Nothing that people loved about this historic Carlton pub, which was established in 1854, has been disturbed, and the new features seem like they’ve always been there. Forget the teeth-meltingly acidic sauv blancs that used to pass as a house pour. Here, you can get a grassy yellow Western Australian gewurtz riesling that is light, fresh and floral, or maybe an oaky chardonnay from Beechworth made with indigenous yeasts. This is a pub with wine bar sensibilities.
Melbourne's Little Italy is better known for pasta than piss-ups, but that doesn't mean Carlton skimps in the small bar stakes. Below, we've rounded up some of our favourite bars in Lygon Street and surrounds (with a few food stops thrown in for good measure). If you're in the area, be sure to check out our guides to Carlton's best shopping and Lygon Street's best restaurants too.