As we approach the Easter weekend, the weather is just about holding out and we still have daylight savings for at least a little bit longer… that means it’s our last chance to make the most of the inner north’s best rooftops and beer gardens before the heaters come out! Here’s our pick of fresh new places and tried and tested old faves for you to soak up the last of the warm weather and down a few cold beers in.
The Provincial Hotel – Joe MacLeod
299 Brunswick Street
Sum it up: “The Provincial Hotel Rooftop is the perfect dichotomy. It is vintage yet modern; relaxed but electric.”
Vibe: “It fits Fitzroy’s overall feel of hand me down aesthetics through retro furniture and graffitied walls, but brings an eclectic energy with the young staff and creative cocktails.”
What’s happening: “We serve some amazing cocktails and great burgers.”
Why the rooftop? “We have a great location in the heart of Fitzroy, how could we not? We like soaking up the sun as much as the next guys.”
243 – 245 Gertrude St
Sum it up: Graffiti, leaves, lanterns and live music – this is the quintessential Melbourne pub. The space can do a boozy night out with friends around the many long tables, or a romantic date under the atmospheric lanterns and hanging plants.
Vibe: cruisey, calm and very ‘outdoors.’ The wood and bricks work with the ample greenery perfectly, and there are plenty of little nooks to nestle in with a cold beer.
What’s happening: $7 pints, $6 basic sprits, $6 house wine, $12 house cocktails, $15 beer jugs between 4 – 7pm Monday to Friday.
The Great Northern Hotel – Michelle Hall
644 Rathdowne Street
Sum it up: “‘Probably the best beer garden in Melbourne’, according to Qantas Spirit magazine Jan/Feb 2018.”
It’s a huge beer garden here, think sprawling wooden tables, ample sports screens and leafy décor. Plus its pooch friendly.
What’s happening: Monday $14 parmas, Tuesday $14 steaks, Thursday $15 burgers.
The beer list here is ever changing and there are some great craft brews on offer.
250 High Street
Sum it up: 19th century church turned barnyard style bar with plenty of shady tres and a sprawling layout. This is a great spot for live music and standout cocktails on a sunny afternoon.
Vibe: a bit like your favourite relatives house. Spacious, quirky and a very very comfortable. It’s hard not to feel at home here.
What’s happening: Mondays $14.99 Roo & Wine, Wednesdays $12 Pie Night
Monday -Friday $15 Coburg Jugs until 6pm
The Brunswick Green – Marrit Postema
313 Sydney Road
Sum it up: “The garden has always been the main attraction at The Brunswick Green… we’ve made sure it remains a green lush space full now of tropical plants.”
Vibe: “Hopefully warm and welcoming! We’re a relaxed environment free of pretentions. Everyone is welcome! It’s a bit like walking into an op shop at first and then it just keeps on going out the back. You wouldn’t know about the garden from glancing in.”
Summer drink tips: “Sangria, summer beers in the bottle range, and unusual tasty mixers for spirits like rose lemonade.”
Garden Lords – Ryan Parker
Rear of 15a Union Street
Sum it up: “A place to be for people to hang out and talk… it’s a garden with services – alcohol, soft drinks and food.”
This spot’s only been open a few months, but already it’s getting the locals excited with it’s welcoming atmosphere.
Vibe: “as my friend Hamish said Garden Lords is like living in real live episode of Burke’s Backyard with better banter.”
What’s on: it’s all happening at Garden Lords. Inside, there’s a fern garden that’s going to be “even more phantasmagorical than the outside,” and there’ll also be “sleepy jazz Sunday’s” on the horizon. The outdoor kitchen will also be banging out some tasty food that’s going to be “pretty standout but minimalist. Really easy hand held food with no sit down required.”
Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall – Sylia Vincenz and Guy Greenstone
100 Gipps Street
Sum it up: Beer lovers heaven. There’s a brewery onsite, a 24-tap bar, and a great beer garden to enjoy a pint in.
A retractable roof over the space means you can still catch some beer garden vibes on those less desirable Melbourne days.
Vibe: European beer hall meets old style Melbourne pub. There’s plenty of wood, an exposed rafter roof and a perfect mix of clean lines and industrial finishes. Fairy lights and bulk greenery add to the atmosphere.
What’s happening: Exciting news, for environment conscious beer lovers… “Stomping Ground will soon be brewing their beer using solar power.”
Feature Image Credit: The Provincial Hotel Facebook Page