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The Crafty Squire

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Food and ambience

Bar, Pub, Australian, Brew Pub, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene

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About
Formerly the Portland Hotel, this iconic venue has recently undergone extensive renovations to offer you modern bar, restaurant and function facilities across two levels. But never fear – the Crafty Squire is still home of the famous James Squire Brewhouse, the only working microbrewery in Melbourne’s CBD! Whether you choose to enjoy a mouth-watering pub meal, catch some live sport on our big screen TVs, or hold your next party or event in one of our function spaces, The Crafty Squire is a fine example of a true ‘local’ pub in Melbourne CBD
PRICE RANGE
$6 - $26
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, Pub, Australian, Brew Pub, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Spent last night in the Crafty Squire. Fantastic night. Food was excellent and plenty of it. Popcorn chicken and the crocodile sliders were amazing. Great service. Definitely be back on our next trip

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Bobbles75
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great set up plenty of selections of beers & great terrace, friendly staff & great atmosphere. Great location

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Tour546871
AVCManager, Manager at The Crafty Squire, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Tour546871 Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us such a great review! So pleased you enjoyed the venue and your experience with us. We hope to see you back around The Crafty Squire again soon! Warm Regards, The Crafty Team

Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped by here for what was supposed to be pre-dinner drinks with two colleagues. When we saw the meals that came out for others, we decided to stay and ordered steaks for all three of us. The meals were excellent and good value for money....More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank MarkandEileenG
AVCManager, Manager at The Crafty Squire, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi MarkandEileenG thank you for taking the time to leave us your review and feedback, its so great to hear you had a great time here at Crafty and stayed for dinner and enjoyed your drinks! We hope to see you back here again very...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went by on a recent trip to Melbourne, it was the last stop on a long day of walking around the city. Have to say, it was very enjoyable to stop and have a couple of their beers. The apps we ordered were decent,...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank C_and_B_Dayton
AVCManager, Manager at The Crafty Squire, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi C_and_B_Dayton, thank you for leaving us your great review, it’s always a great to hear you enjoyed your time here after a long day of walking! We hope to see you back here on your next trip to Melbourne and we hope you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Crafty Squire with friends when visiting Melbourne. It’s a busy pub and restaurant, so we had drinks and food. For dinner I had a Chicken Parma which was really good, with the right amount of sauce and cheese and a well cooked...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Brad_Herbert
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked a table for 5 , specifically because of the gluten free options . However when I ordered the entree of salt and pepper calamari and the sweet potato fries the waitress who was lovely came back to tell me that the food is prepared...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank 337berng
AVCManager, Manager at The Crafty Squire, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi 337 berng, thank-you for taking the time to leave us feedback about your recent visit with us. We take allergies very seriously here and work very hard to accommodate intolerances as well. I am sincerely sorry for the mix up. I’d greatly appreciate further...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't initially have plans to go here on our Melbourne weekend away, it was a last minute decision based on how close it was to our hotel. I am glad we went. For a pub it was fantastic. Spacious, friendly staff, delicious food -...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank leanna626
AVCManager, Manager at The Crafty Squire, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a great 4 star review Ieanna626! So pleased you enjoyed you visit and the food! We hope to see you back around The Crafty Squire for your next visit to Melbourne!

Reviewed May 1, 2019

Meet up with some colleagues on business in Melbourne and recommended to visit. All went well whilst we were ordering drinks until phone batteries went flat but directed us to the power vending machine, then learned there was no wifi, whilst still charging $AUD13 per...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank jasonparryau
AVCManager, Manager at The Crafty Squire, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2019

Hi jasonparryau, thank-you for taking the time to leave us feedback about your recent visit to The Crafty Squire. I am very sorry that your experience was ruined due to the phone charging station available in the pub. Unfortunately we cannot accept the liability with...More

Reviewed April 30, 2019 via mobile

The Crafty Squire showcases beer from James Squire Brewery. Quite a nice selection of different brews. The place as such is pretty nice - a few tv’s around showing sports, although I wouldn’t call this a sports bar. I didn’t eat but took a glance...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Reslimpan
AVCManager, Manager at The Crafty Squire, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to leave us such a great review Reslimpan! Glad to hear you enjoyed the brews and the venue, and we hope to see you back at The Crafty Squire for a future visit!

Reviewed April 22, 2019 via mobile

We wanted a quick meal in the way to the theatre. We went upstairs. The service was quick, friendly and the food arrived quickly. We both ordered the homestyle chicken pie. Now, I make a great homemade chicken pie, and I’ve never found one when...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank bjsgf
AVCManager, Manager at The Crafty Squire, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2019

Hi bjsgf - thanks so much for taking the time to leave such great feedback about your recent visit to The Crafty Squire! So pleased to hear you enjoyed your pie and you made Chef's day when you popped in to let him know! We...More

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