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The Ultimate Guide To Beer Gardens In Melbourne

By louisejohnston

December 20, 2016 at 12:18am


Chill vibes, a passion for beer and fantastic weather – it’s no puzzle why Australian cities are home to so many great beer gardens. Melbourne arguably does them better than any other place in the land. As there’s just so many to choose from in this city, we’ve decided to narrow it down to the ten best for your convenience!

The London Tavern

The London Tavern is one of the best places to watch footy in the city and has a sizeable outdoor seating area to accommodate the legions of fans its reputation draws. You’re guaranteed a lively atmosphere practically every day of the week here!


Village Melbourne

Village offers an American-influenced menu and a classic Aussie-style beer garden area. The decking in this place on St Kilda Road is a delightful place to pass a few hours with some mates.

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Le Bon Ton

This place is a slightly fancier experience than others on this list, but their supreme cocktail menu and pleasantly lit surroundings make it totally worth it!


The Boatbuilders Yard

The Boatbuilders boasts incredible waterfront views to go with your drink and they even an ice cream stand during the summer when you need to cool off!


Fancy Hank’s BBQ

This place provides a wonderfully convenient location – in Victoria Market – quality beers and nice food as well as a pleasant beer garden among all the hustle and bustle.


Dr. Morse Bar

Dr Morse has steadily become a favourite on the scene due to its welcoming atmosphere and nice décor. This spot is known for its funky, post-industrial design and for being hip without being pretentious. Overall a really fun venue!


Ponyfish Island

This is a truly unique beer garden! Pop in and experience a few drinks underneath a bridge in the middle of the Yarra with the downtown skyline as your background.


College Lawn Hotel

This chill spot in Prahan is a great neighbourhood destination for good drinks and solid conversation. This place offers few frills but concentrates on providing a really fun outdoor area for its patrons to enjoy.


Northcote Social Club

The Social Club’s split level-design beer garden is easily one of the best in the city. This place is also known for having good value live music and great food options. It even has a misting system which vents from the ceilings – pair that with a tall, cold one and you’ve the greatest known recipe to a sticky day known to man in your hands.


The Retreat Hotel

This place hasn’t looked to others in formulating its design and has ended up a favourite because it provides something different. It’s a lovely vintage-themed spot with a surprising food menu (a mixture of Aussie grub and Mexican food). The perfect spot for laid back drinks in pleasant surroundings.



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