Melbourne Pubs With Fireplaces to Cosy up to this Winter
Wine and dine you way through winter with crackling fires, hearty roasts and seasonal hot beverages at these charming Melbourne pubs with fireplaces.
During the cooler months, Melbourne’s pubs truly come into their own with venues lighting up their fireplaces, adding hearty roasts to their menus and brewing aromatic mulled wines. There’s nowhere that’s more inviting. So, get ready to snuggle up, these are Melbourne’s cosiest pubs to curl up in this winter.
This Collingwood pub is in its element during the colder months, with its intimate candlelit bar, snug nooks and roaring fireplaces. If that’s not enough to lure you in from the cold, they also do a mean Sunday roast, served with winter vegetables in a cast iron pot.
114 Smith Street, Collingwood
An unpretentious pub with a quaint fireplace in the bistro, but if you’re feeling like some fresh air you can grab a blanket and settle in under the courtyard’s glowing heaters. Still a little chilly? A quick snuggle with Billy, the pub’s resident Staffordshire Terrier will easily fix that.
505-507 City Road, South Melbourne
At 130 years, the Carringbush proves that an old dog can indeed learn new tricks, relaunching as a fresh new pub that’s all about sustainability ̶ think metal straws, waste reduction and plant-based eats. Take a seat in the dining room and tuck into the likes of smoked potato and eggplant dumplings, maple teriyaki tofu and spiced sweet-potato steaks. One thing that hasn’t changed is the cosy, friendly vibe, from the natural interiors to the warming fireplace, perfect for your next weekend catch up.
228 Langridge Street, Abbotsford
The National have winter-proofed their cosy bar with fireplaces, mulled wine and a heated beer garden out back, made extra cosy with fairy globes strung overhead. They also serve hot toddies made with whiskey, cinnamon, fresh grated nutmeg, cloves, honey and lemon juice – the perfect winter warmer.
344 Victoria Street, Richmond
Dig into a delicious roast by the fire. The Marquis of Lorne serves rotating specials, but the braised lamb neck with warm carrot salad, green olives and almonds is always a winner. The 150-year-old pub has an old-world feel, and with three floors to choose from, you can easily find a cosy nook to settle into.
411 George Street, Fitzroy
For a post-work venue in the CBD, this swish, new spot delivers on wintry comforts. Despite its expansive, four-storey build, there are plenty of intimate spaces to settle into, with leather banquettes, a double-sided fireplace and a glowing spherical light making the venue feel closer than it is.
101 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
With two fireplaces – one indoors and the other on the rooftop terrace – you’ll be toasty no matter where you go. Warm lights and wooden panelling evoke the feel of a vintage European tavern and the nourishing meals complete the scene. Think minestrone with cheddar toasts and cassoulet with confit duck.
184 Carlisle Street, St Kilda East
A neighbourhood pub with a rock ‘n’ roll attitude – The Rochester has live music on weekends, weathered pool tables and a bookshelf bordered fireplace. Come winter, their seasonal cocktail, The Soul Hugger, will keep you toasty. It’s a blend of mulled cloudy cider, brown sugar, ginger and spices served hot.
202 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
Pull up a pew in this converted 19th century church, it has a cool little fit-out that is dimly lit with candles and a fireplace. Their mulled wine is winter relief in a cup or pair a glass of red with their slow braised lamb, rosemary and red wine pie.
250 High Street, Northcote
A rustic little tavern that’ll upend your notion of a rowdy Irish pub. From a homey room at the back, The Last Jar serves traditional dishes like Irish poutine, black pudding on toast and potato cakes. On Wednesdays and Sundays, sidle up next to the parlour fireplace for a session of traditional Irish music.
616 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
This down-to-earth, parma-and-pint local is full of cosy neighbourhood charm. The walls are covered in memorabilia and the fireplace is inviting. They’re also serving pub classics, though slightly elevated – the fried chicken’s organic, the parma’s topped with smoked roo and the fish and chips come with fennel salad.
210 Napier Street, Fitzroy
Flinders Lane has its fair share of buzzing restaurants and happening joints to blow off some steam. From the outside, Trinket is one of those unassuming cocktail bars that could easily be missed, but once inside this beautifully unique venue, it’s all about stunning old-world charm. While the secret Narnia-style cellar bar gets most of the glory, we’re opting for the roaring fire and plush couches of the main bar during the cooler months.
87 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
With its polished dark wood interiors, kitsch Tropicana décor and humming ceiling fans, Fitzroy North’s Neighbourhood Wine has created its very own brand of laidback colonial chic. Beyond their celebrated drinks list, this upmarket local has become a favourite thanks to a winning Sunday roast. Come winter, you’ll struggle to find a cosier spot than by the fireplace.
1 Reid St, Fitzroy North
A true local's local, The Vale’s polished fit-out comes complete with a fireplace that lends itself perfectly to Melbourne’s dreary winter nights. With whisky, wine, and a soul-warming winter cocktail list, this cosy neighbourhood wine bar oozes humble charm.
169 Union Road, Ascot Vale
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