Winter in Melbourne: The Ultimate Guide

6 min May 23rd, 2017
Hibernating through the winter is about as Melbourne as hook turns, wearing all black and ¾ lattes.

With this winter predicted to be the coldest on record it may be tempting to head online, buy a Snuggie and curl up on the couch until September, but buck the trend this year and experience everything our glorious city has to offer. Replace Netflix on the couch with cocktails on a rooftop, cancel your Uber Eats and settle in for a Sunday roast by an open fireplace instead.

Stay warm in the sky

On paper, the combination of a rooftop, Melbourne and winter doesn’t sound like anyone’s idea of a good time but the guys at The Provincial Hotel in Fitzroy and Imperial Hotel on Bourke Street have thought this one through. Perched on the top of The Provincial and Imperial Bourke Street you’ll find massive marquees decked out with comfy cushions, warm blankets and more outdoor heaters than your local Bunnings store.

Some of you may ask “Isn’t a main attraction of rooftop bars the beautiful views?” Did you really think the teams at The Provincial and Imperial didn’t think of this as well? Of course the marquees are clear and won’t get in the way of having the perfect city backdrop on your latest Instagram story.

Both rooftops are also offering some great winter food and drink specials! Make sure you check out Imperial’s Build Your Own hot chocolate station, where you can spike your mix then add your favourite toppings. Alternatively head to the Prov for their ‘Oh crepê’ package including bottomless drinks and build your own crepês, every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-1pm for just $49pp, more details on their website.

Check out snaps of their set up on Instagram:

Imperial Bourke Street

Provincial Hotel

Igloos for everyone

Over in Hawthorn, The Auburn Hotel are making Igloos for everyone, not just Eskimos. Enter the Beer Garden and be greeted with an array of Winter Igloos, perfect for kicking off a night out or cosying up on date night. Packed with comfy cushions and blankets you won’t want to leave!

Go full Eskimo and book an Igloo with a drink on arrival, chef’s tasting plate and fondue for 2 for just $40pp, how very 70’s!

Auburn Hotel

Vegans like roasts too

Vegan.Sunday.Roast. Take a moment and let that sink in.

First came Facon (faux bacon), then it was not-burgers now the team at South Melbourne’s Golden Gate Hotel are making it easier to go full vegan. Stay warm by the fireplace this winter while enjoying Melbourne’s first Vegan Sunday Roast for just $26pp.

Served with house made Vegan roast two ways, roast veggies greens and vegan gravy all washed down with a clear conscience. The team at Golden Gate have also created some wintery cocktails, the perfect end to your meal.

Golden Gate Hotel

Feel the heat

Enjoy dinner by a cosy open fireplace at a range of venues around Melbourne!

O’Connell’s in South Melbourne will keep you warm inside and out with their famous innovative pub menu. Albert Park’s Vincent Hotel will get you motivated to leave the house with their cosy spaces and fancy wine dinners throughout Winter.

The Duke of Wellington in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD will be launching their highly-anticipated Rooftop Bar, creating the perfect hub for Winter nights out. Melbourne’s oldest pub gets Melbourne’s newest rooftop.


Vincent Hotel

Duke of Melbourne

All our venues throughout Melbourne are perfectly set up to help you forget the cold and enjoy the beautiful city we call home!

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