, Oklahoma -- Tulsa Buffaloes
W Design -- 815 East 3rd Street, Tulsa, OK 74120


Washington, DC – Baltimore-Washington Eagles
Start Time: 9pm EDT
Ireland’s Four Courts – 2051 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201
Event Site

Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100.  The ticket price includes: - 2 drink tickets - Aussie food and drink specials - Australian Music - Baltimore Washington Eagles games show pre-game - Giveaways - donation to the Baltimore Washington Eagles.   There are a limited number of tickets available. No Walk Ups will be admitted.  Virginia Law prohibits the consumption of alcohol after 2 AM.

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