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As crisp days lead into cool nights, Melbourne pubs provide perfect sanctuary. Catch a band, shoot some pool, or settle by an open fire and feast on hearty fare.

Windsor Castle, Prahran, Victoria, Australia

Windsor Castle

Leave the bustle of Chapel Street for this quirky, beloved bar, where a leafy courtyard and cosy, indoor nooks ensure an escape for all seasons.

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Robert Burns Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: Roberto Seba

Robert Burns Hotel

See why the Robert Burns Hotel is a Smith Street institution. Sample the tasty tapas at the bar or settle in for a long, sangria-fuelled lunch.

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The Public Bar, North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Public Bar

Seven days in a week and seven reasons to spend them at The Public Bar, one of Melbourne's classic boozers featuring trivia, comedy, and live music.

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Prince Alfred, Richmond, Victoria, Australia

Prince Alfred

Hit the long front bar for an evening of boutique beer sipping or roll out into the busy beer garden tailor-made for afternoons in the sun.

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The Standard Hotel, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Photo: Santana Rudge

The Standard

This is how things used to be. Have a pint in the public bar, down a steak, or relax with mates in the leafy beer garden.

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The Grace Darling, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia

The Grace Darling Hotel

Make yourself cosy at your local away from home, where the ales and gourmet pub fare are reliably comforting and the music is as loud as you like it.

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Gun Street Girls at the Esplanade Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: Carbie Warbie

The Esplanade Hotel

AC to the DC with a dose of grit and guitars at the 100-year-old Espy, with its welcome rock, bands, tattoos, steak, beer, and stunning bayside views.

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The Prince, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

The Prince

Get royally raucous in the iconic public bar of this St Kilda institution or catch major local and international acts in the bandroom upstairs.

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Labour in Vain, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Labour in Vain

Proudly local, proudly no-fuss, Fitzroy's Labour in Vain serves old-fashioned pub food, ice-cold beers and features free live music all weekend.

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My Disco, The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

The Corner Hotel

Join the locals queuing up to see international bands or local stalwarts most nights of the year at this classic Melbourne pub and live music venue.

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The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Evelyn

Discover the best of the Fitzroy pub scene under one roof – comfy sofas and beer garden by day, sticky carpets, crowds and heaving moshpit by night.

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The Workers Club, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

The Workers Club

Hard day at work? The two bars, hearty kitchen and rockin' roster of live music here will fix your ills and evoke images of the Fitzroy of old.

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The Bridge Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Bridge Hotel

Awake the adventurer within − the revamped Bridge Hotel is a maze of saloons and balconies, with a laneway running right through the middle.

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Union Club Hotel, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Union Club Hotel

Even before Offspring made it a small screen celebrity, this great local knew how to pull a crowd: good booze, good food, a beer garden and a pool table.

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Munich Brauhaus, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Munich Brauhaus

Pull up a pew in the large beer hall and sample the Munich Haus signature lager or take your pick a series of exclusively imported Bavarian biers.

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Great Northern Hotel, North Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Great Northern

Set amid the tree-lined streets of North Carlton, this reinvigorated classic has been keeping the locals refreshed since its opening way back in 1883.

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The Gem, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Gem Bar & Dining

Step into the wild west via your local pub and chow down on American classics beneath buffalo skulls, Mexican wrestling masks and Elvis posters.

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The Beaufort, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Beaufort

If you've just stepped off a fishing boat in search of rum and pickles, this self-proclaimed nautical dive bar in Carlton is the place for you.

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The Retreat, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia

The Retreat

Boasting a cosy front bar, massive beer garden and dance hall/band room, The Retreat is cherished by all who pass beneath her faded façade.

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Prahran Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Prahran Hotel

Classic pub fare and an expansive beer garden pair with the striking new building design to ensure this 'reborn' pub remains a well-loved local.

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