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Cosy Up in the Best Pubs with Fireplaces Melbourne

It’s getting chilly out there but fear not as we’re here with a great way to warm up! On days that just seem too chilly to function, head on over to one of the many cosy pubs Melbourne has to offer, order a warm hearty meal and get comfy near a fireplace.

Melbourne is home to many cosy pubs with fireplaces but sometimes it’s tricky knowing which ones to visit so I have compiled all of these fantastic locations into one giant list so you can start getting cosy without all the searching.

Without further ado, here is my list of the best winter pubs Melbourne has for families so keep reading if you’re on the hunt for pubs with open fires near you.

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Pubs with Fireplaces Melbourne – North

1. The Lincoln, Carlton

The Lincoln is a historic pub in Carlton that first opened in 1854 and is one of the many pubs with open fires Melbourne wide. It offers a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere that’s perfect for catching up with friends, or just relaxing with really good food. The pub offers a weekly Sunday roast, which is available from 12pm until sold out. There is no shortage of pubs in the northern suburbs of Melbourne but this one is worth a visit if you are hoping to get cosy. 

The Lincoln, 91 Cardigan St, Carlton, +61 3 9958 8663

The Lincoln

Pubs with Fireplaces Melbourne – North West

2. The Doutta Galla Hotel, Flemington

The Doutta Galla Hotel is a historic pub, established in 1889, which boasts plenty of character and charm. The pub hosts a cosy Sound Lounge and is the perfect spot for after work drinks, family dinner, Saturday night entertainment, or just for warming up during a cold winter day.

The Doutta Galla Hotel, 339 Racecourse Road, Flemington, +61 3 9376 7233, Info@dottagallahotel.com

The Doutta Galla Hotel

3. The Laurel Hotel, Ascot Vale

The Laurel Hotel has been Ascot Vale’s friendly local Pub since 1853 making it one of Melbourne’s oldest pubs!

On top of serving delicious dishes and refreshing drinks, the pub also gives off a friendly and inviting atmosphere making it a great place for getting cosy and warm during the cooler months.

The Laurel Hotel, 289 Mt Alexander Road, Ascot Vale, +61 3 9370 5800

The Laurel Hotel

4. Sugar Gum Hotel, Hillside

At the newly renovated Sugar Gum Hotel, whether it’s for kids or adults, you’ll find something that everyone will love. The pub offers a delicious menu, a huge new play area for the kids and a pre-dinner cocktail or a casual catch-up spot called ‘The Social’ for adults who are looking to connect once again with missed friends.

Sugar Gum Hotel, 2 Gourlay Rd, Hillside, +61 3 9449 0455, sugarguminfo@mrc.net.au

Sugar Gum Hotel Hillside

Pubs with Fireplaces Melbourne – South

5. The Palace Hotel, South Melbourne

Looking to bring your beloved pet dog with you to the pub? Check out The Palace Hotel – a family and dog friendly pub that features a cosy fireplace for winter and a beer garden for summer. On top of this, some of The Palace Hotel’s available fun activities include a pool table and pinball machine.

The location serves a traditional pub menu with craft beer, and provides amenities such as high chairs and a play area with toys.

The Palace Hotel, 505 City Rd South Melbourne, +61 3 9682 3177, info@thepalacehotel.com.au

The Palace

Pubs with Fireplaces Melbourne – South West

6. Hobsons Bay Hotel, Williamstown 

The Hobsons Bay Hotel is a newly established modern pub, founded by a team of chefs from some of Melbourne’s finest establishments. The pub features a cosy fireplace and a rooftop bar which offers breathtaking scenic views of Williamstown Bay.

Hobsons Bay Hotel, 28 Ferguson Street, Williamstown, +61 3 9116 8695, Eoin@hobsonsbayhotel.com.au

Hobsons Bay Hotel

7. Customs House Hotel, Williamstown 

Customs House Hotel is a traditional pub style restaurant that offers a cosy and warm atmosphere to enjoy live music, karaoke and the best seafood and steaks in town.

Customs House Hotel, 161 Nelson Place, Williamstown, +61 3 9397 8888, info@customshousehotel.com.au

Customs House Hotel

8. Spotswood Hotel, Spotswood 

Spotswood Hotel has a fully enclosed beer garden that is a perfect indoor-outdoor location for winter. The location has a warm and welcoming atmosphere making it a great place to enjoy live music and live streamed sport in the west. 

Spotswood Hotel, 62 Hudsons Rd, Spotswood +61 3 9391 1330, info@spotswoodhotel.com.au

Spotswood Hotel

9. Junction Hotel, Newport 

Looking for a place to enjoy quality drinks and a delicious, wholesome meal? Stop over at The Junction Hotel where they’re serving up heart warming dishes and drink in their beer hall, wine room and stunning beer garden. It’s no wonder this place is a popular meeting spot for locals and visitors alike. 

Junction Hotel, 15 Hall St, Newport, +61 3 9391 8188, info@junctionnewport.com.au 

Junction Hotel

Pubs with Fireplaces Melbourne – West

10. Gamekeepers Secret Inn, Rockbank

The Gamekeepers Secret Inn is an English country pub style venue with cosy booths, a polished timber bar and a large open fireplace which becomes the pub’s focal point during cold winter days. 

It is located in the Rockbank Tourist Precinct alongside The Galli Winery, Witchmount Winery and the Windmill Reception Centre, can seat up to 150 guests and proudly has a 90% gluten free menu complete with plenty of vegetarian dishes.

The Gamekeepers Secret Inn, 1555 Melton Hwy, Rockbank, +61 3 9747 1000, gamekeeperssecretinn@hotmail.com

Gamekeepers Secret

 11. Ms Peacock, Eynesbury

Celebrate good times, tasty food and awesome drinks at Ms. Peacock’s. A fantastic location that is all about enjoying life to the fullest in an amazing old homestead setting surrounded by bushland. The reimagined Eynesbury homestead is the perfect place to relax during the cooler seasons all thanks to their unique blend of old and new decor that gives off a comforting vibe and of course the delicious food and drinks that give your tummy a warm hug.

Ms. Peacock, 479 Eynesbury Road, Eynesbury, +61 3 9971 0402

Ms Peacock

12. Mona Castle, Seddon

Newly reopened, renovated and under new management, The Mona Castle is better than ever and excited to welcome back its old locals along with new friends and families to experience the pub’s fresh new look, menu and drinks! But if you’re craving their old school goodies, don’t worry as they’re still pouring your classic faves.

The Mona Castle, 45-53 Austin St, Seddon, +6 3 9687 2101, info@monacastlehotel.com

Mona Castle

13. Hotel Westwood, Footscray

Looking for a good time? Head on over to the comfy yet lively Hotel Westwood in Footscray for a night filled with the best live music, fantastic food and of course delicious beer that will have you warmly buzzing with delight!

Hotel Westwood, 28 Napier St, Footscray, ​​+61 3 9847 7626, hello@hotelwestwood.com.au

Hotel Westwood

14. Commercial Hotel, Yarraville

After undergoing a nine month renovation, the Commercial Hotel also known as ‘The Mersh’ is back and ready to serve up the warmest meals and vibes to help you feel comfy and cosy during your winter visit. The hotel’s features include a large band/dancefloor area, an audio system from the former Reverence Hotel, a near-360 degree wrap around bar with a selection of 8 taps serving the best local beers and ciders, a beer garden and a brand new kitchen to satisfy your hunger.

Commercial Hotel (“The Mersh”), 238 Whitehall St, Yarraville, info@commercialhotelyarraville.com.au

Commercial Hotel

15. The Park, Werribee

Showing off a gorgeous industrial-inspired design after being carefully renovated, The Park Werribee is a hotel that takes pride in its delicious food, high quality craft beer and old-fashioned hospitality. 

The building has an Urban Beer Garden, Outdoor Beer Garden and Street Garden and also two cosy fireplaces to warm guests who are visiting over winter.

The menu features great eats such as American barbecues, Marana Woodfire Pizza Oven and more. Their craft beers are also a must try!

The Park Werribee, 12 Watton St, Werribee, +61 3 9741 1441, info@theparkwerribee.com.au

The Park

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