Tucked away in Carlton's dining precinct, The Lincoln dates back to 1854 and exudes all the charm of a traditional art deco corner pub. Today, the restaurant has been expanded to indulge lovers of fine food and wine with one of Melbourne's most enjoyable dining experiences. In 2009, the front bar was fully restored to its former 1940's splendour, and the rest of the hotel received an extensive refurbishment in early 2010.
The Lincoln houses three distinct areas: a traditional front bar with adjoining gallery space, a bistro and its renowned restaurant in the Lincoln Dining Room. The elegant dining room boasts a classic art deco monochrome colour palette, with stark white leather-bound dining chairs and shiny black timber tables against charcoal walls. The more relaxed areas have mood lighting galore, their dark timber finishes and forest green accents exude refined vintage appeal. Considered to be one of the first ‘gastropubs', this culinary institution blends history and tradition with all that is unique about the city's modern lifestyle.
FOOD AND WINE
Whether you're after a casual yet refined pub meal or an equally sumptuous dinner in a more formal setting, The Lincoln Hotel accommodates all moods with varied dining areas. The Lincoln Front Bar is ideally suited to enjoying a glass of wine or beer over a traditional pub meal using high-quality seasonal ingredients, and the menu changes daily according to the availability of produce from the Queen Victoria Markets. The Lincoln Lounge offers another upmarket, relaxed dining space with delicious seasonal modern Australian bar and a la carte menus. For more formal dining, the Lincoln Dining Room delivers superb, innovative meals from its a la carte menu to tables.
To match its delicious cuisine, the Lincoln Hotel has an enviable selection of new and old world wines. Wines added to the list are favourites of the staff themselves, and The Lincoln Cellar currently boasts a selection of more than 200 different drops.
Regardless of formality or occasion, The Lincoln Hotel can provide a space that matches function needs ideally. Casual get-togethers can be hosted at the charming Lincoln Front Bar, while corporate lunches or dinners are escorted to one of the Lincoln's more formal settings. The events team has a flexible selection of a la carte and finger food and bar menus, which can be altered to suit individual needs.