The Mint, Melbourne, Australia

The Mint is a reasonable bar and restaurant situated in the gatehouse of the former Royal Mint in Melbourne.

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It’s in a central location on the corner of La Trobe and William Streets, right across the road from Flagstaff Gardens, Flagstaff Station and the Federal Court. You get a decent flow of people popping in for after works drinks before jumping on a tram or train.

On a lazy summer’s Thursday evening the patio area out the back wasn’t too busy so we were able to get a large table which we would end up occupying until closing time @ 10pm.

The drinks menu is fairly decent with around 10 beers and ciders on tap and many more available in bottles.

Our main poison for the evening was a McCracken Amber Ale. Its a quite refreshing, hoppy drinks. At $12.50 for a “metric pint”, aka 500ml, it was on the more expensive side of beers in Melbourne.

The others were onto the white wine and champagne and there were no complaints.

We’d heard good things about the kitchen here so decided to stay for dinner.

If you’ve read my blog before you’ll know that I’m a sucker for pork so when I saw a pork belly on the menu my mind was made up. My friends also ordered the beef burger, which was one of the specials that day, and salmon.

In all, we all really enjoyed our meals though I thought my pork belly was on the smallish side.

Mint is a good place to enjoy a drink and a feed if you don’t mint paying slightly higher prices than you’d be paying in other bars in the city. Foodwise the dishes were great but could have been a little larger.