PRINCE ALFRED HOTEL
191 Grattan Street, Carlton VIC, Australia
03 9982 1813
For any pre-2015 Melbourne Uni alumni, when we say Prince Alfred Hotel, you think of a grungy, local watering hole. However, grunge PA’s is no more. As of February, a brand spanking new 450-person space with a swanky new fit out has moved into the prime Carlton possie.
It may not look like anything much has changed from the outset- PA’s still has its old-school 1920s style rustic facade. Inside is a different story. The team at Hot Black Architects have given the corner pub a much-needed facelift. Over the two levels, two very different characters emerge. Downstairs, the moody dark colours and copper finishes create a dramatic look in the public bar. Here you’ll also find the candy-pink coffee bar, perhaps painted so brightly for pre-lecture caffeine deprived eyes to find it with ease.
Upstairs reveals PA’s rooftop bar – because it wouldn’t be a successful Melbourne pub without one now, would it? Treat yo’self to a Starward Whisky Old Fashioned or a chilli margarita any night of the week – or throw back a few $8 pints on Wednesday nights while the dance floor heats up with live DJs.
Head Chef, Mostafa Morshed, has taken the concept of pub food and turned it up a notch. Yes, you can still order a parma ($15 on Tuesdays, might we add) and a pint, but don’t look past starters like chicken liver parfait with freeze-dried berries and chargrilled brioche, or truffled potato mash. You’d also be wise to consider the roasted pork belly with caramelised apple and leek, or the prawn linguine served with deliciously garlic king prawns.
When Saturday rolls around, PA’s draws you back into uni territory with bottomless brunches. If fluffy pancake stacks topped with all the good stuff and free-flowing mimosas sound like your idea of a dream, you know where to go.
PA’s has long been a Carlton institution – it doesn’t get more Carlton than sitting on a rooftop above Carlton drinking a Carlton and talking about Carlton. You’ve pretty much won the Carlton lottery at Prince Alfred’s.