The Best Pubs in Melbourne
Melburnians have long embraced pub culture. The city was founded in 1835 and within just four years, 20 licenses had been issued. And while the term “public house” seems quaint today, it continues to be a bloody good description for Melbourne’s pubs, which welcome all ages and walks of life.
Pubs have changed enormously since then, weathering multiple recessions, two world wars, the temperance movement, the 6 o’clock swill, the counter lunch wars, gentrification and deadliest of all, the wrecking ball and pandemic.
The few hundred that have survived are all the more special and important. Here are our top picks, from nostalgic sticky carpet joints like The Tote to modern envelope-pushers like The Green Man’s Arms, challenging our ideas about what a friendly local can be.