Captain Melville

Named in the Captain’s honour
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  • Wheelchair Access

“Live for the day, and let tomorrow take care of itself.”
So said the legendary bushranger, Captain Melville

The new venue at 34 Franklin Street named in the Captain’s honour, captures the spirit of a country where like-minded souls can come together to satisfy their need for relaxation after a hard day’s work.

From the same team that brought Melbourne the music venue Miss Libertine, comes a more grown-up offering, while retaining the larrikin spirit and sense of adventure.

Our Functions Spaces

The Front Bar is banquette style seating beneath a Victorian façade.

Leave the residue of your day in obscurity and escape the vices and follies of this transitory world we inhabit and receive the hospitalities of the fine folk of Captain Melville’s.

Pull up a seat and quaff a bottle of beer to the good health of all or explore our array of finely poured cocktails as your senses absorb the most pleasing flavours that ever were poured upon mortal.

At visits end you will leave with a pleasantly vivid recollection of dining and drinking as only the versatile and resourceful minds of Melbourne folk can provide.

The Dining Room is a modern take on Gold Rush era hospitality.

Housed within Melbourne’s oldest pub, originally Mac’s Hotel, among high rise apartments and office buildings, Captain Melville is a window into the unique and colourful history of Melbourne.

Breathe Architects has collaborated with the National Trust to conduct the refit of the venue.

Decorated with steel tent structures, the large communal dining hall – set just behind the front bar – offers seating for parties of many different sizes.

Our Food?

Head chef, Shayne McCallum, who has earned his stripes at iconic Melbourne establishments such as Blake’s, The Botanical, The Kingston Hotel, and The Graham, is on a mission to create high quality pub food.

“There are only a handful of places in Melbourne that do good pub food. You have great pubs doing great restaurant food. But not many places that do pub classics at restaurant level,” says Shayne.

And the Drinking?

Victorian wines and beers will be showcased, while not forgetting the iconic Australian and international varieties.

The cocktails will be old-fashioned and the names will pay playful reference to Captain Melville’s era.

Just 2 of the Reviews from Facebook

Captain Melville’s hosted our 40 year reunion. A great night made even better by the friendly and helpful staff, the food and a great selection of beers. We chose to eat and drink here 40 years ago and this will continue into the future. Thanks to All at “MACS” hotel!
Ross Deves

Excellent food and atmosphere! I would recommend this place to anyone. Great food and prices. Well decorated. Outstanding staff!
Carla Louise Sykora Gaiety

34 Franklin Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia
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