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,...

The Post Office Hotel – Pride of Coburg

The Post Office Hotel – Pride of Coburg

I don’t get out Coburg way very much. It’s not that I have anything against it, it’s more that I don’t really have much call to head in that direction. I did a quick quiz with my mates and it turns out I’m not alone. There is rarely a reason for us to head any further north than Brunswick or Northcote (and even then my friends from the East and South rarely make it that far). This is a shame because Coburg is home to some really great pubs. The Post Office Hotel is a perfect example. I probably still wouldn’t have known about the Post Office if it hadn’t been for one of my favorite bands playing there last winter. The gig was awesome and I remember thinking the it was a perfect pub night: the band went off, the crowd were really into them, it was a...

The White Whale of Melbourne Pubs (The Cricketers Arms Port Melbourne)

The White Whale of Melbourne Pubs (The Cricketers Arms Port Melbourne)

A long long time ago, myself and the rest of the Tongans (why my friends and I are referred to as Tongans is a long story, and one that will no doubt have its own blog post at some point in the future) decided to do a pub crawl in Port Melbourne. We were all from the inner North so Port Melbourne was a vast and untapped landscape full of amazing pub potential, and strange, weird people. The day we picked for the pub crawl ended up being one of the worst weather days I have ever experienced in Melbourne. The wind was so strong we were at risk of being blown all the way to Tassie and it rained for the majority of the day as well. Despite this inclement weather, I remember loving Port Melbourne and vowing to make in back more often (I didn’t). I also remember...

Pub Review – The Bridge Hotel Richmond

Pub Review – The Bridge Hotel Richmond

In the short history of this blog I’ve mentioned The Bridge Hotel quite a few times. It’s not that I have a particular fascination with this pub, or that I’m friends with the owner, or that they give me free beer for saying nice things (though that is one of my stated aims of this whole blog thing. I definitely can be bought, and cheaply too). It’s just that a) I live close to it and have been watching the redevelopments with interest since April, b) they just happen to have re-opened last weekend, and c) they have really made a very interesting space that deserves its own post. So, what’s the big deal with The Bridge? Well, simply put, there is not a pub in Melbourne that’s quite like it. This review follows on well from my last post about the way...