Young and Jackson

1 Swanston Street
Tel. 9650 3884

Venue type: Pub

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Partystar Review

As integral to Melbournites as meeting under the clocks at Flinders Street Station, is this grand old pub refurbished in late 2000. It's difficult to imagine that this very block of land, originally bought in 1837 for 100 pounds by John Batman, one of the founders of Melbourne, was initially used as a school, butcher, chemist and solicitor's office amongst other things.

In 1861, it became known as the Princes Bridge Hotel, the first unofficial licensed trading pub in Melbourne.

After several changes of ownership, in 1875 the pub was bought by two men who had been successful on the gold fields in New Zealand - Messrs Young and Jackson. Both Irish gold diggers were influential, but it was Young, an avid art collector, who brought the nude painting Chloe into the pub and created history. The uproar caused when Chloe was exhibited at the National Gallery in 1881, was reignited at Y&Js, but she quickly created a bond with the soldiers as for many of them, she was the only female in their lives. Although the charming nude is still on display, little of Y&J's early controversy is evident in the now calm and well-renovated venue.

It's history is evident though, in wooden beams, polished wood bar tops and walls laden with heritage.

There is also a terrific restaurant and an admirable representation of local beer and wine.

Outdoor Area / Beer Garden

Rooftop beer garden complete with bar and TVs.

Julie Whiting

Second Opinion

There's no denying it; Young and Jackson's post-revamp days now make it much more accessible to the corporate crowd. Fine dining, fine beers and fine carpets are the order of the day here. Dependable service and a comfortable, classy environment is what the business world calls home. Even function rooms are offered: impress those clients with the views.

In the evenings, we enjoyed the front room - we found it to be the richest in character and provide the best views. It reminded us a little of an upmarket London pub. Although sadly the front room tends to wind down before the back ones; rather strange, we thought.

Stray in, for example, on backpacker night, and all hell breaks loose in the main room, with trivia, bands and even some dancing.

Our tip: ask for a taste test of the house brew.

Simon Woodhouse

Readers' Reviews

Great place and very central to everything Melbourne has to offer. It has a beautiful wooden interior, comfy seating and friendly staff. It's a safe place too, I've never seen any trouble here. I'm from Queensland and I would recommend the pub/Hotel to any travellers or locals alike.

Damo, QLD, 01/11

Y&J's remains one of my favourite pubs in Melbourne. Over the last few years, I've been there for drinks, to see bands and EVERY time, had a great time.

Upstairs is really pretty, cosy and has great views. It had a really cool laid back band on the Friday I went. Chloe the painting hangs up there in the cocktail bar. The restaurant (Chloes) has that kind of home cooked comfort food - good sizes and DELICIOUS! They also have Tapas. Yum!

I haven't seen trivia there for years, though the Sunday Blues bands are brilliant - and free!

Staff are friendly, it's not too posh and you always feel welcomed. That, and the fact that it's across from the train station make it my favourite watering hole.

Danielle, Elwood, 06/08

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