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Port Melbourne area guide

The best restaurants, bars, shops and events in Port Melbourne

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This suburb's so steeped in history that you might swear you saw a salty sailor lurching out of one of the ancient pubs – but that's just a typical Friday night. Towering alongside Sandridge Beach you'll often see the Spirit of Tasmania, which departs for Tassie daily.

The best restaurants in Port Melbourne

Kickin’Inn

Kickin’Inn

Get your hands ready and crack into Cajun-style seafood in the heart of Port Melbourne

Pure Pie

Pure Pie

Pure Pie began in Holly and Michael Carthew’s St Kilda apartment where they cranked out pies to sell at farmers’ markets. Fast forward eight...

The Hack

The Hack

  • 4 out of 5 stars

A revamped old pub is doing beers, barbecue and summery cocktails in the heart of Port Melbourne

The best bars in Port Melbourne

Starward Distillery

Starward Distillery

Starward was founded in 2007, and it wasn't long before it was a bartender favourite all over Melbourne. Constant changes in temperature means whisky...

The Exchange Hotel

The Exchange Hotel

This joint is a rather minimalist affair with decor so white and clean you could mistake if for a surgery – were you not sitting amongst a crowd of...

Prince Alfred Hotel

Prince Alfred Hotel

Established in 1867 the renovated and restored Prince Alfred Hotel balances the comfort and charm of a traditional local pub with the energy of quality live...

More great venues in Port Melbourne

Westgate Park

Westgate Park

You might have spotted this peaceful wetland under the West Gate while you were stuck in traffic on the bridge above. Those will seem like the bad old days...

Wool Baa

Wool Baa

Besides having the cutest name for a yarn shop we’ve ever heard, Wool Baa is also a bright, friendly upmarket boutique that offers a wide range of...