Monday, 14 February 2011

Hotel Albion

As has been observed elsewhere, the Hotel Albion's web-site claim that it is 'recognized as a Port Melbourne Landmark’ is surprising. From the outside the Albion has to the town's least interesting looking pub.
The interior however is Tardis like; a large central island bar, wood panelling and fire place help to make it feel like a proper homely pub. A large portion of the floor space is given over to dining and, at the time of writing, The Albion sits at #36 in the chart of (supposedly) the best parmas in all of Victoria. However that shouldn't put off the casual drinker as there's also chesterfields and loads of space to prop up the bar.
Despite undoubtedly being the ugly sister of the Railway Club on the other side of the tram tracks, the Albion has a nice outlook over the railway reserve and isn't blighted by TAB facilities.

Beers on tap: Carlton Draught, Pure Blonde, Cascade Light, Fat Yak, Asahi, Stella Artois
Wine range: $6 - $8.50
Parma: $21.90 (half portion also available)
Gastro: Not really
Tradie vs Yuppy: Probably not hardcore enough for your average tradie


  1. From the outside the Albion might seem to be the town's least interesting looking pub, but I bet it wasn't always so. Are there any photos in existence that shows what the hotel looked like when it was first built? Or during the Inter War years?

  2. There is a c1904 postcard in Pat Grainger's history of Port Melbourne hotels, but it's taken from too far away to really tell the original look.

  3. What is it with the smell in that place? it was full on anzac eve so it does good business but the smell is awful. Smells like a toilet, bad ammonia smell.


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