Spacious enough for big groups to spread out, and relaxed enough not to mind a few free-range toddlers, The Elsternwick Hotel is definitely one of the area’s more kid-friendly pubs. Here, a menu packed with pub classics has appetites of all sizes covered – settle in for an afternoon of feasting, catch-ups and footy-watching, while those littlies battle it out over some Connect 4.
A sprawling venue set right by Brighton beach, the long-standing Milano’s is perfectly appointed for family outings and proves a hit with humans of all ages. A broad selection of bistro fare includes a dedicated children’s menu, the open-air bayside beer garden has plenty of room for running amuck and the laidback coastal vibe is an ideal antidote for any kid-induced stress.
Albert Park might not be the most obvious location for a kid-friendly pub, but there’s no doubt The Vincent is a winner at any age; thanks mainly to the kids’ movie screening that happens from 6pm each Thursday. Let the littlies play film buff with their $5 popcorn and drink combo, while you adults enjoy well-crafted cocktails and a cheeky $12 burger special.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more kid-friendly pub northside than Brunswick’s Moreland Hotel, which’ll win them over with its enormous indoor playground and line-up of monthly kids’ theme parties. Let the little ones lose their minds over giant Connect 4 and plastic slides, while you enjoy some traditional pub fare and big screen footy action.
Over in Mulgrave, this kid-friendly pub has the indoor play area of every child’s wildest dreams, complete with arcade games, cubby houses, and toys galore. Plus, there are free kids entertainment sessions, every Saturday night and Sunday lunchtime. They’ll have a blast, while you enjoy a great range of grown-up fun, including sports screens for watching the footy, and food specials for every day of the week.
Parked right by the Yarra and boasting a sprawling outdoor beer garden, Pilgrim is one of the CBD’s more kid-friendly drinking destinations. The weekend crowd plays host to plenty of families; there enjoying the boutique wine list, the Aussie-led spirits range and a healthy dose of sunshine to top it all off. Meanwhile, the food menu’s a mix of snacks, shares and sangas, with options for both young and old.
Boasting sunny al fresco spaces, a primo piece of riverside real estate and a super kid-friendly sand pit and bocce court, The Boatbuilders Yard is a winning destination for all ages. They can get their hands dirty and make some new friends, while you grown ups kick back enjoying Mediterranean-inspired dishes and some great Aussie wines.
While The Northcote Social Club’s after-dark crowd is more about the live gigs and beer jugs, weekend afternoons here see many a pram and adventurous toddler enjoying the sunny back deck. There’s AFL playing on the big screens, a 10% discount for all Music Victoria, RRR FM, and PBS FM subscribers, and a food menu with a little something for everyone.
Prahran’s Flying Duck Hotel proves a popular haunt for Southside pram-pushers, what with its open spaces, its broad-ranging menu and that excellent atrium out back. Let the littlies explore the al fresco spaces, while you kick back in the nearby Glass House, enjoying stand-out steaks and great local wines. As an added bonus, the ‘tiny parma’ is perfect for kid-sized appetites.