AFL Finals are almost here

On August 25, 2013, in CBD, by Jonno

The footy seasons is getting the the very pointy end of the competition and with just a few rounds left, the top spots could be strongly contested. And what better way to enjoy the end of winter than with a weekend in Melbourne catching a few footy games.

 Dukes Hotel reopens

The great news is, that the Dukes Hotel on the corner of Exhibition Street and Flinders Street has reopened. Sadly on our footy trip we actually missed this bar which is so handy for the MCG and Rod Laver Arena. The bar has a more functional feel to it with a clean and contemporary finish. Large TV’s in the front bar make a great spot to watch the game (if you cannot get a ticket). With a healthy selection of beers, including a few craft beers on tap, this is a great additional to the Melbourne’s bar scene. To the back is what might be called a lounge bar. It’s a little nicer in decoration and accesses an alfresco area fronting Exhibition Street. Again there is a great selection of beers on tap, so the Duke can cater for the more discerning beer drinker as well as locals. Being close to the MCG you can expect that the Duke will become a popular pre and post game pub. They plan to open a restaurant upstairs away from the crowds and the noise, so that will also be worth looking into next time we are in town.

Like an old friend coming home

Like an old friend coming home


A few bars have also closed and will be removed from our app in the next update. The odd bar Maitai has closed, but was never a nice place anyway. A bit too clinical for our liking and the owner was a bit strange too! No great loss as far as we are concerned.


New Melbourne Bars


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