Monday Melbourne: CCXCVII, March 2014
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Parliament House. Taken March 2014

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The Gastronomic Pub Crawl of Fitzroy; The Gertrude Hotel
Russell Degnan

148 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
(Corner Gertrude and Napier Street)

While the open air front bar with windows opening out to wooden street furniture indicate a recent refit, the Gertrude Hotel has done it pretty well. Lots of high tables and benches - one lining the exterior wall to offer the aforementoned view out - with a more intimate dining area at the back. On tap are a variety of craft beers, whch attracts exactly the clientele you'd expect in the heart of Fitzroy's arts district.

Meals are well priced, at a tad over $20, but not quite standard pub fare, with slightly smaller servings and a slightly classier mix of ingredients. It being cheap parma night we could hardly resist the offer. It wasn't a memorable meal, but nor was it it shoddy, and I'd certainly recommend the pub for a quiet drink, particularly on a nice day when the breeze can filter through.

The Short: For connosieurs of craft beer

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Monday Melbourne: CCXCVI, March 2014
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Corpuscular; White Night lights. Taken February 2014

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Monday Melbourne: CCXCV, February 2014
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St Paul's; White Night lights. Taken February 2014

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The Gastronomic Pub Crawl of South Melbourne; The Maori Chief
Russell Degnan

117 Moray Street, South Melbourne
(Corner Moray and York Street)

There can't be too many pubs still around with such a keen sense of their own history as the Maori Chief. The three storeys of the pub, surrounded as it is by car parks and modern semi-industrial buildings still awaiting the developers wrecking ball, are as incongruous as the unique name and old-school interiors are in this part of town. A few flat-screen tv screens, and some outdoor tables are the only concessions to modern pub culture; the rest, from the pool table in the front bar, to the pokey corners, extensive wood surfaces and linoleum tables are a reminder of how thoroughly that culture has changed in only a decade.

The meals likewise, do not disappoint, with a traditional offering, and good prices. The burgers looked very good, but I went with the bangers and mash. Plentiful, rich gravy on excellent mash (but can you destroy mash?) and good sausages. The peas could have been better, and indeed, it wouldn't be my first choice for a local meal. But it would be high on the list for an evening drink, especially on a weekend when the other locals attract their more boisterous crowd.

The Short: For traditionalists and quiet ones.

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Monday Melbourne: CCXCIV, February 2014
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Yarra; smoky morning. Taken February 2014

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Monday Melbourne: CCXCIII, February 2014
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T+G Building. Taken February 2014

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The Gastronomic Pub Crawl of Fitzroy; The Builders Arms
Russell Degnan

211 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
(Corner Gertrude and Gore Street)

Few pubs represent the change in the Fitzroy pub scene like the Builders Arms. The last time I was there the cigarette smoke rested like a grey cloth across your shoulders in the unventilated room; while your feet squelched through several decades of stale spilt Carlton. Now it is an bright and airy but slightly expensive gastro-pub with up-market craft beers on tap. The bulk of the bar is given to the bistro, leaving only a small front-bar, some street tables and a few high tables if you want a drink. But it is pleasant enough.

The counter meal menu is a little limited, being mostly snacks, but there are a few offerings worth checking out for a light meal at a decent price. I chose the burger; tasty but slightly too much pickle, which overwhelmed the rest of the meal, including the otherwise decent chips. In general though, I've heard nothing but good things about the meals here, even if the prices border on steep.

The Short: For foodies and Sunday afternoon drinks.

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Monday Melbourne: CCXCII, December 2013
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And the Morrell Bridge, towards Richmond. Taken December 2013

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The Gastronomic Pub Crawl of South Melbourne; Bells Hotel
Russell Degnan

157 Moray Street, South Melbourne
(Corner Moray and Coventry Street)

The exterior of the Bells Hotel doesn't raise expectations; the modern night-clubesque signage, the TAB, and the paltry outoor tables bring to mind suburban monsters designed to load up the patrons with alcohol and lighten their wallets. It is a better pub than that though. The TAB is out the side, and while the interior is modern, it retains some of it's heritage spatial structure that allows you to find a quieter space, or to watch various sports events in the outdoor areas; though, at least ona Friday, most of the patrons are out for a night. There is plenty of room for functions too; as we discovered wandering in there just prior to Christmas with parties tucked into various corners.

The food is respectable, traditional pub food at a good price. I chose the fish and chips, which had a thick and crispy beer batter, decent chips and average salad. There are specials every weekday, making this a good low cost option for locals; fans of Mexican beer, James Squire and cider are particularly well catered for. You can read into that what you will.

The Short: For unbuttoned shirts and short skirts on summer evenings

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