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Raising the bar: Melbourne’s best beer gardens

/ 11 Dec 2017
Melbourne has a beer garden to suit every type of drinker.

The scene of everything from summer lunches with friends to post-work drinks with colleagues, Melbourne’s beer gardens are popular with locals and visitors alike. Classic beer gardens that have stood for decades, renovated newcomers that host DJs and landscaped spaces with high-design aesthetics, Melbourne has a beer garden to suit every type of drinker.

Provincial Rooftop
Melbourne's newest rooftop is sure to be a popular place to relax with friends over summer. Overlooking iconic Brunswick Street and with views to the city skyline, the rooftop sits above Ftizroy's historic Provincial Hotel and takes inspiration from a lush green garden. Menu includes all the pub favouries from burgers and dogs to pizza and golden coloured snacks. 
299 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 3065. Ph +61 3  9810 0042

From empty carpark to one of Melbourne’s hottest drinking destinations, Whitehart’s laneway locale gives it the Melbourne tick of approval. As shipping container bars go, Whitehart manages to pull off an industrial-meets-jungle look thanks to plenty of shrubs and trees. Serving everything from bottles of bold IPA to cocktails with cheeky names, a rotating fixture of onsite food trucks provide drinkers with easy-to-order eats.
22 Whitehart Lane, Melbourne. Ph: +61 3 9602 2260

Garden State Hotel
This Flinders Lane newcomer brings four storeys of fun to one of Melbourne’s hottest locations. The luxe beer garden fringed with greenery is the perfect spot for an afternoon drink in the sun or nightcap under the stars. From a fresh pint of unpasteurised Carlton Draught to a glass of Yarra Valley chardonnay or a fresh cocktail made with spirits from boutique distillers, the Garden State Hotel’s beer garden is a classy affair.
101 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Tel: +61 3 8396 5777

Mount Erica Hotel
After a hiatus the Mount Erica Hotel is back and better than ever thanks to extensive renovations that have given the space a whole new lease on life. Relaunched by the seasoned Melbourne pub owners behind the revamped Marquis of Lorne in Fitzroy, the sunny, courtyard beer garden features hanging plants and tree cover. Happy hour drink specials from 4pm-6pm on weekdays make this beer garden set to become a firm favourite with the local community.
420 High Street, Prahran. Ph: +61 3 9529 8250

The Terminus Hotel
Operating for almost 150 years, North Fitzroy’s Terminus Hotel offers a thoroughly modern beer garden experience thanks to a recent revamp. 16 rotating craft beer taps showcase ales from near and far including highly inventive brews from Wellington’s Garage Project and crisp ales from local favourite, Hawkers Beer. The Asian-influenced menu features crispy pork bao and a tofu curry spiked with chilli, making this beer garden a place where in-the-know locals love to eat and drink in the sunshine.
492 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North. Tel: +61 3 9481 3182

Corner Hotel Richmond
While the band room of this longstanding live music den hosts local and international acts all year round, the Corner Hotel’s renovated rooftop beer garden delivers pints of craft ales, cocktails with a pop culture twist and a menu of updated Australian pub classics such as pies with mashed potato and parmas (local lingo for chicken parmigiana).
57 Swan Street, Richmond. Tel: +61 3 9427 7300

Welcome to Thornbury
As Melbourne’s first permanent bar and food truck stop, Welcome to Thornbury is carved into Melbourne’s food and wine hall of fame. While the rotating list of food truck greats (Fancy Hanks, Ghost Kitchen, Mr Burger) are a drawcard, it’s the opportunities for outdoor drinking in the sun that draw in the crowds. Tap beers run the gauntlet from low-cost stalwarts such as Melbourne Bitter to American icons like Goose Island IPA – either way Welcome to Thornbury delivers a unique experience unlike anywhere else in Australia.  
520 High Street, Northcote. PH: +61 3 90207940


Welcome to Thornbury

Stomping Ground Collingwood
Covered by a retractable roof, this beer garden located in an independent brewery is a top option all year round. Located in an area filled with Australian brewing history, Stomping Ground may have only opened in late 2016 but is already a local favourite with the Collingwood community. Boasting 30 beer taps and a sophisticated menu made for grazing and sharing, Stomping Ground’s beer garden has good times written all over it.
100 Gipps Street, Collingwood. Ph: +61 3 9415 1944

Great Northern Hotel
Founded way back in 1883, the Great Northern Hotel’s dog-friendly beer garden is the stuff of legend. A huge space bathed in sunshine during spring and summer (and well-serviced by outdoor heaters during the cooler months) the Great Northern Hotel’s beer garden is a space to watch the footy, dig into a steak sandwich or sample ale after ale from the 21-strong taps providing a steady stream of the best domestic and imported craft ales including hard-to-find international beers.
644 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North. Tel: +61 3 9380 9569

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