Pubs in Melbourne

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  • Melburnians live for their pubs. Many will have a special local where they go for a counter meal throughout the week or perhaps an obligatory roast on Sunday afternoons. Some enjoy live music or perhaps a game of pool. Most of the best pubs in town are found in the northern suburbs of Fitzroy, Fitzroy North and Collingwood, though there are a few good ones in the south if that's where you are staying.

    The Napier and Rose hotels are quintessential backstreet pubs. They both offer great value for money food (the portions are huge) and there is no better place to watch the football on TV with the locals. The Napier and the nearby Rainbow hotel also have an incredibly good beer list.

    The Fox Hotel has a great rooftop deck, tasty food and an impressive beer list, while the Standard Hotel has arguably Melbourne's best beer garden. The beer garden and casual vibe of the Great Britain is also very worthy of a visit, especially to taste their own beer called piss, or their light beer called piss weak.

    The Tote, Esplanade, John Curtin and Empress Hotel are the best places in town to see live music, with the first two gaining iconic status for showcasing rock. The Empress features quitter shows such as folk and is known for their open microphone nights.

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    Napier Hotel

    210 Napier St

    Backstreet pub known for its huge portions of food and easy going atmosphere. One of Fitzroy's most historic and well loved pubs... read more

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    Rose Hotel

    406 Napier Street

    Great pub to watch AFL Football... read more

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    The Fox Hotel

    351 Wellington Street

    A great local, with an impressive beer list and awesome rooftop deck looking towards the city... read more

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    Standard Hotel

    293 Fitzroy St

    Fantastic backstreet pub that is full of surprises... read more

    The Great Britain Hotel

    447 Church Street

    Great local watering hole that is more bohemian in nature than the more upmarket pubs nearby... read more

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    Tote (The)

    71 Johnston Street
    Corner of Johnston and Wellington Streets

    Great live music venue... read more

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    Esplanade Hotel (The)

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    11 Upper Esplanade

    A Melbourne institution... read more

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    The Rainbow Hotel

    27 St David Street

    Great music, beer garden and beer list make this an ideal choice... read more

    Empress Hotel (The)

    714 Nicholson Street
    Fitzroy North

    Great Local Pub... read more

    John Curtin Hotel

    29 Lygon Street

    Great band room and cheap food... read more
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