The Nunnery’s Guide to Fitzroy Nightlife Part 1: Pubs

Fitzroy has a quirky range of bars and pubs. Whether you want to dance your night away to live rock music, funky jazz bands or 90s hits (we know you secretly love a bit of the Spice Girls), or hit up a beer garden or grab a cocktail, Fitzroy has some of the best nightlife in Melbourne. Better yet, Fitzroy is a short walk from the city centre, so you’ve got more options than you’ll ever need. Time to party!

The Standard HotelThe Standard Hotel

293 Fitzroy St, Fitzroy

Built in 1865, this genuine Aussie pub is a favourite amongst both locals and visitors – check out the huge beer garden.

Drinks: YES! 11 beers on tap, plus a further selection of bottled beer and wine

Food: YES!  Burgers, steaks (including kangaroo!), fish and chips, vegetarian options

Live music: YES! Sunday nights from 7pm

The Rainbow Hotel The Rainbow Hotel

27 St David St, Fitzroy

Drinks: YES! 10 beers on tap plus a range of spirits and wine

Food: YES! Burgers, steaks, vegetarian options

Live music: YES! A few nights per week – check out their website to see what’s on!

Grace Darling HotelGrace Darling Hotel

114 Smith St, Collingwood

Built in 1854, this pub has everything going for it and everyone going to it.

Drinks: YES! There’s a very Australian/Victorian focussed beer and wine list here

Food: YES! Again, a big focus on local produce; ribs, fish, steaks, burgers, vegetarian options!

Live music: YES! Most nights of the week, check their website for the schedule, usually $5-15 entry into the band room

Napier HotelNapier Hotel

210 Napier St, Fitzroy

Another old standing pub, the Napier Hotel opened in 1866 and hasn’t really changed a whole lot of the years; it’s a local favourite.

Drinks: YES! Tap beers and wine available

Food: YES! Burgers, fish and chips, pasta, kangaroo, steaks, pork belly

Live music: NO! However it does have an art exhibition space upstairs – have a look on the website to see what’s happening

Labour in VainLabour-in-Vain-A

197 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Built in 1863, the building was first a confectioner then a butcher before it realised its dream of becoming a pub. It is very laid back, has an older crowd and has a rooftop beer deck with views of the city.

Drinks: YES! Local boutique beers and ciders on tap, wine and spirits also available

Food: NO! Just have beer for dinner

Live music: YES! Most nights, and most of the gigs are free entry

The Rose Hotelthe-rose-hotel

406 Napier St, Fitzroy

The Rose can be whatever you want it to be – the downstairs part is the traditional corner pub where you can have a beer and watch the football, then the upstairs part has been renovated into a lovely terrace bar.

Drinks: YES! Between upstairs and downstairs, they have beers, cocktails, wine, the lot!

Food: YES! A big range of both pub favourites and more upmarket dining

Live music: NO! ☹

The Evelyn HotelThe Evelyn Hotel

351 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

The Evelyn is one of the Nunnery’s all time favourites – you can find our pub crawl there most Thursday nights!

Drinks: YES! You can purchase a bottle of wine ($13+) from the bottle shop next door and drink it in the bar, what a deal! Plus they have spirits, beer and wine to be purchased at the bar

Food: NO! Good thing there are so many places nearby to grab food before you go!

Live music: YES! Every night of the week, many different music genres! Have a look at their website to see who’s playing – entrance to the band room usually costs $5-15

Fitzroy Beer Gardenfitzroy beer garden

243 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

A Fitzroy favourite that features on the Nunnery pub crawl, this bar has, you guessed it, a really big beer garden!

Drinks: YES! All the standards.

Food: YES! Standard pub fare – try the $10 parma special on Wednesdays!

Live music: NO! But they do have a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights.


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