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Venture north of the main Fitzroy drag for a no-nonsense glass of red.

What could be better than a Saturday afternoon wrapped up on a picnic rug among the dogs wagging their tails and the kids tossing balls watching the local footy team in Edinburgh Park? The answer is a perfect spot to soothe your aching cold limbs when the sun goes down afterwards. And guess what? We've found it.

If you're ready for a no-nonsense grown up glass of red, Underwood is your date for the evening. Nestled between the antique shops and grand homes of Fitzroy North, you'll find this gem showering all the best buzz words over their restrained and well thought through bar and drinks menus.

The beers, ciders and wine seem to be exclusively Australian, including plenty of blossoming Melbourne born-and-bred breweries. The boys here really know their stuff, so if you're not a wine connoisseur, just let them know what you're in the mood for. They'll help you choose something that suits.

The food menu also champions the real locals, including perfectly cooked duck rillettes ($15) from deli Obelix & Co which is just a stone's throw away. We loved the cheese board which changes weekly and comes adorned with a delicious quince and rosewater jam, as well as various breads. A large blackboard and open shelving combined with simple wooden furniture and soft lighting creates a lovely laid-back environment, perfect for afternoon or evening.

A cracking spot to impress on a first date or hang out during the week with a group of mates, we'd venture north of the main Fitzroy drag for this park-side treat again in a heartbeat.

Photos by Sarp Soysal.

Published on July 15, 2015 by Jane Pendry

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