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Fortress Melbourne

4.8
4.8
58 Reviews
$40 and under
Pub
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Australia's biggest video games venue where entry is always FREE.
WALK-INS WELCOME! If you can't find a booking online, come down to speak with friendly staff or call 9606 8800.

Please book to guarantee no wait times. You can also join the waitlist to enjoy a drink until your table is ready.

Fortress Melbourne’s two bars and huge restaurant cater to all tastes, whether you’re craving a bubble tea, specialty cocktail or Fortress Lager, there’s something to quench your thirst. Immerse yourself in The Tavern, where you dine in epic fantasy-themed surroundings!

Enjoy hearty pub fare, finger food, & snacks. Elevate your booking with a games experience - choose from 100s of board games or video games on PCs or VIP Booths with Xbox, PS4 & Nintendo Switch.

Up for a challenge? You can also take on your friends & win prizes in the modern classic Arcade Alley - no bookings needed.

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Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Pub, Medieval, Dining Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (03) 9606 8800

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    WALK-INS WELCOME! Some of our tables are reserved for walk-ins. If you cannot find a table at the desired time online, come down and speak with our friendly staff. We may be able to sit you at a walk-in table or you can join the waitlist and enjoy a drink from our wonderful selection until your table is ready.

  • Area

    Melbourne CBD

  • Parking Details

    The closest parking locations are at Melbourne Central (enter via La Trobe or Lonsdale Street) and the Strand. Limited street parking is available on Elizabeth Street and Lonsdale Street.

  • Public Transit

    Melbourne Central Train Station: 5 minute walk through Mall towards Emporium. Tram: Routes on Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street stop at Bourke Street Mall, which is a 5 minute walk away. Bus: The closest bus stop is located at Melbourne Central on Lonsdale Street.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options

Experiences

  • Tavern Table

    Multiple dates available
    2 hour sitting in The Tavern, a fantasy style restaurant, where you can dine amongst relics from the past, mounted shields and medieval décor! Enjoy pub fare, finger food, drinks and late night snacks to fuel your session.
  • Board Game Wednesday | Free Play

    Multiple dates available
    Every Wednesday unlimited play of games from the Board Game library during your 2 hour sitting in our fantasy restaurant, The Tavern.
  • Bottomless Package | Board Games

    $60.77 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy bottomless pizza, loaded fries & wedges + FREE drink on arrival + unlimited play of games from the Board Game Library. Price is $59 + 3% CC Fee for 2hr sitting.

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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 58 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseEnergetic

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  • Melbourne

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  • Melbourne

    Group Bookings

  • Melbourne

    Pub

  • City Centre

    Best Overall

  • City Centre

    Best Ambience

  • City Centre

    Best Value

  • City Centre

    Group Bookings

  • City Centre

    Late Night Find

  • City Centre

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Great concept and ambience but poor service. Not very welcoming to SINGLE diners. Even though i booked before going, the table i got was by dividing a 4 person setup where a couple was already seated. Was at the very corner next to a super bright screen and wasn't setup. No cutlery, water. Was also very hard to catch attention of the service staff from the forgotten corner

  2. D

    Dimitrios

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service5ambience2

    A very fun area, a good place to be in. Service was great, well done to the people working there. Our table didn't have proper lighting, but I believe it was because they added extra tables for trivia night. Everything else was fine. I'd go again.

  3. J

    Jamesv

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff were on the ball and great to chat to at the bar. Table booking gave us a table perfect for our group of 8

  4. R

    Rayne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Been here a few times and the service is always great. The place is just great full stop. One thin I will say for my recent visit is that the music was way too loud and it was a yelling fest to hear mates talk. But we were very grateful that when we requested the music be turned down, the staff did just that and was very helpful. Will be coming back many times over.

  5. RG

    RyanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was the first time I’ve ever been outside before and I’d heard good things about leaving my house but I could never have expected it be this fun. But honestly it was great. Perfect score 5/7

  6. D

    Dantez

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    It was great. If I could give it more stars I would. Tess and the team were amazing and so accomodating to our inquiries and requests. The best thing I think about Fortress is that it keeps it to the theme. No large TV screen showing live sports to attract loud cheering and yelling drunks or loud crappy live bands playing music which is what every bar and pub in Melbourne already do, so boring. Instead, it has an amazing vibe and atmosphere where you can really feel comfortable and enjoy the various gaming experiences. Only critic I can think of was the tab system can be tricky to figure out, we all needed to enter our credit card details despite there being a tab and it doesn't tell you how much you have left. Overall it was still a fantastic place. Thank you guys for such a fun afternoon!

  7. W

    Wren

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really amazing venue - lots to do, absolutely massive venue

  8. OH

    OliverH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Not keen on having to write a review as words are scary and the devil. Fortress is a good place, Could use some better arcade machines (Time Crisis, Etc) Beefing up the boardgames section as well would really help. Currently it's tough to come to Fortress for those with 9 to 5 jobs as a lot of the fun stuff happens during the week. Having more DND and boardgame events occuring on Friday and Saturdays would be great during the day.

  9. J

    Jome

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff was super nice and helpful. The feel of the Tavern is super cool. Definitely a good place to nerd out.

  10. AH

    ArnaudH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall5food1service5ambience5

    Very good DM (Cameron). Really nice atmosphere. Just the food - not so great and expensive for what it is.

  11. A

    Anup

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Nice service and vibe to be there. Food wasn’t good enough.

  12. AW

    AndrewW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Fortress Melbourne was everything I hoped it would be, the right balence between casual dining that anyone can enjoy combined with that happy nerdiness that I quite enjoy.

  13. KM

    KeelyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great venue for anyone who loves gaming and wants to be surrounded by like minded people... can't recommend enough 😍

  14. MD

    MarioD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    GREAT venue and vibe!!! Really enjoyed the night and highly recommend!

  15. G

    Grace

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    AMAZING! Booked Fortress for a friends party and everyone loved it. I’m not a gamer, but I still had the best time.

  16. DA

    DavidA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We booked in for a VIP booth for a birthday. The food and drinks we ordered were served up so quickly you'd think they were mind readers, and always with a cheerful smile.

  17. NK

    NickK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The restaurant looked incredible and had the best feeling when you walked in and saw it all. Staff were friendly and energetic and the food was beautiful

  18. PR

    P3Rabbit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Staff was really helpful with the menu and drinks, first time being there so had no clue how anything worked which they explained fully. The aesthetic and decor was really cool! Drink and played board games during dinner too, ended up staying for 4 hours was crazy, I didn't expect to stay that long. It was so fun! Would recommend

  19. E

    Erin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    We got a VIP area, and had comfortable seating in our own booth. The Switch controllers were well maintained and had no nasty goop on them (unlike other venues I’ve been to!). The food was good, but the general ambiance of this venue made it feel special. The staff are super friendly and professional. Can’t wait to come back to Fortress!

  20. JM

    JamesM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall2food5service2ambience4

    Great times, but haven't quite nailed the "delivery of food and drinks" to table part of the business yet.

  21. j

    jamie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    asked for surprise drinks from a bartender and he was amazing.

  22. B

    Bekah

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great venue, awesome vibes. Really loved the atmosphere and the roaming magician was a fun touch! Decent pub fare and good variety of drinks.

  23. SF

    SimpleFella

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always fun to be at fortress, no issues and everything went well. Maybe better selection of games? Or rather find some friends with similar taste.

  24. CT

    CarlaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It is a great place to hang out with friends or a fun date! The food is great, they have vegan options as well as generous drinl servings. Staff are super friendly and organised. They were having drag bingo the night we went so that looked great. Hopefully as it grows in popularity, the arcade will grow in terms of games but all in all, so glad it there.

  25. CD

    ClareD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Absolutely lovely environment and the staff are so friendly and cheerful! They're extremely easy to communicate with and happy to have a laugh with you :) so extremely happy to be able to do our fortnightly dnd sessions there again! :)

  26. DR

    DanaR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had the most amazing time there last night! Courtney the waitress was so delightful and super friendly, and the bartender Darcy was so lovely also!!

  27. M

    Madison42

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Fortress Melbourne is the place to go for a drink with mates if you want a experience. It’ll transport you and friends to a medieval tavern, or futuristic e-sports lounge. Had great fun playing dungeons and flaggins. Staff were great and treated everyone with authentic smiles and like mates. It felt super safe and comfortable and definitely recommend to anyone who’s new or experience.

  28. SD

    ShannonD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Some of the best times I have had in recent memory. Cannot wait to come back to do it again.

  29. DH

    DanielH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    It was great I only ordered chips but the dnd experience was great I will be back again

  30. GC

    GrazielleC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Was amazing I have my 45s bday party love the place and the service xoxoxox

  31. LR

    LtRockzo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really helpful ,and excellent staff,and great food and drink

  32. DV

    DennisV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 August 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Great service, lovely staff, could use a bit more lighting though and maybe some extra space to play and eat but honestly the size of our game made that a problem aha. thx tho <3

  33. KB

    KarinB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, amazing ambiance! Love it there and would recommend it to any fantasy/DnD lovers that haven't yet had the chance to visit :)

  34. L

    Laeb

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Great place to hang out with friends over some games and gossip

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect place to hang out! There was so much to do! We had lunch and drinks at the tavern! Played board games, then went to the arcade, then played more board games! We will definitely be back and bringing a bigger Crew to sit at the VIP booths and play more video games! Staff were amazing! Very attentive! 10/10 would recommend !!!!

  36. J

    Jacc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience . Highly recommend good atmosphere

  37. J

    Jins

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome!! Everyone will love this place!! foods, games, enjoy

  38. H

    Heidi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Easy to order, fast and good food, friendly staff.

  39. TV

    TomVideogre

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food, service and atmosphere! The perfect way to relax and enjoy a night out with friends!

  40. AM

    AnthonyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    This was so much fun. Kudos to Dan for our campaign and to Ben for organising!

FAQs

Fortress Melbourne is rated 4.8 stars by 58 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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Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Fortress Melbourne

23 Caledonian Ln Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

  • Area

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Pub, Medieval, Dining Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    The closest parking locations are at Melbourne Central (enter via La Trobe or Lonsdale Street) and the Strand. Limited street parking is available on Elizabeth Street and Lonsdale Street.

  • Public Transit

    Melbourne Central Train Station: 5 minute walk through Mall towards Emporium. Tram: Routes on Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street stop at Bourke Street Mall, which is a 5 minute walk away. Bus: The closest bus stop is located at Melbourne Central on Lonsdale Street.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options

  • Phone number

    (03) 9606 8800

  • Catering

    WALK-INS WELCOME! Some of our tables are reserved for walk-ins. If you cannot find a table at the desired time online, come down and speak with our friendly staff. We may be able to sit you at a walk-in table or you can join the waitlist and enjoy a drink from our wonderful selection until your table is ready.

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