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The 50 best pubs in Melbourne

Time Out gives you the lowdown on Melbourne's best pubs in every corner of this great drinking city

Photograph: Ryan Noreiks

Pubs are as integral to Melbourne as trams and coffee – a supporting beam in the architecture of our great city, and one from which to hang other fundamentals of our character like music, food and footy.

The pubs below are the ones that stand out as supporters of that culture. Some of them have taken home gongs at the Time Out Pub Awards. Others have been named among Melbourne's best live music pubs, gastropubs or best pubs to watch the AFL. We hope you have as much fun exploring Melbourne's pub scene as we do. Bottoms up!

1

Beer DeLuxe

Set out on a beer adventure in the CBD’s rambunctious ale hall, set in the stonkingly good surrounds of Fed Square.

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Melbourne
2

Fancy Hank's BBQ Joint

The brisket is served by the slab at this awesome open-air pub, which nails the true American vibe more than any venue in Melbourne.

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Melbourne
3

The Crafty Squire

If there's a lunchtime pot screaming your name, a function space close to work needed, or simply a nice, bright place to relax after work, this is your spot.

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Melbourne
4

Imperial Hotel

The official home of Melbourne's Liverpool supporters is your best bet for the English Premier League, and also boasts an epic parma.

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Melbourne
1

Marquis of Lorne

One of only five pubs in Melbourne awarded five stars by Time Out, the Marquis ticks every box.

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Fitzroy
5

The Catfish

The cosiest beer bunker in town has music and hospitality in its DNA, plus the best Philly cheesesteaks around.

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Fitzroy
6

Retreat Hotel

After all these years, this Brunswick legend still offers the best in free live music and community good times.

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Brunswick
8

The Gertrude Hotel

This mature local has a spectacular craft beer offering with many special releases on tap and growlers to take away. The new menu includes hot dogs and burgers.

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Fitzroy
9

The Fox

Our pick for the best family-friendly joint in town, because even if your family is two mums and a dog you’ll be welcomed with open arms.

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Collingwood
10

The Lincoln

The new Lincoln has a fresh attitude and a flair for casual quality, and the food is bloody good too.

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Carlton
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The Palace Hotel

Our 2016 Pub of the Year ticks every box, from craft beer to sports to a welcoming atmosphere that makes walking through the front door feel like a homecoming, and leaving like a tragedy.

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South Melbourne
2

The Local Taphouse

The craft beer barons at the Local have taught an entire generation of Melburnians to appreciate the finer brewed things in life.

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St Kilda
3

The Railway Hotel

Like the pub that time forgot, the Railway is so damn cute you just wanna squeeze its face.

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South Melbourne
4

Railway Club Hotel

If you can remember what “fancy” pub steakhouses were like in the 1980s, you know all about the Railway. But what you might not expect is the quality of the food. 

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Port Melbourne
5

Lamaro's Bodega

An unassuming South Melbourne pub with a killer wine list and some of the best Spanish food in Melbourne.

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South Melbourne
6

The Grosvenor Hotel

The people of people has great food, trivia, bingo, live acoustic gigs and plenty of screens for footy watching.

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Balaclava
7

Leonard's House of Love

Walking into Leonard's is like finding the coolest house party at the ski resort, circa 1983, but with added whisky and fried chicken.

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South Yarra
8

College Lawn Hotel

With a massive beer garden and plenty of seats inside too this is a great spot for a Sunday session or to watch the footy.

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Prahran
9

Flying Duck Hotel

Loved by locals for its old-school pub atmosphere and massive beer garden, the new-look Duck fits the bill for families too.

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Prahran
10

Hats and Tatts

An American style dive bar/pub complete with pinball, Coors on tap, 80s pro wrestling on the telly and a jukebox with all the fist pumping hits you could ask for.

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South Melbourne
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1

Auburn Hotel

Watch the footy with Cape Grim steaks and plenty of elbow room at this refreshed old colonial.

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Hawthorn
3

Beer DeLuxe

Here they fight the good fight for craft beer with a wink and a smile.

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Hawthorn
4

The Laird

An old-fashioned pub also housing a gay nightclub, this is where a bloke can be a bloke and a bear can be a bear.

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Abbotsford
5

Cherry Tree Hotel

Since a revamp in 2015 the Tree has been providing craft beer, trivia and wood-fired pizza for all.

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Cremorne
7

The Royston

Melbourne's first 100 per cent craft beer pub is still kicking goals in Richmond.

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Richmond
1

The Reverence Hotel

Our winner of the 2015 Pub Award for Best Live Music venue remains overall the best pub west of the M2.

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Footscray
3

Bobbie Peels

This beautifully renovated pub has craft beers on tap, a small courtyard and lamb nachos.

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North Melbourne
5

The Last Jar

This unassuming North Melbourne pub has both good craic and spectacular modern Irish pub fare.

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Melbourne
6

Station Hotel

With an ample courtyard, cheery service and extensive bottle list, the Station is a comfortable neighbourhood pub that just happens to have killer food.

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Footscray
7

The Park Hotel

One of the most comprehensive beer lists in the city resides at this smashing Werribee pub.

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Werribee

Looking for more Melbourne pubs?

Time Out Pub Awards: Winners

Who won Pub of the Year? Which boozer was crowned Melbourne's Best Beer Pub? Check out all the winners from our 2016 Pub Awards.

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