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Boilermaker House

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46 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 46 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
3.5
Food
3.9
Service
4.5
Ambience
3.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
1 review
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

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GiannaB
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

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

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JadeM
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

A potentially good venue, but the whole experience was ruined but some utterly rude waitstaff. A pity, because the bartenders were quite lovely and venue had a good atmosphere, but the way our party was spoken to by the servers was genuinely astonishingly rude. Will not be returning.

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DavidL
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service. Great decor, with very friendly staff, and an extensive list of drinks and food options. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

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Steph
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great experience tasting beers and whisky however very expensive.

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RobynS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Love the concept, the whisky was smooth and delicious beer. Our second visit so we brought along friends. On Our first visit the music was a highlight , we loved the blues music. Sadly this time it was not blues and not to our liking. We advised our lovely waiter but he was very casual and unconcerned about our suggestions.

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TrevorG
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Was a perfect experience for a beer lover heading off on a long-term break from work. Lunch experience (and service) was awesome and greatly under-appreciated. Boilermaker House, for lunch, is a hidden gem!

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LaurenW
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful venue, service and those boilermakers -Wow!

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RebeccaA
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such fabulous staff! I was here for my Hens Night and they were super friendly and attentive. Wilk cone back for sure!

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StephenB
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience3

Have been to this bar a few times and its been amazing on all occasions except this time. Since everyone is obsessed with getting a review these days I thought I'd write one. Long story short, had a 9pm booking for 9 people, waited for 10 mins to be seated and eventually just decided to seat ourselves at a table we assumed was ours. Someone finally came to the table to greet us and told us that we would be served shortly. We waited another 10 mins for nobody to arrive so just walked out to find another bar. Got a phone call a few minutes later and told them we were happy to give the table to someone else. Love the bar and service is usually spot on, just wasn't at 9pm on a Saturday and I didn't realise this would be the case. Will be going back again at some stage, prob make sure its an arvo session though next time.

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KateO
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! Thank you, highly reccomend the service, drinks and food.

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Sophie
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Great staff and service, limited food options (needed more bar snack items), great whiskey and beer, but limited cocktail amd gluten free options

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PhilR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and service by the friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff. Will be back again for further tasting of their extensive whiskey list.

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Melbgirl
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We met a group of friends for dinner & drinks and had a great time!

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BenO
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Amazing drinks list with good food and excellent atmosphere.

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SarahR
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great venue! We booked for a group of 12 for my partners birthday. Great vibe, amazing whiskey & beer list, and for anyone inclined to drink something else, a top shelf selection for them too.

Vegans & vegetarians won’t have much to choose to eat, but still worth going for a drink (and maybe a deep fried pickle on the side)

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RIchard
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great time as always at Boilermaker! Drinks and food are pricy but worthwhile - our group splurged for 'The Spread' which was fantastic, and they adjusted the cheese options to suit our group tastes. Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable about their selection of whiskies and beers.

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CarolT
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved the booth seating as were met with friends there. Food great and loved the beer whiskey combinations, which were explained to us.
This place and a great atmosphere and we enjoyed the live music. We'll be back

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Foxy
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed a variety of cocktails and whiskey in celebration of 70th birthday.
Group had a fabulous time and were astounded by the spectacular bar!

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NigelG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

They sort of have it together, but device was average. Good looking customers certainly distracted male staff

Service went missing;kind of wished we had brought a model to get some service

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belindaJ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience4

Don't order the $75 meat and cheese board. Definitely not worth your money. Over priced

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Kathryn11
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

"The vibing feel of this place was awesome – I definitely would return for drinks. The atmosphere was buzzing. Everyone loved the interior and cocktail menu. Service was alright and friendly, wines were affordable."

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BroccoliLover
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We spent seven days in Melbourne city - eating and drinking at various hotspots - and The Boilermaker House was by far the highlight of our trip. They have a fantastic whiskey and cocktail menu accompanied by a selection of delicious cheeses and charcuterie. I will be recommending this place to anyone planning a to visit Melbourne.

FAQs

Boilermaker House is rated 4 stars by 46 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.