Saturday, 5 September 2015

Vincent on vincent

To be honest I was never a fan of the bar at the Hotel Nest, as hoards of over-dressed 'beautiful people' seemed helplessly drawn to its overt bling. Which is why it's taken me so long to get round to trying the latest incarnation of the grand hotel which started life as the Windsor Hotel, but now takes its name from the avenue upon which it proudly sits.
However this venue is now run by the same company as the more diminutive Wayside Inn, and it shows in the fantastic array of beer taps, which would not be out of place in Gertrude Street. However Albert Park is very obviously not Fitzroy, and the restaurant that takes up the bulk of the ground floor is in The Graham's price territory. Which is a boon to those happy to eat without white linen, as bar food is excellent.
As supposedly Scott Cam's favourite pub, it's perhaps no surprise that the upstairs featured in the South Melbourne centric TV phenomenon The Block. Downstairs meanwhile is awash with mosaics and marble with only the boxy side room to the bar feeling a bit like the poor cousin. With a near daily happy hour this if without doubt my favourite Albert Park pub.

Beers on tap: Carlton, Peroni, Trumer Pils, Mountain Goat Steam Ale, Two Birds Golden Ale, 2 Brothers Grizz, 4 Pines Pale Ale, Brookes APA, Hawkers IPA & Tooboorac Blacksmith!!
Wine range: $7.00 - $12.00
Happy hour: 5-7pm Tue to Fri
Parma: No
Gastro: Yes
Tradie vs Yuppy: Definitely no hi-vis in here

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