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Feeling the chill? Head to one of these watering holes where crackling fires await. Opening hours may differ right now, so be sure to check with the business directly before visiting.
Town Hall Hotel
Known for its strong music culture, Town Hall Hotel is a laid-back winter haven for a classic pub meal or drinks. And if bands are playing, there’s no cover charge. The dining room boasts a toasty open fire, while the no-frills beer garden will keep you cosy with heating. You won’t feel like it’s winter.
Up the stairs, past Ferdydurke’s hidden entrance, you’ll find a grungy loft space with a flaming fireplace. Plus music, delicious drinks and share plates. Their gourmet hot dogs and toasties will take you on a culinary trip to New York City, as will their cocktails. Try the black velvet sour, with rum and creamy blackberry syrup.
Romeo Lane is not just a place to enjoy a drink. This tiny table-service cocktail bar is a must-visit for its ambience alone. With a cosy fireplace at its heart, it’s a beautiful balance of comfort and sophistication. Warm up after work with their 'factory setting' cocktail. A blend of Irish whiskey and coffee liqueur, with the addition of allspice and cream, it’s the perfect winter drink.
Adjacent to the Melbourne Gardens, The Botanical has some lovely views. 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. Pull up a comfy stool in front of the fire and settle in for a spell with a warming coffee butter Negroni.
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. Order their signature espresso martini, you won’t want to leave.
Art Deco features aren’t the only things that distinguish The Lincoln from surrounding pubs. The focus on locally-sourced produce and refined gastropub fare attracts a regular crowd. They’re drawn in by dishes like the pork and thyme sausages, served with new potatoes, apple puree and peas. The Lincoln is open daily for lunch and dinner, and does it have a fireplace? Yes indeed.
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. Go on, indulge your curiosity with their banana and Scotch cocktail with choc bitters. It’s positively heart-warming.
The Quiet Man
Shipped over from Ireland for your pleasure, The Quiet Man is a classic pub for a wintertime drink. Stamp your feet and rub your hands in front of the traditional fireplace and sip a velvety glass of stout. The menu is also designed to warm the cockles. Think beef and Guinness pie, or Irish stew served in a toasted cob loaf. Sit back and enjoy a little bit of Ireland in Flemington.
More cosy winter spots
The Journal Cafe
A relaxed cafe with plenty of reading material to browse while you sip a coffee, wine or dine.
Mörk Chocolate Brew House
Mörk Chocolate is a specialty hot chocolate company creating chocolate blends in small batches.
Last updated on Thu 24 Jun 2021
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