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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

By Time Out editors

If there's one thing to look forward to in winter – it's getting cosy. Shed some layers, pull up a pew, grab a pint and gather by the fireplace at one of these Melbourne pubs to beat those winter blues.

For more winter warmers, take a look at our guides to Melbourne's best hot chocolates and mulled wines.

Melbourne pubs with fireplaces

The Gasometer
Photograph: Graham Denholm

1. Gasometer Hotel

4 out of 5 stars
Bars Collingwood

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. 

Bartender at The Palace Hotel in South Melbourne
Photograph: Graham Denholm

2. The Palace Hotel

Bars Pubs South Melbourne

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.

Good Beer Week at The Local Taphouse, St Kilda
Photograph: Jess Shaver

3. The Local Taphouse

Bars St Kilda

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.

A chicken schitzel served with fries and a beer
Photgraph: Graham Denholm

4. Marquis of Lorne

Bars Fitzroy

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.

Fireplace in the dining room of The Napier Hotel
Photograph: Graham Denholm

5. The Napier Hotel

Bars 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).

6. The Union Club Hotel

Bars Fitzroy

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.


7. The Quiet Man

Bars Kensington

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.

8. The Railway Hotel

Bars South Melbourne

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.


9. The Tramway Hotel

Bars Fitzroy North

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.

10. The Wesley Anne

Bars Northcote

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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