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Must-Do Beer Gardens In Melbourne

22 Jan 2018

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An outdoor drinking area is a must in summer; no one wants to spend those precious cloudless Melbourne days inside! Luckily, the world’s most liveable city is teeming with hip locations to grab a pint and soak up some sun.

Trunk Bar & Restaurant – Exhibition Street, Melbourne City

Let’s kick off the list with Melbourne CBD’s biggest beer garden: Trunk Bar & Restaurant. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, the gorgeous styling of Trunk is classically Victorian, housed in a red brick building and surrounded by green hedges, leafy trees and twinkling fairy lights.
With over 100 wines, 30 cocktails and 14 beers on tap, you’re sure to find the perfect sip to wet your whistle. Better yet, children are welcome and the kids’ menu has something to please even the fussiest of eaters.

Portsea Hotel – Point Nepean Rd, Portsea

For a summery outdoor drinking experience, the Portsea Hotel in Mornington Peninsula is worthy of a visit. The ideal place to be on those perfect blue sky days, the Portsea is situated on gorgeous rolling greenery overlooking the Port Philip Bay.
It’s family friendly, so the kids will have a great time running around on the lawn while you watch from the blue and white picnic tables, enjoying a cold bevvy and perhaps some fish and chips.

The Common Man – Dukes Walk, South Wharf

With iconic city skyline views overlooking the river and hearty pub food to complement their drinks list, the Common Man is an alfresco experience that encapsulates Melbourne culture.
Common Man is a busy place, with events such as trivia and sausage-making classes on offer. The pop-up cinema, exclusive to summertime, is a must do. What better way to enjoy an afternoon than relaxing on a deck chair, watching a good movie, with a pitcher of Pimms cocktails and the Melbourne city as your backdrop?
Fun for the whole family, the cinema often shows Disney classics the kids will love.

Captain Baxter – Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda

Fancy an escape to California without the long-haul flight? Captain Baxter is sure to make you feel like you’re at Venice Beach right in your own backyard. This chic rooftop bar is positioned by the sandy bay, along the humming boardwalk and surrounded by palm trees. A popular spot for live music and club beats, this lounge is bursting on weekends by sunset and the feel-good, carefree vibes will create the ultimate summer party experience.
If beer and wine aren’t your thing, the signature cocktail list serves up an abundance of fresh, fruity blends that go perfectly with a beach backdrop.

Le Ton Bon – Gipps St, Collingwood

Speaking of feeling transported, you’ll be submersed in a Southern American atmosphere in Le Ton Bon. From the New Orleans-influenced architecture to the Southern-styled menu (influences from Texas, New Mexico to Alabama), this saloon bar and restaurant is full of character.  
The beer garden is classic, complete with fairy lights, candles, fake grass and antique seating. While you’re there, try out a hurricane cocktail – a New Orleans special – to cap it all off.
For more fun in the sun, take a look here for the best Melbourne gardens to enjoy on a summer’s day.