They say not to judge something based on its age, and this Melbourne institution is proving just that. Melbourne's oldest licensed pub, The Duke of Wellington, has been entertaining locals for more than 160 years.
Having unveiled a new rooftop bar earlier this year, the two-story venue combines sweeping city views with modern yet comforting pub-style meals — making it an ideal spot to get together with friends for a hearty meal and drinks. The food menu adds to the casual vibe with burgers, poké bowls and share-style snack food — think Lygon Street-style lasagne croquettes, charcuterie plates and smoky eggplant dip with flatbread. And in a win for late-night snackers, the kitchen will be open until late.
The booze program is packed with a range of tap beers, wines and crafty seasonal cocktails. Among them, you'll find the Spellbound Smash — made with bourbon, orange bitters, blackberries, sage and thyme — and a spiced tequila and coffee number dubbed Café ala Mexicana. There's also group-friendly booths, plus six big-screen TVs for when a sports-watching session's on the cards.
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