Will the real James Squire Please Stand Up?

On August 20, 2012, in CBD, by Jonno


The James Squire brewhouse

The James Squire Brewhouse is known all over Australia and there is probably not a major town without one (Canberra doesn’t count as far as we are concerned). But there is something strange about the James Squire Brewhouuse in Melbourne. There are two and it is alleged that they have nothing in common! Customers to the Portland Hotel on Exhibition Street will recognise the James Squire signature and branding about the place. You may also notice the beer vats in the corner which brew a local drop only sold in the Portland Hotel.

 Where is the James Squire Brewhouse?


The beer taps reflect the standard James Squire range in the Portland Hotel, so anyone would think that is was just a James Squire Brewhouse. Catch a tram down to Docklands where a new James Squire Brewhouse has been built.  This James Squire Brewhouse looks nothing like the Portland Hotel, but is a modern tavern with some rather splendid water views. The tavern itself is nothing special with common pub style furniture in a commercial shell that could have been a supermarket. But on a warm summers night, there are not too many better places to be sipping a cold beer, than overlooking Docklands harbour. Although as nice as the location is, during the day Docklands is quite dead and uninviting. It’s a pity really as Docklands is an area that should be buzzing, not dying.


The other James Squire

So back to the Portland Hotel that resembles a more traditional English style pub, with stripped wood floors and a more intimate atmosphere. Oh and home brewed beer, which on my visit was the called “Craic”. Located close to the centre of the CBD, the Portland Hotel is a good pub to meet with friends. Its easy to find in Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars.


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