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Royal Hotel (Essendon)

Address:
873 Mt Alexander Rd, Essendon 3040
Opening hours:
Daily 9am-5am
http://www.royalhotelessendon.com.au

Bistro dining, entertainment every Friday and Sunday night, beer garden with large 103" plasma, and full TAB and sportsbet facilities.

Bentleigh Club

Address:
33 Yawla St, Bentleigh 3204
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu 10am-12am, Fri-Sat 10am-1am, Sun 10am-11pm
http://www.thebentleighclub.com.au

The Bentleigh Club is a community club offering members and guests dining, recreation and entertainment. The facilities include two function rooms, bistro, TAB, club lounge, gym with sauna, two squash courts, four full size snooker tables and a redeveloped bowling green

Glenferrie Social

Address:
660A Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn 3122
Opening hours:
http://www.glenferriesocial.com.au

Kelvin Club

Address:
14-30 Melbourne Pl, Melbourne CBD 3000
Opening hours:
http://www.kelvinclub.com

The Kelvin Club is a members only club for men and women with an existence dating back to 1865.

Young & Jackson Hotel

Address:
Cnr Fliners St & 1 Swanston St, Melbourne CBD 3000
Opening hours:
Daily 10am-late
http://www.youngandjacksons.com.au

Young and Jackson prides itself on being Australia's most famous pub. While that title may be a little dubious, it's certainly an iconic establishment. Located directly opposite Flinders Street Station, it's one of the first things visitors to Melbourne's city centre see. It's also a haven of calm (most days) amid the hustle and bustle of the CBD. Duck in after lunch on a weekday and you'll find a handful of patrons enjoying the vintage pub atmosphere. The front bar (and attached lounge) might not be particularly outlandish, but therein lies the appeal. Young and Jackson is 'old school'. It's been here since 1861, and with its ornate ceiling, classic decor and 'pub' carpet, it retains much of that traditional charm. If that's the kind of scene you're after, than early afternoon visits are definitely best - things tend to get considerably more rowdy in the evenings; especially on weekends when they have live cover bands. Upstairs, the cocktail lounge is a whole different kettle of fish - so to speak. The bar stools and long bench top tables are nowhere to be seen; instead you'll find old leather couches, ottomans, palm trees and large framed photos documenting the pub's rich heritage. The drinks menu is also more elaborate, featuring a full cocktail and tapas selection. Those looking for a comfortable pub to enjoy an ale (or a cocktail), will find Young and Jackson laidback, friendly and very conveniently located. Get there early and the upstairs levels also provide spectacular views out over Federation square.

Turf Bar

Address:
131 Queen St, Melbourne CBD 3000
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 11.30am-late, Sun 2pm-late
http://www.turfbar.com.au

Turf has everything you need to enjoy a great night of sport with surround sound, pool tables and traditional pub menu.

Strike QV

Address:
245 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne CBD 3000
Opening hours:
Daily 10am-late
http://www.strikebowlingbar.com.au

Strike QV, located in the heart of the CBD, is an entertainment experience, fully equipped with cocktail bar and gourmet kitchen. There are 12 bowling lanes, split into 3 private areas that contain fully automated scoring and large format projectors playing the latest in music videos. Strike QV also has a private karaoke room, allowing you to belt out the latest tunes, pool tables to release the inner shark and on the weekends get on the dance floor with some local DJs.

Flinders Station Backpackers Bar

Address:
35 Elizabeth St, Melbourne CBD 3000
Opening hours:
Daily 11am-5am
http://www.flindersbackpackers.com.au

Coopers Inn

Address:
282 Exhibition St, Melbourne CBD 3000
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 11am-late
http://www.coopersinn.com.au

Is there anything more Australian than a collection of vintage beer cans? The short answer is: no. No, there isn't. Coopers Inn understands this and has allocated one entire corner of the pub to their collection. 300 plus cans and bottles dating back to the 19th century are prominently on display, giving the pub a suitably casual vibe. As the management describe it, Coopers Inn is going for that "suburban pub in the city" atmosphere. If they mean the outer suburbs, than they've done a sterling job. There's nothing particularly flashy about the Coopers Inn and that's kind of the point. This is a laidback venue for unpretentious management types and office workers; guys who sport Hale and Pace haircuts with matching facial hair. It's purpose built for people who will appreciate the VB beer coasters, daily pub specials and karaoke on Friday nights (after they've downed a few). While Saturday nights are reserved for private functions, the rest of the week sees the venue offering punters 10 different beers on tap, a modest selection of wines and all the spirits you'd expect to find in a pub. The actual decor is simple and clean; with the exception of the beer can feature wall its pub greens, wooden tables and posters on the walls advertising the trivia night. If you've been to all the best bars in Melbourne and are sick of paying for elaborate cocktails and interesting décor, then this is the opposite end of the spectrum. A suburban pub in the centre of the city.

Revolver Upstairs

Address:
229 Chapel St, Prahran 3181
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu 12pm-4am, Fri-Sun 24 hrs until Mon 4am
http://www.revolverupstairs.com.au

Revolver is legendary throughout Australia. It's one of those rare venues whose reputation extends beyond state boundaries. The debauched reputation of the place (and its 24-hour license) has a lot to do with that; Revolver is one of those places countless DJs, bands and hangers on have found themselves at, at 7am on a Sunday morning with limited memory of the previous night. Things are considerably less messy in the afternoons and evenings. Get there early and you'll find an ample selection of worn leather couches to choose from, walls covered in stencil art and a mixed bag of music on the PA. Even by day the place is a hub for musicians and industry people who like to conduct meetings over a drink or a game of pool. In keeping with the venue's grungy ambience, the drink selection is basic but gets the job done. You'll find an assortment of beers, wines and basic spirits behind the counter and, well, that's about it. Given the bar staff all tend to be involved in bands, that's probably for the best. Oh, and speaking of bands, the frontbar hosts everything from hip hop to rock to dance acts most nights of the week. You can drop in early for a bowl of mee goreng from the Thai restaurant and stay all night for a live gig and a thrashing on the pool table.

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