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Whisky, Billiards and Banter for MFWF


The World Loves Melbourne was invited to the iconic Hotel Lindrum, MGallery Collection, in conjunction with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, for a fabulous afternoon of whisky, billiards and banter.

Steeped in Melbourne’s billiard history, Hotel Lindrum was built for tea merchants in 1900 and later became the city’s Billiard Centre, aptly named after Walter Lindrum and his family for producing four generations of billiard champions. The billiards room contains memorabilia from Walter Lindrum’s championship era and a nostalgic air that transports you to Melbourne’s past.



This was a stunning event and loads of fun in an iconic part of Melbourne's history. The World Loves Melbourne appreciated the memorabilia as an ode to Walter Lindrum the World Billiards Champion from 1933 to 1950 - many rooms of this hotel were graced by pool tables, whisky and cigars...This special event saw guests and Melbourne locals alike ‘Have a Ball in a Billiard Hall’, entwining whisky tasting with a lesson in billiards taken by triple world champion player Robby Foldvari around the famed billiards table in Hotel Lindrum’s back bar. 


David Baker, founder of Bakery Hill, offered guests a brief history on Victorian Whisky, before divulging the story behind his very own distillery. Guests spent the afternoon learning the basics of billiards whilst tasting an impressive line-up Victorian Gin, a Classic Single Malt, a Double Wood and a Peated Malt.




David Baker was engaging and fascinating; his knowledge of whisky new no bounds. Our favourite whisky was the Peated Malt; not overbearing but nuances of smokiness.  

Hotel Lindrum’s Executive Chef André Christian E. Dulay crafted a menu of canapé morsels highlighting Victoria’s best seasonal produce, perfectly matched to each unique tipple. With a gift pack and more drinks after the event, The World Loves Melbourne left impressed with a top notch event.