Melbourne Central Lion Hotel
Looking for a traditional British pub in the heart of the CBD? Melbourne Central Lion does a pretty good impression. Located at the top of Melbourne Central - next to the cinemas and other food eateries - it's a little slice of Queen Victoria portraits and warm ale in the city centre. Actually, we lie. There's no warm ale. But everything else upholds the deal. There's even an (indoor) outdoor beer garden. Make your way past the faux beer garden and the front room is dominated by a large, central bar. There's a band stage off to one side and a scattering of tables and chairs. The room is actually quite cavernous, while the other side of the bar features a selection of pool tables, the (obligatory) wooden barrels and private booths. Make your way past all this and you'll find a second bar and more booths. The decor is exactly what you'd expect and you'll find plenty of oil paintings, portraits of the Queen, moose heads and Victorian-era brick-a-brack lining the walls and shelves. As for the drinks, well, it's a British pub. That pretty much means you're looking at ales and lagers, with the occasional rum and coke thrown in for good measure. It might not be rewriting the rulebook, but Melbourne Central Lion has plenty of little nooks and crannies to hide in and provides a welcome respite from the neon glow of the outside world. As far as fake British pubs go, it's pretty good.