Boilermaker House

4.4
67 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 67 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
Value
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Way too expensive.

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LiamF
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Lauren
Melbourne / VIC
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. :)

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StacyC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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

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Displeased
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.

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MikeW
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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

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MattyH123
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

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RichardS
Melbourne / VIC
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.

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MicheleS
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 !

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Manoj
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.

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BiancaB
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent overall experience. Great atmosphere, food and drinks 😊

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vipMello
Melbourne / VIC
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
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.

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AnnaG
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.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service, knowledgeable staff, very enjoyable evening

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

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

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Maria
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.

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SophieD
Melbourne / VIC
2 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.. 🍻🥃

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JenniferM
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Moni
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4Food1Service5Ambience3

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

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DanielleJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service, amazing food and brilliant cocktails and whisky.

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Shags
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
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.

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GailV
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.

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Emcy
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!

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AmilaS
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

Ridiculously pricy for below average food and drinks

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NickR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

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

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SimonB
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Booths are great for catching up with friends so we can actually have a conversation without having to yell. The drinks there are amazing. The staff are super friendly and obliging. The food was great, but I wished I'd ordered something more substantial. We had the meat board, which was amazing but maybe needed some more bread and/or some crackers would help soak up the alcohol a little more.

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SelbyT
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! Had heard great reviews from friends and we were not disappointed. Was great hearing the history of the food and drink and service was outstanding, could not speak of Boilermaker House more highly.

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Aimeeh
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great evening, the staff were attentive but not pushy!!
Thank you for helping make my partners birthday such a success!!

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ReneeM
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We popped in for pre-dinner drinks for my birthday and were not disappointed! Our waiter Patrick was supeen and really knowledgeable about ALL the drinks. We also had great service from one of the female staff but I didn’t manage to get her name. The ploughman splatter was divine and the music outstanding. I would recommend to book a table for four or more people otherwise, the earlier you get there the better. Looking forward to our next visit

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Debcurn
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good choice of beer and whiskey. Service was good with a couple of hic ups, one glass of wine forgotten by waiter and chips which were order with mains . They arrived after reminder to staff.
Very mousey but goes with being a popular venue.
Some prices were a bit over the top but a good night out .

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AngelicaJ
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience3

We booked a group in for a birthday dinner. The service was not amazing. The girls who waited on our table were lovely and tried their best, however our food came out of the kitchen so sporadically, that we didn't eat together.
I understand that there were staffing issues. Unfortunately this was not good enough for us, particularly when we had a group of 8. When the food did arrive it was excellent. Would we go back again? Maybe for a casual evening with only a few of us. We probably wouldn't recommend it based on our experience, however the food was yummy. With so many places to try in Melbourne it's a shame that our experience was like this - we probably wont have much of a need to head back.
The front of house staff worked hard to try to appease us, but the night didn't do as you'd want for a celebratory event, and put a dampener on our evening.

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Cami
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

I had a good time. Although I booked the venue for a birthday celebration and when I asked if I could bring balloons and a cake the person who confirmed my booking say that it was ok without advising anything else. When I was at the venue the waiter told me that helium balloons were not accepted because the candles may cause a fire (which I understood). Then when I was going to plate the cake they told me that they will charge me $5 per person in a group of 18. I talked to the manager who in a rude way agreed to not charge me. Unfortunately, they cut the cake in only 12 pieces which was not enough. All of this was done without consulting. Very uncomfortable situation for a birthday celebration.

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EileenT
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Had a great start to the night here with a great atmosphere and awesome staff.
The restaurant did run out of two of the four main courses listed on the menu which was a little disappointing but I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to kick back and relax with friends.

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KerrynC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place. Waiter was great. Food and drinks amazing.

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HeadlessHorseman
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Love going to the Boilermaker house, Impressive selection of whisky, staff are ready to guide your selection based on your taste so you always end up with an enjoyable drink in your hand.

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ChrisG
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Boilermaker House is a great place for some quality drinks with friends

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GarthJ
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Terrible service. Rushed out and couldn't even order the menu item we wanted

GB
GiannaB
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Attitude of floor staff left a lot to be desired. Quite patronising and rude.

FAQs

Boilermaker House is rated 4.4 stars by 67 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 reservations at the moment.