Monday Melbourne: CCCI, June 2014
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Fitzroy Gardens in the rain. Taken May 2014

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Monday Melbourne: CCC, May 2014
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Returning to the beginning. Taken May 2014

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The Gastronomic Pub Crawl of South Melbourne; The Limerick Arms
Russell Degnan

364 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne
(Corner Clarendon and Park Street)

Until recently, the Limerick Arms was the pub you found on local shop-a-dockets offering two-for-one meals. It made the place seem cheap, an impression enhanced by the basic bistro, pool table, copious tv screens covering multiple sports, and the proximity to the glinting stainless steel and glass frontage of Honey.

It is cheap, but in a good way for meals, being priced well south of $20. The pot pie caught my fancy, of chicken and vegetable with a lot more of the former. The chips were thick and crusty, but perhaps needing a few minutes more, while the salad was oily. The steak my companion ordered was similarly accompanied, and the main of similarly good standard.

The crowd at the Limerick varies from quiet to rowdy depending on the night, but wiith plenty of sport on offer in the next month, it might be worth visiting more often than I do.

The Short: For watching sports and playing pool

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Monday Melbourne: CCXCIX, May 2014
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Southbank in fog. Taken May 2014

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

210 Napier Street, Fitzroy
(Corner Napier and Moor Street)

A pub that barely needs any introduction. The Napier Hotel has retained the cluttered front bar and sprawling eating spaces for as long as I can recall. Photos indicate that the clutter is a steady accumulation of years of history rather than a modern affection, and it is a popular place for both regulars and semi-regulars for a decent meal and interior warmth on classic pub furniture. Upstairs gives way to an art gallery befitting its place in the centre of Fitzroy's gritty - not entirely gentrified heart.

Burgers or roo are the specialties and we had one of each; the later sliced onto a parma in place of ham. That gae the parma a particularly rich taste, though not too filling, which was the concern. In any case, the salad and fries are merely adequate and not to the same standard as the parma itself, so there are options to leave a plate unfinished. That is perhaps unsurprising, given the price is reasonable, and reflective of the Napier's standing as an institution.

The Short: For cold nights and lazy cooks

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Monday Melbourne: CCXCVIII, April 2014
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St Patrick's in the rain. Taken April 2014

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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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