Robert Burns Hotel
The Robert “Robbie” Burns Hotel is a landmark 19th-century corner pub. Between the 1980s and mid-2019, the pub was perhaps best known for its Spanish-leaning food menu. In 2018, the pub changed hands, and plans were put in place to update the food offering and the space.
Now, the bistro menu flits between classic Australian pub fare and hearty Italian fare. Think prosciutto-topped parmas, veal cotoletta, duck lasagne, classic cheeseburgers, and fancy fish-finger sandwiches. If you want to bring the little ones, all kids meals are $10.
Outside of the food, the rest of the Robbie Burns is more classic pub. There are 14 taps pouring craft beers from Melbourne and Sydney. Alongside brews from Sample and Young Henrys are more standard beers from Coopers and Melbourne Bitter. Tinnies are mostly local with more than 30 brands in the fridge, and the wines are a mix of local and Italian.
There are sodas by Sydney’s PS40, known for inventive flavours such as wattleseed cola and smoked lemonade, but for something a little stiffer try the Little Italy. It’s a cocktail made with Campari, sweet vermouth and pompelmo (a grapefruit soda).
There’s a beer garden out the back, to enjoy a drink or two in summer. Catch the footy or rugby in the front bar during winter – there’s free beer for 30 minutes whenever Collingwood win.