MELBOURNE | With the seemingly never-ending list of new venues to check out, it’s important not to forget about the stalwarts that have stood the test of time. Carlton Yacht Club fits squarely into that bracket, celebrating it’s 20th birthday this year. I recently stopped by on behalf of What’s On Melbourne to check it out.
Carlton Yacht Club is an old favourite of mine. I popped in probably a few times a year pre-COVID, but hadn’t been back since the world returned to ‘normal’. It’s a venue that’s aged well, staying true to its essence while continually tweaking and updating to remain fresh.
There’s a nautical dive bar situation going on here. A dark interior with lots of wood and seafaring, pirate paraphernalia and the like. There’s a bit of a tiki bar feel too. It’s a bit worn-in, genuine, and nothing feels forced or tacky. If you’re looking for a brighter scene, and want to watch life on Lygon Street unfold, there’s a whole lot of shaded outdoor seating and tables out the front. It’s a very fun spot.
Staff are friendly and knowledgeable, with a mixed crowd coming through the doors. Being one of the few venues with a license that runs into the early hours of the morning, means the place is popular with nearby students and hospo workers looking for a pre or post-shift bevvy.
The drinks offering is quality. Classic and house cocktails, with staff who have a knack of knowing what you want to drink before you do. The barrel-aged cocktails are a particular highlight. There’s local craft beers on tap, and a selection of local and international wines. To eat, you can order in food from any one of the quality nearby restaurants.
Carlton Yacht Club
298 Lygon Street
Sun – Wed: 4:00pm to 1:00am
Thu – Sat: 4:00pm to 3:00am