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Words by Lukas Raschilla
209-211 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
Tel: (03) 8393 9367
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Monday - Wednesday: 4pm-3am; Thursday: 3pm-3am; Friday-Saturday: 12pm-3am; Sunday: 3pm-3am
Style: Cocktail bar
Recommended for: Beer, Cocktails, Food, Late night, Spirits
Price guide: Middling
Food: Full menu
Housed on Melbourne's Lonsdale Street, Boilermaker House, as the name suggests, is a venue with an emphasis on whisk(e)y and beer, housing 900 plus whiskies from around the world on the shelves and 12 beer taps. The majority of craft beer on offer is from local Australian breweries, complemented by some very cool and unusual international brews. The beer list is constantly rotating, meaning you'll always find a new brew to explore and pair with a whisk(e)y here, and the tap list is accompanied by 38 packaged beers in the fridge.
As a part of the Speakeasy Group, Boilermaker House has an ample cocktail list. The cocktails are predominantly focused on non-whisk(e)y drinkers, for people who are brought to the venue by whisk(e)y or beer drinkers, but don't necessarily want whisk(e)y or beer. There are a range of whisk(e)y cocktails on the menu, all of which are accessible and designed to convert people to whisk(e)y. Rounding out the drinks offering is a small but well curated wine list, featuring natural and orange wines, from both Australia and abroad.
A less advertised focal point of the venue is cheese and charcuterie, with 50 different meats and cheeses from around the world to choose from, and platters that can be accompanied by beer and whisk(e)y pairings. For those wanting something more substantial, the kitchen offers full sized meals, and operates sections of the venue as a full restaurant with table service. Here, you can indulge and have a three-course dinner paired with beer and whisk(e)y.
At its heart Boilermaker House focus on the art of flavour pairing. There are set boilermakers on the menu that are fun and come with an edible garnish to tie the flavours together; whether it be prosciutto or fudge. The space offers a comfortable environment to enjoy great booze and food in, without being over the top fancy. Perch at the bar or slink into the cosy booth seats and listen to blues and classic rock with a dram.