As the weather warms up in Melbourne, no doubt families are looking for ways to enjoy the balmy weather and longer daylight hours in the evenings.
If you like meeting up with friends or family at a kid-friendly pub, you’ll love these family-friendly beer gardens in Melbourne!
These places offer plenty of places to relax, for you and the kids, with tasty food and drinks to enjoy as well.
Pro tip: When you're choosing a day to visit a pub with kids, remember to check for lunch / dinner specials, as well as other events that might be going on at the pub. For example, Saturday night is busy at the pub because of live music or trivia night. Do you want to avoid (or join) these events?
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1. Beer Deluxe, Federation Square
Head to Beer Deluxe at Fed Square for a relaxed drink and a pub meal. The city pub's large beer garden, a shaded deck and open-air atrium makes it arguably one of the best pubs in Melbourne CBD.
You can enjoy craft beer on tap, regular live music acts and a menu of pub classics such as burgers, pizzas, parmas and chips.
Beer Deluxe, The Atrium, Federation Square (between ACMI &, Flinders St, Melbourne (03) 9810 0093
2. Urban Alley Brewery, Docklands
The menu is a mixture of modern pub classics and twists on traditional dishes, all served with Urban Alley beers of course. Amenities include high chairs, disabled toilet, change table and pram access plus a kids menu of pasta, corn dogs, nuggets and fish and chips.
Urban Alley Brewery, G09/12 Star Circus, Docklands, 03 8080 9800
3. Arbory Bar and Eatery, Melbourne CBD
An outdoor venue situated among riverbank greenery, Arbory Bar and Eatery is a firm favourite due to the uninterrupted views across the Yarra River.
The flavoursome Mediterranean-style menu is complimented by an extensive beverage list of local wines, cocktails and craft beers.
There is plenty of space and varied seating options, a kids menu including a hot dog, and highchairs are available.
Arbory Bar and Eatery, Flinders Walk, Melbourne, 03 9621 2260
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4. Terminus Hotel, North Fitzroy
‘The Termi' is an iconic Melbourne gastropub that has been part of the North Fitzroy community for almost 150 years.
The North Fitzroy pubs' beer garden is an excellent spot to spend an afternoon which is partially covered and filled with greenery. There is also outdoor street-front dining but book in early as it’s very popular.
We’re happy to see this is one of the Melbourne pubs with a menu offering multiple vegan meal options, including wood-fired pizzas, mushroom bao and a harissa baked eggplant salad.
The kids menu has a selection of items for $11 such as pizza, pasta, chicken, fish and chips and a kids sundae.
Other amenities include high chairs, disabled toilet, change table, a play area, colouring pages and pencils.
Terminus Hotel 492 Queens Pde, North Fitzroy, (03) 9481 3182
5. Great Northern Hotel, Carlton North
Situated in leafy Carlton North, the Great Northern Hotel is conveniently located on Rathdowne Street, just a few steps from the Capital City Trail.
This landmark pub opened in 1883 and it's one of the nice pubs near Melbourne CBD with traditional Victorian-style decor boasting one of Melbourne's largest decked beer gardens. Children and doggos on a leash are welcome!
There are 22 beers on tap to choose from and the menu is full of classic pub fare. There are usually a few good items on the kids menu too. Other amenities include high chairs.
Great Northern Hotel, 644 Rathdowne St, Carlton North, (03) 9380 9569
6. Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Brunswick
Edinburgh Castle‘s beer garden is undoubtedly its best feature. The space is ideal for a summer session, a Sunday roast, or to enjoy drinks and their extensive menu (try the peppered kangaroo steak). On Mondays through Thursdays, there are good food specials and a large selection of craft beers.
Children's menu items cost $11 and include pizza, spaghetti, chicken, fish & chips, chicken and steak minis, and high chairs are available.
Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 681 Sydney Rd, Brunswick (03) 9386 7580
7. The Woodlands Hotel, Coburg
There is no doubt that children will enjoy the quirky, slightly crazy design of The Woodlands Hotel in Coburg, as well as spending time in the lush courtyard under a canopy of festoon lights.
Kids can choose from cheeseburgers, schnitzel, parma or chicken tenders in the children's menu. Adults will enjoy the variety of delicious food, craft beer, and local wines.
A change table, a disabled toilet, and high chairs are available.
The Woodlands Hotel, 84-88 Sydney Rd, Coburg, (03) 9384 1122
8. Welcome to Thornbury, Northcote
Welcome to Thornbury is a fun food truck park with a giant beer garden which is perfect for kids who don’t like to sit still.
A rotating schedule of six of the best food trucks in Melbourne along with two long bars with beer on tap, wine and cocktails, gives you plenty of choice for an afternoon of grazing.
In my experience the food trucks generally have some kids food options on the menu. Be sure to check the social media pages for the food truck lineup before you visit, so you can ensure one of your favourites is on the list.
Welcome to Thornbury, 520 High Street, Northcote, 03 9020 7940
9. The Provincial Rooftop, Fitzroy
A breezy, re-vamped rooftop beer garden has opened on the top level of the classic Provincial Hotel in Fitzroy, and it’s a great spot for families.
At The Provincial, the food is hearty and the wine list is long. The Fitzy burger is a must-try with beef, cheese Dorritos and bacon!
The kids menu has a beef burger, chicken or fish all served with chips for $10. Highchairs are available.
Provincial Hotel, 299 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 03 9810 0042
10. Welcome to Brunswick, Brunswick
Brunswick’s beer garden, brewery and food truck joint, Welcome to Brunswick, is an open-air, spacious and fully-heated outdoor venue.
Families with kids and dogs are very welcome and there’s lots of room for them to move about.
There are four food vendors on regular rotation with a range of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and kid-friendly options available.
The beers are brewed onsite with plenty of variety in taste, it’s worth getting excited about. I couldn’t go past the fruity seltzer on tap.
The kids also loved the stunning murals that cover the beer garden walls, created by local artists including Georgia Harvey, Silk Roy, and Jarryd Hood.
Welcome to Brunswick, 1 Frith Street, Brunswick
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11. College Lawn Hotel, Prahran
College Lawn Hotel has an epic courtyard bar, beer garden and terrace to enjoy a quiet afternoon at one of Melbourne’s best pubs.
There are 14 beers on tap, a delicious looking wine list and plenty of classic pub grub options on the menu.
The kids menu has a beef burger, grilled chicken or fish served with chips, or a macaroni cheese, all of which are $10. Amenities include highchairs, disabled toilet and change table.
College Lawn Hotel, 36 Greville Street, Prahran, 03 9810 0074
12. The Commons, Melbourne
The Commons is a relatively new addition to Melbourne’s family-friendly beer garden hitlist.
There is plenty of space, a selection of boutique beers plus yummy food and coffee.
The kids menu is small and includes a cheese and ham toastie. There’s plenty of space for prams, and fur-babies are welcome too.
The Commons, Ormond Collective, 557 St Kilda Rd, Main entrance via Moubray St, Melbourne, +61 437 004 372, firstname.lastname@example.org
13. The Palace Hotel, South Melbourne
Dogs and families are welcome at The Palace Hotel, a South Melbourne pub with a beer garden for outdoor dining. There is also a pool table and a pinball machine that kids love!
The Palace Hotel serves craft beer and a traditional pub menu. High chairs are available, as well as a play area with toys and a small children's menu with healthier alternatives to chips like steamed vegetables or rice.
The Palace Hotel, 505 City Rd South Melbourne, (03) 9682 3177
14. Middle Park Hotel, Middle Park
A stunning two-level outdoor deck/beer garden is the most notable feature of Middle Park Hotel‘s iconic bar and dining room.
There is something for everyone at this gastropub and I think it's one of Melbourne's best. Its menu has everything from pub classics to elegant meals featuring the best of Victorian produce. There's definitely a ‘wow' dish here – the hanging lamb kebab – and they also specialise in steaks.
There are high chairs, disabled toilets, change tables, colouring pages on the back of the kids menu, and pram access.
Middle Park Hotel, 102 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park, (03) 9810 0079
15. Castello's Longbeach Hotel, Chelsea
You can choose from several spacious dining spaces – an outdoor terrace, bistro, the cafe or a modern lounge area with entertainment and sports.
There's a small kids play area, high chairs, pram access and a kids menu that's only $9.50 with a free drink.
Castello's Longbeach Hotel, 380 Nepean Highway, Chelsea (03) 9772 1633
16. Wheelers Hill Hotel, Wheelers Hill
The Wheelers Hill Hotel is a leafy local pub that offers bistro meals and a range of sports and games on TV.
Founded in 1876 as the Mulgrave Post Office, this modern pub’s Family Bistro area has a huge, covered outdoor seating area with stunning views over the Dandenongs.
The pub grub is generally straightforward, updated with modern dishes like a fattoush salad. Keep kids entertained at the main dining area's playground.
Wheelers Hill Hotel, 871-881 Ferntree Gully Rd, Wheelers Hill (03) 9560 8922
17. Beretta's, Langwarrin
Baretta's Langwarrin Hotel is a favourite with the #TOTSquad because of its comfortable surroundings, decked beer garden, friendliness, delicious food, and huge 4-level play area.
We love that Beretta’s have gone one step further when it comes to welcoming families, with the Beretta's Kids Club. It is free to join and every day of every month there are special offers and events for the kids like $2 meals, lucky dips or free ice cream.
You can even book a kids birthday party there, with offers such as free kids meals, free ice cream cake, balloons and cards.
18. Stomping Ground, Moorabbin
Bringing people over great beer is the Stomping Ground. They're a neighbourhood family friendly brewery that has both an indoor and outdoor space including a huge beer garden and sun deck, viewing windows so you can watch the Stomping ground‘s brewers in action.
For families with kids, keep them entertained for hours in the kids cubby house, while you enjoy a glass of your favourite craft beer. Plus when it comes to food, you can expect nothing less than the best coming out of their state of the art kitchen with a wood fire pizza oven. The cafe is also dog friendly which means you can bring along your fur baby to at lovely night out at the Stomping Ground.
Stomping Ground, Moorabbin, Morris Moor, 9 Cochranes Rd,
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19. Mt View Hotel, Richmond
Richmond pub Mt View Hotel is one of the good pubs near Melbourne to enjoy a spacious rooftop beer garden and somewhere to watch sports.
The menu is wide ranging, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. One dish I recommend is the fish tacos on the grazing menu.
The kids' menu is small but satisfying, with nuggets, fish or a cheeseburger all served with chips.
Amenities include high chairs, disabled toilet, change table and pram access.
Mt View Hotel, 70 Bridge Rd, Richmond, 03 9428 3973
20. Auburn Hotel, Hawthorn
The Auburn Hotel is an excellent destination for a family meal or a get together, with a beer garden in a huge outdoor courtyard with a retractable roof.
There's a beautifully presented gastropub menu, but plenty of pub classics too – a parma, steak and burgers are all available.
The kids menu is $10 for a main, and you can get tomato penne, nuggets or fish and chips.
Amenities include high chairs, pram access and an outdoor area.
During winter it’s quite fun to dine in an Auburn Hotel Igloo!
Auburn Hotel, 85 Auburn Rd, Hawthorn, (03) 9810 0032
21. Beer Deluxe Hawthorn, Hawthorn
Beer Deluxe Hawthorn's second level open air deck is perfect for an outside dining experience.
The food and drinks are of good quality and reasonably priced, with cheap parma Monday night deals for just $20 including a beer.
They offer a kids' menu for $10 with beef burgers, chicken, fish and chips and amenities include high chairs and pram access.
Beer Deluxe Hawthorn, 329 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, (03) 9818 3944
22. Prince Alfred Hotel, Richmond
In the heart of Richmond, Prince Alfred Hotel is well-known for providing the ultimate alfresco dining experience.
You’ll really pick up those sweet summer vibes with Prince Alfred’s lush beer garden. There’s loads of tables and plenty of shade, as well as a generous and tasty meal selection and nice family-friendly atmosphere.
The kids menu has a cheeseburger, chicken or fish served with chips, or a macaroni cheese, these are $10 each.
Indoors, there’s a kids play area and kids dining room next to the Atrium. Highchairs are available.
Prince Alfred Hotel, 619 Church Street, Richmond, 03 8563 0046
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23. The Ascot Lot, Ascot Vale
Located in a vacant parking lot and former car yard on Mt Alexander Rd in Ascot Vale, The Ascot Lot is a family-friendly food truck precinct full of life.
Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, The Lot serves a variety of street food from some of Melbourne’s coolest food trucks.
The outdoor venue is spacious, has picnic tables, booths, timber stools and fake grass perfect for an afternoon of chillin’ with the fam. Dogs are welcome too!
The food truck line-up changes, so check their social media for updates before you visit. Their permanent onsite cafe serves fresh jaffles that kids love. Also for the grown-ups, coffee!
24. Station Hotel, Footscray
The Station Hotel Footscray is well known for cooking an excellent steak, but they are also very family friendly with an outdoor beer garden and courtyard that caters perfectly for families.
The gated courtyard includes shade sails and an awesome two-level cubby house with play kitchen.
There's a restaurant menu and a bar menu, as well as a kids menu full of tasty items including chicken, steak, fish, beef burger, the all important chips, ice cream and desserts. The kids' meals can even come with a healthy side of peas!
Amenities include high chairs, disabled toilet and play area.
Station Hotel, 59 Napier St, Footscray, (03) 9810 0085
25. Junction Beer Hall and Wine Room, Newport
The beer garden at The Junction Beer Hall and Wine Room is spacious and perfect for a family meal. It's a lovely atmosphere, and there's plenty of room for kids who aren't so keen to sit still.
The menu has lots of traditional tasty pub fare, with burgers, steaks, parma, and also a risotto, market fish and pork belly. Children's mains are $12, with chicken parma, chicken schnitzel, pasta, fried fish and a burger.
Amenities include high chairs and easy pram access.
Junction Beer Hall and Wine Room, 15 Hall St, Newport, (03) 9391 8188
26. The Park, Werribee
Head to The Park, Werribee for a family-friendly experience, extensive drinks menu and a seasonal food menu, as well as a beer garden coined as their ‘urban oasis’!
The kids menu has Bolognese, chicken and chips, fish and chips, margarita pizza, chicken burger or cheeseburger, and the kids mains are just $10.
If you head down to this Werribee local pub on a Sunday, there's family fun with live music, games and colouring in. There's also regular events and live music.
Amenities include high chairs, disabled toilet, change table, colouring in, balloons, board games and pram access.
The Park, 12 Watton St, Werribee, 03 9741 1441