Of all the pubs battling it out for the title of Melbourne’s oldest, you’d never suspect the Duke. A recent renovation rendered it as modern as a Google Glass. It’s all glossy bentwoods in black and yellow, buffed woods, scraped bricks and steel greys. After 9pm, the Flinders Street side is bathed in electric blue, and filled with a corporate crowd, all getting a post-work sway on to Little Bit. You can even get a latte here – a good one – and brunch on the weekends. If it weren’t for a gigantic parma, sticklers might question its continued status as a pub at all. Thankfully, that square acre of excellently crumbed chicken breast, served with a tuft of crisp ‘slaw secures its place as a place for a lunchtime pint. What this young upstart lacks in old salts and pie floaters, it makes up for with an outdoor deck and sport on the telly. On tap they’re stocking the whole Little Creatures range including your feisty Bright Ale and the lesser-seen IPA – a neat study in balanced bitterness. There’s 4 Pines and James Squire too. It’s a solid list without pushing boundaries. You could say the opposite of the hard stuff. Fat wallets can be thrown at a $139 glass of 2004 Penfolds Grange. They also have 50 whiskies, including the just-cleared-customs Nikka Yoichi 15 YO from Japan. Forget the pub's vintage, it’s the aged booze we’ll be back for.