NileGuide Expert Says:
Great food, great people, great beer, quintessential Fitzroy.
210 Napier St
3065 Fitzroy, Australia
tel: (03) 9419 4240
Open Mon-Thu 3pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 12pm-1am; Sun 1pm-11pm
NileGuide Expert tip:
Order the cult like Bogan Burger and see if you can finish it.
The Napier Hotel is a Fitzroy institution, hidden within the backstreets though opposite the grandiose Town Hall. Covered with Fitzroy Football Club memorabilia, the small beer garden is perfect for those summer nights, and the range of craft beer on tap is impressive (try the 3 ravens made nearby in Thornbury). But most will come for the huge portions of food, namely the Bogan Burger which consists of a chicken schnitzel, sirloin steak, potato cake, egg, pineapple, bacon, cheese, beetroot, tomatoes, onions, egg in Turkish bread with a side of wedges and salad. Diners have traveled from interstate just to taste one. Never pretentious and always welcoming, the Napier should be the first port of call in Fitzroy.