It’s Saturday night, you’re feeling alright and the streets of Fitzroy are calling. With bars on every corner, just how do you decide where to fill your glass first? Fear not, we’ve done the drinking for you, finding 16 of the best bars in Fitzroy.
Over 200 rums (including one they make themselves), a rotating cocktail on tap, lots of nooks and crannies to get comfy and a bar team that will whip up anything you want. How could you go wrong at The Rum Diary?
334 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Open M-W 5pm-1am
There’s no disputing this one – this is Fitzroy’s best bar. In fact, it’s Australia’s best, sitting in the top 10 of the World’s 50 Best Bars. Just what makes it so good? We’ll leave it up to you to find out…
304 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Open M-Su 5pm-3am
Red velvet interiors, a cocktail list longer than a hipster’s hairstyle and a long history on the main strip; Polly has it all. Have a chat to the bartenders before ordering; the team know their stuff, especially about absinthe. As one of the originals it continues to be one of the best bars in Fitzroy.
401 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Heading to a gig in Fitzroy? You’re probably on your way to Old Bar where live music sits top of the menu seven days a week. Focusing on the tunes and brews (no food here, mates), it’s a legend of the street and one that makes the suburb what it is.
74-76 Johnston St, Fitzroy
When a bar is home to the original lamington jaffle and a drinks list of exclusively Australian craft spirits, there’s no denying its spot on the ‘best bars in Fitzroy’ list. Bad Frankie shines a spotlight on boutique drops, celebrating the very best in local distilling. Pair a G&T with a Vegemite and cheese jaffle for the ultimate Friday night.
141 Greeves St, Fitzroy
Su, Tu-W 3pm-11pm
This bistro and wine bar shares its name with a famous Parisian bike race, but that’s where the similarities end: there’s nothing uncomfortable or hellish about the offerings at Hell of the North. Casual dining is elevated with a selection of boutique beers, wine and cocktails, all enjoyed behind the iconic yellow door.
135 Greeves St, Fitzroy
Brooklyn meets Smith Street at Panama Dining Room. The New York–inspired loft space is home to a Euro-inspired menu and a detailed drinks list. Order a cocktail and a share plate and get comfortable; you’re bound to be here for a while.
Level 3, 231 Smith St, Fitzroy
Old school arcade games, boozy milkshakes and bubble cups – there’s no doubting Pixel Alley is one of Fitzroy’s best bars. Slurp on a Banana Flipper while taking on your mates in Mortal Kombat, or throw down a Bia Hanoi while engaging in a Street Fighter tournament; the hours will fly by.
95 Smith St, Fitzroy
When it comes to bars in Fitzroy, Kodiak Club might not come to mind first. It should though – as Melbourne’s only bourbon bar, it’s flying the flag for American bars everywhere. Buffalo wings tossed with celery sticks and blue cheese sauce are the perfect snack for your Woodford, William Larue or Wild Turkey.
272 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Climb up past Ichi Ni Izakaya and Village People to find Upside, one of Fitzroy’s finest rooftop bars. An inventive cocktail list is made all the better by a soundtrack of local DJs, making it the perfect spot to dance and drink the night away.
127 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Booze is top of the menu at Bar Liberty, a relative newcomer to Fitzroy’s bar scene. Wine is the star of the show, but that’s not to say it’s the only thing on offer; everything from dry gin to sour beer and a magnum of champagne is on the list. Pair whatever you’re drinking with their favourite cured meat – it’s sure to be a tastebud-tingling combination.
234 Johnston St, Fitzroy
Head up the unmarked stairs by Belle’s Hot Chicken to find The Everleigh, one of Fitzroy’s best bars. With one of the largest cocktail books on display, you’ll be spoilt for choice. However, what’s written down is just a drop in the ocean when it comes to what’s actually on offer – the bartenders’ knowledge opens up the playing field to include just about every flavour combination.
Level 1, 150-156 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Between the mismatched couches, $4 pizzas and house-infused vodkas, Bimbo Deluxe has a little something for everyone. Stop by for rooftop hangs, a bucket of beer and a Don’t Go Bacon My Heart; you’ll be loving life with the first bite.
376 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Of all of Fitzroy’s bars, you’d be hard-pressed to find one better known than Naked for Satan. Spanning three levels – an eatery, dance floor and rooftop (Naked in the Sky) – each with a unique drinks menu, this quirky Brunswick Street bar is quick to fill up any night of the week. Stop by for tapas, pintxos, cocktails and vodka-based concoctions under the summer sun – it’s Melbourne at its best.
285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
This upstairs bar – affectionately named the Wowhouse – boasts an impressive list of cocktails, both classic and custom, as well as a large range of premium spirits, liqueurs, single malts, fine-aged rum and wines to match every taste. Down your drink while indulging in a round of bocce, pool or a board game; your competitive streak will appear in just a few moves.
97B Smith St, Fitzroy
Mon to Sat 5pm – 1am
Sun 4pm – 1am
Wines line the walls at Gertrude Street Enoteca, leaving no mystery as to its main trade. Grab a spot in its cozy space and take your pick of drink: there are both local drops and international wines abound. Pair your glass with a selection of small plates for the full experience – you’re at one of Fitzroy’s best wine bars, so you might as well go all out.