Melbourne has so much to offer. I love experiencing new places and events and sharing them with you.
I have an interest in gluten free, vegan and vegetarian diets so I will let you know if you these can be catered for in my reviews.
Published June 19th 2012
The historic Gasometer Hotel was built in 1861, and masqueraded as the Irish Murphy's or Father Flanagan's Hotel before returning to its original name – Gasometer in 2010. Located on the corner of Smith Street and Alexandra parade, it has seen much passing traffic and custom over the years.
It's easy to feel the ghosts of patrons past as you sit at the polished wood bar, or one of the tables and glance around. Historic features retain charm and character, such as the panelled ceiling or bluestone wall, and stained glass windows. The kegs out the front too, all part of the charisma.
The service is warm and friendly, unpretentious. There are unusual beers on tap, such as Vale IPA and Dark Ale. You'll find the menu at the bar too, and there is dining room out the back. The menu has a number of share plates, meaty dishes and also a vegan food section and desserts.
I ordered a vegan strudel with roast vegetables on the side. The vegetables were amazing, cooked to perfection and you would not guess the strudel was vegan with the 'cheese' inside, served with a creamy dip. My friend had the burger and fries and said it was quite delightful. Prices are a little on the expensive side (average $20 for a main), and servings sizes are average.
The Gasometer is a great venue for drinks and even a meal, but it was getting louder as it was getting later. I'd recommend it for when you feel like loud and crowd, but for chilling out and catching up, perhaps somewhere a little quieter, later.