Melbourne's pubs – what would we do without them? For all of us at Broadsheet, it doesn’t bear thinking about.
There’s no single criteria that achieves the gold standard for great boozer (although the weight and circumference of the house parma does make an impression). But Melbourne’s best pubs hit a sweet spot where history, imagination and great food and drink collide.
Some of the establishments on this list are as old as the city itself (but more than keep up with times). Others are modern envelope-pushers that challenging our ideas about what a friendly local can be.
What they all share in common is their standing as perfect places to meet – whether for an affordable meal, a game of trivia or a weekend wind up (or wind down). You’ll find what you’re looking for at one of these pubs.