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

Fortress Melbourne

4.6
4.6
319 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 be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Pub, Medieval, Dining Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 am Sat 10:00 am–2:00 am Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • 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.
  • 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.

What 319 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Good for groups

  • Melbourne

    Pub

  • City Centre

    Kid-friendly

  • City Centre

    Good for groups

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  1. c

    cjls

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat and play with exceptional vibes. Staff were fabulous and in particular the staff member who came over to our table while we where playing Scrabble, helped us play, and had some good laughs! Overall incredible experience made complete by the good vibes and the genuine, kind, and interested staff. :)

    Fortress MelbourneResponded 1 day agoThank you for such a stellar review cjls, Scrabble is a classic! We're certainly going to pass this feedback along to our staff so they can hear about what a great time you had!

  2. ML

    MoriL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good atmosphere good food fun games and good drinkz

    Fortress MelbourneResponded 4 days agoThanks for leaving this review! We're glad you had such a great time!

  3. JB

    JoshB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, the guys who looked after us were super friendly, I only regret I didn't get their names so I could shout them out

    Fortress MelbourneResponded 4 days agoHey Josh, we're very proud of our staff and will pass this along regardless! Thanks for the 5/5!

  4. SD

    SarahD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a really good time at Fortress. The food was good, but the chips were a bit soggy. The VIP booth was awesome! We had so much fun! We had a problem with one of our controller and a staff member was quickly there to help and fix the issue. Overall, pretty happy with everything! We will definitely be back!

    Fortress MelbourneResponded 7 days agoThanks SarahD, we're so glad you enjoyed the VIP Experience! We'll be looking forward to your next visit!

  5. ST

    StevenT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the staff were outstanding. Food great and environment fantastic

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 28, 2023Thanks StevenT, appreciate the review!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really cool place, friendly staff who care and the food was excellent. Would recommend and plan on going back.
  7. AM

    AliceM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really good fun! Nice friendly staff and fun games would recommend for something different to do!

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 27, 2023Thanks AliceM, we really appreciate you taking the time to rate us 5/5!

  8. D

    Damian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My only complaint is a coffee that took too long to be delivered, but the rest was excellent
  9. C

    Chap

    Adelaide

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant value for money was a good time playing some good games with nice food and great staff :)

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 20, 2023Thanks for this review Chap, glad you had a great time gaming with us!

  10. FH

    FionaH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great value for money, very clean and staff very attentive.

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 20, 2023We appreciate this glowing review FionaH! Looking forward to seeing you back in the venue again soon!

  11. GH

    GreggyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    this was so much fun! i'd would recommend to anyone

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 20, 2023Hey Greggy, thank you so much for the 5 stars! Hope to see you and anyone who sees your recommendations soon!

  12. C

    Chloe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WE LOVED EVERYONE THERE. Food was really good, drinks too and the service even better.

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 20, 2023We are so glad you love the staff, we've passed this on to let the team know. Hope to see you again soon!

  13. S

    Skulldan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Needed a venue to host a DnD game, the players a spread out all across Melbourne so being in the CBD is nice and central. The great range of food and drinks on offer and absolutely top notch service made the whole experience amazing. The venue though a busy Saturday, my players rarely had a hard time hearing me.

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 20, 2023Hi Skulldan, We love to hear how well DnD runs at our venue!! Happy to hear you and the adventurers enjoyed their food and drinks too. See you all again soon!

  14. L

    Luke

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent service and friendly staff. Delicious food and a terrific atmosphere.

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 20, 2023Hi Luke, we're happy to hear you enjoyed the venue, our staff love to hear they looked after you well!

  15. HA

    HAM1982

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my daughter to Fortress for her birthday and the staff went all out to make it a truly memorable night. We always love coming here. From the food to games, to service to atmosphere, it’s a 10/10 every single time!

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 27, 2023Wow, thank you for the review! We're so glad to hear your daughter had a great birthday and I wish our reviews did go up to 10 after reading this! Can't wait to have you both back in the venue again soon.

  16. LS

    oLdSkOoLz82

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Atmosphere was great, food tasted amazing, was served exceptionally quickly and was nice and hot
  17. DI

    DebI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place. Had a lot of fun playing video games and service and food was amazing.

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 14, 2023Thanks DebI! Can't wait to see you back in venue again soon!

  18. M

    Mark

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue! We had an excellent time playing games in a booth and the food was good too.

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 20, 2023Glad to hear you enjoyed the VIP booth Mark, hope to see you back soon!

  19. R

    Ross

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great place for a drink and play. ambiance is thriving and service is top notch. Would certainly go again to try more things on offer.

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 11, 2023Glad to hear you had fun Ross, looking forward to seeing you next time!

  20. CM

    ChrisM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meals are good quality and prepared prompt. Great dining experience and service. Great atmosphere

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 11, 2023Hi Chris, Thank you for the 5/5. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us!

  21. J

    Jenn

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great! Lots of options for different dietary needs!

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 11, 2023Hi Jenn, so glad you enjoyed our food options! Thank you for the review.

  22. PM

    PaulM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Service and staff were excellent. We had a great time at fortress

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 11, 2023That's good to hear PaulM! Let us know if there's anything we can do to earn that last star!

  23. SM

    SarahM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always first class service by the Fortress Melbourne Team. The cocktails are fabulous, and whole ambience is a lot of fun.

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 11, 2023Hey SarahM, thanks for the glowing review! Looking forward to seeing you back at Fortress soon!

  24. MB

    MichaelB

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been to Fortress many times, never disappoints. The staff were very helpful with setting up the game consoles, as we had no idea, and the 8 and 10 year old didn’t either, so the Staffs help was brilliant.

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 11, 2023Thanks for letting us know MichaelB, we'll be sure to pass this along to the staff!

  25. BM

    BMil

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time attending first time eating. The team there are really helpful. The booths are great value with you being able to redeem the value on food and drink. The food was all delicious. We will definitely be back again!

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 11, 2023Hi BMil, we're so happy you enjoyed yourself and the food! Looking forward to your next visit.

  26. K

    Kuma

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. The staff were friendly and helpful. The food was really good, we had the bottomless package so tried all the different types of chips, the thick chips are great.

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 11, 2023Happy to hear you enjoyed the bottomless package Kuma! Thank you for the feedback.

  27. RS

    RajS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The lighting was too dark which made it difficult to see the board games. Limited ps4 game selection, slow ps4 which took 2 minutes to just start a game of crash bandicoot racing. Food was good but limited vegan food. Also board games weren’t good, no chess, monopoly, playing cards or uno.

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 11, 2023Raj, We're sorry to hear that our game selection didn't meet your expectations. We invite you to submit via tiny.cc/game-suggestion. We do have both Chess and Uno in our board game library, but these games may have been in use by other customers during your visit. Around 40% of our current menu is either vegan or have vegan options available. We're making changes to our digital menu to make sure this is clear to all patrons. Thanks again for your feedback and hope we get to see you again soon.

  28. JM

    JordanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were super helpful and although they couldn’t get the Xbox to work for us they gave us a free hour for our booth and a round of drinks. We all had a great time and highly recommend Fortress for a night out with your friends :)

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 11, 2023Hi Jordan, Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback! We are happy that it all worked out in the end and look forward to seeing you again soon!

  29. E

    Ebony

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love coming to Fortress. Food is great, atmosphere is even better!

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on January 3, 2023Glad you had a good time Ebony, looking forward to seeing you at your next visit!

  30. MC

    MitchellC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took the kids out for dinner and some games and they loved it. Looking forward to them opening up a Sydney location in time for my sons birthday.

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on December 21, 2022Hey Mitchell C, we're so glad you had such a positive experience at Fortress! We'll see you when we open in Sydney in 2023!

  31. L

    Lumi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were absolutely wonderful and made the experience extremely inviting and exciting. Food and drinks were delicious, the atmosphere was great and everyone had a great time. Wait-staff were friendly and got involved in our joke on a friend, making the night even better. We’ll be back!!

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on December 21, 2022Thank you so much for this feedback Lumi! Our staff will be so pleased to hear this, and we'll be sure to let them know about your positive experience.

  32. JP

    JanelleP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pub food with immaculate medieval vibes, and the staff are the sweetest!

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on December 22, 2022Hi Janelle, thankyou for your kind words, I have passed this on to the team. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  33. DB

    DanB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Fortress is extremely loud and overwhelming. The music is up too loud, especially for neurodivergent folk. The TV brightness in the booth was also up too high for the low lighting in the Tavern - my partner had to wear sunnies to escape the glare. The game selection on the consoles was very limited and none of the games were ready to go; we had to scroll through a bunch of T&Cs to access the games. The food and drinks were good and the service was great. I'd love to go back here again but I would want it to chill a bit more.

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on December 21, 2022Hi Dan, thank you for taking the time to leave this feedback. We will be sure to pass this on to the team to assess the things you have mentioned and look into making your next experience five stars.

  34. DD

    DeeD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great place to keep the kids & adults entertained.

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on December 21, 2022Hi Dee, thankyou for leaving us a review. Happy to hear that the whole family enjoyed themselves! Hopefully next time we see you we can get that extra star.

  35. CC

    ChristianC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    My burger n chip combo - chips were floury as they were under done. So too was the Hawaiian pizza as the cheese was clumped in the middle. My daughter was hungry so she ate it around the outside. My son has the hotdog and french fries which was great

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on December 22, 2022Hi Christan, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. We are always looking to make improvements and will pass this on to the team to look into ways to make your future experience with us five stars!

  36. MC

    MichC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE HIGHLY ENOUGH!!!!!! Fantastic atmosphere; it's fun, exciting and a great time out with friends.

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on December 22, 2022Hey Mich, we appreciate the passion of ALL CAPS, thank you for your review. Glad to see you and your friend enjoyed your time with us.

  37. SW

    SimonW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great value food, especially as the price you pay for a booth goes towards your meals.

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on December 21, 2022Hey Simon, we're glad you enjoyed the food. Hope you had fun in our VIP Booths too!

  38. TH

    THAEWL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Took a group of 10yr old boys to play console games. They all loved the burger and chips and loved that they could picks from a good range of console games.

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on December 22, 2022Thanks for taking the time to leave us such positive feedback THAEWL

  39. DM

    DeanaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well we were visiting from Adelaide and found this place via Google. We were not disappointed! Food in the tavern was great, VIP gaming booth experience was fun, PC hire was a hit with my grown boys, Atmosphere and set up was AMAZING! Would recommend pre-booking a VIP booth - 1 hour was not enough, by the time we ordered snacks etc... You need 2 hours at least. Do yourselves a favour and check this place out though, it's well worth it!

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on December 21, 2022We're glad you had a good time Deana M! Hopefully we'll see you back in the venue when you're back in town!

  40. E

    Emily

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Fortress is always a good time! Was a little loud but good!!

    Fortress MelbourneResponded on December 21, 2022So happy to hear you had a good time Emily!

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 4.6 stars by 319 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times 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 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 am Sat 10:00 am–2:00 am Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • 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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