Melbourne Uni’s favourite prince is back, and he’s bolder and sexier than ever before. Originally opened in 1925, Carlton’s Prince Alfred bar has been a uni student local haunt. The Prince closed his doors in 2015 to undergo major renovations where hospitality group 100 Burgers (Belle’s Hot Chicken, Welcome to Thornbury, Mr. Burger) and the Prince Alfred Collective redeveloped the venue.
The Prince has just reopened his doors with a new rooftop seating area, rotating menu from the likes of the 100 Burgers Group, a new coffee cart, and every uni student’s favourite – bottomless pancakes for brunch.
We got a cheeky sneak peek of the new venue at the opening media launch. It has a sophisticated chic vibe with leafy greenery and copper brewery style beer tanks centered around a classic style bar. The bar has maintained it’s local pub charm with some flashy new features, and a menu to drool over.
I got to sample the pork belly topped with caramelised apple and leek, za’atar crusted tuna, sliders from Mr. Burger, and peeking duck pancakes. The pub menu is diverse with everything from Black Angus T-bone steak, to prawn linguini, and a range of $15 express lunch options. Uni students will be excited about Wednesday night Uni night with $8 pints, and $6 spirits. The venue plans to rotate the menu frequently with dishes from 100 Burgers restaurants.
The food was a definite stand out – I may have had several servings of sliders. My favourite part? The new rooftop bar. It’s cozy and half covered – perfect for sipping a cold brew on those summer scorchers, or a soul-warming shiraz in the covered area on those not-so-hot autumn nights.
– Ember Mitchell
Ember is an American turned Aussie. Her love affair with Melbourne goes back five years, and she still can’t get enough of this city! Discovering new hideouts and hidden gems around Melbourne is her hobby. Marketing Strategist by day, spontaneous adventurer, brekky enthusiast, and aerial acrobat by night.
191 Grattan St
Carlton, VIC 3053
The Prince is back! Say hello to the new Prince Alfred sporting a trendy upgrade and new rooftop bar.