I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
Published May 28th 2013
Shiver Me Timbers, It's The Pirates Tavern
One of the best kept secrets in Melbourne is the Pirates Tavern located within the SEAWORKS SITE on Nelson Place, Williamstown.
Nautical but nice - Williamstown's Pirates Tavern
Part of the Williamstown Maritime Association (WMA), a not-for-profit organisation established to develop a maritime precinct on the former Melbourne Harbour Trust site, the Pirates Tavern is a licensed venue open to the public each weekend.
Open Fridays 6 PM til late, Saturday 3 PM to 6 PM and Sunday 1 PM to 6 PM during summer, the Tavern offers live music every Friday and on the first and third Sundays of the month. Opening hours are frequently extended for festivals and special events and the Pirates Tavern is available for hire for private functions.
Non WMA members will be required to 'sign-in' in order to comply with State Liquor Licensing Laws but that's a small price to pay for a great afternoon or evening out.
SEAWORKS Williamstown frequently hosts 'talll-ships' including Melbourne's own ENTERPRIZE.
The SEAWORKS SITE simply oozes history. Victoria's first commercial slipway was built here in 1856 and the colonies' major cargo handling port quickly developed. It was also home to the Victorian Colonial Navy and Her Majesty's Victorian Ship CERBERUS when she arrived in 1871.
In the 1920's the Melbourne Harbour Trust commenced building and repairing vessels on the site, maintaining a presence here until 1993.
SEAWORKS frequently hosts 'tall-ships' from around Australia and the world and Melbourne's own 'tall-ship', the top-sail schooner ENTERPRIZE sails from Williamstown on the third Sunday of each month.
The Pirates Tavern is in the very heart of Williamstown adjacent to Commonwealth Reserve and Gem Pier.
The Pirates Tavern offers a great opportunity to relax in comfort after soaking up the history of Williamstown's unique maritime precinct.
How's a pirate supposed to get a quiet drink now the secret's out! :-)
Don't tell em how cosy it is with the pot belly fire warming the cockles of your soul and live music fillings the air with good cheer!