The Fitzroy borders touch on two of northside's biggest strips – Brunswick Street, Smith Street and Gertrude Street. We're not even going to attempt to count the number of bars and pubs in the area because new ones are always popping up. Still, there are some Fitzroy drinking stalwarts that never fail to bring the goods, from world-class cocktails to pints of craft beer.
The best bars in Fitzroy and surrounds
Local spirits and Lamington jaffles. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? Well, maybe it isn’t. Mexico has tequila and tacos. America has beer and hamburgers; so why can’t Melbourne have Australian spirits and sealed toasties? Try whisky made in inner-city Melbourne, vodka from Tasmania and rum from the Swan Valley in Western Australia.
The LuWOW is the place to be for anyone with a well developed sense of good times. Lay claim to a thatched village hut and share a tiki bowl of Scorpion punch – Cognac, rum, orgeat (a sweet almond, orange blossom and rose water syrup) and pineapple juice with a plastic spider floating in the top.
Pixel Alley is part-bar, part-arcade and the Smith Street bar is an ode to all things 80s and 90s, as announced by the 8-bit mural of '80s retro icons including Pac-Man, Nike Air Jordans, and a boombox. Those familiar with old-school arcade classics can expect tipsy rounds of Daytona, Street Fighter II, Pac-Man and Buck Hunter. Rounds of beer while you wait your turn at the games are encouraged.