The Charles Dickens Tavern

Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

282-290 Collins St
Melbourne, VIC 3000

+61 3 9654 1821 | map

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Reviewed by AzfromOz from Australia

3.88/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
Head down a winding, dimly-lit staircase into a below-the-street timewarp of 1950s sensibility, English beers on tap and brown, Fleur-de-lis panelled wallpaper. Fleur-de-lis in an English pub? Go figure. Regardless, there's a hand-pull pump, complete with sparkler, but attached to an Australian brown ale, rather than the three English offerings on tap (Tetley's, Old Peculier and London Pride the day I visited).

There are maybe eight other taps, mostly Australian macro offerings and the odd, orphan-looking craft option. Seats line the long, wood-panelled bar, and there are two tabled areas for dining at either end. One of those ends has a big screen for the cricket and no doubt also the Premier League. It's a small, long space inside, and they're using every inch of it.

This is pretty much how I imagine an English pub in 1950 presented itself, tv aside, and I'm a fan of it!

Food unrated as I didn't eat there.

Dec 29, 2022
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Reviewed by RichardLeahy from Australia

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Interesting little hidden nook, worth a visit. A good range of English beers on tap and in bottles, which is worth the visit alone. Don't expect hipsters serving fruity craft beer though - that's why I like it!

Recently returned and had Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout! Upgraded my rating as a result.
Oct 21, 2018
Rated: 3.31 by NeoClassicist from New York

Oct 18, 2015
The Charles Dickens Tavern in Melbourne, Australia
Place rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 3 ratings