The Hack

13 reviews
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$40 and under
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Top tags:
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Group Bookings
Craft Beer & Fine Drinks / American Diner Food

Make yourself at home in this magnificent heritage building. The beers are cold, and you're always welcome.

During the day the space is bright and spacious with high top seating at the front and a dining area at the back. At night the venue is warm and sultry with low level lighting.

The music varies from Indie to Classic Rock, to Alternative Rock or Ragga Dub. Sometimes its 90's or 00's classics, or 80's jams.

There's live music on Friday nights from 7-10pm, and Sundays from 4-7pm. Fridays are mostly pub covers. Sunday is independent Melbourne musicians.

The bar and lounge area downstairs features 15 taps of independent craft beer. There's excellent cocktails covering classics as well as our own in house delights. The wine list is ever growing and the drinks list changes seasonally.

Upstairs remains a stunning private function room with a capacity for 100 people, inquire for more details.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Barbecue, American
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am
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Phone number
(03) 9645 2503
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Chef Danny Callen
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Private Party Facilities
We have a beautiful private function room on the upper level of the venue. It has its own fully functioning bar with 4 taps for beer/cider, and can be stocked with other drink from the downstairs bar. With a seating capacity of 75 and a standing capacity of 100 it is a flexible and diverse space, which works very well for smaller cozier dinners, or larger parties looking to get up and dance and have a right good time. Live music is welcome. The food options cater for cocktail style canapes, or indulgent banquette style BBQ feast. Great with a cold thirst quenching beer, or one of our delicious and sumptuous wines.
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The food is American inspired Australian smoked BBQ independently supplied and cooked by Limp Brisket, which is one of Melbourne's top smoked BBQ kitchens that's been cooking up a storm on the festival and mobile food scene for a couple of years. Service is carried out at the bar, so there isn't table service, although the bar team from The Hack will be out and about on the floor if you have any questions.
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Cross street
Bay Street
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Parking Details
There are 2 hour parking spaces at the rear of the between 8am and 6pm, no time limit outwith that time frame. There is also various street parking on surrounding streets within a 5 minute walk of the venue.
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Public Transit
109 Tram // Route 234 Bus // Route 606 Bus
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Usually this place is great. But this visit was very disappointing. Undercooked/raw chicken wings. The staff were rude and wouldnt listen when i tried to show how raw the wings were. And it wasnt even busy. Train your staff in providing helpful customer service.

1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Friendly staff and good food. Venue was a bit cold but nice atmosphere.

1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

We booked a table for 7 on a Saturday night whilst staying at Albert Park for a conference. It’s a cool looking pub from the outside and it was easy to get a reservation - that’s the positives.
We ordered drinks, starters and mains. The drinks were expensive, the food was definitely well below average. There was a “deconstructed nachos” which was served with tortilla chips that were a strange mix of fresh and stale chips.
We ordered beef burgers, chicken burgers and pasta for mains. The beef burger was ok, nothing amazing but met minimum requirement. The chicken burgers were disgusting. They had a strange taste and both people in our group that ordered them left them and couldn’t finish their meals they were that awful.
Our table was left covered in plates with no wait staff coming to clear it for about an hour after we finished eating. We cleared the table ourselves.
Upon paying our $300 bill, I was asked if everything was ok. I gave some feedback about the burgers not being good (I tried to be kind and refrain from using stronger language). I was then asked how bad they were and I said “Well they couldn’t eat them”. Even with this feedback, I was still asked to pay the bill in full.
With so many awesome pubs in Melbourne, it doesn’t make sense to waste a meal somewhere like this. Sorry guys.

1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Service and food was so poor. We went for dinner to celebrate our daughters birthday and we were so disappointed.
They gave us 30% off of our bill due to the poor service and then we discovered that they overcharged us for items that we never received. Will not be returning.

1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic vibe and food! Super friendly staff too :)

1 review
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Best Brisket burger ever! And have sampled quite a few. Staff were super and great for a get together for good food and craft beers

1 review
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, good service. Really nice establishment.

1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We had a table of 6 hungry blokes. It was difficult getting service and the food was ok at best.
We walked out hungry after ordering the beef brisket.
Thank god we ended up at Bay 101 awesome coffee awesome service and a choice of deserts to fill us up.
I don’t think The Hack will be there long unless they pick up their game.

1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best chicken wings I have tasted. Friendly and helpful staff, plenty of space. Food was great, definitely will be going back.

1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food.

1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Nice place with a very good offering of BBQ type dishes. The Blackend Pork Belly Ends were excellent, so too was the pulled pork and brisket.

1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Slow cooked meats are a treat. Kevin is a master! Expected a larger variety of food as we had a mixture of food connoisseurs in the group, from vegans to meat eaters!

12 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great flavours. Added sauce would be even better! There are a decent number of options and entrees. The live music is good also.