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SO WHO'S ON OUR LIST OF MELBOURNE'S BEST PUBS WITH FIREPLACES?
Just because the temperature dramatically drops for Melbourne winters, this doesn’t mean we should hibernate and give up on our social lives. In fact, many of Melbourne’s best pubs have cottoned onto our desire to not face the cold by offering hearty meals, live music and, most importantly, a fireplace. Curl up in a comfy couch by the hearth and while away the hours over a great glass of red and even better conversation. If any/all of that sounds appealing to you, we have the perfect Fave 5 list for you this week. It’s time to explore Melbourne’s best pubs with fireplaces—all the better to defrost and unwind.
Marquis of Lorne
This Fitzroy gem has SUNDAY written all over it, with a delicious roast, a glorious fireplace, and an exceptional list of Australian beers to boot. Located between the hustle and bustle of Brunswick Street and Smith Street, find yourself a quiet corner or pull up a pew directly in front of the fire to thaw out. If you’re not feeling up for a full roast, or are dropping in another day, the Marquis of Lorne menu is split into Bar Food, Pub Fare and Counter Meals to help you select the appropriate nosh depending on your hunger levels.
In other excellent news, Sundays aren’t the only fun day at the Marquis of Lorne, with South Indian Curry night on Mondays, Steak night on Tuesdays, and $5 tinnies from 4pm-6pm every Monday to Friday. Grab a pint of Sample Pale Ale and settle in for the evening at this cracking Fitzroy pub.
The Gasometer Hotel
This bad boy has not one, but THREE fireplaces installed to keep you toasty warm this winter. The first is located in The Gaso’s bar area, and its warmth can be felt whether you’re set up at your own table or nestled into one of their leather bucket chairs alongside the bar. The other two are located in the bluestone-walled dining area, with plenty of wood stacked to the side so you never have to know the temperature outside.
Their menu ranges from Friends of Beer (bar snacks) to Pub Royalty (think parmas, pasta and pies), so don’t be afraid to dig into the good stuff. If you find the fireplace is making you a little too comfortable (read: sleepy), The Gasometer’s band room boasts plenty of live and local musical talent, and even the old talk or workshop.
The Local Taphouse
St Kilda East
If you fancy yourself to be quite the beer aficionado and are looking to keep warm this winter, head to The Local Taphouse. With 20 taps constantly rotating with craft beer, you’re sure to be pleasantly surprised each visit with a new drop of something delicious. Interestingly, the Local Taphouse’s fireplace is located outside, so you can keep warm without that horrible overheated or stuffy feeling. Classic pub meals are on the agenda at the St Kilda pub, so don’t be afraid to arrive hungry.
If you’re looking for ways to pass the time, there is an indoor bocce pitch that beckons you. There are also Trivia Sundays, Comedy Mondays, and live music every Friday and Saturday Night, which can be anything from soul, funk, reggae or blues.
Another top Melbourne pub with a fireplace is the Wesley Anne—ideal all year round, with a brilliant beer garden for the balmier months, and an inviting fireplace and lively bandroom to keep the cold out. The Northcote bar resides in an old church, so imagine high ceilings, stone walls and plenty of golden light, most of which is radiating from their fireplace located at the back of the building. For such a big space, a visit to the Wesley Anne always feels like a rather intimate affair, so perhaps bring a date here to snuggle up to.
Sneak in on a Monday for two-for-one dinners, or Tuesday nights offer $25 for dinner and a show if you’re in the mood for live music. In fact, there are gigs on at the Wesley Anne four nights a week, and $15 Boags Draught Jugs available before 6pm Monday to Friday.
After a bit of a facelift last year, The Napier Hotel is looking sharp without losing any of its charm. The fireplace still burns brightly and positively summons you to drag a chair over and bask in its glory, and really, who are we to refuse such an invitation? We highly recommend sharing a bottle of red amongst friends on a cold wintery eve at this Fitzroy pub fave.
The Napier’s food is plentiful and delish. Although they may be most well known for their Bogan Burger (steak, chicken schnitzel, caramelised onions, cheese, pineapple, beetroot, egg, potato cake, bacon, lettuce, tomato with wedges and salad), they also cover everything from peppered kangaroo fillets to a superfood salad, so there’s always something for everyone. Comfy, cosy, toasty goodness.
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Image Credits: Marquis of Lorne - Nick West for The Urban List, Wesley Anne & The Local Taphouse - Michelle Jarni for The Urban List, The Gasometer and The Napier - Nick West