Burgers, beers and blues

Humdinger - Frankston. L-R Marcus Ward, Troy Wilson (Blues Singer - rear) and Simon Burriss.

Humdinger – Frankston.
L-R Marcus Ward, Troy Wilson (Blues Singer – rear) and Simon Burriss.


When Marcus Ward and Simon Burris combined their passion for craft beers and burgers with a dream to open a bar in Frankston, Humdinger was born.

Every corner of this pub with its old school hipster vibe has been lovingly crafted to create the perfect place for men, women and kids to sit, relax and enjoy the best burgers in town.

Marcus and Simon absolutely love Humdinger, and it shows, from the 50s style décor on the walls designed to feel like Grandma’s beachside holiday house, to the well thought out menu you eat with your fingers.

You won’t believe a burger could taste that good until you try a Humdinger burger, with all fresh ingredients, wagyu beef, and in-house specialty sauces.

“When you sit down to one of our burgers you have to be prepared to get dirty,” says Simon. “And for beer lovers, our meals go perfectly with a beer, whether it’s one of the craft beers or a good old Carlton Draught on tap.”

Marcus agrees the best thing about the place is the casual atmosphere, where, like the name, it’s all just a bit of fun.

“It’s what a local pub is supposed to feel like, where you can walk in, have a beer and listen to some blues. There’s always something happening with trivia on Thursday nights that has become really popular, and blues on Friday nights which is like a casual jam session with some blues greats,” says Marcus, who laughs about the amount of research he had to do on craft beers and pubs to get his project just right.

“It’s easy to create the perfect pub because we worked out what we like and went for it. This place is awesome, and was needed in Frankston. You have hipsters sitting enjoying a beer and burger, alongside families out for a meal. It just works,” he says.

Having been in hospitality for years, the boys felt the old Shakespeare’s Tavern was the perfect venue for their venture, and now the building with the well-known green door has a whole new look and feel.

“It took us six months to renovate the place, and now we have great indoor and outdoor eating areas, as well as a huge function and meeting room upstairs,” says Marcus, who has plans under wraps for stage three in the future.

Saturdays are Him vs Hum from midday till 2pm.

“Come in and do the burger challenge to see how long it will take you. So far the average is six minutes,” says Simon, of the triple stacked burger tower.

Humdinger is at 101 Young Street, Frankston.

Call 9783 1382.

See humdingerbar.com.au

First published in Mint Magazine – May/June 2015

Author: Melissa Walsh

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