When you’re blue-lipped and shivering, there are plenty of pubs and bars to warm you to your numb toes. Head to one of these watering holes – crackling fires await.
Town Hall Hotel
Known for its strong live music culture, the Town Hall Hotel hosts regular local bands throughout the week. The dining room boasts a toasty open fire, while a no-frills beer garden is fully equipped to keep you cosy with heating. You won’t feel like it’s winter.
Romeo Lane is not just a place to go enjoy a drink… it’s much more than that. Balancing senses of comfort and sophistication31 with its cosy fireplace setting and beautiful drinks and snacks, this bar is a must try for its ambience alone. Warm up after work with their Bees Kiss signature cocktail, made of Jamaican rum, honey and cream, the perfect winter drink.
Up the stairs, past Ferdydurke‘s hidden entrance, find a grungy loft space with a flickering fireplace, music, delicious cocktails and share plates. Their gourmet hotdogs and toasties will warm you up and take you on a culinary trip to New York City.
Art Deco features aren’t the only things that distinguish The Lincoln from surrounding pubs. Their proud focus on sustainable, locally-sourced produce and refined pub-style fare attracts a regular crowd. Try the salt grass merguez-spiced lamb shoulder with triple cooked chips on the side.
A nod to Melbourne’s old docking and shipping precinct, the Woolshed Pub is anything but out-dated. A sleek, sophisticated open space marries excellent dining with casual entertaining. Nibble on bar snacks with a cocktail on the side, or enjoy a lazy lunch in the restaurant section.
Mont Plonk at Melbourne Public
Embrace the cold, without the chills. Melbourne Public’s terrace has been transformed into Mont Plonk, an après ski-inspired bar, complete with sheepskin rugs and open fire-pits. Warm your hands with mulled wine, alcoholic gingerbread eggnog and delicious foodie treats.
Adjacent to Melbourne’s Botanical Gardens, The Botanical has some lovely views. A cafe, luxury restaurant and bottle shop rolled into one venue, there’s bound to be a spot that tickles your fancy. The fireplace in the main bar will tempt most winter foodies.
Westin Melbourne Lobby Lounge
A lazy afternoon with a book and a cup of tea, pre-theatre cocktails, drinks with colleagues or first date wines – The Westin’s Lobby Lounge can do it all. Sit by the fireplace in the cosy and elegant atmosphere and take in the setting… you won’t want to leave.