Pirate Life is opening its first Victorian venue in South Melbourne this week

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Pirate Life is opening its first Victorian venue in South Melbourne this week

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Words by Staff Writer

Pirate Life opens highly anticipated South Melbourne venue on Market Street.

Pirate Life, the renowned South Australian brewery, has unveiled its highly anticipated South Melbourne venue, slated to open its doors on Thursday, March 14. Situated within a former mechanics garage on Market Street, this marks the fourth establishment for the craft beer brand.

Established in 2014 by Michael Cameron, Jack Cameron, and Jared Proudfoot, Pirate Life Brewing has grown to become one of Australia’s leading brewers, with a commitment to quality and flavour. The brewery boasts three venues nationwide, each offering a unique beer experience.

Cameron expressed excitement about the launch, particularly as it marks the brand’s first foray into Victoria.

“This is our first venue in Victoria, and we couldn’t be more excited. The location is amazing, there’s so much energy down that end of town, and we’re committed to bringing our own style of hospitality and service to the area. This venue is for anyone looking for a good time, especially if that includes sharing cracking food and drinks with mates. Pirate Life has always been about inclusivity, and our South Melbourne location will celebrate just that.”

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Heading the culinary team are Maria Delengas and Nicolas Lopez, who bring a wealth of experience and cultural influences to the menu. Delengas and Lopez have curated a diverse menu celebrating Melbourne’s cultural landscape, with nods to their South American and Greek heritage. Broken into five sections – snacks; plates and trays; by the kilo; sides; and desserts – dishes range from pickled octopus carpaccio to low and slow asado beef ribs, promising a culinary journey through flavour and tradition.

“The menu reflects the food that we enjoy eating and we’re so lucky that given our location we’re able to get most of our produce locally from South Melbourne Market,” Delengas said.

An express lunch menu will be also be available daily with dishes including: fried bug sando with pickled jalapeno and aioli; hot roasted two sheet lasagne with bechamel, summer greens and feta; Pirate Life battered fish tacos; and open shawarma with grilled lamb skewers, garlic sauce and creole.

Complementing the gastronomic offerings are Pirate Life’s expertly crafted beers of course, including venue exclusives like ‘The Market Street Lager’. All the kegs will be shipped directly from Pirate Life’s South Australian brewery.

Pirate Life’s brand experience manager, Matty O’Callaghan said, “We don’t just pour and pass in our venues, we’re obsessed with what we brew and have been since day one. Our crew are passionate about finding the perfect beer for every individual who walks through the door, and, better yet, which one will take their food experience to the next level. Pirate Life’s tap list runs deep, and it’s our privilege to take punters on an explorative journey through flavours and styles. It’s just something we love to do.”

The wine list, curated by Melbourne-born sommelier Foni Pollitt, showcases sustainable and organic drops from Australia and Europe.

Designed by South Australian firm Studio Gram, the venue exudes character with its raw and distinctive features, including exposed bricks and polished concrete. The space will also serve as a platform for artistic collaborations, featuring murals, exhibitions, live music, and guest chef dinners.

Pirate Life South Melbourne will also house a dedicated merch shop offering branded essentials and takeaway beers.

Pirate Life South Melbourne is located at 139-145 Market Street and will be open 7 days a week. Opening hours are Sunday – Thursday 11am until 10pm and Friday – Saturday 11am – late.

For further information on the newest venue, including menus and booking details, visit the Pirate Life website.