Bars & Pubs

Enjoy A Pint Without The Winter Frost At The Best Pubs With Fireplaces In Melbourne

By Stephanie Chadwick
25th May 2022

A dining room with a brick fireplace and plants surrounding it.

Winter is coming so Melbourne’s finest pubs are turning up the heat. Nothing defrosts the hands quite like a glass of house red by the fire. We've compiled a list of the warmest drinking dens from all city corners so you’ll know where to go for your next knock-off drink on a frigid winter's day. So head down to your local, or someone else’s local, to counteract the colder season blues with a bev beside a built-in fireplace. 

With a cozy pub in almost every suburb, this is where to find the best pubs with fireplaces in Melbourne:

The Wolf Windsor 

WINDSOR 

The Wolf Windsor is one of Chapel Street's infamous pubs and it has all the trappings of a good local including a fireplace right by the dining room. This pub honestly does it all with its trivia nights, weekend dancefloor and extensive menu. Plus, the cocktail list and beers on offer certainly won’t leave you disappointed. If you’re searching for a warm pub to unwind with a glass of wine in the week or turn up with several beers over the weekend, The Wolf Windsor will certainly deliver.

Union Club Hotel

FITZROY 

The landmark Union Club Hotel is situated on the corner of Gore and Webb Street. Their fireplace is conveniently set up by the pool tables and screens showing the footy, two classic Melbourne winter pass times. Whether you’re looking for a solid pub feed or a beer on tap to warm you from the inside out, the Union Club Hotel has got all the right stuff. You can secure your table by booking ahead online or test out your luck with a spontaneous walk-in. 

The Post Office Hotel

COBURG 

The Post Office Hotel is infamous for its beer garden in the summer but it's also a top contender for the best pub with a fireplace in Melbourne. So if you’re looking for a spot to enjoy a classic parma by a roaring fire, look no further. The Coburg Lager battered fish and chips are a venue standout and definitely a season-appropriate choice. Their onsite brewery, bottle shop and live music make it a one-stop-shop for a winter’s night out. 

Trinket 

CBD 

Melbourne’s Trinket has quickly become a staple for city-goers who are looking for a slick venue that knows how to make a mean drink. Trinket certainly has its own charm with its old-world interior, think velvet couches, vintage light fixtures and exposed brick walls. It's a mix of an up-market pub and an intimate bar but the fireplace certainly sets both the mood and temperature in the colder months. 

Union House

RICHMOND 

Union House is the local's local and for good reason. The corner pub has become a fixture in the Richmond area. If you’re serious about fighting off the cold and leaning into winter traditions why not head down on a Sunday for their roast night. Alongside the toasty fireplace, you’re also welcome to take the party home with their booze to-go menu which includes canned cocktails, tap beers and fireball shots.

Grace Darling Hotel 

COLLINGWOOD 

Collingwood's favourite Grace Darling Hotel is winter-ready with its fireplace. Walk-ins are always welcome but you might be tempted to make a booking for the whole group chat for Tuesday parma night, Wednesday Burger night or Thursday steak night. You’ll also be spoilt for choice with beers on tap, bottled and tinned. 

The Palace Hotel 

SOUTH MELBOURNE

The Palace Hotel is the perfect place to kick back with mates and down a beer or two by the fire. The best seats in the house are right up in the bistro area where you’ll find long cosy banquettes snuggled around a roaring fireplace set into the exposed brick wall. If you’re after something to wash down the pub grub they’ve also got a wide range of craft brews on offer for fellow hopheads to enjoy. 

The Last Jar

CBD 

The Last Jar is known as one of Melbourne’s best authentic Irish pubs. The establishment is Irish-owned and mostly Irish staffed. You know they’re definitely serving Guniess, Kilkenny and Boag’s Daught by the pint. Order an Irish feast with a cold beer and warm up by The Last Jar’s fireplace. While you’re there give their Irish chips a try, hot chips with cheese and McDonnell's curry sauce.  

Old Palm Liquour

BRUNSWICK EAST

Old Palm liquor is ready to welcome you with its warm interior and hot fireplace. You might head over to the Old Palm for a single glass of wine but you’ll most likely end up staying for a bottle and a couple plates off the menu. They’re always updating their seasonal dishes so you know it's going to be primed for those ice windy days. Right now they’re dishing up scotch steak doused in bone marrow butter and roasted pumpkin with fried oyster mushrooms. 

The Napier Hotel

FITZROY 

The Napier Hotel regards itself as a big warm Fitzroy hug and we can’t think of anything more fitting for the cold winter months. It has proudly avoided the northside gentrification and remains a true pillar of the Fitzroy area. The fire-lit pool lounge is where you’ll want to gather with mates over a beer or two and a drawn-out game. The 130-year-old institution still sits on the corner of Napier and Moore Streets ready to welcome locals and visitors inside its warm walls. 

Marquis of Lorne

FITZROY 

The Marquis of Lorne is a revamped old-school pub with a roaring open fire in the dining room on the first floor. Taking it back to basics, the menu is full of classic counter meals like crisp, juicy chicken schnitzel and their outrageously brilliant rockling fish burger. You can follow up your main meal with a chocolate brownie sandwich and an interesting red from the impressive wine list. And if you’re worried about not scoring a table close enough to the fire to feel its heat, don’t be—this baby warms up the whole room.

Windsor Castle

WINDSOR 

Windsor Castle is tucked neatly behind Windsor station but is hard to miss with its lime green facade. This south side icon is a winter favourite amongst locals thanks to its fireplaces, pool tables and couches. The Windsor Castle is primed for entertaining patrons on cold days. The cosy interior is only made better by its modern pub menu that features dishes like mushroom bolognese, lamb saag, eggplant parma and a warm duck salad.

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Image credit: Willem-Dirk du Toit

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