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Boilermaker House

4.6
4.6
80 Reviews
$41 to $100
Australian

Boilermaker House is a blues filled temple devoted to malt whisky, craft beer and delicious cocktails.

A Boilermaker is a pairing of beer and whisky to create a drinking experience more than the sum of its parts. With over 900 whiskies and an ever rotating tap list, the possibilities are endless.

We champion food pairing and offer a full lunch and dinner menu with food perfectly designed with boozing in mind including our custom built cheese and charcuterie fridge.

Join us for some warm hospitality, incredible booze and great music. Slainte!

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Booked 2 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Australian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Beer Garden

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (03) 8393 9367

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    If you are interested in arranging a private event or to find out more details around our event spaces please phone us on 03 8393 9367 Monday to Friday to make an enquiry.

  • Private party contact

    Maddie Nunan: (03) 8393 9367

  • Area

    Melbourne CBD

  • Cross Street

    Russell Street

  • Parking Details

    Secure Parking QV Melbourne<br />180 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

  • Public Transit

    Melbourne Central<br />139A/211 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

Entree to Share

Charcuterie selection — cured meats, house made beer mustard, cider pickles, fresh rye bread

    Entree to Share - Matched to

      Beer & Whisky

      • Teeling Small Batch & Boatrocker

        • Beer Garden Pilsner

          Cocktail

          • House Highball

            Chivas Regal 12yo, olorosso sherry, orgeat & lemon, charged with soda

            Mains to Share

            • 300g Hanger Steak

              sauce béarnaise and volcanic salt

              • Half Chicken

                roast vegetable puree, burnt spring onion

                Mains to Share - Matched to

                  Beer & Whisky

                  • Milstone PX Peated & Mornington Squid Rising Neipa

                    Cocktail

                    • Boilermaker Sour

                      Pure Scot Blended Scotch, lemon juice, passion fruit, west coast IPA

                      Chef's Selection of Sides

                      • Twice Cooked Chat Potatoes

                        with confit garlic and rosemary

                        • Brussels Sprouts

                          with nutmeg cream and guanciale

                          • Dutch Carrots

                            with chicory, pepitas, maple and cheese

                            To Finish

                            • To Finish

                              Artisanal cheese, matching accoutrement, farmhouse bread

                              Last updated: 6 August 2021

                              What 80 people are saying

                              Overall ratings and reviews

                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                              4.6
                              4.6 based on recent ratings
                              • 4.2Food
                              • 4.5Service
                              • 4.7Ambience
                              • 4Value

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                              1. TT

                                ThomasT

                                Melbourne

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 27 November 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Our waiter James was fantastic! Great vibes and great food made it a great night.

                              2. NV

                                NickV

                                Melbourne

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 13 November 2021

                                overall5food3service5ambience5

                                Cozy bar with great ambience. Staff and service were great. Few of the burgers may have been a bit overdone but the steak was good. Had a great night there, thanks!

                              3. NT

                                NatalieT

                                Melbourne

                                2 reviews

                                3.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 5 November 2021

                                overall3food2service3ambience2

                                First time customer but probably wont go back, just wasn't a good choice for a dinner catch up with friends. Expensive for what you get i.e. $20 for a can of sour beer, $23 for about 6-8 very small chicken wings, we ordered everything under Getting Into It and found every dish disappointing. The atmosphere was overall very loud and dark. I did not mean to write such an average review but actually writing it down just made me realise even more how bad it was.

                              4. AK

                                AmieK

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 18 June 2021

                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                We were attended to regularly but no hovering, our drinks were fantastic, we could hear each other speak, more pickles and grapes needed on ploughmans platter, different cheeses like maybe cheddar and gouda would be better music was fabulous definitely a regular hangout in our list

                              5. EP

                                EmmaP

                                Melbourne

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 18 June 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great decor and ambience, amazing service. The cocktails were unique and imaginative, and the Boiler Makers were a great experience.

                              6. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Melbourne

                                6 reviews

                                vip
                                2.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined on 8 May 2021

                                overall2food1service4ambience5

                                The ambience, service and extensive drinks list are fantastic. The food on the other hand really let the venue down. I’d highly recommend for drinks but would eat elsewhere.

                              7. T

                                Tina

                                Melbourne

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 12 March 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great staff knowledge and good ambiance and boilermakers

                              8. J

                                John

                                Melbourne

                                7 reviews

                                5.0

                                7 reviews

                                Dined on 27 February 2021

                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                Overall we had a terrific experience. The food took a while to come out but other than that all of the staff were very knowledgeable on the drinks and checked in several times throughout the night.

                              9. TC

                                TerezaC

                                Melbourne

                                2 reviews

                                3.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 27 February 2021

                                overall3food1service3ambience5

                                Drinks were great just disappointed when I booked the menu listed on opentable suggested there was also dinner options available, when we got there online meat and cheese boards available which isn’t really great if you are drinking and haven’t eaten dinner. I would suggest making sure that you are on top of all menus you have listed on platforms that you use as a booking agent. Bit misleading and had to go grab some take away after which ended the evening earlier then expected as we couldn’t keep drinking in a meat and cheese platter food option

                              10. SM

                                SteveM

                                Melbourne

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 19 February 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Really good down to earth service and buzzing atmosphere greeted us when we went for a few special late night drinks last weekend. Always happy to pay the staff at Boilermaker's a visit!

                              11. SR

                                SahilR

                                Melbourne

                                3 reviews

                                4.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on 19 February 2021

                                overall4food1service4ambience4

                                Need some basic food options for someone who does wants to drink only

                              12. AL

                                AnnaL

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 12 February 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                A fantastic bar. I haven't eaten there but the drinks are wonderful. Great service.

                              13. AQ

                                AndreaQ

                                Los Angeles

                                9 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                9 reviews

                                Dined on 7 February 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great place staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable would totally go back and recommend it to anyone!

                              14. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Melbourne

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 8 January 2021

                                overall3food3service5ambience5

                                Way too expensive.

                              15. LF

                                LiamF

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 18 December 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great place to meet with friends, staff were friendly and helpful, will definitely be back.

                              16. L

                                Lauren

                                Melbourne

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 17 December 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Had an amazing time at Boilermaker house, the staff were so friendly and well informed. Great atmosphere and top notch drinks! Will definitely be back. :)

                              17. SC

                                StacyC

                                Melbourne

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 11 December 2020

                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                We Will go again! Nice craft beer and whiskey. Friendly staffsand now service.

                              18. D

                                Displeased

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 11 December 2020

                                overall3food4service2ambience3

                                Rude and condescending service, strictly insistent on table leaving 5 min prior to the 2 hour booking time ending. Sour service ruined an otherwise pleasant evening.

                              19. MW

                                MikeW

                                Melbourne

                                2 reviews

                                4.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 10 December 2020

                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                Fantastic selection of beers and whiskies. Great service and good music.

                              20. MH

                                MattyH123

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 4 December 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                As always a thoroughly enjoyable visit ...just wish we were allowed to have stayed a bit longer

                              21. RS

                                RichardS

                                Melbourne

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 28 November 2020

                                overall4food2service3ambience4

                                Can't really comment on the food as we didn't eat. The selection of beers and whiskey is great and the atmosphere is cool.

                              22. MS

                                MicheleS

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 28 November 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Have wanted to come here for ages and was so excited to get in for our evenings pre- delicious cocktails. Exceeded expectations - will recommend and will be back !

                              23. M

                                Manoj

                                1 review

                                1.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 26 November 2020

                                overall1food3service1ambience1

                                Poor value, rude staff, and they charged for one person who did not show up. We spent well more to over the cost, but we’re directed to terms and conditions. Even staff was not aware of this while the manager informed us that we will be charged $25 when one person in the group did not show up. I don’t think we will go back to this place ever again.

                              24. BB

                                BiancaB

                                Melbourne

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on 18 November 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent overall experience. Great atmosphere, food and drinks 😊

                              25. M

                                Mello

                                Melbourne

                                3 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on 14 November 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Fabulous! Wealth of whiskies to choose from, with knowledgeable very friendly talented staff. Cannot recommend enough. Treat these professionals with respect. Cocktails are superb as is the international and local cheeses. Music is always excellent and creates a wonderful atmosphere. A true whisky bar and beer experience. Icon of Melbourne.

                              26. D

                                Danielle

                                Melbourne

                                2 reviews

                                2.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 14 November 2020

                                overall2food5service2ambience1

                                COVID has killed the vibe of this place for me TBH. We got put on a super strange table right in front of the door where people have to scan codes to check in. Asked to move when they had tables open up and staff wouldn’t let us - no idea why... told they were “at capacity” which is why we couldn’t move... but people left and tables open. What we had intended to make out base for pre dinner drinks became a quick stop. The food and drinks were great - and the female who served us was lovely but I’m not sure what the deal with the floor manager was.

                              27. AG

                                AnnaG

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 14 November 2020

                                overall3food3service2ambience3

                                Good drinks, and inside is ambient. Service was very slow to order drinks 5-7pm, particularly when more customers arrived at 6pm. Had to flag down wait service everytime, which is hard when you're sitting outside. Recommend booking an inside table.

                              28. M

                                Mike

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 7 November 2020

                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                Great service, knowledgeable staff, very enjoyable evening

                              29. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Melbourne

                                1 review

                                2.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 6 November 2020

                                overall2food3service2ambience3

                                Decent food and drink, just a shame about the service. Maybe a bit rusty so soon after lockdown but cutting up not one but two birthday cakes before they were presented to the birthday girl was a pretty poor show. Also for being the only party in the joint, it’s seemed inordinately long to get a round of drinks in.

                              30. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 6 November 2020

                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                Great to see the Boilermaker open again after the COVID Closure. Great as usual.

                              31. M

                                Maria

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 5 November 2020

                                overall3food2service2ambience4

                                Poor service, inattentive, dismissive, rushed and a somewhat rude, despite having very few customers to serve that night. The attraction is the overall nice ambience. The music was a bit off and too varied in style and volume from song to song. Food is scarce and overpriced.

                              32. SD

                                SophieD

                                Melbourne

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on 5 November 2020

                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                Excellent evening with very friendly staff. Amazing ambiance and variety of craft beer and whiskey’s. It’s a must for lovers of quality and style. Even great if you’re a lover of a good drink. Will be back again.. 🍻🥃

                              33. JM

                                JenniferM

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 30 October 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great to be back, very friendly staff - highly recommend the atmosphere!

                              34. M

                                Moni

                                London

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 29 October 2020

                                overall4food1service5ambience3

                                More food options would've been fantastic! Amazing service though!

                              35. DJ

                                DanielleJ

                                Sydney

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 5 June 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Fantastic service, amazing food and brilliant cocktails and whisky.

                              36. S

                                Shags

                                Victoria

                                2 reviews

                                3.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 5 June 2020

                                overall3food4service1ambience3

                                I love their whisky range but you nearly had to tackle one of the few staff they had to get a drink. Then, when we did order our waiter cocked up our orders half the time. At one point he went to check to see if they had a particular whisky available and when I went looking for him 10 minutes later he confessed he hadn't even looked yet! Considering our table of 6 made up about a third of their current capacity I found this really disappointing. WE WANTED TO SPEND MORE! I know these current restrictions are a test of any restaurant bar that chooses to open but this was unfortunately a big fail this time around at a bar I've come to love and (previously) recommend.

                              37. GV

                                GailV

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 10 March 2020

                                overall3food1service4ambience4

                                Staff welcoming and friendly, the atmosphere great. Great selection of beer and other drinks. Food of very poor quality. Stale bread, oily fish and chips and tough and dry veal schnitzels to name a few examples.

                              38. E

                                Emcy

                                1 review

                                1.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 20 December 2019

                                overall1food1service1ambience4

                                Group of 9 people for a work Christmas breakup. Booking was at 7pm, arrived early and they managed to accomodate us. By 7:30pm no steak or pork belly or fried chicken so only other option was the burger which was average. Food and bev service super slow. After spending over 1k for dinner I wouldn't go back nor would I recommend it to anyone else. Very disappointing especially being a whisky Fan!

                              39. AS

                                AmilaS

                                1 review

                                2.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 19 December 2019

                                overall2food1service3ambience4

                                Ridiculously pricy for below average food and drinks

                              40. NR

                                NickR

                                Melbourne

                                2 reviews

                                4.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 30 November 2019

                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                Great atmosphere and good selection of beers and whiskeys. Service friendly and informed.

                              FAQs

                              Boilermaker House is rated 4.6 stars by 80 OpenTable diners.

                              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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                              2 people

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                              Booked 2 times today
                              Google Map for Boilermaker House

                              209-211 Lonsdale Street Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

                              • Cross Street

                                Russell Street

                              • Area

                                Melbourne CBD

                              • Hours of Operation

                                Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–1:00 am

                              • Cuisines

                                Australian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Beer Garden

                              • Dining style

                                Casual Dining

                              • Dress Code

                                Smart Casual

                              • Parking Details

                                Secure Parking QV Melbourne<br />180 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

                              • Public Transit

                                Melbourne Central
                                139A/211 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000

                              • Payment Options

                                AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                              • Additional

                                Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

                              • Phone number

                                (03) 8393 9367

                              • Private party facilities

                                If you are interested in arranging a private event or to find out more details around our event spaces please phone us on 03 8393 9367 Monday to Friday to make an enquiry.

                              • Private party contact

                                Maddie Nunan: (03) 8393 9367

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