The Best Pubs in Melbourne Right Now

Nothing beats an ice cold beer.

It’s true that beers never taste quite as good from your fridge, as they do fresh out of a tap. Also, parmas. Parmas and cold beers were definitely missed during the restricted days over the past couple of years, but the pub is back in a big way welcoming us with open arms.

The pub holds a special place in the heart of most Melburnians, so to help you navigate your way around, these are the best pubs in Melbourne.

The Great Northern

Carlton North
Located on Rathdowne Street, The Great Northern is a local fave, pouring over 21 tap beers and a huge, vibey beer garden. The pub heroes American and Australian beers, mostly Australian wines and all your classic pub meals, done simply and well. The beer garden is complete with hefty HD screens, that you can rely to have whatever current sport is happening. Dogs are encouraged, along with good times, great beers and footy.

Hotel Esplanade (The Espy)

St Kilda
The iconic Hotel Esplanade, was refurbished to perfection back in 2017 by the guys at Sandhill Road. It remains in its historic glory, a great place to go for a bev, a meal and a sport sesh, only now, the options have expanded. Offering up three main spaces, a Cantonese restaurant, the main bar with pub classics, a secret cocktail bar and a live music basement, you can choose your experience for the day or you can jump from vibe to vibe. The Espy is totally perfect for the upcoming footy season, with HD plasmas in the main bar along with great pub food, classic beer and wine options and you can even bring friends or lovers that aren’t into footy… and they can go drink a cocktail or watch a live gig.

The Provincial

The Provincial is often overlooked as a ‘pub’ pub, but it’s an extremely reliable option, often being open on public holidays and running constant drink specials. It offers food all day and night, has a banging rooftop and actually pretty yum cocktails. There are screens on both the rooftop and level one, both streaming live sport constantly, and on Friday and Saturday nights, it turns into somewhat of a dance club. It’s versatile, it’s simple and it’s an easy choice. 

London Tavern

The London Tavern is everything you want out of a sport’s pub; it’s got old school we-don’t-care-just-drink-a-beer interiors, it’s super closer to the MCG, it’s got a huge beer garden, heaps of sitting and standing room, an open fire, screens in every area and bottomless Carlton Draught. It’s the kind of place you can yell at the player who’ll never hear you, without any judgement.

The Imperial

The Imperial is located on the corner of Spring Street and Bourke Street, and it’s so daggy it’s charming. Although recently renovated, bringing it slightly more into the current century, it’s got all the elements of a non-judgemental pub, in the CBD’s European food and musical theatre district. Complete with underrated rooftop and excellent eggplant parma, you can watch the footy on the big screen up top, surrounded by Melbourne’s beautiful cityscape, or you can find a table or stool downstairs and join in with the true fanatics glued to the smaller screens, with fists full of beers. 

The Rose Fitzroy

An iconic Melbourne pub, done up since it’s sticky carpet days, and still packed full of charm. Sport – basically just footy – remains the focus, with heaps of HD screens, high tables, an adequately raucous crowd and a den of endearing and somewhat unexpected emotions among the fans of the winning team. Even if you’re not into sport, the people watching alone is pure gold.

Richmond Club Hotel

This one’s for the happy hours, the rooftop parties, and the sport. Go in your team colours or in your heels, and you’ll fit right in either way. Located across the road from the infamous live music venue the Corner Hotel, Richmond Club puts up a good fight, with great live DJ’s, acoustic musicians, and exciting underground names playing gigs on random weeknights and the weekends. 

College Lawn Hotel

Nestled in the back streets of Prahan, the College Lawn Hotel delivers with a public bar, bottle-shop, restaurant, courtyard and fabulous beer garden. It’s everything you’d expect from an upmarket pub in the south side of Melbourne; white linen shirts, lots of RM Williams and Aperol Spritz’s, in a leafy green setting. They have great happy hour specials, they’re dog friendly, and there is constant live sport playing on the screens. It’s a classy local.

Limerick Arms

South Melbourne
Having been slinging pints for almost 160, the Limerick Arms is an iconic South Melbourne corner pub. Known for their incredible steaks, they also serve up delish pub classics such as burgers, slow roasts and parmas. They have 16 craft beers and pair perfectly with their locally-sourced and seasonally-created food menu. There’s also a sports bar, with HD screens that can be viewed from anywhere in the venue, playing every AFL, NRL and Super Rugby game live, as well as UFC, cricket, soccer and any major sporting event across the globe.

Grosvenor Hotel

St Kilda East
A classy pub, with woodfired pizza, gourmet parmas, Angus-beef steaks and chunky pub chips. With a beautiful minimalistic and open-plan interior, the Grosvenor Hotel is a multi-faceted pub, perfect for casual drinks, family dinner, trivia and live music nights, as well as watching your favourite sporting events, all in style and ease. 

Garden State Hotel 

Flinders Lane, CBD
Garden State Hotel is located on Flinders Lane in Melbourne’s CBD, and although unassuming from the outside, it’s a multi-levelled wonderland that can host more than 800 patrons. With a beautiful tiered beer garden, complete with dangling lights and a ginormous HD screen, you feel like you’re outdoors, right in the centre of Melbourne’s business district. It houses a public bar complete with classic pub meals, beers, wines and classic cocktails, a toastie station, a fine dining restaurant, an underground cocktail bar and two beautiful event spaces that look over the CBD. 

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The Best Sandwiches To Chow Down On In Melbourne

More than just ham and cheese.

Some say sandwiches are really having their moment, but did they ever go out of style? 

A sandwich is one of the world’s most simple culinary pleasures. Whoever first decided that putting stuff between bread means a yum time is a gosh darn genius. Although sandwiches can seem simple to make, there are people out there that have been studying the art of the sandwich and it shows.

The difference between a good sandwich and a shit sandwich is huge. We don’t want you to suffer, so we’ve put a list together of our favourite sandwiches in Melbourne.

Here are the best sandwiches in Melbourne right now.

Hanoi Hannah’s Drip Drop Banh Mi 


The Drip Drop Banh Mi is Hanoi Hannah’s new lunch sandwich that is messy in all the right ways. Think white bread roll with a crispy crust and soft centre, laced with pâté and lemongrass satay sauce and a nice juicy hunk of lemongrass chargrilled chicken.

Most importantly, a warm pho-inspired gravy is served on the side to dip, drizzle or drown the sandwich. This mouth-watering sandwich is available from today, July 8, at Hanoi Hannah’s Windsor and Elsternwick locations. It’s crunchy, it’s messy, it’s fragrant and an all round multisensory, hands-on journey. Roll your sleeves up and get to it.

Dine in or take it home.


Nico’s Sandwich Deli’s Cubano


Get your hands around this combo: smoked pork belly, grandma ham, original salad creme, picks, American mustard and cheese. Recommended to be eaten with pickled chilli and hot sauce, this Cubano is downright juicy in the best way. Nico’s Sandwich Deli has a rotating menu that heroes classic flavour combinations with a little twist. You can’t really go wrong, especially if you pair your sandwich of choice with one of their Malted Caramel Shakes. It’s a whole lotta yes.

You can dine in or take away.

Photo: @stansdeli

Specials at Stan’s Deli


Every weekend, Stan’s Sandwich Deli put up incredible sandwich specials and honestly, we can’t pick a favourite. One week you might be dazzled by a veal schnitzel bun with tomato and fennel slaw, and the next you’ll get a Jerusalem artichoke toastie with aged parmesan, horseradish mayo and Guindilla peppers. Located in the lush streets of Malvern, Stan’s has a real diner-on-an-American-highway feel to it, but slightly more aesthetically refined, refill filter coffee and all. 

Dine in or take away.

Photo: @kingwilliam_takeaway

King William’s Brigadier

Flinders Lane

This sando pulls rank on the Colonel. From a hole-in-the-wall sandwich deli in Melbourne CBD’s Flinders Lane, comes a soft white roll filled with roast free-range chicken, crispy chicken skin, traybake stuffing, zucchini slaw and their infamous secret gravy. It’s the chicken rolls of all chicken rolls. You’ve never had a chicken sandwich until you’ve had King William’s Brigadier. It’s the perfect combination of juicy chicken breast and crispy chicken skin. Should I keep going? I can.

Only available for pick-up.

Photo: @saulssandwiches

Saul’s Muffuletta


The Italian stallion of sandwiches. Saul’s Sandwiches do some bangin’ bites – pretty much every sandwich they do, they do right. But the Muffuletta is a fan favourite and it’s off the charts. Think stacks of mortadella, artichokes, provolone cheese, salami, pesto, spinach and chilli. It’s an antipasto board in a sandwich and it’s goddamn good. 

You can dine in or takeaway.

Photo: @palette_melbourne

Palette’s Candied Bacon & Cheese

North Melbourne

Palette in North Melbourne is inspired by Korean aesthetics and lifestyle, and they aim to bring different cultures together. Everything about this place is beautiful and delicious (especially the coffee), but we can’t get past their Candied Bacon & Cheese sando. Imagine: scrambled eggs with corn, candied bacon, sliced cheese and chilli jam in toasted brioche. Uhhh. Name a better breakfast sandwich, we’ll wait.

Available to dine in or takeaway.

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