The dark wood and carpets of the Middle Park Hotel give you the impression of an exclusive gentlemen’s club, or the Long Room at the MCG. That’s primarily because they’ve actually lifted the Long Room’s wooden panels. But the bright, welcoming bar quickly puts paid to any notions of stuffiness. That bar is 70 metres long (it's one of Australia's longest) and features 45 taps, so there’s little chance of having to elbow Middle Park’s well groomed punters out of the way to get at a pint of bitter Red Duck IPA.
On the food front you'll find $15 mains on Monday, a Tuesday steak night and schnitties on Wednesday, but the highlight of the week are the slow cooked Sundays, where you can nab a glass of wine and a meal for $30, plus kids eat free. Also if you go too hard either on booze or beasts, rest easy knowing this hotel is still functional, with accommodation upstairs.