Board games always make any evening at least 100% more enjoyable, and we’re glad Melbourne is full of bars that realise this. That’s why we’ve pulled together this list of the five most awesome bars and pubs that cater for your inner child!
29th Apartment is one of our favourite places in St Kilda (if not the world). It’s a bar that’s actually themed like a kind of timeless, kitschy apartment full of fascinating oddities and themed areas based on the bathroom, bedroom, living room, etc. Plus, it’s got giant Jenga! And, if that’s not enough, there’s also table soccer and Sopranos pinball.
“A really chilled out bar, with a unique style of being furnished. It’s not your typical bar scene, with all sorts of different seating styles. The food here is amazing, although a bit on the costly side, it is worth it though. I had the buffalo wings here, and the serving side is well worth the price. A great place to chill with friends, or even to bring a date. Definitely recommended.” – mass.d
It might sound like the name of Rhonda’s long time love (Rhonda and Ketut 4eva) but Katuk is actually a very classy bar with an eye for style and a heart for cosiness. Thursday night is trivia night (plus a sweet $15 burger and booze deal), but you can head down any time for a few rounds of Connect Four by the lovely old fireplace. Oh, and Mario Kart!
“Great place to come if you’re looking for a nice drink and a casual chat with friends. Came here late one night, ordered some cocktails from the friendly bar staff and sat in the corner to catch up with some friends. Great little place!” – rina.v
Quite possibly the world’s only George Costanza-themed drinking establishment (only in Melbourne, right?), George’s Bar is both a recent and very welcome addition to the Fitzroy scene. Despite the, er, unusual theme (make sure you try an Art Vandelay toastie, by the way), it’s a very simple, laid-back sort of place, and the weekly, unsurprisingly Seinfeld-heavy trivia night is tons of fun. Give it a go!
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A classic Irish boozer hosting live music five times a week, The Drunken Poet was recently voted into The Irish Times’ list of the ten best Irish pubs outside of the country itself. It’s a friendly, honest sort of place, and Siobhan the landlady is pretty much one of Melbourne’s most beloved figures by this point. Stop by on Tuesdays for the devilishly tricky weekly trivia contest!
“Excellent little Irish pub that feels like the real deal. Super friendly Siobhan will likely remember your name if you call again, and the Friday happy hour has cheaper Guinness than you can get in rural Ireland!” – smullins
Much like everything else, the fine game of bingo is improved immeasurably when you chuck drag queens into the mix. The legendary GH Hotel understands this perfectly, of course, and its Bingo Au Go Go shows draw in many a happy patron every single week. Expect amazingly awesome food, fabulous spectacle, tons of laughs, and even intermittent bouts of bingo every now and then.