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Pugg Mahones Carlton

171 Elgin St, Carlton, VIC
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Situated on Elgin street in the famous suburb of Carlton you’ll find Puggs a destination you’ll want to visit over and over again. Easy to find, just jump on either the 1 or 8 trams from anywhere on Swanston street in the city and get off on the corner of Elgin and Lygon, look up for the huge tricolor proudly on display atop of Puggs and there you have us!! Pugg Mahones has a veritable wealth of space, spared of the tight confines of many Irish pubs, Carlton’s Puggs mixes a traditional Irish pub with a contemporary bar feeling, and succeeds in creating a fun experience if you’re after few quiet drinks, or up for a session’. With a bar that wraps around much of the venue Pugg Mahones Carlton boasts a substantial outdoor area, with bay windows opening at street level that make it an ideal summer destination for a late afternoon bevvy and gaze at the passersby.

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Pugg Mahones Carlton Review

Review By Sophie Lane

Pugg Mahones, a small Irish pub in Melbourne’s beloved Carlton, has the name only a mother could love and aesthetics to match. Large caricatures of pug coats of arms lace fake plastic cobble stone walls, and. I instantly feel as though I’ve stepped into one of the slobber ridden Juplo sets of my youth. Unlike Suri Cruze, Pugg Mahones suffers a bad case of low self esteem due to it’s unfortunate birth name. Fortunately, I’m glad to report that this little dime has much more to offer than the impressions gained at first glance.

Located close to Melbourne’s infamous Lygon Street, Pugg Mahones is a popular Irish Pub that provides a relaxing atmosphere compared to the image conscious neighbours of it’s surrounds.

Be sure not to let the leprechaun pull wool over your beer hazen eyes, although Pugg’s only boasts one bar, you’ll find service quick and easy. The large, Old English style bench top wraps around the entire venue, making service easy from any Puggy intoxication checkpoint.

Drink prices are standard, and although an uncouth exterior may suggest otherwise, don’t expect the prices to drop- you’re still in the hipster haven streets of Carlton after all.

Toilets are located towards the back of the venue, but can be easily hunted down thanks to the small hallway which provides a toilet busting give-away. In keeping with the low self esteem of the rest of the pub, the toilets suffer the same, once again presenting nothing outstanding. In my role as a pub reviewer turned pub pyschologist, I feel that this venue suffers from severe parental induced confidence issues (then again, don’t we all?). Although the aesthetics aren’t spectacular, there is a certain charm about the layout and interior, all that’s needed is a little confidence.

Pugg Mahoney’s serves a showcase of twelve different beers and spirits, meaning that even if the exterior is offensive to the typical Carlton-ites eye, a few pints in and you’ll never want to leave.

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