The Cricketers Bar is comfortable, cozy - and if at the north end of the CBD - serves well for a quick drink with friends after work, or indeed, a longer innings. Located within the Windsor Hotel (though with an entrance facing the street), the bar is located alongside Spring St and sees a wide array of tourists, workers - and yes 'cricket tragics' - venture in. The proximity to the Parliament of Victoria (just across the road) and government offices also sees many politicians and staffers visit and take up a seat by the bar.
The menu, the standard 'pub food', is practical; wedges, burgers and the like. The same is true for the drink list. While it must be said they hold a full and well stocked bar, more often than not it appears most patrons just desire a simple pot or pint of a local beer. These offerings are not a bad thing however, instead it just confirms the bar knows what its patrons want and caters accordingly.
Concerning the surrounds, the bar has a club room feel, with the sizeable rectangular bar surrounded by seats of green leather trim. Alongside this – and in what shall be a particular draw for cricket fans – a sizeable assortment of memorabilia adorns the wall from Donald Bradman to Shane Warne. This is where the best may best cater to a 'specialty' crowd, for the venue is an excellent one if in the city and keen to stop in on a summer afternoon and see how a test match is progressing. And, even when the cricket is not on the bar is consistent in screening AFL, soccer and other sports that would see people take pause if walking by the window to check the score.
Overall though, despite its name, the Cricketers Bar does not need to depend on cricket or sport to fulfil its status as a solid venue. What makes the bar great is that it's familiar, dependable and consistent. It is not looking to become the hottest club in town, nor does it appear in dire need to change its operation as trends come and go. Instead, it is just happy to offer a 'clubhouse' for big crickets fans, and to keep quietly scoring runs with wider Melbourne.