When searching for the best pubs to bring the littlies, we had a few criteria in mind: whether or not the pub has children's entertainment, the quality of the kids' menu and space for prams and high chairs, for a start. We were pleased to find that Melbourne is full of family friendly watering holes; these are our favourites. For more insight into the city's best kids' activities, browse our best activities for kids and our top toy stores.
Good pubs for families in Melbourne
If your little one is a superstar in the making, every Friday night is karaoke for kids between 6 and 8.30pm. There are also kids entertainers every Friday and Saturday, and free kids meals every Wednesday nights. Join up to Club 4 Kids, and receive prizes and special birthday offers.
Taking children’s pub entertainment to the next level, the Matthew Flinders has a video game arcade for big kids, which has everything from race-car driving to air hockey, as well as an indoor bowling alley. For the younger ones, there’s a big indoor playground. What’s more, kids eat free every Wednesday night.
Downtown Brunswick is a pub that has both an indoor playground and a stack of PlayStations for the older kids. Every Sunday at 12pm, kids entertainer Andy will get the little ones laughing and running around. Also make sure to join up to the Kids Club so you can be offered giveaways and promotions throughout the year.
This is the pub where hipster babies go to be seen. There’s a whole lot of room for prams and high chairs so you don’t have to be awkwardly banging into things. With a great kids menu that’s somewhat healthier than standard pub food, staff will also provide a free kids activity bag upon asking, full of colouring books and crayons.
Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday lunch is the time for kids entertainment in the Jungle Room, which includes magicians, dancers and face painters. There’s a big indoor playground and a few PlayStations for the older ones, and all kids eat free Monday and Tuesday nights.
There’s a huge playground, as well as an area with books, painting, colouring in and movies on play if the kids want to chill out. Friday and Saturday nights have face painting between 6.30 and 8.30pm, and a clown comes to run amuck on Sundays at lunchtime. As for food, there is a kids buffet, so making a decision on what to order is forever resolved.