Food and Drink


Captain Melville

Posted by


You may remember Miss Libertine. It was a uni bar where you could get cheap drinks, dance and if you were born after 1993 you might have felt a little left out.

Well Miss Libertine’s has has a makeover, a sex change even, and has emerged as Captain Melville, with a new fit-out and menu.

Housed in a National-trust protected bluestone that’s been a watering hole since 1853, Captain Melville continues the boozy tradition and adds a gold-rush bent.

Captain Melville the man was a bushranger and scoundrel who robbed from the rich – not to feed the poor but to squander his booty in gambling dens and whore houses. Sort of like a St. Kilda football player. The new venue pays homage to the good Captain’s world by lacing the menu with turns of phrase taken from the era and built into the design.

In the front things have been tidied up, while out back the covered beer garden is a rollicking sort of place, where wire frames have been erected to mirror gold prospector tents and hessian sacks adds a prospecting feel.

The Captain’s menu is serving a fancy version of pub grub, with dishes like the Bannockburn free-range chicken parmigiana, coleslaw, hand cut chips ($25) and Melville burger, Sher Wagyu, bacon, cheese, Yarra Valley egg, soft bun, with hand cut chips ($21).

I tried the seared scallop, white asparagus purée, jamon crumbs ($6) which was a tasty take on surf and turf. The tuna tartare, avocado purée, potato crisps ($20) was a refreshing alternative to trio of dips. Less successful was the salt & pepper squid, black garlic aioli ($16) which was under-seasoned and limp.

The beers and wine list features many Victorian brands, with many drops sourced from the gold prospecting region. And the Captain’s cocktail menu is an elegant brown leather volume containing elixirs with names like Nuggety Gully and Beechworth Gunpowder.

Captain Melville is a fun sort of place, and the back beer garden is one of the better ones going in the CBD. Worth a visit at the city warms up, plus you don’t have to be under 25 to fit on anymore.

34 Franklin Street, Melbourne
9663 6855
Mon – Tues 11am-12pm
Wed 11am-1pm, Thurs 11am-2pm
Fri 11am- 3am, Sat 12pm- 3am, Sun 12pm – 12am

Art & Design

Top Six Street Art Spots in Melbourne

Milk Bar Mag has identified the top six suburbs of Melbourne's street art scene.

Garden Design Fest

Garden Design Fest showcases 46 of Victoria’s most spectacular gardens, highlighting the work of some of the most acclaimed garden designers in the country.

Who Is Fitzy Fox?

Milk Bar Magazine speaks with Amelia Trompf, the author of the new children's book Who is Fitzy Fox?, set right here in Melbourne.

Photo & Video

The 10th Whitelion Bail Out Charity Fundraiser

Bail Out's plans to help out Melbourne's disadvantaged youth.

The Fox Darkroom

Snap away with The Fox Darkroom, a mecca for photography aficionados to learn all about the traditional methods of black and white photography.

Somewhere Else video sings of summer

It almost sounds like the premise of a reality TV show: pile a bunch of artists in a bus for seven days, send them across Mexico and see what happens.