Melbourne’s oldest pub

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There is hardly anything more Australian than a pint at the local pub.

The local watering hole is a meeting place for friends, colleagues, family dinners and big nights out alike. As a nation, you could sort of call us experts.

One of the stalwarts of the Melbourne pub scene is The Duke of Wellington. It is located in the heart of the CBD, so is a favourite of corporates for a Friday night drink or boozy lunch. It is always pumping before a footy game and even has an upstairs dining area, The Dutchess, for those who prefer it just a little bit fancy.


First built in 1850 and then licensed in 1853, The Duke also holds the title of the oldest licensed pub in Melbourne. 

The hotel was named after Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley (who was known as the Duke of Wellington). Wellesley was famous for leading defeating Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

The Duke has a typical pub menu with a few international flavours thrown in. But never fear, for the purists, they have a great parma and burger on offer.

With 22 beers on tap, over 50 bottled beers and a decent sized wine list, even the thirstiest of patrons will be satisfied.

No doubt, the Duke is a classic! But we were interested in what our Trading Plates readers rate in a pub. Here is what you said:

Jessica, 28, Dubai: “A pub that offers the two classics – fish ‘n chips and Parma – and does them really well and at an affordable price”.

Jon, 50, Sydney: “Beer!”

Amy, 23, Mt Waverley: “Big screens to watch the footy! And when they are generous with the sour cream and guacamole for nachos or wedges!”

Fiona, 25, South Melbourne: “Good value classic pub meals and appropriate pub-ambiance – somewhere to sit outside, comfy bar stools, friendly staff all make it good!”

John, 27, Prahran: “Proximity, good steak and a good mustard or two.”

Etta, 48, Southbank: “Great music, which creates atmosphere, and tasty meals at a reasonable price, friendly service.”

Daniel, 25, Perth: “Good food at a reasonable price (a special is perfect), a beer special and a good ‘vibe’ – ‘vibe’ includes how many people are around, what sport is on TV, good music and any other x factor stuff like that (Irish pubs normally kill this!).”

Jon, 24, Eltham: “A TAB!”

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146 Flinders St,
Melbourne VIC 3000

(03) 9810 0066

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