Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. Australia
  3. Melbourne
  4. City Centre
  5. Melbourne CBD

Fortress Melbourne

4.8
4.8
80 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

January 2022
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
8:00 PM


Experiences are available.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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. Price is $59 + 3% CC Fee for 2hr sitting.
  • Bottomless Package | VIP Booth

    A$71.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy bottomless pizza, loaded fries & wedges + FREE drink on arrival + unlimited free play of 100s of games in your private VIP booth with access to PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch & Board Game libraries. Price is $69 + 3% CC Fee for 2hr sitting.

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

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 80 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Disabled Access

  • Melbourne

    Good for Groups

  • Melbourne

    Pub

  • City Centre

    Good for Groups

  • City Centre

    Hot Spot

  • City Centre

    Late Night Find

Sort by

Filters

  1. SC

    SweetCheek

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very friendly and comfortable atmosphere with a good buzz of excitement that comes from groups and people within the gaming/nerdy culture. Lovely staff and service that will happily help with a request or query all the while making you feel welcomed into the space

  2. K

    Kasie

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to relax with friends or for casual business meetings.

  3. CI

    CatIsWonderingWhy24chara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had heaps of fun, the food was delicious and easy to eat while playing the Tavern Trivia

  4. FB

    FilyB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service1ambience3

    Everything was amazing except staff where so rude , waiters where nice it was more the others ones

  5. BF

    BaydenF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    One of the most enjoyable venues I have been to in Melbourne. The staff are amazing! helpful, friendly, justva delight to interact with.

  6. NM

    NilsonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Loved the atmosphere. The entertainer ess awesome and the service was great.

  7. DC

    DeahnaC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Awesome hidden gem (thanks TikTok). A gamer's dream, there's literally everything there. For us who are the gamer's non gaming partner, there was still lots to enjoy. Good food, awesome staff (super friendly, bubbly and funny) and all round awesome atmosphere.

  8. AQ

    AngeQ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Good place to eat and have fun with friends at the same time.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    This was an amazing experience! My friends and I didn’t expect to stay for so long but the atmosphere was incredible I normally don’t leave reviews as well but I have to with this amazing place! It was absolutely fun playing games while drinking and eating ect, You won’t be disappointed by giving it a go, Will be back for sure 😇

  10. MS

    MikeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience3

    The food ordering system was on the fritz, but overall the quality was great, and the night was heaps of fun

  11. NS

    NarS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, food and environment. Would highly recommend it.

  12. GS

    GrahamS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, served with speed and charming employees. Very Different but lovely respectful feeling sitting in the area

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Kids absolutely love this place and so did us adults! Staff are super friendly, even the kids commented how nice and helpful they all were. We will definitely be back!

  14. ED

    ErinD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a fun experience Great combo of games and drinks

  15. K

    Kasey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Guy that served us was so helpful and even recommended us drinks, fantastic service over all

  16. y

    yuyu52

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Good day out and fun for the kids. Foods and services are excellent, the kids loved it. I had a cocktail while the kids enjoyed themself with their frens. Staffs are always to check on the kids. highly recommended.

  17. HH

    HarperH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The trivia, staff, venue and games were all incredible, All round an amazing experience.

  18. S

    Shane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great time Venue is cool and staff were awesome and friendly

  19. PT

    PhiT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went there with quite a big group of friends with a reservation for the VIP booths. It was really fun!! Good variety of games and consoles available and the service was really prompt and sweet. Definitely somewhere we wouldn't mind coming again in the future.

  20. PJ

    PrincessJingles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fortress is incredible, the food is amazing, the drinks are excellent. Service, atmosphere all fantastic. The whole vibe of the place is so warm and welcoming. Fortress is a safe place to openly be yourself and enjoy some time with other like minded people. Shout-out to Tom who always provides incredible service with a smile and keeps us coming back.

  21. JM

    JamesM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    always a lovely time coming to fortress! will definitely be back again!

  22. C

    Carla

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great staff and great food. For a gamining venue, it's a great experience for those who don't game as well.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Great concept and ambience but poor service. Not very welcoming to SINGLE diners. Even though i booked before going, the table i got was by dividing a 4 person setup where a couple was already seated. Was at the very corner next to a super bright screen and wasn't setup. No cutlery, water. Was also very hard to catch attention of the service staff from the forgotten corner

  24. D

    Dimitrios

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience2

    A very fun area, a good place to be in. Service was great, well done to the people working there. Our table didn't have proper lighting, but I believe it was because they added extra tables for trivia night. Everything else was fine. I'd go again.

  25. J

    Jamesv

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff were on the ball and great to chat to at the bar. Table booking gave us a table perfect for our group of 8

  26. R

    Rayne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Been here a few times and the service is always great. The place is just great full stop. One thin I will say for my recent visit is that the music was way too loud and it was a yelling fest to hear mates talk. But we were very grateful that when we requested the music be turned down, the staff did just that and was very helpful. Will be coming back many times over.

  27. RG

    RyanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was the first time I’ve ever been outside before and I’d heard good things about leaving my house but I could never have expected it be this fun. But honestly it was great. Perfect score 5/7

  28. D

    Dantez

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    It was great. If I could give it more stars I would. Tess and the team were amazing and so accomodating to our inquiries and requests. The best thing I think about Fortress is that it keeps it to the theme. No large TV screen showing live sports to attract loud cheering and yelling drunks or loud crappy live bands playing music which is what every bar and pub in Melbourne already do, so boring. Instead, it has an amazing vibe and atmosphere where you can really feel comfortable and enjoy the various gaming experiences. Only critic I can think of was the tab system can be tricky to figure out, we all needed to enter our credit card details despite there being a tab and it doesn't tell you how much you have left. Overall it was still a fantastic place. Thank you guys for such a fun afternoon!

  29. W

    Wren

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really amazing venue - lots to do, absolutely massive venue

  30. OH

    OliverH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Not keen on having to write a review as words are scary and the devil. Fortress is a good place, Could use some better arcade machines (Time Crisis, Etc) Beefing up the boardgames section as well would really help. Currently it's tough to come to Fortress for those with 9 to 5 jobs as a lot of the fun stuff happens during the week. Having more DND and boardgame events occuring on Friday and Saturdays would be great during the day.

  31. J

    Jome

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff was super nice and helpful. The feel of the Tavern is super cool. Definitely a good place to nerd out.

  32. AH

    ArnaudH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food1service5ambience5

    Very good DM (Cameron). Really nice atmosphere. Just the food - not so great and expensive for what it is.

  33. A

    Anup

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Nice service and vibe to be there. Food wasn’t good enough.

  34. AW

    AndrewW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Fortress Melbourne was everything I hoped it would be, the right balence between casual dining that anyone can enjoy combined with that happy nerdiness that I quite enjoy.

  35. KM

    KeelyM

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great venue for anyone who loves gaming and wants to be surrounded by like minded people... can't recommend enough 😍

  36. MD

    MarioD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    GREAT venue and vibe!!! Really enjoyed the night and highly recommend!

  37. G

    Grace

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    AMAZING! Booked Fortress for a friends party and everyone loved it. I’m not a gamer, but I still had the best time.

  38. DA

    DavidA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We booked in for a VIP booth for a birthday. The food and drinks we ordered were served up so quickly you'd think they were mind readers, and always with a cheerful smile.

  39. NK

    NickK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The restaurant looked incredible and had the best feeling when you walked in and saw it all. Staff were friendly and energetic and the food was beautiful

  40. PR

    P3Rabbit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Staff was really helpful with the menu and drinks, first time being there so had no clue how anything worked which they explained fully. The aesthetic and decor was really cool! Drink and played board games during dinner too, ended up staying for 4 hours was crazy, I didn't expect to stay that long. It was so fun! Would recommend

FAQs

Fortress Melbourne is rated 4.8 stars by 80 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

Make a reservation

2 people

January 2022
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
8:00 PM


Experiences are available.
Google Map for Fortress Melbourne

23 Caledonian Ln Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

  • 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.

  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell My Info (California)
Copyright © 2021 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo