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Fun, games, food, drinks | Walk-ins always welcome - Fortress Melbourne, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Fortress Melbourne

4.7
4.7
143 Reviews
$40 and under
Pub

Australia's biggest video games venue where entry is always FREE.
WALK-INS WELCOME! If you can't find a booking online, come down to speak with friendly staff or call 9606 8800.

Please book to guarantee no wait times. You can also join the waitlist to enjoy a drink until your table is ready.

Fortress Melbourne’s two bars and huge restaurant cater to all tastes, whether you’re craving a bubble tea, specialty cocktail or Fortress Lager, there’s something to quench your thirst. Immerse yourself in The Tavern, where you dine in epic fantasy-themed surroundings!

Enjoy hearty pub fare, finger food, & snacks. Elevate your booking with a games experience - choose from 100s of board games or video games on PCs or VIP Booths with Xbox, PS4 & Nintendo Switch.

Up for a challenge? You can also take on your friends & win prizes in the modern classic Arcade Alley - no bookings needed.

Strictly 18+ after 8pm. Under 18s must have a guardian & enter before 7pm.

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Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Pub, Medieval, Dining Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (03) 9606 8800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    WALK-INS WELCOME! Some of our tables are reserved for walk-ins. If you cannot find a table at the desired time online, come down and speak with our friendly staff. We may be able to sit you at a walk-in table or you can join the waitlist and enjoy a drink from our wonderful selection until your table is ready.

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Parking details

    The closest parking locations are at Melbourne Central (enter via La Trobe or Lonsdale Street) and the Strand. Limited street parking is available on Elizabeth Street and Lonsdale Street.

  • Public transit

    Melbourne Central Train Station: 5 minute walk through Mall towards Emporium. Tram: Routes on Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street stop at Bourke Street Mall, which is a 5 minute walk away. Bus: The closest bus stop is located at Melbourne Central on Lonsdale Street.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options

Experiences

  • Bottomless Package | Board Games

    A$60.77 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy bottomless pizza, loaded fries & wedges + FREE drink on arrival + unlimited play of games from the Board Game library. 2 hour sitting.
  • Board Game Wednesday | Free Play

    Multiple dates available
    Every Wednesday unlimited play of games from the Board Game library during your 2 hour sitting in our fantasy restaurant, The Tavern.
  • Dining Reservation

    Multiple dates available
    2 hour sitting for full pub fare, or just finger food, drinks and late night snacks.

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 143 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Good for Groups

  • Melbourne

    Live Music

  • Melbourne

    Pub

  • City Centre

    Good for Groups

  • City Centre

    Hot Spot

  • City Centre

    Late Night Find

  • City Centre

    Special Occasion

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  1. EL

    EdwardL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere and an awesome trivia experience, will definitely be going back :)

  2. SK

    SamiK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The trivia was so much fun, having the drinks and food being able to be ordered from the table makes life easier. We will definitely return.

  3. DM

    DaleM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a surprise. I booked a table thinking this was just to be normal hotel fare. It is a great venue with very helpful staff and lovely ambiance. Meals were great and service friendly and efficient. Will visit again when in Melbourne.

  4. JH

    JasonH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Always love coming here. Love Tim, love Hannah always a blast. Yet to try the Fortress Lager bc it's always out but otherwise definitely coming back more. I feel if there's going to be live fantasy music more effort should be put into getting people up and dancing.

  5. RW

    RyleyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very quick service and easygoing staff would recommend to friends and will come again

  6. AS

    AmandaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Can't fault it. Food was great . Service was quick.good prices

  7. AR

    AlexR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing! The staff are all so beautiful!! Give them all a raise!!!

  8. X

    Xilice

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Geek Heaven! The food and the drinks were amazing, the staff were super, super friendly, the atmosphere was perfect! We had a whole group of people folk dancing around the entire tavern and it was hard not to join in... so we did!

  9. J

    Jason

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So much fun! Had my bday party in a VIP booth and the staff and service was amazing! Ended up spending more to stay in the gaming rooms longer.

  10. JV

    JacobV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tavern Trivia was 10/10 Staff and Service 10/10 Vibe 10/10

  11. TN

    TheNerdyViking

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall1food4service3ambience3

    I booked a table weeks in advance for five people. I called in and explained it was for DnD and they assured me I'd get a large round table to seat all of us. When I arrived, they presented me with a small four person square table. Not only was this not round as promised, it didn't even have enough seats for my booking. I was offered to have them bring an extra visit over so we could try to cram a five player tabletop game onto a tiny four person table. I politely declined and asked for a new table, specifically the one I booked weeks ago. The only table they could offer me was a hightop, which was very uncomfortable, right in front of the live music. So not only was I given the worst type of table for DnD I was also put in the worst possible location. We had to scream to hear each other and it was a miserable experience. This would have been understandable if I had booked last minute, but being that I booked weeks in advance it was entirely unacceptable. It is unlikely I will ever trust to make another booking here for DnD. A way to solve this issue would be allow a booking system where the customer gets to choose which table they want and it gets reserved.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Absolutely terrible.

  13. PR

    PhilipR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Aside from a mixup with my order, which was a result of a very busy night, I throughly enjoyed my first time at Fortress. It was everything I wanted it to be and more when thinking of dining in a medieval fantasy themed restaurant. The Bard Guys we’re amazing with their music, definitely a high light of the evening. All in all: a hell of a good time.

  14. AG

    AaronG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Foods good, can be quite loud in the place, overall very good experience

  15. SY

    StephY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I loved fortress! I can't wait to come back. The food was great and I I'll be thinking about those Amaretto sours for a while 😋 awesome vibe and very cool decor

  16. RK

    RenK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Customer service is lovely and the facilities are very clean and well taken care of, food and cocktails are very tasty with veg options! :)

  17. FH

    FionaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Food needs a little improvement, service and value for money great

  18. LP

    LeahP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Great setup! The food was average and there wasnt much on the menu to my taste. Some staff were excellent and some were rude. One served an off shift worker before me when I had been waiting for ages and then they stood there having a chat about work. The atmosphere was very cool and overall we thought it was very good.

  19. L

    Luke

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff, delicious food.

  20. ER

    EleanorR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We all had an amazing time! The food was amazing, service was amazing and the staff were all lovely and accomodating. Thank you for making it such a good birthday!

  21. BO

    BinOz

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Incredible investment to deliver this fantastic venue to Melbourne - great value for money and a memorable evening.

  22. TZ

    TZeusch

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Spent the night celebrating a 21st and it was honestly the best location that could’ve been picked. We had access to a variety of consoles and board games, which provided so much fun for all the guests. The food was very fitting and delicious for a fantasy tavern and it made for much exciting conversation.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff there were attentive and accommodating. Fries were perfectly salted.

  24. GH

    GarryH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Food was great (although most was sold out in the online ordering but available ordering at the bar), however, it was much louder than usual which made it hard to play board games with friends sitting around the same table.

  25. H

    Helm

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Fantastic surroundings and yummy food with lively tavern style live music playing the night I went. The only tiny thing I would fault on is that fits plates kept being brought out but the empty plates were never taken away so they were accumulating on the table.

  26. J

    Jimmy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great drinks and an even better atmosphere for hanging out with friends

  27. KB

    KadirB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience5

    Overall is was an amazing experience, however we had an issue with the restaurant tab being charged into my account rather than into the prepaid tab I had already been paid for. They fixed the issue right away. I'd totally be down to go back with friends again

  28. MM

    MarieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The kids had the best time. Was a little hard to find as you needed to enter through the mall not the side alley. The private booth was well worth the money and food was great. Exceptional customer service. The qr code for ordering meals was time consuming and had no where to say we had food allergies as we needed to remove cheese from our pizza. Definitely worth the trip from Adelaide

  29. A

    Anon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Between the excellent service and the warm atmosphere, Fortress Melbourne is a gem that shines throughout Melbourne CBD, you will always have a good time, especially so if you bring company

  30. TR

    TheRealBruceWayne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Very welcoming and very amazing environment. Custom cocktails were great and entertainment was masterful.

  31. N

    Nick

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4

    Booked for 6 to 8, got there at 545, got told to wait as not ready. Got back to desk at 6. Didnt get served til 610.. booth tv cut off at 750 and got booted out...

  32. P

    Porthouse5

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great attention to detail, service, food and activities. We highly recommend.

  33. M

    Marsh

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great atmosphere and great food, although the live music was a touch too loud when we attended. Looking forward to visiting again soon!

  34. EC

    EliC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Great food, ambiance, and service. Wednesday board games was a lovely night.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Bday dinner. Great service. Thankyou

  36. PM

    PennyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Drinks were ordered on phone and super fast as was the food. Great venue, we will come back l, better to go with crowd but we still had fun

  37. LS

    LexieS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    We love the vibe at Fortress this is our third time back. We rented a booth and had some troubles settling in. We had four different staff members come try to fix the problems so there can be some better communication on the grounds. After this we were given extra free time in our booth that wasn’t applied so we had to chat to management again. Overall the food, cocktails and setting is amazing and the staff are friendly.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always wanted to visit this place and finally had a chance to do so on my birthday. The VIP booth experience was just amazing. It was fun to play games with my buddies and eat at the same time. Overall experience is a 5/5

  39. T

    Tahnee

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I absolutely adored the live music. Cannot wait to come back and dance all night to it!

  40. SB

    SebastianB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Very good staff energy was fantastic and met a celebrity there 😳 but genuinely a very nice gem in Melbourne:)

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Fortress Melbourne is rated 4.7 stars by 143 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Fortress Melbourne

23 Caledonian Ln Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Pub, Medieval, Dining Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    The closest parking locations are at Melbourne Central (enter via La Trobe or Lonsdale Street) and the Strand. Limited street parking is available on Elizabeth Street and Lonsdale Street.

  • Public transit

    Melbourne Central Train Station: 5 minute walk through Mall towards Emporium. Tram: Routes on Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street stop at Bourke Street Mall, which is a 5 minute walk away. Bus: The closest bus stop is located at Melbourne Central on Lonsdale Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options

  • Phone number

    (03) 9606 8800

  • Catering

    WALK-INS WELCOME! Some of our tables are reserved for walk-ins. If you cannot find a table at the desired time online, come down and speak with our friendly staff. We may be able to sit you at a walk-in table or you can join the waitlist and enjoy a drink from our wonderful selection until your table is ready.

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