The Standard Hotel
The bar offers a comforting retro vibe while huge beer garden is a breezy little oasis that's well worth the search.
Even Fitzroy locals would be forgiven for not knowing this place exists. Strategically tucked away on a one-way road off Brunswick Street, The Standard Hotel seems to punch well above its weight.
Outside, an outdated Carlton Draught sign hangs from the awnings coated in flecking old paint, but inside lies a labyrinthine and tree-shrouded beer garden that's up there with the best of them in Melbourne.
Similar to The Brunswick Green, the bar offers a comforting retro vibe with accumulated clutter covering the walls and faithful friendly (be it busy) bar staff. But unlike the Brunswick Green, these guys still serve food.
Get around the parma, steak sanga, chilli enchiladas or the ploughman's lunch that's made up of cured meats, toasted focaccia, cheeses, pickles and a big dollop of chutney. Pair this with a spritz or cider and some sunshine and you're lazy summer afternoon is sorted.
While the large dining room at the front of the pub is great for big groups, outside is where you'll be spending most of your time — in the huge beer garden that just goes on and on. And while this pub might be hard to find, the space is roaring on hot summer days. You'll hear it before you see it.
To make sure you don't miss out, we highly recommend you book a table in the beer garden ahead of time — it's better than fighting over some of those left for walk-ins.
Images: Bobby Dazzler Photography
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