Clink your beers and say cheers to the best pubs around Melbourne!

Melbourne boasts a vibrant pub scene that transcends mere libations. From historic haunts to contemporary gastropubs, these watering holes have weaved themselves into the fabric of our neighbourhoods.

Whether you’re chasing trivia, savouring craft beer, or swaying to live tunes, Melbourne’s pubs are more than places to just raise a glass or two. So, step inside, find your corner, and join the chorus at the top 10 best pubs in Melbourne!

<strong>Builders Arms Hotel</strong>
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Builders Arms Hotel

Since first opening its doors in 1853, Builders Arms Hotel has become a historic and landmark corner pub in Fitzroy. Featuring a bustling bistro, public bar, and sun-soaked courtyard, you can expect all of your favourite pub classics, including sirloins and dry-aged club steak, fries and even a hearty fish pie. Wash it down with one of the many beers and ciders on tap, and you have everything you need for the perfect meeting place for colleagues, a venue to celebrate with family and friends, a spot to watch the footy, and even a sanctuary to end the week on a high.

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211 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, VIC 3065

<strong>The Charles Dickens Tavern</strong>
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The Charles Dickens Tavern

Arguably one of Melbourne’s best British pubs, the city has never been able to evolve better than The Charles Dickens Tavern. Walking inside, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’d been transported to the steaming streets of London, as the dark wood paneling and ambient lighting capture the comradery and vibe of an old-fashioned British pub. Located in the iconic Block Arcade, this underground Melbourne pub is the perfect spot to hide away from the rest of the world, watch a game of footy while sipping on a beer with friends any night of the week.

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290 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

<strong>The Drunken Poet</strong>
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The Drunken Poet

Located a skip and step away from Queen Victoria Market, The Drunken Poet is a lyrical adventure through Irish culture and cooking. This cosy authentic Irish pub lets you pull up a bar stool and enjoy a charming night of relaxing drinks with friends and co-workers. True to its name, portraits of famous Irish writers and poets dote the walls while enjoying a pint or three. The Drunken Poet is also one of Melbourne’s most unique live music venues, hosting local artists six nights a week, including traditional Irish music events.

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65 Peel St, West Melbourne, VIC 3003
<strong>The Irish Times Pub</strong>
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The Irish Times Pub

Described as a piece of Ireland in Melbourne, The Irish Times Pub offers Melburnians a taste of genuine Irish style. Absorb the unique atmosphere with their traditional dark wood interiors, a cosy fireplace, and beautiful stain glassed windows. So, grab a pint of Guinness at The Irish Times Pub, one of the best traditional Irish pubs in Melbourne you must visit in 2024.

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427 Little Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
<strong>The John Curtin Hotel</strong>
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The John Curtin Hotel

One of the oldest pubs in Australia, The John Curtin Hotel on the bustling Lygon Street is the heart of Melbourne’s vibrant live music scene. Walking into The John Curtin feels like walking into a piece of history: named after the famed Labor Prime Minister, this pub became the watering hole of politicians, students,unionists, as well as the ground zero for so many music lovers and burgeoning bands. Serving up delicious local craft beers, scrumptious pub-style food, and some of the best rock and alternative acts in Melbourne; there’s no need to reserve a seat, just grab your friends and slide into The John Curtin Hotel.

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29 Lygon St, Carlton, VIC 3053
<strong>The Last Jar</strong>
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The Last Jar

If you’re searching for one of the best Irish pubs in Melbourne, we must introduce you to The Last Jar. Hanging off Elizabeth Street, The Last Jar is best described as an Irish oasis that’s traditional, warm, rustic and serves some of the best homemade butter in town. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, here you’ll find traditional Irish music nights, stellar service and a happy hour from 4pm – 7pm. Whilst you’re here be sure to try the Spice Bag, Beef & Guinness Pie and the Breaded Brie!

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616 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

<strong>The Lincoln</strong>
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The Lincoln

Retaining its old-world charm that dates back to its inception in 1854, The Lincoln stands tall as one of the most beloved pubs in Melbourne. This cherished Carlton establishment boasts a delicious menu of gastropub treats, creative cocktails, and barrels of beer to cap off any evening. So, make The Lincoln your next pub crawl destination for those after a quaint, relaxing night at one of the few Melbourne pubs that has stood the test of time.

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91 Cardigan St, Carlton, VIC 3053

<strong>Marquis of Lorne</strong>
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Marquis of Lorne

For those wanting a taste of the high life, grab a table at the boisterous Marquis of Lorne. Right in the heart of Fitzroy on George Street, this historic watering hole has been home to many a work drinks, boozy birthday celebrations, and solo hangouts since it set up shop over 150 years ago. Serving the community with great grub, sensational drinks and an inviting atmosphere, there are few pubs in Melbourne as highlight recommended as Marquis of Lorne.

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411 George St, Fitzroy, VIC 3065

<b>Napier Hotel</b>
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Napier Hotel

One of the best pubs in Melbourne, Napier Hotel is a warm and relaxing pub modelled after traditional British drinking holes. With an eclectic interior fusing many different styles and decor — everything from a well-warn pool table to massive comic book panels — there is plenty to see and do at the Napier. Yet the star of the show is truly their sensational pub feed, serving up chicken parmas, steak sandwiches and a bevy of burgers to satisfy any greasy cravings. Bustling and vibrant, check out Napier Hotel for your next outing with the mates.

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210 Napier St, Fitzroy, VIC 3065

<strong>Northcote Social Club</strong>
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Northcote Social Club

A self-described ‘neighbourhood pub in Northcote serving up bevs and bites’, the Northcote Social Club represents the alternative spirit of Melbourne to a T. With almost daily live music gigs, this laid-back joint in Melbourne’s north offers a great venue to grab a drink and bite with friends while listening to some of the best up-and-coming artists on the Australian music scene. No matter the day you visit, you’re always in for a good time at the Northcote Social Club.

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301 High St, Northcote, VIC 3070

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