Tucked away in the leafy backstreets near Smith Street, this Fitzroy stalwart is well known to most inner city Melburnians. It has a well-stocked old wooden bar – the pumping heart of the place for many a local – and ticks off all the clichés of a loved city pub with pool tables, tattered retro couches and hearty pub grub. There’s an undercover beer garden out back – a bit short on the garden and natural light, but Chinese lanterns strung up help brighten the area. Otherwise, head up to the newer rooftop decking for a beer in the summer months. In winter, the open fire and warm red walls create the perfect backdrop for a hearty pub meal. The Union Club is your home away from home.