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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

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Time Out editors
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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

  • 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. 

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  • 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.
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  • Bars
  • Fitzroy
  • price 1 of 4
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).
The Union Club Hotel
  • Bars
  • Fitzroy
  • price 1 of 4
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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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.
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.
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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.
The Wesley Anne
  • Bars
  • Northcote
  • price 1 of 4
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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