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Best Beer Gardens in Melbourne
Melbourne’s beer gardens are the best. Sure, they’re technically outdoors, but there’s that whole drinking outside thing. It just feels better than indoors, especially if the weather is nice and all your friends are there too. I’ve put together this guide to Melbourne’s best beer gardens so you can find one for whatever mood you happen to be in.
Some have a more traditional pub vibe with plenty of beers on tap and hearty dishes; others offer more of an al fresco dining experience with options for vegetarians and vegans too. Whatever you’re looking for, these places will definitely hit the spot!
Riverland Bar is the original waterfront icon in Melbourne where you can escape the daily grind in an urban beer garden hideaway. This iconic venue is situated on the banks of the Yarra in the historic Federation Wharf vaults, just below Federation Square. This year round outdoor venue is the ideal spot for beers and bites while soaking up the sun in summer or basking under the heaters and warming up with winter cocktails in the cooler months.
Arbory Bar and Eatery in Melbourne is a unique venue in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. This iconic, historic location has been lovingly restored to provide a stylish yet relaxed space where you can escape from the daily grind. The venue features an urban beer garden hideaway, perfect for a quick drink after work or before catching your train home – this is also where they serve their delicious seasonal dishes.
In summer, it’s the ideal spot for beers and bites while soaking up the sun in Melbourne’s central business district on the banks of the Yarra River just below Federation Square. And in winter, when things get chilly around these parts, head down to their sister club, Arbory Afloat.
Howler is a bar, theatre and restaurant just a short walk from Brunswick Station in Melbourne. It offers an international award-winning venue with unique areas such as lush semi-industrial garden area, large open main bar, intimate gallery bar and fully equipped theatre.
Howler’s food is all created with the freshest of ingredients – it serves up modern Australian cuisine in addition to their signature dishes. The drinks menu features cocktails made from locally sourced fruit juice and wine on tap that changes seasonally.
Melbourne Public is an industrial styled bar and restaurant on the banks of Melbourne’s newest drinking and dining secret – South Wharf. Melbourne Public consistently delivers great food, premium drinks and a vibrant atmosphere.
MP also provides an extensive range of beverages, as well as a happy hour every Friday night from 5pm onwards. The venue has been designed with iconic interiors inspired by 1920s industrial flair of polished brass, exposed beams and heritage features; all in true Australian style!
The Hopscotch Melbourne bar is a downbeat gathering place with a beer for every occasion. The craftiest of them all features as a boutique batch from their on-site microbrewery, which changes every few weeks and is personally prepared by their bar staff. Bring your friends or book a function with your choice of function packs.
Explore their tap and fridge menu for more local and international drops, with 30 tapped beer flavours & plenty more in the fridge, you won’t be asking for ‘the usual’. If cocktails are more your thing, you can’t go past one of their DIY Kocktail Kits, tap cocktails or a spiked slushie… frozé anyone? Or ask the bartender to whip up something bespoke just for you!
Section 8 Melbourne bar is a hip outdoor Melbourne bar set in an old vacant car park between Lonsdale Street and Chinatown. Known simply as the ‘container bar’ because the staff serve drinks from a bar converted from a shipping container, the place is quite possibly hipster heaven, with graffiti-covered walls, wooden pallets strewn about in place of chairs, and steel drums for tables.
The food menu offers hearty dishes like burgers and pasta to keep you going through your night out on town. With live DJs every weekend, Section 8 has become one of Melbourne`s most popular bars.
Welcome to Brunswick is an open-air garden-bar from the Welcome to Thornbury crew. But this time, the food-truck-meets-booze-garden mavens are working in collaboration with double-decker craft brewery 4 Pines, from Manly in Sydney. After creating an instant hit with inner north food truck park Welcome to Thornbury, the 300 Burgers Group is back for round two. The team is continuing its northside foray with a new venture in collaboration with famed Sydney based brewery 4 Pines. Together, the duo has opened a new 450 person food precinct, brewery and beer garden in Brunswick.
The Arbory Afloat just of Flinders Walk is a vibrant space to enjoy drinks and Turkish dining from their extensive menu. The Arbory is located right next to their sister venue The Arbory Bar & Eatery, beside Flinders Station so you can take in Melbourne’s most scenic spots while sipping your cocktails.
With two bars on board, there are plenty of options or checkout their events. There’s also an upper deck pool club where guests can cool off with a drink by the water or even plan your next function.
The Brunswick Green Bar and Beer Garden is a special place. You’ll find it in the heart of Sydney Rd, hidden away behind Brunswick’s iconic green barbershop, but once you’re inside you will be transported to another world.
The lush tropical plants, rustic picnic tables and cobbled with blue A large outdoor area provides ample space for picnics by day, while coloured lights make this spot festive at night. Outside there is also a pond and citrus tree to make this urban oasis beer garden utopia.