We have picked our favourite four Melbourne joints that are perfect for a pint next to the fire during the winter, and a parma in the sun during the summer.
No matter the weather, we always enjoy a cosy old pub. All of these places have food to complement the feel of the pub, all offering tasty, hearty meals, perfect for sharing with family or friends.
The Local Taphouse [184 Carlisle Street, St Kilda East] is a bit of an anomaly. Where else can you find an indoor bocce pit and over 30 beers on tap? The vibe of the Taphouse is very relaxed, expect to be welcomed as you enter the doors. Take a seat down stairs around the many taps, and speak to your knowledgeable bar tender about what’s popular at the moment.
The Local Taphouse is famous for its comedy night, Local Laughs, run by Janet McLeod. It is the longest running weekly comedy night in Melbourne and has housed some of the best names in the business. The gags are flowing every Monday night, and are a perfect way to begin your week. The Taphouse also has live bands and DJs over the weekend, with a not to be missed trivia night on Sundays.
What really makes this pub cosy is the food and the fireplace. The pub menu is very much that, it doesn’t stray too far into the elaborate dining room menus that so many Melbourne pubs seem to have adopted. You will find all the staples including their award winning chicken parma. We suggest you order up the slow roasted lamb shoulder, roasted pumpkin and broccolini (perfect for two people) and head to the roof top beer garden. This may not be very tempting in the cooler months but upstairs sits a great fireplace, and we promise that with your hot food and warm fire, you will be very cosy!
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It felt wrong to create a list about cosy pubs without including at least one with a definitive country feel. St Andrews pub [79 Burns Street, St Andrews] is located at the foot of the Kinglake National Park, around 40 minute drive from Melbourne.
Founded during the Gold Rush in the 1880s, St Andrews was originally known as the Queens town. The history of the area draws tourists out from Melbourne, but the weekly gigs are what the locals love, and there are usually two or three a week. Like most country pubs, the atmosphere is warm (helped along by a magnificent open fireplace), the beer is cold and the jukebox can be turned all the way up! This cosy country pub is the perfect place to take the family, give them a history lesson about the Victorian Gold rush, and enjoy a meal together.
Tucked away off Brunswick Street in Fitzroy is one of our favourite pubs, Marquis of Lorne [411 George Street, Fitzroy ]. The three level venue has sat pretty for over 150 years, and keeps hold of its old school vibe. What is different though is the variety of beers. Most of their inventory comes in the shape of a can, over 30 of them. Make sure you settle in for their happy hour where all of the fan favourite cans are half price, 4pm-6pm Monday to Friday.
The food at Marquis differs depending on where you would like to sit. There are three menus on offer, a bar menu, a dining menu and a snacks menu. We would recommend something from the bar menu, perhaps the potato cakes with chilli salt followed by a cheese burger… we promise you won’t regret it. Either that or head in on Tuesdays for steak night, $16 for a 300g Porterhouse chips and sauce. Take your steak and cosy up next to the fire, or head to the rooftop garden if the sun is still shining!
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Well-hidden down a side street in Prahran, this pub has recently had a contemporary touch-up, though The Flying Duck [67 Bendigo Street, Prahran] hasn’t lost its old school charm! Only three years ago this magnificent pub was about to be demolished and replaced with a largescale apartment building. It was due to fighting locals that the pub was saved. Many signatures were acquired before the plans were dismissed, and the aging pub was sold to new owners who revitalised it.
The saviours of the Duck were the owners of the famous Flinders Hotel on the Mornington Peninsula. They have brought with them their signature modern touch, but kept all that makes the Flying Duck Hotel great. The dining rooms and front bar are still cased in the pubs red brick skeleton, which traps in the warmth from the open fire places during the winter months. So too is the enormous beer garden and undercover deck, left in its former glory, perfect to enjoy in the warmer weather. For intimate occasions check out the Duck Room which has a large open fire place and enough seating for 20 of your closest friends.
The menu is filled with pub favourites and… you guessed it, there are a few duck items scattered throughout. These include the twice cooked duck leg noodle salad, meat from Duck River and chips roasted in duck fat. Duck down on Tuesdays and spoil that special someone and receive any two mains and a drink for only $58, or take the family in on Wednesday evening for the comedy night!
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