Beat old man winter with a stick of firewood and a freshly pulled pint
With 20 of around 100 craft beers rotating on the taps, a bottle shop doing growler refills, an indoor bocce pitch and private rooms for hosting your own roast party, the question isn’t why you’d choose to shake the chill here; it’s why you’d ever choose to leave. St Kilda East.
This pub first opened in 1873, but its renowned burgers are far better now than they were then. Recent renovations brought art, fire, 2 Brothers beers and gourmet hot dogs to the table. It’s a party to which youll want a ticket on a Saturday afternoon. Fitzroy North.
OK, it's not a pub, but there are few better places to soak up a ‘lil old school ambience before the mantel. Cocktails, Chesterfield lounges, a jazzy soundtrack and purchasable cigars – like a speakeasy, minus the constant prospect of death by tommy-gun. Yarraville.
You feel like things could turn a bit gothic (or Scottish) as you sit before the flames and beneath the vaulted ceilings in this converted church. Generally though, things tick over in a convivial candlelit fashion while indie bands play and the craft beers flow. Northcote.
Famous long before its appearance on TV series Offspring, the venerable Union Club nails the atmosphere of a warm, low-key local. Sink into a leather couch by the hearth with some bangers, mash, beer and a bass guitar backing track. Fitzroy.
Double check your shirt colour before you hit the footy house. This is, first and foremost, a pre/post game hype-up and consolation pub. Order your Carlton by the jug, make some pals, and share some burning tales of victory. Richmond.
The food is amazing, but it’s not a gastro pub. The Napier is a pub pub, and nothing is going to change that. It’s festooned with memorabilia, gifted with a garden, and dishes up parmas and pies all built for winter (and built for two). Fitzroy.
The crumbling exterior is a façade. It’s a little bit glam in the PPH and you had better put on the Good Shirt if it’s a Saturday night. This is your middle ground between bar and pub, so you also have the option of drinking Pinot in front of that fire. Collingwood.
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