Fittingly named, The Standard is quite credibly the gold standard in inner northern pubs. From the leafy beer garden – the largest in Fitzroy, they reckon – to the loyal locals perched at the bar, this pub (first licensed in 1865) is a long-standing Fitzroy favourite.
Venturing from the front bar through the warren of rooms, there’s that lovely old, dilapidated grandeur feel. Despite its avid following, there are no ‘locals rule’ attitudes here; The Standard is the perfect spot to settle in for a few quiet beers in the afternoon, perhaps with a bit of live music, soaking in the informal, relaxed atmosphere.
Food is a solid and substantial affair –bell and whistle free – with offerings like the Standard Burger, with egg, bacon, tomato, beetroot, onion, lettuce, cheese and chips. Weekends and balmy evenings make the beer garden a real drawcard; watch it transform from a sleepy, leafy sanctuary to a soughtafter summer hang-out. Learn to share and keep your elbows in.