Melbourne's oldest suburb is also home to some of its best cafes.
Right now, nowhere in Melbourne better represents the culinary zeitgeist.
Where to shop in Melbourne's oldest suburb.
Fitzroy’s quieter counterpart packs almost as many excellent restaurants, including the 20-year-old institution, Moroccan Soup Bar.
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This cocktail bar's eye for detail is second to none – it even has an in-house ice company to ensure every drink gets the perfect block.
Under the stewardship of star chef Andrew McConnell, this classic old boozer feels as vital as ever.
A sleek, minimalist bar with craft beers, natural wines and food made to complement the booze.
A cosy corner pub nestled down the backstreets of Fitzroy that's a great place to call your local.
Rockwell and Sons and Attica meet to create a Fitzroy drinking den.
Pairs a mid-century European fit-out with modern, effortless cool. Try toasties and coffee in the morning; and oysters and wine at night.
Old-school Fitzroy cool, constructed by tacos and craft beer.
Seinfeld fans, this one’s for you – a bar themed entirely around George Costanza.
This suave cocktail bar is consistently recognised in global polls, and for good reason. There's no drink the staff here can't make to perfection.
A comfortable and understated local pub with live music.
Submerged in a neon-lavender glow, this 22-seat cyberpunk grotto has KISS on the stereo, highball cocktails from one of Melbourne’s best, and charcoal-grilled skewers from a chef who’s spent time at Momofuku Seiobo and The Town Mouse.
The drinks at this dive-y spot range from booze-free to “boozy AF”. Choose wisely – there’s a potent fairy floss liqueur and green Chartreuse combination on the list.
The top floor at 127 Brunswick Street is the place to start an evening.
Ascend three flights of stairs to reach this convivial loft, where arched windows offer city views.
A local’s bar for locals and visitors alike.
What’s a po’ boy without some gin to wash it down? Head to Huey Long’s, a New Orleans-inspired dive bar out the back of Smith Street’s Po’ Boy Quarter.
A Brunswick Street bar wholly dedicated to rum.
A bourbon bar on Brunswick Street that celebrates the things that make American drinking culture great.
150-plus craft beers in a laid back atmosphere with a “no pretension” rule and food delivered from your favourite local spots.
A lush courtyard-diner from a seasoned hospo crew.
Phil Collins Singalongs at a ’70s-inspired disco dive bar
An easygoing cocktail bar from two former nightclub bartenders. With local brewers on tap and syrups brewed in-house.
Like drinking at your cool grandma’s house.
Cocktails, fine liquor, obscure beer and sport aren’t obvious bedfellows, but it works here.
Choose from 1500 beers to take home, or drink in and match with a cheese plate
A whisky bar with 300-plus rare bottles, including one-off releases never to be made again.
An unpretentious spot for great beer, live music and authentic Philly cheesesteaks.
An outdoor drinking spot in Fitzroy that’s more relaxed, and smaller, than its older sibling.
Fitzroy’s oldest and best-loved pub still has its soul after a refurb.
A north-side iteration of the Port Melbourne wine bar.
House, techno and a trove of Australian whiskies.
An arcade for grown-ups, where you can sink good cocktails over a game of Pac Man or Street Fighter.
A classic pub in Fitzroy for a good feed and a knock-off pint in the sun.
The first bar in Melbourne – and still the best – to ditch all international spirits in favour of a 100 per cent Australian list.
A live music staple in the centre of Fitzroy.
More cocktails by The Everleigh in a dark, candlelit bar next door.
Pinball machines, table tennis, pool and bocce with decent cocktails? Believe it.
Take everything you think you know about tequila and shelve it.
A gold-standard, inner-northern pub.
A little bit gritty, a little bit dingy, but with its heart well and truly in the right place.
One of Brunswick Street's classic bars still serving vodka from an old distillery in Fitzroy.
If Johnny Cash and Nick Cave had a drink together in a Fitzroy bar it would probably be at The Commercial Club Hotel.
This Brunswick Street institution has been mixing cocktails for two decades, and it has just as much character as you'd expect.
A historic Fitzroy pub with a modern interior.
A pub from the couple behind Vic Bar, The Aviary and Dr Morse.
A good old late night bar sporting character in spades.
An archetypical inner-city pub in the back streets of Fitzroy.