The Brunswick Green
The Brunswick Green pride themselves on their beer garden, claiming to be one of Melbourne’s best kept secrets – although if you’re there on a Friday night, it won’t seem like much of a secret. Their spacious beer garden is filled with tropical plants, rustic picnic tables, and the pavements are cobbled blue stone and old brick. With undercover areas, heaters, and cold misters, the beer garden is the backyard many punters are missing.
313 Sydney Road, Brunswick
After being gutted by a fire about a month ago, this local favourite has been revamped and reopened. The fire took the roof, the awnings, and damaged almost the entire beer garden. Once decked with wooden walls, lush greenery and a retractable canopy the walls have now been rendered with plaster and, until permanent coverings can go up, there’s umbrellas providing the shade. Thankfully the garden has lost none of its charm with the iconic church pews reinstalled and the decking replaced.
368 Victoria Street, North Melbourne
From the outside it looks more like a wine bar, giving an old-worldly vibe from its exterior and front room. Out the back is an intimate beer garden, fitted out with the usual beer garden furniture alongside some more art-deco/shabby chic, aged metal and wooden outdoor sets painted in chipping white. There’s also a shed out the back with a pool table and a bunch of stools to sit on while you watch your mates play.
129 Lygon Street, Brunswick East