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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
September 22, 2017
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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
    September 22, 2017
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        The Carringbush Hotel

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

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        Nasty's

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

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        Holgate Brewhouse

        Woodend's country pub and local brewer.

      • Food & Drink

        Blackman's Brewery

        A surfer's brewery and kitchen in Torquay.

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        Red Hill Brewery

        The Mornington Peninsula's home of beer and barbecue.

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        Bright Brewery

        This out of town brewery has a 24-tap selection and a big outdoor terrace nestled in the mountains.

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        Milton Wine Shop

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

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        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.

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        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.

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        Portsea Hotel

        The Mornington Peninsula spot now boasts a whisky bar, stunning events space and Cali-style burger bar, all overlooking Port Phillip Bay

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        Builders Arms Hotel

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

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        Joanie's Baretto

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

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        Woolshed

        A waterfront gastropub where you can relax and soak in your surroundings.

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        Swan Hotel

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

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        Kingston Hotel

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

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        Transport Hotel

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

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        The Smith Restaurant

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

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        Newmarket Hotel

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

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        Benjys

        Lygon Street's dog-friendly karaoke bar.

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        Flatiron Side Door

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

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        Town Hall Hotel

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

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        The Fitzroy Pinnacle

        Fitzroy North's oddly-shaped corner pub.

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        Bridge Hotel

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

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        The Alps

        A part bottle shop, part wine bar in Prahran.

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        Lulie Tavern

        Abbotsford's no-frills neighbourhood warehouse bar.

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        Little Creatures Geelong Brewery

        This Fremantle-born brewery's east coast home features three bars and lots of booze.

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        Paradise Alley

        A casual Collingwood warehouse bar connected to Backwoods Gallery.

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        Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall

        Collingwood's expansive brewpub.

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        Whitehart

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

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        Bar Josephine

        A Footscray dive bar for any night of the week.

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        Pallino Bar

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

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        Bosozoku

        A Japanese biker gang-themed joint with Mario Kart battles, karaoke rooms and a dry ice spa.

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        Garden State Hotel

        Flinders Lane's new four-storey pub.

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        Temple Brewing Company

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

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        The Rooks Return

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

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        Tallboy & Moose

        A Preston brewpub doing one-litre cans of beer.

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        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.

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        The Brunswick Green

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

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        The Standard

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

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        Terminus Hotel

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

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        The Great Northern

        A pub for pub-lovers in Carlton North.

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        College Lawn Hotel

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

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        Northcote Social Club

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

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        Windsor Castle

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

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        The Retreat

        A beer garden retreat in the heart of Brunswick.

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        Hell of the North

        You could easily pass by the bluestone home on Greeve's Street, off uber-chic Smith, were it not for the canary yellow door.

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        The Alderman

        A cosy local favourite in the truest sense.

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        The Raccoon Club

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

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        The Rainbow Hotel

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

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        General Store & Co.

        A down-and-dirty dive where you can sink beers over a coffin or a bowl of coco pops.

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        Nighthawks

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

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        Tramway Hotel

        A classic Fitzroy North pub.

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        Grub Food Van

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

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        Jimmy Watson's

        Among the best-kept secret rooftops.

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        Joey Smalls

        A new small bar for Sydney Road.

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        The Stone Hotel

        A brand new pub for Fitzroy's busiest intersection.

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        The Flying Duck Hotel

        Prahran's favourite old Duck flies again.

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        The Wharf Hotel

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

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        Pure Pop

        An indie music haven in sunny St Kilda, Pure Pop is the best place to spend a summer afternoon.

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