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Power to the Palace of the people

Melbourne’s old boozers are getting gentrified left and right, but down on Pickle Street in South Melbourne the Palace has gone the other way. Three years ago, chef Luke Mangan made the white fortress a formal fine dining affair. For a blip it was then pan-Asian restaurant, Soho. But it turns out the good people of South Melbourne weren’t after white linen or som tum. They wanted good beer, and footy on the telly. And so, the Palace has been reinstated as a bar of the people – and their pooches. Billy is the pub’s mascot staffy, who mooches around making hard days better while Al Green lends audible support. Gone are the chandeliers, replaced with footy posters and umpteen beer signs. There’s a particularly nice one for Pabst Blue Ribbon – the US bogan’s delight. But it’s not all about the daily pie special and yelling at the AFL, which screens in the many fire lit rooms. They now have a cracking craft beer agenda – as you would expect of Mark Pratt, Daniel Heaphy and Jessica McGrath – a team who are all ex-Great Northern. Carlton Draught towels line the bar top, but the taps are now pouring Chimay – pride of Belgium, and incredible Coedo brews from Japan. There’s new gear from 8 Wired and even a hand pump for pulling a creamy, low carbonated pint of 3 Ravens dark ale. These guys know what makes good pub. It’s not shagpile. It’s comfy stools, $12 lunch specials and the occasional spit roasted pig. Power to the Palace of the people.

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By Gemima Cody   |  

The Palace Hotel: South Melbourne details

505 City Rd, South Melbourne 3205

Telephone 03 9682 3177

Price per person including drinks $51 to $100

Open Daily noon-1am

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