Melbourne pubs with fireplaces
On any given night at this Collingwood bluestone stalwart, punters of all ages, genders and sexualities are sinking pints by the roaring fireplace, smashing brilliant pub grub, and standing shoulder-to-shoulder at the bandroom. All of this is thanks to publicans Shan Vanderwert and Clint Fisher. Their mission: to create a warm, welcoming environment that would reflect Melbourne’s incredibly diverse music scene, and the people who make up that ecosystem. It’s a philosophy that you feel the moment the doors to this grand old corner pub swing open.
With walls lined with beer bottles and tables inlaid with Perspex boxes of hops and malt, the Taphouse has the warm, lived-in feel of your Grandpa’s living room. If beer is your thing, or just awesome pubs full of awesome people, you could do worse than set up here in winter.
One of only five pubs in Melbourne awarded five stars by Time Out, the Marquis ticks every box. Stained glass windows, an excellent craft beer offering and soul-soothing atmosphere all make this the reigning pub in Fitzroy.
This winter favourite has amazing food, 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).
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.
Music is everything at this epic little pub, with live bands at least two nights of the week (often free) and a wicked vinyl collection the rest of the time. The huge beer garden is home to a massive brick fireplace and is mostly under cover for any weather enjoyment.
This Flemington institution is an Irish pub where legitimately Irish bar staff will pull you a Guinness with a cheeky glint in their eye. The authentic menu - and the roaring fire - will keep you warm through the coldest of Melbourne nights.
Stepping through the doors of the Railway is like entering a time warp to the 1960s. Wine and beer are simple and cheap, but the spirits offering is impressive (someone here clearly loves whisky). The food, too, is simple and delicious. Perfect for a rainy day.
This odd little pub (which first opened in 1873) serves what seem like the biggest bao buns in the world. They have a toasty fireplace too. It's a party you want a Saturday afternoon ticket too.