The Best Pub to Watch Your Team: Part 4 – Geelong, Richmond and Hawthorn

Welcome to Part 4 in the Melbourne Pub Culture series looking at the best pubs in Melbourne for watching your team. In this post I’ll be looking at the pubs that support Geelong, Hawthorn and Richmond. If you’ve missed previous posts you can click these links to read Part 1 (Essendon, North Melbourne and South Melbourne), Part 2 (Collingwood, St Kilda and Fitzroy) and Part 3 (Western Bulldogs, Carlton and Melbourne). So without further ado…   Geelong I wasn’t sure if there would be any dedicated Geelong pubs in Melbourne. On one hand, the team is based in Geelong; they have a whole town of pubs for their supporters to watch games at. On the other hand, a lot of people from Geelong end up in Melbourne. I know a heap of Geelong supporters that live...

The Best Pub to Watch Your Team: Part 3 – Western Bulldogs, Carlton & Melbourne

The Best Pub to Watch Your Team: Part 3 – Western Bulldogs, Carlton & Melbourne

Welcome to Part 3 in our footy pubs series. Click here if you missed Part 1 or Part 2.   Western Bulldogs Bulldogs supporters have a heap of great pubs to choose from to watch their games. The first one that comes to mind is The Prince Albert Hotel in Williamstown. I happened to be there late in the 2011 season when the Bulldogs were playing. The traditional front bar was mostly full and pretty much everyone there was watching the game. What’s more, it became clear from everyone’s cheers and moans that every single one of them were behind the Bulldogs. The pub is clearly marked as a Western suburbs pub by the blue, red and white guernsey that has pride of place on the wall. It was my first time at The Prince Albert but I really dig the place. It’s got...

The Best Pub to Watch Your Team: Part 2 – Collingwood, St Kilda and Fitzroy

The Best Pub to Watch Your Team: Part 2 – Collingwood, St Kilda and Fitzroy

This is the second part of my series looking at the best pubs to watch your footy team play at. If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here, or keep reading to find out where to watch Collingwood, St Kilda and Fitzroy games.   Collingwood The Pies are the biggest team in Melbourne. You can walk into pretty much any pub when they’re playing, and chances are the game will be on and there will be people watching it. But there are still a few pubs that are more Collingwood-centric than others. The first one is The Rose Hotel in Fitzroy. Now, the Rose isn’t a specifically Collingwood pub. If fact, they have a lot of old Fitzroy memorabilia around the place (and Richmond?), and on any given weekend fans from all Melbourne teams head there to watch their...

The Best Pub to Watch Your Team: Part 1 – Essendon, North Melbourne and South Melbourne

The Best Pub to Watch Your Team: Part 1 – Essendon, North Melbourne and South Melbourne

It’s been a long off-season but the footy is finally back. I for one am stupidly excited and as a result I’ve decided to do a series of articles about the best pubs in Melbourne for watching the footy. Anyone who has ever planned to watch a big game at the pub knows how important it is to choose the right one. You want a pub that will definitely be showing the right game WITH the commentary turned up to an audible volume. It’s also important to find a place where you will be with other footy fans. On more than one occasion I’ve ended up being pretty much the only one watching the game and it’s been a little weird. You want somewhere where everyone is watching and where each goal, tackle and bad call by the ump draws a response from those gathered...

The Tramway Hotel, Fitzroy North – Keepin’ it Real, Keepin’ it Local

The Tramway Hotel, Fitzroy North – Keepin’ it Real, Keepin’ it Local

I first discovered The Tramway Hotel about six years ago. I’d been living just around the corner for a few years and couldn’t believe this pub was so close, for so long, and I’d never known. I went there just the once. My impression of the place was that it was rather small and empty. There was nothing really wrong with it; it just paled a little in comparison to a lot of Fitzroy’s more character-filled pubs. It was really quiet the night I went there. The food was okay, but I think the main reason I haven’t been back since is that it just seemed to lack any unique personality. There was no atmosphere, no mood. My how things have changed. I went back last week to talk to Chris, one of the current owners of the Tramway, along with Jess, the bar manager,...