The Hack

8 reviews
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$40 and under
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Top tags:
  • Comfort Food
  • Lunch
  • Casual
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
What 8 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

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

5.0Dined on 30 May 2018

Great food, good service. Really nice establishment.

3.0Dined on 19 May 2018

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.

5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

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

5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Excellent food.

4.0Dined on 20 April 2018

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.

4.0Dined on 10 March 2018

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!

5.0Dined on 9 March 2018

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