Builders Arms Hotel

211 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy, 3065 VIC
(03) 9417 7700

Opening Hours

SUN 12:00pm - 11:00pm
MON 12:00pm - 11:00pm
TUE 12:00pm - 11:00pm
WED 12:00pm - 11:00pm
THU 12:00pm - 11:00pm
FRI 12:00pm - 11:00pm
SAT 12:00pm - 11:00pm

The Details

  • Modern Australian
Need to Know
  • Function Space
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Dates
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
In the mood for
  • Beer
  • Cocktails
  • Great Pub Food
  • Wine
Need to know
  • Bar Snacks
  • Full Food Menu

Own this business? Click here to claim your page.

The Verdict

Smack bang on the corner of Gertrude and Gore St, we can guarantee you will have noticed the punters sitting outside the Builders Arms on a sunny afternoon. This place is a died-in-the-wool Melbourne staple. 

Step inside and you’ll find a fantastic bistro-style restaurant, fancy dining area, and cute hidden beer garden, all headed up by Andrew McConnell of Supernormal, Cumulus Inc. and Cutler & Co fame.

One of the more low-key venues under the superstar chef’s name, Builders Arms is all about relaxed vibes and simple food. For a while there they were running a Chinese yum cha theme (Ricky & Pinky, RIP), but it's back to pub-y basics now.

If you're here for drool-worthy comfort food, the fish pie is guaranteed to hit the spot. Looking to share? The roast pork shoulder, loaded with applesauce, crisp cabbage salad, lemon dressing and shatter-crisp crackling is the ultimate winter warmer.

If you’re not in the mood for a big feed (we can’t relate), take a seat at the Public Bar, AKA the heart and soul of Builders Arms. They've been pulling pints here for over 160 years.

Stop by for a casual beer or pinot, or go all-out with a few cheeky cocktails. Their espresso martinis are the bomb. There’s bar snacks to match, of course, including artichoke and zucchini fritters, hand-rolled agnolotti, veal chop parmas, onion rings and fries.

These guys have also just introduced a Steak Night every Monday. For just $19 bucks, you can get your hands (and your mouth) on a 250g Meatsmith porterhouse with a side of chips and salad, and a glass of wine to match. 

Not a red meat fan? They’ve got you covered with Charcoal Chicken Tuesdays. Again, for $19 bucks, you can get yourself half a free-range bird, chargrilled on rôtisserie, served with polenta and chimi de rapa. Nice. 

So, is it a pub? Is it a bar-restaurant-beer-garden-thing? Who cares. The only question you should be asking is, "Can I have another round of the whipped cod roe? And throw in an Elderflower Sour?"

Image credit: Kristoffer Paulsen

You May Also Like

Bars & Pubs
Rupert On Rupert
Collingwood, VIC

You know you’re a proper Collingwood local when you ditch Smith St for places… Read More +

Son In Law
Collingwood, VIC

The son-in-law you wished you had—Son In Law offers seasonal dishes in addition… Read More +