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The Joint Bar Melbourne Review - Is it a good pub/bar?

Updated on September 12, 2011
The Joint Bar Melbourne - Balcony beer garden
The Joint Bar Melbourne - Balcony beer garden | Source

The Joint Bar in Melbourne is a favorite pub for many who visit Melbourne CBD on a daily basis. Located on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Flinders Lane, The Joint Bar offers drinks, food and entertainment. Not much more you can ask for, can you? The Joint Bar is thronged by locals, office workers, students and backpackers. Here is my review off The Joint Bar in Melbourne CBD. If you haven't already, visit the Joint Bar for a fun night and affordable drinks.

The Joint Bar is open till late on weekdays too. Many bars/pubs in Melbourne CBD close early on weekdays. If you are on a night out on a weekday, you may be asked to move out from your favorite pub at 11pm. No worries, walk straight to the corner of Elizabeth Street and Flinders Lane to find The Joint Bar welcoming you with open arms. It is usually open till 4am (Monday to Thursday). 5am on Fridays and weekends.

The Joint Bar is thronged by a mixed crowd of backpackers, students and office workers. Don't expect a niche crowd when you walk into The Joint Bar. The atmosphere is usually casual, except weekends which are power-packed. So if a down-to-earth crowd and a not-so-formal catch up with friends over a few drinks is your cup of tea, The Joint Bar can be your place to be.

The Joint Bar in Melbourne CBD offers many entertainment options. They've got pool tables if you feel like playing pool with your partner, video games, a video jukebox and karaoke on Thursdays. If this wasn't enough, they also have many massive TV screens all around the place on which music videos are played. During Cricket and Footy season, the bar staff puts on live matches on the TVs.

The bar staff at The Joint is not very highly regarded. Don't expect top notch customer service or an uber-friendly attitude while you ask for drinks.

Drinks are cheap at The Joint Bar. Reasonably priced drinks more than make up for the average customer service.

The Joint Bar Melbourne
The Joint Bar Melbourne
Saturday night at The Joint Bar Melbourne
Saturday night at The Joint Bar Melbourne

The Joint Bar has a great balcony beer garden which overlooks Elizabeth Street in Melbourne CBD. You can soak in the hustle and bustle of Melbourne CBD while you sip on beer or wine outside in the balcony. The balcony at The Joint Bar has got heaters to keep you warm during the winter months and canopies to keep you dry while it's raining. Do I even need to mention how great it'd feel to have drinks on the balcony of The Joint in summer? The balcony is a major attraction for crowds during evening hours on weekdays and weekends.

The Joint Bar is only a few minutes to public transport. This is a great advantage when you're drunk and trying to find your way back home. Flinders Street Station is literally one block away from where you can catch a train to almost any suburb in Melbourne. If you wish to take a tram, you can walk one block either side of Joint Bar to find a tram that reaches your destination. You can take a tram from Elizabeth Street, Flinders Street, Swanston Street, Collins Street or Bourke Street (2 blocks). Neat, aye?

Just below The Joint Bar, there is a Duncan's bottle shop which is open till late. So if you feel that you've spent enough at the pub for one night but still feel like having a drink or two, head downstairs, grab a six pack (or more if you're with friends) and head straight home. How convenient is that?

The Joint Bar serves lunch and dinner. Timings are strict and the kitchen closes early. I would not recommend being too enthusiastic about grabbing a meal at The Joint. The meals are cheap and you get what you pay for. If you have a hunger pang, I suggest that you only order chips or potato wedges.

Duncan's bottle shop below The Joint Bar, Melbourne
Duncan's bottle shop below The Joint Bar, Melbourne
The Joint Bar Melbourne
The Joint Bar Melbourne

I'd visit The Joint Bar for

  • It's relaxed atmosphere

  • Reasonably priced drinks

  • Balcony beer garden

  • Comfortable seating options

  • Easy connectivity to public transport to stumble home

  • Did I mention the balcony?

The Joint Bar in Melbourne CBD is not about glamour, style or a chic crowd. Visit The Joint for a casual setting, great entertainment, drinks on the balcony and some fun times with friends.

How to reach The Joint Bar in Melbourne CBD

Reaching The Joint in Melbourne CBD is easy.

  • From any suburb, take a train or a tram to the city - Melbourne CBD.

  • Walk down on Flinders Street, towards Elizabeth Street.

  • Go right on Elizabeth Street.

  • At the corner or Elizabeth Street and Flinders Lane, you will find The Joint Bar.

  • It is hard to miss because it is above a Duncan's Bottle Shop.

The Joint Bar, Melbourne

35 Elizabeth Street Melbourne:
35 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

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