MELBOURNE | Buck Mulligan’s is a venue that fuses two of Dublin-born owner Eamonn Hennessy’s loves – whisky and books. It’s a bar and bookstore that’s named after the first character to appear in Irish novel Ulysses, and is a unique space in this part of town.
The shelves around the bar are lined with around 500 books at any given time. When the bar opened all of the books were Irish, but these days there’s a selection of novels from local artists too. The books are all available to purchase, and there’s a section out the back called “the snug” which contains a small selection of books to read and borrow, and a selection of board games. Further back is an outdoor courtyard.
The Irish theme continues to the bar too – 80% of the whisky behind the bar is from Ireland, and there are many options you won’t find elsewhere. There’s whiskys from Scotland, America, Australia and Japan too, but we highly recommend you get something from the Irish range that you haven’t tried before. For those not in the mood for whisky, there’s a decent range of wines, mostly Australian and New Zealand, and local craft beers along with other spirits.
The food menu is small and features locally and ethically sourced produce with an Irish twist. Think black pudding, smoked salmon, pork pies and ploughman’s platters.
217 High Street
Mon – Thu: 4:00pm to 12:00am
Fri: 12:00pm to 2:00am
Sat: 12:00pm to 1:00am
Sun: 4:00pm to 2:00am