Whether it’s riverside cocktails or ales among historic architecture, take it outside this spring with these beer gardens and alfresco drinking spots.

Riverland bar

Sprawling along a scenic stretch of the Yarra, Riverland Bar is an unexpected escape. Spend a sunny session listening to local DJs with charcuterie, cheese and a fruity cocktail. Or pop in for bottomless pizza and spritz Wednesday through Sunday. Bookings available from 29 October.

Garden State Hotel

Four levels of dining, drinking and fun await at the gorgeous Garden State Hotel. Find a spot under the towering ficus in their beer garden and settle back with a margarita. Paired with a sizzling steak or fresh seafood, your outdoor evening will be off to an excellent start. Bookings available from 26 October.

A busy beer garden with trees and hanging lanterns
Garden State Hotel

The Leveson

The Leveson is a Victorian-era building on the CBD fringe with modern hospitality in mind. From the astroturf floor to the retractable roof, comfort is key here. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of old-school pleasure on the menu, including a parma with smoked ham and beer-battered chips. Stay tuned for the return of their epic meal deal days. Bookings available from 4 November.

Cargo

The days are longer, the weather's better, and Cargo's colourful beer garden has the best riverside view in town. Take a seat in their rainbow-assortment of outdoor chairs and snap a cute selfie with the glittering city skyline behind you. Then share a Pimms, smash some fried fish tacos and lap up the sunset. No need to book - they're open for walk-ins!

An outdoor dining area
Cargo

The Boatbuilders Yard

A heritage shed on an old wooden wharf, this airy riverside venue makes relaxing a breeze. Take in The Boatbuilders' maritime charm and sip beers beside the Polly Woodside. Ask the bar staff about the giant games available, challenge a friend to a round of bocce or kick back with free wi-fi. Bookings available from 29 October.

Hopscotch

A little further along the river, Southbank’s bars and restaurants beckon. Hopscotch’s indoor-outdoor deck is a paradise for beer lovers in summer. Choose from 30 on tap, including brews crafted on-site. As the name suggests, they’re mad for hops, but anyone who prefers wine or cocktails is also well looked after. Hopscotch is open now, book to secure a spot.

A busy beer garden with lots of greenery and dappled sunlight.
Hopscotch

Pepe’s Italian & Liquor

Housed in a handsome 19th century synagogue, Pepe’s Italian & Liquor comes complete with a picturesque courtyard. Enjoy a drink under the garden’s 150-year-old heritage-listed tree. But be sure to get in early – seats go fast at this spot during summer. Pepe's is open now for bookings and walk-ins.

Mitre Tavern

There’s more than historic architecture at Mitre Tavern, a little cottage-like pub that’s the oldest building in Melbourne. Their roomy beer garden is especially handy as beer tastes better outdoors. Punters spill out into one of the west end’s most charming laneways on warm days and nights. Gather the crew for a classic parma and enjoy the laneway vibes. Open now, call or email to book a table.

A cottage style pub with laneway dining and umbrellas set up.
Mitre Tavern

The Mint Bar and Restaurant

Another historic building – on a much grander scale – the Royal Mint is now taking rather than making money. It’s a fair exchange though, as The Mint Bar & Restaurant serves quality pub-style food and drink. Raise a glass in the beer garden amid beautiful Victorian architecture. Open now, bookings available.

Common Man

It’s easy to see why the Common Man is popular with people of all types. Take in the river views on their large astroturf lawns for breakfast, lunch or dinner any day of the week. There’s also daily food and drink specials and an array of activities. Think bottomless brunch, spring racing events and live sports screenings. Bookings available from 29 October.

An aerial photo above a waterside restaurant
The Common Man

Town Hall Hotel

At the rear of North Melbourne’s iconic Town Hall Hotel on Errol Street is a charming leafy oasis. The beer garden of this classic neighbourhood pub offers plenty of shade in the daytime and twinkling fairy lights in the evening. Music lovers should look out for the band memorabilia when ordering a drink at the bar. Open now, call to book.

Queensberry Hotel

A classic 19th-century pub at the edge of the CBD, the Queensberry Hotel caters to modern Melburnians’ alfresco fixation. With pub night specials every week, it really is like a country pub in the city. The indoor-outdoor space has plenty of seats and greenery, perfect for your next Sunday session. Open now, book online.

The Clyde Hotel

A classic Aussie pub in Carlton, The Clyde Hotel dishes up hearty pub fare every day of the week. Whether you’re cracking open a cold one or enjoying live jazz music, their open-air (and accessible!) courtyard and new rooftop space are al fresco gems tucked away on Cardigan Street. Open now, email or call to book a table.

Remember - things are a little different right now. Contact individual venues for more information on their post-lockdown offers. Stay up to date on the reopening roadmap and check restrictions from the Victorian Government before making plans.

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