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The Best Family-friendly Pubs in Melbourne

Whether the sun’s shining or the rain’s pouring (and the fire crackling), there’s nothing quite like a pub lunch shared with the whole family. And whether it’s colouring pencils for the little ones or just plenty of room to move – even better, are the pubs that cater to the whole family. Here are our top picks of Melbourne’s pubs that are fun for everyone. 

The Vincent

With a popcorn-fuelled Kids Movie Night every Thursday, Albert Park’s The Vincent offers the perfect set up to keep the little ones busy while mum and dad tuck into some gourmet pub fare. Serving everything from pizzas to calamari to last them through the film, there’ll be plenty of time for the grownups to partake in a cocktail or two.

111 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park

Croxton Park Hotel

Thornbury’s Croxton Park Hotel is more than family friendly; it’s a true children’s wonderland. Complete with entertainers (including the much-loved Captain Adam), birthday parties and a colourful Club 4 Kids program – you’ll hard be pressed getting them to leave. And with an adult’s menu comprised of classic hearty pub fare, you’ll likely be just as content.

607 High Street, Thornbury

The Palace Hotel

South Melbourne’s The Palace Hotel isn’t only kid friendly, but its spacious beer garden is well and truly dog friendly too – making it the perfect spot to take the whole family for a bite to eat. And with a ‘Little Tuckers’ menu that features everything from Spaghetti Napoli to a tasty lamington desert, this is one pub that will keep everyone happy.

505-507 City Road, South Melbourne

The Edinburgh Castle Hotel

Brimming with atmosphere, The Edinburgh Castle Hotel is the kind of all-inclusive community-minded pub where mum, dad and the three children are just as welcome as the local rock band. With a leafy beer garden and an extensive kids menu that features everything from Soda Battered Fish to Soy Vanilla Ice Cream – Brunswick’s longest standing pub is also its most family friendly.

681 Sydney Road, Brunswick

The Moreland Hotel

Leading the charge in family friendly pubs is another Brunswick gem. The much-loved Moreland Hotel is home to a huge indoor playground (so you can keep one eye on your little monkeys, and the other on your Shiraz), a designated toddlers area and monthly theme parties with everything from face painting to karaoke. This time, it really is fun for everyone.

Corner  Sydney and Moreland Road, Brunswick

Flying Duck Hotel

Complete with plenty of space to explore and a menu that features sirloin steak for the grownups (alongside some classic Victorian wines) and the ‘Tiny Parma’ for the not-so grownups – Prahran’s Flying Duck is made for a family day out. Pull up a seat inside the charming glass atrium and watch the kids run amok, all the while sipping on something delicious.

67 Bendigo Street, Prahran

The Sandringham Hotel

The Sandringham Hotel, or “The Sandy” as it’s known by locals, comes complete with gorgeous oceanfront views and an action-packed indoor playground to keep the little ones entertained while you soak up that seaside atmosphere. Add to that a menu that caters to even the fussiest little eaters, and you have yourself a perfect day out for the whole family.

Corner Beach and Bay Road, Sandringham