Ph: (03) 9417 7700

211 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy, 3065 VIC
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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


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