Open: Mon-Tue 3pm-11pm, Wed-Sat midday-11pm, Sun midday-9pm
Fitzroy is the pub capital of Australia. The suburb has more bars huddled within a few square kilometres than anywhere else this side of the equator. Despite the fierce competition, The Standard Hotel has long been a local favourite. It might not look like much from the outside - a slightly rundown colonial building on a nondescript corner - but there's plenty of charm to be found inside. The Standard is an old-fashioned pub, one that derives its character from the customers and local traditions. The front bar is basically an elaborate shrine to Fitzroy and is adorned with countless old pictures, paintings, local football trophies and misc bric-a-brac relating to the suburb. All this is complimented with a rustic, country feel - complete with cowboy mural and staff in check shirts. And let's not forget a large outdoor beer garden. While the drinks are nothing to get excited about - it's all beers and basic spirits - The Standard is dripping with charm. Set a block back from the main hustle of Brunswick Street, it's a local favourite and is filled with designers, students and musicians throughout the week. There may be a whole lot of pubs around Fitzroy, but The Standard is one of the best.