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The Sherlock Holmes Inn

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by H. Clare Callow (subscribe)
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Published January 19th 2015
A bit of the British in Melbourne's CBD
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A discreet sign marks the entrance.

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The entrance is a touch of Old Blighty.
There aren't many pubs in Melbourne that feel like a proper British pub. Even those that declare themselves British the Elephant and Wheelbarrow, for example, or the several in the Bridie O'Reilly's chain have a certain element of theatricality to them, like they're the set in a cheesy TV series. Judging by the closure of Pugg Mahones in Carlton, they're not particularly secure in their positions.

I fervently hope that the Sherlock Holmes is here to stay.
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Guinness makes a good starting point.


The flags waving out the front are the first sign of this pub. Set in a basement in the unpopular end of Collins Street, the pub is something you only find if you're looking for it. A lantern declares that this address 415 Collins Street is really 221b Baker.

Trip down the stairs to the wooden doorway with stained glass window, then into a series of rooms closeted by wooden panelling and brick. There are plenty of nooks here to facilitate a quiet pint. And pints there are genuine British labels such as Hobgoblin snuggle up to Carlton Draught on the taps.
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Hobgoblin. Sweet, sweet Hobgoblin.


The Sherlock Holmes has been here a long time, and you can tell by the settled-in feel of the place. The wood has been worn down by the tramp of many feet. It may be for this reason that its Britishness doesn't feel like a gimmick. There's a genuine feeling of community here, worn in with the bums that have perched on the stools over the years.

Did I mention that they serve Hobgoblin? For anyone with a longing for the shores of Old Blightey, the fact that you can obtain a pint of this boutique beer is a minor miracle. Sure, it's not like the microbrewery hand-pumped stuff of dreams, but it's a satisfactory stop-gap.
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Why? For a bit of British
When: Mon-Wed 11.30am to 11pm; Thur 11.30am to late; Sat 2pm to late
Phone: (03) 9629 1146
Where: 415 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: $5
Your Comment
I can remember when they had another one in St Kilda Road. Always a good time had there.
by roundman (score: 0|2) 1668 days ago
But isn't Bridie O'Reilly's & Guinness both Irish?
by ask (score: 0|2) 1662 days ago
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