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FOOD & DRINK

The Best Bars in Melbourne with Beer Gardens and Boozy Courtyards

Save cosy pub corners for winter — it's time to drink a brew out in the open.
By Concrete Playground
October 27, 2020
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The Best Bars in Melbourne with Beer Gardens and Boozy Courtyards

Save cosy pub corners for winter — it's time to drink a brew out in the open.
By Concrete Playground
October 27, 2020
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  • Food & Drink

    Poodle

    A two-storey bar and bistro in Fitzroy with a sunny courtyard and seafood-heavy menu.

  • Food & Drink

    The Retreat Hotel

    This dog-friendly pub has craft beer on tap, a pool table and serves up a belly-warming roast every Sunday.

  • Food & Drink

    The Montague

    A classic corner pub in the leafy backstreets of South Melbourne.

  • Food & Drink

    Auburn Hotel

    Hawthorn East's longstanding local watering hole.

  • Food & Drink

    Welcome to Brunswick

    The inner north's fairy light-lit dog-friendly food truck park and beer garden.

  • Food & Drink

    Oh Loretta

    A Northcote wine bar with fun snacks and a dog-friendly courtyard.

  • Food & Drink

    Hopscotch

    A riverside meeting place for beer lovers and friends, where you can get a foot-long steak sanga and bottomless fries.

  • Food & Drink

    Pepe's Italian & Liquor

    You'll find cheesy bowls of gnocchi, meatball pizza and giant sundaes at this 1930s New York-Inspired Italo-American joint on Exhibition Street.

  • Food & Drink

    Tetto di Carolina

    A South Yarra bar with an outdoor terrace, live jazz and lots crafty cocktails.

  • Food & Drink

    Land of Plenty

    A St Kilda rooftop bar and barbecue joint with an all-Aussie drinks list and Milo desserts.

  • Food & Drink

    The Provincial Hotel

    The grand old dame of Brunswick Street.

  • Food & Drink

    Imperial Hotel

    Soak up the 360-degree views on the rooftop of this CBD pub.

  • Food & Drink

    Common Man

    There's nothing common about this pub, from an ice-skating rink to raging fire pit, it's full of surprises.

  • Food & Drink

    Middle Park Hotel

    An inviting gastropub overlooking Albert Park Lake and Melbourne city centre.

  • Food & Drink

    Village Belle Hotel

    St Kilda's old-meets-new pub with a standout Sunday roast.

  • Food & Drink

    The Palace Hotel

    This South Melbourne pub has an impressive list of craft brews — and a resident dog.

  • Food & Drink

    Station Hotel

    This Footscray pub has long been considered a go-to location for steak in Melbourne.

  • Food & Drink

    Union Club Hotel

    A local's pub hidden in the backstreets of Fitzroy.

  • Food & Drink

    Union House

    A gastropub that'll please the masses.

  • Food & Drink

    Welcome to Thornbury

    A permanent food truck park boasting a rotating menu of street food snacks.

  • Food & Drink

    The Corner Hotel

    A Richmond live music institution with a rooftop.

  • Food & Drink

    The Cornish Arms Hotel

    A very Brunswick pub with very good vegan fare.

  • Food & Drink

    The Rochester Hotel

    The Rochey is not just your average local pub.

  • Food & Drink

    Marquis of Lorne

    The Marquis of Lorne is alive again with same old-pub charm and a modern Melbourne menu.

  • Food & Drink

    The Post

    Recently refurbished, The Post is now a pretty schmick St Kilda gastropub.

  • Food & Drink

    The Post Office Hotel

    A refined gastro-pub experience in bare bones Coburg.

  • Food & Drink

    Robert Burns Hotel

    A little slice of Spain on Smith Street.

  • Food & Drink

    The Espy

    The Melbourne music institution has made its long-awaited return with an incredible refurb featuring 12 bars, two restaurants and three live music stages across its six levels.

  • Food & Drink

    Moon Dog World

    This giant, very OTT Preston brewery bar has 72 beer taps, arcade games, a jungle's worth of plants and an indoor lagoon.

  • Food & Drink

    Bimbo

    Revamped and refreshed — this Brunswick Street institution serves up $5 pizzas and a weekly party schedule.

  • Food & Drink

    Builders Arms Hotel

    Andrew McConnell's refined pub offers British-inflected fare, a strong wine selection and a lovely little courtyard.

  • Food & Drink

    The Carringbush Hotel

    This 130-year-old pub is now slinging meat-free meals, wine on tap and more than 21 beers.

  • Food & Drink

    Lulie Tavern

    Abbotsford's no-frills neighbourhood warehouse bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Fargo and Co

    This old Richmond bank is the home of bottomless brunch and fried chicken.

  • Food & Drink

    The Ascot Lot

    A beer garden, drinking hall and food truck stop for north west locals — and their dogs.

  • Food & Drink

    The Local Taphouse St Kilda

    This Carlisle Street institution boasts 19 taps, two fireplaces and an indoor bocce court to boot.

  • Food & Drink

    Nasty's

    An ironically named Thornbury bar filled with upcycled car seats and ironing boards.

  • Food & Drink

    Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall

    Collingwood's expansive brewpub.

  • Food & Drink

    Whitehart

    Melbourne CBD's new two-storey car park container bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Milton Wine Shop

    The best spot in Malvern to buy a bottle to take away or enjoy a glass with a plate of cheese.

  • Food & Drink

    Harlow

    Richmond's Great Britain Hotel has been transformed into an all-occasions pub with a dog-friendly beer garden and lots of barbecued meats.

  • Food & Drink

    Flatiron Side Door

    This charming wine bar and garden is a home away from home for Kew locals.

  • Food & Drink

    The Shady Lady

    Make yourself at home at this dark but glittering dive bar on Johnston Street.

  • Food & Drink

    Portsea Hotel

    The Mornington Peninsula spot boasts new bars, a pizza menu and killer views over the bay.

  • Food & Drink

    Joanie's Baretto

    Thornbury's cute neighbourhood Italian bar serving spritzes cicchetti and bowls of pasta.

  • Food & Drink

    Swan Hotel

    Glide in and grab a pint or dance away the night in this classic Richmond bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Kingston Hotel

    Enjoy tasty house-made pasta, in one of Richmond's finest beer gardens

  • Food & Drink

    Transport Hotel

    A multifaceted venue located in Federation Square — whatever you're after, it has you covered.

  • Food & Drink

    The Smith

    Escape the bustling High Street, and chill out in the courtyard of this sleek gastropub.

  • Food & Drink

    Newmarket Hotel

    Top-notch pub classics, exciting architecture and a dedicated gig space — the Newmarket Hotel is a triple threat.

  • Food & Drink

    Benjys

    Lygon Street's dog-friendly karaoke bar.

  • Food & Drink

    The Alps

    A part bottle shop, part wine bar in Prahran.

  • Food & Drink

    Red Hill Brewery

    The Mornington Peninsula's home of beer and barbecue.

  • Food & Drink

    Town Hall Hotel

    A classic neighbourhood pub serving eggplant parmas from a fairy-lit beer garden.

  • Food & Drink

    The Fitzroy Pinnacle

    Fitzroy North's oddly-shaped corner pub.

  • Food & Drink

    Bridge Hotel

    This huge Richmond pub with a laneway running through the middle.

  • Food & Drink

    Terminus Hotel

    The Abbotsford pub sports a classy revamp but maintains the things that matter most: beer, bingo and counter meals.

  • Food & Drink

    Paradise Alley

    A casual Collingwood warehouse bar connected to Backwoods Gallery.

  • Food & Drink

    Cricketers Arms Hotel

    One of Richmond's oldest and most iconic pubs, just across the road from all the sporting action.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Josephine

    A Footscray dive bar for any night of the week.

  • Food & Drink

    Pallino Bar

    Place bocce in summer or cosy up with a glass of wine in winter at this High Street bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Garden State Hotel

    Flinders Lane's new four-storey pub.

  • Food & Drink

    Temple Brewing Company

    Brunswick East's own microbrewery offering much more than just beer.

  • Food & Drink

    The Rooks Return

    Your local better watch out — The Rooks Return threatens to take its place.

  • Food & Drink

    Tallboy & Moose

    A Preston brewpub doing one-litre cans of beer.

  • Food & Drink

    The Boatbuilders Yard

    Located right on the harbour at South Wharf, this is the place to go if you like your drinks served with a view.

  • Food & Drink

    The Brunswick Green

    This large and welcoming watering hole is a mainstay of Sydney Road.

  • Food & Drink

    The Standard

    The bar offers a comforting retro vibe while outside is a breezy little oasis that's well worth the search.

  • Food & Drink

    The Great Northern

    A pub for pub-lovers in Carlton North.

  • Food & Drink

    College Lawn Hotel

    Relax on the astroturf and enjoy cheap pub grub along with ice-cold beers at this no-frills local.

  • Food & Drink

    Northcote Social Club

    Some things never change at NSC, but the menu is not one of them.

  • Food & Drink

    Nighthawks

    A no-fuss dive bar preserving the Collingwood of yore.

  • Food & Drink

    Windsor Castle

    Sink beers with neon pink elephants and stuffed peacocks south of the river.

  • Food & Drink

    The Retreat

    A beer garden retreat in the heart of Brunswick.

  • Food & Drink

    The Alderman

    A cosy local favourite in the truest sense.

  • Food & Drink

    The Raccoon Club

    With a strict 'no dickheads' policy (that they take very seriously), it really is about drinking better, not more.

  • Food & Drink

    The Rainbow Hotel

    Toast your outsides by the fireplace, while warming your insides with any of 100 different beers.

  • Food & Drink

    Tramway Hotel

    A classic Fitzroy North pub.

  • Food & Drink

    Grub Food Van

    Laid-back backyard in summer, cosy comfort cafe in winter.

  • Food & Drink

    Jimmy Watson's

    Among the best-kept secret rooftops.

  • Food & Drink

    Joey Smalls

    A new small bar for Sydney Road.

  • Food & Drink

    The Stone Hotel

    A brand new pub for Fitzroy's busiest intersection.

  • Food & Drink

    The Flying Duck Hotel

    Prahran's favourite old Duck flies again.

  • Food & Drink

    The Wharf Hotel

    Berth at this Yarra-side bar for a beer and the best view.

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