Nothing beats a long, cool drink on a hot summer’s day – especially when that drink has been earned after a bit of pedalling first. So why not get some fresh air on a bike this season, and reward yourself at one of these top spots for a post-pedal tipple?
To showcase Melbourne’s best bicycle-friendly bars, we jumped on one of Reid Cycles’ Vintage Classic Plus bicycles and cruised around the city to check out some top hotspots. If you’re looking to venture out on your very own summer cycle, here are the must-visit bike-friendly bars you should be taking a pit-stop at.
#1: Green Park
Situated along the Capital City Trail, wine bar and eatery Green Park is a fantastic spot for a glass of vino and some mouth-watering food in the sun. The restaurant’s menu changes regularly, making the most of fresh, local ingredients, and the drinks list includes everything from a delicious Moorilla sparkling Riesling (perfect for a warm day!) to Australian craft beers and cocktails. Plus, Green Park’s outdoor planters double up as bike racks too. Genius!
Vying for the title of St Kilda’s most cycle-friendly café (drop in for a latte at 8am on a Saturday and you’ll see what I mean), Fitzrovia also serves a fantastic array of drinks and nibbles after the morning rush. Open until 9pm Wednesday through Saturday and 4pm on Sunday, the Fitzroy Street institution makes for a fantastic southside pit-stop.
#3: Middle Park Hotel
After cycling a few laps around Albert Park Lake, grab a parking space on the bike rack and settle in for a drink at Middle Park Hotel on Canterbury Road. The huge corner pub serves up some incredible food—the traditional counter meals include gruyere mac’n’cheese, pork and sage meatballs, butter chicken, and beef ragu—which makes it one of our top bike-friendly pubs in Melbourne for refuelling mid-cycle.
#4: Terminus Hotel
If you’re pedalling on the northside, make sure you drop into the Terminus Hotel for a bevvy. The iconic pub has no less than sixteen craft beer taps, mixes one of the best Bloody Mary’s around, and is an old faithful for cyclists looking for somewhere to rest their weary legs after an afternoon’s cruise on the Merri Creek bike path, which is just a few hundred yards away.
#5: Tyranny of Distance
Chain your two wheels to a lamppost on Union Street and drop into the Tyranny of Distance, one of our favourite low-key bars in the Chapel Street area that always welcomes bike-owners with a smile. The open-air area is perfect for cooling off on a sunny day, and the $4 happy hour from 4pm until 7pm is the perfect way to spend some loose change before jumping back on your bike.
#6: East of Everything
As the name suggests, East of Everything is, well, east of everything else on this cycle-friendly list. The Camberwell bar and eatery is a cracking find with a simple approach to the good things in life; drinks, mates and mouth-watering po’ boys. And if you’re too tired (read: intoxicated) to cycle home, you can always take the train. Sorted.
#7: The National Hotel
A stone’s throw from the Capital City trail, and with bike racks and lamp posts aplenty, The National Hotel’s sizeable beer garden is the perfect place to catch up with your bike gang. Cycle by for a Sunday session this weekend and we can guarantee you won’t regret it!
#8: Temple Brewing Co
The guys at Temple Brewing Co take their cycling seriously. How do we know this? They’ve even got a Bicycle beer in honour of their preferred vehicle of choice! Drop into their East Brunswick beer garden and restaurant on your travels—you’ll spot it by the Temple bicycle, chained to the corner of Weston Street—for craft beer, wine, snacks and full feeds.
#9: The Beaufort
With two freshly added cycle racks out the front of this Americana meets Australiana dive bar, The Beaufort just climbed ten points in our bike-friendly books, making it our top recommendation for a bourbon and rack of ribs mid-ride.
#10: Rupert On Rupert
Duck down Collingwood’s Rupert Street and wheel into Rupert on Rupert, one of the suburb’s coolest hidden gems that basically wrote the book on good times. The one-way street is quiet enough for cruising down and is always abuzz with bike owners from the neighbouring Schoolhouse Studios - one of Melbourne’s best arts hubs - meaning that even if you’re riding solo, you’ll always find another bike lover to share a beer with.
While boozing up and riding home might seem like a good idea at the time, alcohol affects your balance, judgement and reactions, so take care when riding. We certainly do not recommend riding a bike at all when drunk – if you’ve had a few, it’s probably best to take your bike home on the train or lock up for the night, and plan for an awesome day of cycling the next day. Enjoy!
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Image credit: Middle Park Hotel, Green Park, Tyranny of Distance, Temple Brewing Co, Rupert on Rupert, The Beaufort, Simon Shiff, Michelle Jarni & Sabine Legrand for The Urban List