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The best pubs with fireplaces in Melbourne

Beat old man winter with a stick of firewood and a freshly pulled pint

While snow may not fall on Melbourne during winter, those cold months really can get you down. Thankfully, our city has no shortage of cosy neighbourhood pubs with fireplaces to warm your toes. For more winter warmers, take a look at our guides to Melbourne's best hot chocolates, mulled wines and porridges.

Melbourne pubs with fireplaces


The Palace Hotel

Our 2016 Pub of the Year ticks every box in winter. With craft beer, excellent food, a warming fireplace, TVs for watching the footy and Billy the pub dog, there's nowhere else we'd rather be.

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South Melbourne

The Local Taphouse

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.

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St Kilda

Marquis of Lorne

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.

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The Napier Hotel

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).

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Bluebonnet Barbecue and Loretta's

A cosy little backstreet pub with epic smoked meats, a roaring fire and a huge range of craft beers and American whiskeys. It's the sort of place you'd be delighted to stumble across on a rainy afternoon.

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Fitzroy North

The Union Club Hotel

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.

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Yarra Hotel

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.

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The Quiet Man

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.

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The Railway Hotel

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.

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South Melbourne

The Tramway Hotel

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.

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Fitzroy North

The Wesley Anne

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.

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By: Time Out editors