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The Carlton
Ranked #159 of 162 Hotels in Melbourne
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Great bar, been here many times. My fave is their rooftop bar in the summer, amazing! I've always found the staff very friendly and attentive, and the security on the door lovely too. And ive been here with big groups of friends later in the night, seriously never any trouble getting in.

Excellent food menu for a pub/bar, great drinks and fabulous decor. Real party destination on Saturdays, but I recommend The Carlton for a quieter mid week drink, won't disapoint!

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Avoid this place at all costs. There is no reason to support this bar. Terrible door security. Bad attitude staff. Awful prices. Don't support this place with your time and money. Find one of the many more interesting bars and club in Melbourne

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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7  Thank travlovz
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Reviewed 10 December 2013 via mobile

Okay, I am oldish so it looked a tad grunge. We six dined in the dining room and it was as gloomily lit as the bars. No need for my feeling out of my comfort zone, delicious fresh food beautifully presented. Toss off your tired old fears of the unknown. Go oldies.

Stayed: December 2013
Thank Chickerdees
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

For as long as I live in Melbourne, I will never bother visiting this bar again! My co-workers were recently refused entry due to the fact that they were apparently too overdressed in their corporate attire (suit pants, shirt, no tie!!). Apparently no corporate attire after a certain time! I'm not sure what happens to all those wearing suits who were let into the bar before the cut off? I wonder if they are made to remove their attire once the clock strikes 10pm?
Although this absurd policy was frustrating, it was the attitude of the bouncers that disappointed me the most. They were unnecessarily rude and arrogant. I work for a very large organisation within the city and as close and convenient as this place is to our offices, we will definitely be spending our hard earned money elsewhere!

Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
5  Thank caiters1
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

This place has the most amazing atmosphere. It's a great place to grab a beer (or two) and the staff are very nice. Hassle free to get in the door and prices are not expensive for the CBD. The balcony has plenty of space and great on a hot day.

Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
Thank Touy56
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

Amazing decor, great staff, great cocktails and fantastic food. The atmosphere is a delight, every level is amazing. Beer list could be better. This place attracts a really good crowd, there is no cover charge heaps of open-air space yet still warm and sheltered when it rains. .

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 November 2012

While it used to be a great place a few years ago, admission policy has changed (as experienced in Nov 12) and they now only accept people wearing a tie... or maybe this policy only applies to over 40s and young asians not wearing a tie? (as witnessed...) Also bouncers are aggressive, confrontational and have no hesitation insulting clients. If you come from overseas, you will get the wrong impression of Melbourne by going to this place. If you want to enjoy similar decoration, go the Woodland in Moreland; a little bit out of the way of the city but decorated by the same people who did the Carlton. And you won't be insulted by neandertal bouncers.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank NatouMelbourne
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Additional Information about The Carlton

Address: 193 - 197 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Region: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Central Business District
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #159 of 162 Hotels in Melbourne
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Carlton strives to achieve an individuality that needs to be seen to be believed. Located in one of Melbourne's historic buildings The Carlton offers four unique bars across three levels, including; the original rooftop bar experience, verdant balconies, intimate booths, a moody restaurant and an extensive cocktail menu. Lose yourself in this tropically inspired antidote to a long winter. ... more   less 

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