Co-author of the ebook Secret Sydney Bars Walking Tour (Amazon). Reviews wine & craft beer bars and pubs, Asian restaurants and other places that open late. Please visit my blog for more of the same from around the world www.TravelWineFood.com
Published November 20th 2016
An 1853 pub with a modern vibe
As an organiser for a social group, I needed to find a trendy, upmarket pub serving the latest affordable drinks, reasonably priced modern food, with space for groups. Of course, I wasn't expecting to find that in a pub built in 1853!
The Waterside Hotel on weekends is open and accommodating, with a large amount of space for groups along with chill-out lounge areas, a darkened dining room for more intimate get-togethers, and a rooftop bar.
When I arrived on Saturday another group was having a bucks party, receiving friendly and helpful service from the bar staff, and was so impressed by this and other things about the pub that I shifted my group to meeting there on a Sundays.
It's rare in the Melbourne CBD for a pub to sell craft beer, even if it is in bottles, so finding a large collection in the fridge, as well as a few on tap, had my better half excited. Being more of a wine drinker I was pleased to see some reasonably priced wines (under $10 a glass) on the menu, and was able to have the chardonnay, shiraz, cabernet savignon and pinot noir. All of these were above South Eastern Australia quality which meant The Waterside Hotel had gone to some trouble to make sure they appealed to the slightly more discerning palate. Of course, like most pubs, they have a couple of those S.E.A house wines too.
The list of craft beers at The Waterside Hotel subject to change
We also tried their half a kilo chicken wings, which were delicious, and enjoyed their McCracken Amber Ale. Definitely worth the price for a pint. A couple of others in our group ordered a single plate of fish and chips (hake) and there was definitely enough on that one plate for both of them.
The music was not too loud during the daytime, and the place was not too crowded in the afternoon on both Saturdays and Sundays. From about 5pm things start getting busier and noisier.
So, if you're looking for an old pub with a modern style, one with craft beer and a wider selection of glasses of wine, as well as plenty of different style seating in different areas, this pub is for you. Highly recommended.
Enjoying some tasty wine and craft beer at the Waterside Hotel in Melbourne