If you’re in Melbourne during the Australian Open but don’t have a ticket to go to the grounds, you’ll still be able to watch matches easily at the multitude of bars and live sites that are showing the tennis on TV and on big screens.
Here’s a selection of some of my favourite Melbourne places to watch the Australian Open.
1. Duke of Wellington
This pub is located on the corner of Flinders Street and Russell Street and is showing all Australian Open matches live on TV. As it’s only a short walk, or two stops on the Free Aus Open tramline, from Melbourne Park, it’s a great option if you want to stop for a meal or a drink while heading to, or from, the tennis. They have lunch specials and Happy Hour from 4-6pm every day.
2. Federation Square Live Site
As well as showing Australian Open matches on their big screen, Fed Square has a range of tennis activities happening during the day including Tennis Hot Shots, Kia Dome and a Wilson Marquee. And don’t miss out on the Australia Day sausage sizzle!
You can walk to Melbourne Park easily from Fed Square either along the river, or via Flinders Street.
3. Crown Live Site
For the last few years there has been an Australian Open live site at Crown but this year looks to be the biggest and best!
They have two big screens where you can watch tennis live broadcasts, and a range of pop up venues providing food and drinks.
4. South Wharf Live Site
South Wharf is the group of cafes and restaurants near the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centres and the DFO shops. All the cafes and restaurants in this area offer great food and drink combined with great service.
South Wharf has a live site outside Common Man where you can watch Channel 7’s tennis broadcast and enjoy food from pop up kitchens from some of the South Wharf restaurants.
Gasolina in South Wharf offers delicious American style food and drinks and will be showing the Australian Open on TV.
Where do you like to watch Australian Open on TV around the Melbourne CBD?