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The Rochester Hotel

The Rochey is not just your average local pub.
By Concrete Playground and Gary Brun
August 01, 2023
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By Concrete Playground and Gary Brun
August 01, 2023
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In the heart of Fitzroy, The Rochester Hotel (better known as the Rochey, these days) is a favourite among locals, and for good reason. On top of the roaring fire and welcoming atmosphere, the place serves up delicious and authentic pub grub with Australian wines, craft beers and tasty cocktails, and everything is as ethically and locally sourced as possible. If you're looking for somewhere to make your local, and not just during footy finals, this might be the friendly neighbourhood joint for you.

Its menu includes entrees such as Pacific oysters, charred baby eggplant with pumpkin seed dukka, crispy fried squid and fried fish bites. For mains, think classics such as cheeseburgers, schnitzels, fish and chips and spaghetti and meatballs. Cap it all off with a hot apple pie for dessert, and you've had yourself a damn fine meal. 

The Rochester Hotel

You'll probably want a drink or three while you're there, and its cocktail menu does not disappoint. Think classics such as spicy margaritas, Long Island ice teas and espresso martinis, while there's an approachable wine list and more tap beers than you deserve. 

One of the highlights of the Rochey, along with the food, is the regular comedy night it hosts every Thursday in the beer garden. Hosted by local legend Eddie Duffield, the show is free and kicks off at 8pm sharp. The Rochester Hotel also has a trivia night every Wednesday from 7:30pm and hosts DJs on Fridays and Saturdays. 

The Rochester Hotel

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