Melbourne’s weather is obviously an elaborate ruse to drive Jane Bunn to the brink of insanity, which means even though it’s snowing in parts of Victoria this week, there’ll probably be record-breaking heat waves next week. That’s why we’ve put together a list of Melbourne best beer gardens to cool off in this summer, so you’ll be prepared for Melbourne’s fourth (and most elusive) season finally shows its sly face.
Arbory Bar & Eatery
This bad boy is some prime real estate on the Melbourne beer garden scene. It sits on the banks of the Yarra, overlooking the twinkling lights of Southbank, and it even comes with its own station. Arbory is the perfect place to spend a hot summer’s day as the only part of Arbory that isn’t outdoors is literally the bar and the toilets.
College Lawn Hotel
Prahran’s College Lawn Hotel delivers the beer garden goods with it’s more than required 10-tap beer offering, luscious green backdrop, and undercover area. As an added bonus, you can also book your birthday or wedding there!
Dr Morse Bar And Eatery
The Dr Morse Bar & Eatery boasts a top-notch outdoor beer garden at their Abbotsford premises. Poor weather is no excuse not to visit (LOOKING AT YOU, MELBOURNE) as they now have an undercover area for those ridiculous summer days in Melbourne where a heat wave is broken by two hours of hail.
Garden State Hotel
As well as being four stories high, the Garden State Hotel in the CBD has a very ~fancy~ name–the Rose Garden. The beer garden itself is huge and quite possibly the most aesthetically beautiful bar space of the bunch.
Grub Food Van
This little Fitzroy hotspot actually has an indoor beer garden, but that doesn’t mean they’ve skimped on foliage. The Grub Food Van is full of live plants, as well as garden gnomes and a ping pong table. Aside from its eccentric décor, they serve a boutique collection of predominantly Australian drops that’ll make killing a whole afternoon in Fitzroy dangerously easy.
Prince Alfred Hotel
Head south east to Richmond’s Prince Alfred Hotel for a kick back in their large open beer garden where during the summer months you’ll be treated to live music and some delicious modern twists on classic pub meals.
North Melbourne’s Prudence bar is an intimate alternative to the hustle and bustle of all the other nek-lvl beer gardens. If you enjoy hearing what you’re friends have been up to, as opposed to Ed Sheeran’s latest hit singles on repeat, then this is the beer garden for you.
Collingwood’s Stomping Ground beer hall has a beer garden with a retractable roof, which means you can have your brew house pint in rain or shine. Also there’s a custom built, split-level cubby house if that’s not enough to persuade you.
The Boatbuilders Yard
Head on down to the South Wharf Promenade to grab a tall glass of Pimm’s at The Boatbuilders Yard beer garden and you won’t be disappointed. The combination of industrial and maritime design, combined with a view of actual boats, makes this beer garden just that little bit more ~fancy~. Bring ALL of your out of town mates here.
The Flying Duck Hotel
Prahran’s Flying Duck Hotel is literally renowned for its beer garden. It features luscious foliage, palm trees and even a fishpond–a combination that is undeniably the best environment for an afternoon beer.
This spacious Italian pub in Richmond has one helluva lush and leafy beer garden, which The Grand owners themselves proudly boast as arguably the best in the city. All we know is that DJs, cocktails, and deliciously roasted duck are certainly helping their cause.
The Great Northern
Much like The Grand (but slightly different), The Great Northern boasts the BIGGEST beer garden in Melbourne, but also insist it’s not too shabby either. Though it has plenny of space for a pint and a dance, The Great Northern’s biggest draw card is its dog-dedicated Instagram account, @dogs_of_gnh–do yourself a favour and check it out.
The National Hotel
The National Hotel in Richmond not only serves up delicious cocktails but it also has an eco-friendly beer garden built from recycled materials, which means you can have your Long Island Ice Tea with a side of slightly-delayed-apocalypse. How bow dah?
The Standard Hotel
Aptly titled, this Fitzroy dwelling is setting the bar city-wide for beer gardens all over Melbourne. As the largest in Fitzroy (and the leafiest), The Standard Hotel is without a doubt one of the more popular summer afternoon hotspots for city-slickers (and flora fans).
The Village Bistro
The beer garden at The Village Bistro is open midday to late and is always chocker-block full of ~thirsty~ patrons (and their dogs; this is a pet friendly watering hole–TELL YOUR FREMS). You can grab a bear, wine or cocktail and even match it with a few plates of fresh casual food (for you and your cheeky pupper).
The Wesley Anne
Another large and leafy beer garden, The Wesley Anne is Northcote’s whistle-wetting epicentre. Not only can you kick back and sip along to some live music in the band room, but you can also lounge by the open fire in the beer garden because this is Victoria AND IT SNOWS IN FEBRUARY.
This outdoor oasis has no less than fourteen beers on tap, thirty available cocktails, 100+ wines and 100 seats for your bootay to perch. On top of all that, Trunk is located in the heart of the CBD (so plenty of Maccas to hit up after those 100 wines hit you).
Welcome To Thornbury
The Welcome To Thornbury beer garden doubles as a food truck park, which means we can all die now because heaven is here, but also don’t die because the food truck park is PERMANENT. This outdoor drank haven hosts a rotating roster of local food trucks and can hold up to 530 people on it’s outdoor decks, however the real winning ticket is that the bar design is so good, there’s almost never any waiting time for your Pimm’s jug.
Image credit: Arbory Bar & Eatery