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Get your drink on until the break of dawn

The city’s oldest pub has a secret. Loch and Key is hidden up a rickety staircase, behind a bookcase in the Captain Melville bar. It’s a handsome space of rich timbers, mounted deer heads and a broad deck lined with salvaged coffee tables, a beaten peacock-blue sofa and deep wooden banquettes. A blackboard menu lists the seasonal special, perhaps a citrusy, smoky blend of mezcal, Solerno and blood orange juice. But if that doesn’t grab you, leave your drink in the hands of the supremely capable bar staff, who'll ask you what you're craving and pour something appropriate, be that an Americano or a craft beer.

Loch and Key is best known as a late-night reveller, when the couch-filled warren of rooms come to life, but its early evening appeal shouldn't be ignored, as the setting sun filters onto the balcony and the electronica makes way for ’70s funk.

Updated on 4 Dec 2015.

By Sarah Gamboni   |   Photos by Graham Denholm

Loch and Key details

Captain Melville, entry via rear laneway
34 Franklin St, Melbourne 3000

Open Wed, Thu 6pm-3am; Fri 6pm-5am; Sat 8pm-5am

Loch and Key website

Loch and Key map

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