Tucked away under the Newmarket Hotel, House of Crabs St Kilda is a blink and you almost miss it, hidden gem in the southside.
Originally from Sydney, the crab shack’s rockabilly pub style vibe with band on stage is a stark contrast to the more modern, clean, upmarket restaurant upstairs. The menu is a mix of Southen-style seafood “boils” in delicious sauces (think crabs, mussels and prawns) alongside meats such as chicken and ribs on the grill, and side snacks to go with it.
To wash down your seafood feast, there’s also the most delicious and mouthwatering traditional cocktails you can get your hands on. We tried the lageritas, peach cobblers and Alabama Slammas and we can guarantee you that they’re some of the most interesting cocktails we’ve tried in Melbourne.
And in case you were wondering, if it’s a go-to date venue – The answer is yes! To soak up that crab splatter, you’ll get a bib (and gloves) to wear, which is a grade A talking point for when things get awkward on a first date, or good for a laugh if you’re having your weekly date night with your long term bae. Leave your white shirt (or dress) at home because things will get messy. (Nb. Cutlery is provided but you’ll want to gig in with your hands and crab crackers, it’s the only way to dine).
We Know Melbourne tip: Order the lobster fries – with bacon, cheese, lobster gravy. No regrets!
Where: Basement, 34 Inkerman St, St Kilda
When: Tues to Thurs 4pm – 10pm, Fri to Sat 4pm – Late
Visit the website here.