It’s always hard to rank anything, so here are ten of the stand-out pubs in Melbourne, in no particular order.
The Napier Hotel
The Napier Hotel is synonymous with the Fitzroy Football Club. Many a beer has been had celebrating a win or commiserating a loss. The food here is also legendary and there is a variety of craft beers from around Australia to satisfy curious taste-buds.
|The Napier Hotel in Fitzroy, Melbourne|
The Pinnacle Hotel
This is a former post office that became a pub in the late 90s. Highlights are a selection impressive one-off guest kegs and the monthly Brew Club nights. The meals are above average with seasonal specials. There is live music, usually rockabilly/blues
|The slightly precarious Pinnacle Hotel|
A great pub for socialising and trivia nights in a warm and friendly environment. There’s a good range of craft beers, and good value pub grub with regular daily specials. The mixed grill and roast of the day are worth a try. Keep a look out for when the restaurant upstairs.
|Rose Hotel, Fitzroy|
Great Northern Hotel
The beer list here is huge with a dozen ales and lagers on tap. A definite stop on any pub crawl. You can enjoy a chat in the front bar or relax in the bistro area for a top quality meal. Check out the specials on Monday’s and Tuesday’s. The beer garden that ranks amongst the best in Melbourne.
|The Great Northern Hotel at twilight|
Crown Jackpot Bar
Catch up with mates, experience a nice cocktail and dance your night with live music at the Crown Casino. Have a crack at Caribbean Stud jackpot and play your favourite pokies: King of the Nile, True Blue Pokies.
|The Crown Jackpot Bar. A great place to squander your hard fought winnings.|
This is a great local for more intimate occasions. There are cosy corners, a pleasant front bar, and the bistro/bandroom where you enjoy a meal and regular live entertainment. A great beer garden with outdoor bar and a good choice of beers on tap. One of Melbourne’s finest.
|Need a retreat?|
The Yarra Hotel
This rejuvenated pub is one of the best live music venues in Melbourne. The beer garden nicely appointed and the kitchen also offers some different pub meal options. Not the standard parma and mixed grill. Great for a lazy afternoon.
|An under renovation Yarra Hotel|
The Fox Hotel
The beer list is one of the highlights at this pub, with a choice of Victorian craft beers also on tap. A hearty menu with highly rated parma’s and burgers, plus monthly Sunday specials. Add a cosy rooftop beer garden, pool tables and live music a couple of times a week.
|Inside the Fox Hotel|
The Union Hotel
The Union is a top local pub to partake in quenching pints of craft beer indoors or outdoors. Management promotes quality local music on Sunday afternoons. The comfy front bar is ideal for watching the sports, and the menu features good food at very reasonable prices. One for the bucket list.
|Inside the Union Hotel|
Town Hall Hotel
Another revamped venue that has gained a name for classy meals at pub prices. The kitchen uses quality local produce so you're getting it fresh from the paddock to the plate. There is a quality selection of craft beers, and if it's happy hour you won't want to be anywhere else.
|The art deco classic, Town Hall Hotel|
The Tote Hotel
One of the outstanding venues for live music. Three separate rooms for simultaneous music events. A good range of beers to be enjoyed in a traditional front bar complete with pool tables and jukebox. Saved from closure a while back due to the passion of the locals.
|The Tote Hotel|
Anyone ready for a pub crawl?