Time Out Melbourne

The Sherlock Holmes extends a warm welcome to all manner of Irregulars

Established in 1985 in the basement of what appears to be a much older building, the Sherlock Holmes pays tribute to the great fictional criminologist while evoking the London of old. A gas lamp in the stairwell gives the address as 221b Baker Street, a deerstalker cap sits behind the bar, and various sections named after characters in Holmes’ social circle leave no ambiguity over who the absent star of the show is. To make the most of the experience, try to find a seat in the small, elevated Moriarty’s Corner, near Doctor Watson’s bar: it’s filled with pokey little alcoves, bricked over fireplaces and mysterious cupboards, not to mention a selection of profiles of interesting British personages from Vanity Fair issues of the 1870s. The caricatures are fabulous and feature some truly excellent hats and beards, and the profiles themselves, verbose by modern standards, are an interesting read if you’re waiting for someone. There are several internal windows with stained and age-warped glass, which serve no conceivable purpose except to deepen the illusion that this is a pub so old it was built on bits of other pubs.

The rear section of the pub is pleasant in its own right, being lined with old paintings of ships and offering more seating than the front, but its plainer, more open plan layout is a lot less atmospheric. In the front section, you’re able to pretend you’re in an old pub in modern day London: in the rear, you’re simply right where you are. The Sherlock Holmes has three televisions in total, which might have been the kiss of death but they are at least kept quiet and unobtrusive. The menu is largely old fashioned pub fare – steaks, bangers and mash, lambs fry and bacon. According to the menu Dr Watson was very fond of parmas, so you’ll find a goodly number of those.

It would be nice to say that Sherlock Holmes himself would feel at home here, but he really wasn’t a pub kind of guy. He’d be more likely to disguise himself as a Chinese sailor and infiltrate an opium den or stay home injecting cocaine than to drop into his local for a Guinness. Anyway, you can’t go out when you’re fictional. This is however a fine spot for Anglophiles, amateur detectives, and those who respect a fine set of whiskers.

Who won the bar awards?

First published on . Updated on .

By Una Cruickshank   |  

The Sherlock Holmes details

Address
Basement
415 Collins St, Melbourne 3000

Telephone 03 9629 1146

Transport
Nearby Stations: Flinders St; Southern Cross

Price per person including drinks Up to $50

Open Mon-Wed 11.30am-11pm; Thu-Fri 11.30am-12 midnight; Sat 3pm-late

The Sherlock Holmes website

The Sherlock Holmes map

Report a problem with this page

Restaurants and bars nearby

Ms Collins

24m - Bar, nightclub and notorious pick-up venue is quite a reputation to be...

Taco Bill

67m - Taquitos, enchiladas, burritos, oh my! This Mexican chain is...

Mitre Tavern

90m - You get a pot of history with your pint at the Mitre Tavern. It’s the...

Mr Collins

98m - A schmick Southern Italian eatery is the latest business lunch-friendly...

More restaurants and bars nearby

Other venues nearby

Melbourne Yoga

67m - All levels are welcome at this yoga studio. Yoga classes include postures,...

Off The Hip

107m - Off the Hip has many irons in its musical fires: it’s a music shop, a...

Stable Massage

132m - Stable Massage is the perfect go-to for sports-related aches and pains, or...

Culture Kings

190m - Culture Kings concept stores are a one-stop shopping experience for all...

More venues nearby
Christmas lunch

Christmas lunch

Skip the stress of hosting your yuletide celebrations and book a restaurant lunch instead

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus