Offering classic pub dining and one of the city’s largest selections of craft beers, Young and Jackson is quite literally placed to serve any Melburnian that walks through its doors.
Sitting directly opposite Flinders Street Station on one of Melbourne’s most illustrious corners, it has everything you could ask for from an inner-city pub.
The Young and Jackson story goes back to 1875, when Irish hoteliers, Henry Figsby Young and Joshua Jackson, became the proud licensees of Young and Jackson’s Princess Bridge Hotel. Over time, the hotel’s name was shortened to the Young and Jackson we know and love today.
Standing on the city’s most popular intersection for more than 150 years, the hotel has seen and heard it all. From ghost stories and drunk miner tales to Anzac Day and the footy finals, Young and Jackson has been the meeting point to celebrate many Melbourne traditions. It is one of few classic pubs left in the city that retains much of its history while staying in touch with current trends.
Young and Jackson is a big supporter of Australian craft brewing and today is home to more than 30 craft-beer taps, making it a hotspot for beer connoisseurs around the city. It also has has a dedicated Cider Bar located on the rooftop overlooking the city. With eight ciders on tap, a huge selection in bottles and mulled cider for the winter months, it’s well placed to enjoy an afternoon full of refreshing drinks.
Food is available on all three levels, providing an individual dining experience wherever you sit. Head Chef, Darren McKinlay, serves succulent hearty main meals, grilled beef cuts and a selection of entrees and bar snacks. The bistro’s outstanding 63° Ora king salmon, served with salt-baked beetroot and rice crackling, topped with horseradish, lemon and chive crème fraiche is impossible to miss.
On the lighter side of the menu, the Portarlington organic mussels cooked with saffron, leek and bacon chowder are served with freshly baked soda bread. Other top picks after a couple of pints are the antipasto platter and Gippsland cheese board. Young and Jackson also offers a daily express lunch menu as well as Sunday roast and high tea.
Now heritage listed, the hotel has endured the test of time by keeping its original features including the stunning pressed ceiling tiles. Young and Jackson is also the home of Melbourne’s oldest nude paintings. Chloé, by Jules Lefebvre, was coincidentally painted in 1875, the same year the pub opened its doors, it was acquired by the hotel in 1908 and has been hanging in the saloon bar ever since.
Young and Jackson’s multigenerational clientele – a broad mix of beer lovers, sport fans, holidaymakers and after work celebrations – converge at the pub to add even more charm and history to this Melbourne icon. Join the growing crowds to see what all the fuss is about.