The Oxford Scholar Hotel is a solid little pub just a block down the road from Melbourne Central and the State Library of Victoria in the Melbourne CBD, and across the road from RMIT.
With these three institutions just a stone's throw from the Hotel, many make use of this spacious indoor seating and outdoor benches - especially in the sunshine of summertime - as a 'stop by' between classes or for a last drink at the end of the day.
Yet, there is much to recommended making a dedicated visit to his establishment. For starters, the size of the pub is a big draw in the minds of many. Though Melbourne has made famous some great small and cosy bars, this is one more made with a view towards bringing half a dozen friends or more. In particular, the outdoor seating offers a great way to sit and see the bustle of Melbourne go by.
Once your seated, you'll have a good number of options across the menu. This is a pub that prides itself on being accessible and inviting, yet it also offers a pretty sophisticated selection on the menu. Bruschetta, Greek salads, and pastas of the day are on offer alongside parmas, burgers and other traditional pub fare.
'Bruschetta, Greek salads, and pastas of the day are on offer alongside parmas, burgers and other traditional pub fare.' Image credit: Oxford Scholar website.
Alongside the food, there is the dependable beers on tab like Carlton and Co., as well as ciders and more. While true many Melburnians have sat by the bar and had a Carlton before - this is the sort of venue alongside places like the Prince Alfred Hotel just down the road - that make it worth doing so again, as it conveys a very authentically Melbourne vibe, but also does so with a very effortless and understated ease.
So, whether a regular, a visitor to Melbourne -or a local yet to wander on in - the Oxford Scholar Hotel is a fine stop on Swanston. If keen on a local beer and a wide selection of food, this pub makes a good pick.