Builders Arms Hotel

Builders Arms Hotel, restaurant, Fitzroy, Melbourne.
Builders Arms Hotel, restaurant, Fitzroy, Melbourne. Photo: Fletcher Photography PTY Ltd

211 Gertrude Street Fitzroy, VIC 3065

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Opening hours Mon-Fri 12pm-10pm,Sat-Sun 11am-10pm
Features Outdoor seating, Private dining, Bar
Prices Expensive (mains over $40)
Chef Andrew McConnell & Josh Murphy
Seats 70
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 03 9417 7700

Many pints have flowed at this corner hotel since it was built in 1853. Its latest incarnation is as a chef-driven gastropub. Towards the end of the week, it can be a fight for elbow room in the tiled front bar as punters pile in for one of 10 tap beers and superior bar snacks such as creamy whipped cod roe dotted with salmon roe. Beyond is a bistro, a stark space with whitewashed walls and timber floors that resound with the buzz of today's Fitzrovians enjoying a utopian vision of pub grub. Fish pie might arrive as a golden-domed beauty harbouring chunks of smoked trout, rockling, prawns and tiny capers in a wine-enriched sauce, and steak and chips as a dry-aged Cape Grim rib-eye with hand-cut, twice-cooked chips. Dessert might be ginger pud and custard or a coupe of peach gelato. Fitzroy's founders would surely approve.