When the temperature drops, there's few better places to be than parked in front of an open fire, mulled wine or cider in hand. Here, we round up the best bars and pubs to do just that. Bring on the colder months.

Old Man Drew

There are two fireplaces at this sprawling Ascot Vale diner.

359-361 Mount Alexander Road, Ascot Vale

The Grace Darling Hotel

This fireplace may be small but it's got a lot of heart.

114 Smith Street, Collingwood
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The Grace Darling Hotel

A gastro-pub serving good food, drink and music in a classy setting.

114 Smith Street, Collingwood
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Trentham General

Take a road trip to Trentham General for vintage homewares and long, lazy brunches in a converted bank.

37A High Street, Trentham

The Post Office Hotel

The Art-Deco pub that always delivers.

229-231 Sydney Road, Coburg
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Le Bon Ton

Wood in the open fire, and wood in the meat-smoker out back.

51 Gipps Street, Collingwood
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Neptune Food & Wine

Canned seafood and wine by the fire. Hello.

212 High Street, Windsor
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The Napier Hotel

In winter, the toasty side room is the place to be.

210 Napier Street, Fitzroy

Dr Morse

Dr Morse has the cure for your cold hands.

274 Johnston Street, Abbotsford
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Stomping Ground Brewing Co.

There are several huge braziers to huddle around.

100 Gipps Street, Collingwood

The Retreat Hotel

The cosy fire-lit feel is enhanced by the original fittings.

226 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford

Neighbourhood Wine

The warmest wine bar in Fitzroy North.

1 Reid Street, Fitzroy North
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Marquis of Lorne

A three-level pub with warming food to match.

411 George street, Fitzroy
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Windsor Castle Hotel

The beer garden is killer, but did you know about the fireplace?

89 Albert Street, Windsor
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Wesley Anne

Candle-lit glow in an 19th-century church.

250 High Street, Northcote

The Local Taphouse

Order a porter or a stout and settle in.

184 Carlisle Street, St Kilda East

The Gasometer Hotel

Live music and a hearty meal.

484 Smith Street, Collingwood
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Lazerpig Pizza Parlour

Woodfired pizza by the fire.

9-11 Peel Street, Collingwood
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The Town Hall Hotel, North Melbourne

The sort of pub it's okay to play boardgames at.

33 Errol Street, North Melbourne

Leonard’s House of Love

A '70s-inspired log cabin and bar with plenty of warmth.

3 Wilson Street, South Yarra

The Alderman

Enjoy a glass of red by the hearth.

134 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

The Union Club Hotel

Keep it simple with a pot, a parma and naked flames.

164 Gore Street , Fitzroy