The weather is getting cooler here in Melbourne, so I have found some of the top pubs and restaurants that have open fire places for you to enjoy this winter.
The first is the Fawkner Bistro Bar and Restaurant in South Yarra. Located at 52 Toorak Road, the Fawkner Bistro Bar and Restaurant is a fabulous old building that has been renovated, refurbished and turned into a cosy tavern that's just bursting with old-fashioned charm and character. Their menu is French European with a modern twist. So stop on by and enjoy some great food and a tall glass of cider while you get warm by the open fire. The Fawkner Bistro Bar and Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. They're open from 8am on the weekends for breakfast as well.
My second pick of the best Melbourne pubs and restaurants that have open fire places is Hollyhock. Hollyhock is a trendy bar, restaurant and cafe located at 2 Waterfront Place on Port Melbourne's iconic Station Pier. Not only do they have an awesome open fire place, but they also have some pretty fantastic views of the bay. This makes Hollyhock the perfect place to watch the winter storms this season. Their opening hours are 10am to 10:30pm from Monday to Thursday, 10am to 12:30pm on Fridays, 9am to 12:30pm on Saturdays, and 9am to 10:30pm on Sundays.
If you're looking for a great pub in Melbourne, you can't go past the Old Keilor Hotel. Situated off the Old Caldor Highway, the Old Keilor Hotel has been welcoming visitors for the last 163 years. Although the building has undergone a few renovations over the years, it still has that pre-gold rush feel thanks to the bare timber floors, polished timer fitting and granite bar tops with brass rails. The original open fire place still works and they keep it lit on cold days. So if you're looking for some good old-fashioned pub grub, then head on down to the Old Keilor Hotel.
My final pick of the best Melbourne pubs and restaurants that have an open fire place is Rococo. Located on the sunny side of Acland Street in the trendy seaside suburb of St Kilda, Rococo is a traditional Italian-style bistro that boasts good food and even better cocktails. The only thing that is better than the pizza at this place is the huge open fire that dominates the centre of the restaurant. Bookings are essential though. I went for dinner at Rococo last Thursday night and it was packed. The restaurant's trading hours are from 7am until late every day of the week.
These are just a few of the pubs and restaurants around Melbourne that have open fire places. Just goes to show you that bad weather doesn't necessarily mean you have to be stuck at home in front of the television. So go ahead and try one of the great places mentioned above this weekend. You won't be sorry.