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The Moat

With its unique courtyard and the hefty, time-worn bluestone walls of the iconic 19th Century State Library building, the Moat is the perfect place to begin or continue a great conversation. Tucked beneath the Wheeler Centre in Little Lonsdale Street, relax in our cosy hideout away from the city rush. 

The Moat pays homage to the nostalgia of its surroundings while capturing the whimsy of the literature housed above. Enjoy worldly food, wine and cocktails, a sunny open courtyard, and regular events – from Friday night jazz to book launches, poetry nights and more. 

The Moat is open from 9am ’til late Monday to Friday, and from 5pm Saturdays, with a generous happy hour from 4.30pm–6pm weekdays. We are available for a range of functions and events, and bookings are recommended.


176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

Phone: (03) 9094 7820

Getting here

The State Library of Victoria is accessible by Swanston Street trams, and is a short walk from Melbourne Central Station.

Parking is available across the road at QV, or in two-hour spaces on the street (metered).

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Acknowledgment of Country

The Wheeler Centre acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which we work. We pay our respects to the people of the Kulin Nation and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past and present.