Feeling the chill? Head to one of these cosy winter watering holes where crackling fires await.


Up the stairs past Ferdydurke’s hidden entrance, you’ll find a grungy loft space with a flaming fireplace. Pick a spot by the window and order off the winter drinks menu. Our suggestion? That would be the New York sour, served in a fiery combo of Four Pillars shiraz gin, bourbon, vanilla and lemon.

A fireplace inside a bar
Ferdydurke's fireplace

Town Hall Hotel

Town Hall Hotel is a laid-back winter haven for classic pub grub and low-key bevs. The dining room boasts a toasty open fire, while the no-frills heated beer garden stays warm all through winter. Pay a visit on Mondays for Townie Trivia, and keep your eyes on the Town Hall socials for gigs and event info.

The Botanical 

Right by the Royal Botanic Gardens, The Botanical boasts beautiful views year-round. With casual eats in the bar and intimate dining in the brasserie-grill, there’s a spot to suit everyone. The fireplace in the main bar will tempt most winter escapees. Order a spicy margarita, pull up a chair in front of the fire and settle in for the afternoon.

The Lincoln

Art Deco features, locally-sourced produce and a refined gastropub menu is what keeps locals coming back to The Lincoln. Comfort food faves include the pork and fennel sausages, juicy Cape Grim sirloin and fat, golden potato chips. Warm up by the roaring fireplace as you peruse the drinks menu. We reckon a glass of red goes down nicely by the fire.

A woman holding a glass of red wine in front of a fireplace
The Lincoln's fireplace


Leave the chilly winds outside and snuggle into Trinket. This whimsical treasure is known for a hidden basement bar, but you’ll find the real winter treat at street level. Bag the seats arranged around the fireplace and see what’s on the menu. We love the hearty pizzas and quirky cocktails. Indulge your curiosity with their 'vintage charm'. A heart-warming blend of spiced rum, kahlua, pineapple shrub, pomegranate and espresso.

Westin Melbourne Lobby Lounge

A lazy afternoon reading with a cup of tea, pre-theatre cocktails or first-date wines. The Westin’s classy Lobby Lounge can do it all. Sit by the fireplace with a book from the hotel’s library and take in the elegant atmosphere. One sip of their signature espresso martinis, and you won’t want to leave.

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