It was a sad day for students past and present when iconic Melbourne University pub the Prince Alfred Hotel called last drinks back in 2015. But the good news is that you won't be mourning its loss for too much longer, with the 100 Burgers Group (who run Belles Hot Chicken, Hightail, Mr Burger) announcing it's been hard at work resurrecting the historic boozer. What's more, it's set to reopen as early as next month.
The pub, which sits on the edge of the Carlton campus, was bought by Melbourne University at auction in 2015 and has sat empty since. But now it's primed to take back its mantle as beloved student pub, albeit sporting a pretty substantial makeover. The 100 Burgers Group has completely transformed the 450-person space, pressing reset on the interiors and throwing an impressive rooftop bar and terrace into the mix.
The sticky carpets and tired furnishings are being switched out for a fresh mix of botanical elements, Prince Alfred references and flamboyant design touches.
On the food front, there'll be one kitchen plating up all those tried and true pub classics, while another plays host to a rotating culinary offering, featuring exciting collaborations with an array of big name chefs. An on-site cafe will be slinging much needed coffees from 7am, while on weekends a bottomless brunch offering is sure to win over thirsty locals.
The Prince Alfred is set to reopen in February — we'll keep you updated on an exact opening date. Find it, as always, at 191 Grattan Street, Carlton. For more info, visit 100burgers.com.au/prince-alfred.