It’s a second home for you, your kids, your dog and your team colours
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. In good weather the Palace is open and bright, with a little courtyard green with potted succulents as well as a pooch-friendly beer garden presided over by Melbourne’s most loved pub dog, Billy (whose image also graces the Palace logo).
A basket of the best Buffalo wings in Melbourne (yeah, we called it) and a pot of Stone & Wood Pacific Ale make for a sunny afternoon well spent. In the cold, the doors close and the fire is lit for a vibe as comforting as Billy’s toothy smile. There’s always a good dark beer like Hargreaves or 3 Ravens on the hand pump, and a bowl of curry to match will have you warmed through in no time. That curry is a good example of the excellent but simple food here – relying on spices more than fat for flavour, and heavy on meat while light on filler and fussy plating.
On match day, the bar is filled with footy fans fist pumping at the screens and discussing their team’s prospects in serious tones, but there’s no macho bullshit and you always feel at home – diehard or not, male or female, adults and kids. They’re true believers in AFL here, with Grand Final front pages covering the walls and team colours hanging proudly from the bar. This year, there’s a pool comp and of course footy tipping if your own sporting prowess needs an outlet; plus this is one of the only non-gaming pubs in town where you can play Two-Up with the diggers on ANZAC Day.
Publicans Jessica McGrath and Mark Pratt are behind it all, and you’ll find them here most days, chatting with regulars and keeping a watchful eye while letting the staff do their thing. It’s hard, if not impossible, to find fault with this awesome little pub, and as the graffiti scrawled on the wall of the front bar says: we’ve “never felt more welcome!!”
|Venue name:||The Palace Hotel: South Melbourne||Contact:|
505 City Rd
|Opening hours:||Daily noon-1am|
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Had my birthday here last year! Amazing beer garden (with multiple TV's for footy watching) and fantastic food!
I can't fault the joint. Been working nearby for 3 years, it's my go-to for lunch, meetings, pre meetings, and post meetings. The best food, and the best beers south of the river. Period.
Furbaby friendly. Great staff. Great food. Great atmosphere. Highly recommend for a beer with your four legged bestie