The Builders Arms Hotel is a landmark public house on Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. Opening in 1853, it now houses a Public Bar, Bistro, private dining spaces and courtyard. The Builders Arms Hotel is a favourite with Fitzroy locals; a meeting place for drinks and meals.
The Public Bar offers 12 rotating draught beers, and a considered list of new and old world wines. Bar snacks and counter meals are available all day for those wishing to settle in. The Public Bar is open every day from midday to late.
The Bistro offers an ever-changing specials board, in addition to the Public Bar menu. The Bistro dining room sits at the heart of the pub, and offers relaxed table service. Open for dinner Wednesday to Sunday and for lunch Friday to Sunday, reservations in the Bistro are welcome.
A crackling, flaming wood-fired rotisserie in the courtyard fires up everyday, offering daily specials from 5:00pm – ranging from spiced corn-fed chicken to porchetta or cauliflower.
The iconic public house is under the stewardship of chef Andrew McConnell and publican Anthony Hammond. It has seen many incarnations over the years – a live music venue, a guesthouse and even a bordello.
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