Grand Final Friday has only been a public holiday since 2015, but it’s already hard to imagine a life without it. After a long, hard winter, the day feels like a real chance to usher in spring.

Even if you’re not much of a footy fan, this Grand Final public holiday is the first long weekend we’ve had in Victoria since the Queen’s Birthday more than three months ago, and that’s worth raising a glass to.

These restaurants, cafes and bars have all opened in the last 12 months. And they're staying open to help you make the most of your day off.

Arbory Afloat

Open from 11pm–1am.

2 Flinders Walk, Melbourne

Oasis Fairfield

Open from 9am–5pm. 10 per cent surcharge (cafe only).

96 Station Street, Fairfield

Luxsmith Bar and Wine Shop

Open from 4pm–11pm. 20 per cent surcharge.

5 Gamon Street, Seddon


Open from 5pm–11pm.

Rear 191A Smith Street, Fitzroy

Piccolo Grand

Open from 12pm–1pm

331 Burnley, Richmond
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Molly Rose

Open from 12pm–11pm.

279 Wellington Street, Collingwood

Globe Alley

Open from 4pm–1am.

1 Globe Alley, Melbourne

Bodriggy Brewing Co

Open from 11.30am–1am. 15 per cent surcharge.

245 Johnston Street, Abbotsford
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Citrico Cocina

Open from 12pm–11pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

376 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North
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Wonder Pies & Deli

Open from 9am–3pm.

18 Little Lonsdale, Melbourne


Open from 9am–4pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

31-39 Keele Street, Collingwood

Prince Dining Room

Open from 7am–late. 10 per cent surcharge.

2 Acland Street, St Kilda
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Rising Embers

Open from 12.30pm–3pm for lunch, and 5pm–11.30pm for dinner.

Level 1 139 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Pie Thief

Open from 7am–4pm.

297 Barkly Street, Footscray

Super Ling

Open from 6pm–10pm.

138 Queensberry Street, Carlton
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Open from 11am–10.30pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

1 Palmer Street, Richmond

The Espy

Open from 10am–2am. 15 per cent surcharge.

11 The Esplanade, St Kilda
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Bar Margaux

Open from 4pm–5am. 15 per cent surcharge.

Basement 111 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

East End

Open from 3pm–1am.

225 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East

Leonardo’s Pizza Palace

Open from 12pm–1am. 10 per cent surcharge.

29 Grattan Street, Carlton

Leo's by the Slice

Open from 12pm–3am. 10 per cent surcharge.

363 Chapel Street, South Yarra

The Incubator

Open from 3pm–10pm.

414 Smith Street, Collingwood


Open from 5pm–10pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

6-8 Bluff Road, Black Rock

Mr Joe

Open from 8am–10pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

362-364 Burnley Street, Richmond
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Oasis Fairfield

Open from 9am–5pm. 10 per cent surcharge (cafe only).

96 Station Street, Fairfield


Open from 8am–4pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

187 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Little Green

Open from 7am–3pm.

667 Chapel Street, South Yarra

Johnny’s Green Room

Open from 12pm–11pm.

Level 3, 293-297 Lygon Street, Carlton


Open from 12pm–10pm.

297 Lygon Street, Carlton
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King & Godfree Espresso Bar

Open from 8am–12pm.

293-297 Lygon Street, Carlton


Open from 12pm–11pm.

19-21 Woods Street, Beaconsfield


Open from 8am–1pm.

Ground Floor 691 Burke Road, Camberwell

Ima Project Cafe

Open from 8.30am–3pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

169 Elgin Street, Carlton
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Open from 8am–3pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

122 Johnson Street, Fitzroy


Open from 11am–10pm.

248 Blackburn Road, Glen Waverley

Counterweight Vinyl & Espresso

Open from 9am–5pm.

32 Chambers Street, Footscray

The Cheeky Pint

Open from 12pm–12am. The kitchen closes at 9.30pm.

231 Barkly Street, Footscray
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Bad Decisions

Open from 6pm–3am.

46 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

Pretty Little

Open from 3pm–11pm.

296 Carlisle Street, Balaclava
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Half Acre

Open from 11am–late. They're serving their weekend bottomless brunch and bottomless lunch menus from 11am–3.30pm, with the a la carte menu resuming from 4pm.

112 Munro Street, South Melbourne
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Open from 6pm–11pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

300 Smith Street, Collingwood
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