Published: Apr 25 2020
5 of the Best Bars Near Alphington
Only 6.5km northeast of Melbourne’s CBD, up-and-coming Alphington and nearby Fairfield are home to their fair share of noteworthy bars, pubs and late-night watering holes. Here, we’ve rounded up five of the best, slinging everything from cocktails to craft beers within easy walking distance of HOME By Caydon.
Housed in the grand old State Bank of Victoria building, Alphington Social is your answer to knock-off beers, late-night cocktails and everything in-between. The ‘drinky drinks’ menu focuses largely on local producers, with a selection of spritzes, aperitif and cocktails. Our pick? The house special Gincello Sour, made with gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, bitters and egg white. You’ll also find a constantly changing, mostly Australian beer and wine selection. Pop by for Social Sundays, featuring live music and wood-fired pizza, $6 tinnies, $8 house wines and $12 spritzes.
Address: 7 Rowe Street, Alphington
Walking distance from HOME By Caydon: 9 minutes
Sometimes, all you want is a good old-fashioned pint at a good old-fashioned pub. That’s why we love the Grandview Hotel in Fairfield. Built in 1888, this family-friendly pub slash bistro is a northside stalwart, and with good reason. Settle into the front bar for some live sports, stop by for a meal in the dining room, or spend an afternoon sesh in the courtyard with mates. Drink deals include $3.50 local pots from 4.30pm-6.30pm every Thursday and Friday, plus $6 pints all day Sunday. The Grandview also has its very own Thirsty Camel bottle shop, complete with drive-thru service.
Address: 429 Heidelberg Road, Fairfield
Walking distance from HOME By Caydon: 11 minutes
Fairfield café Fifteen Pounds is a popular northside brunch spot by day, and a buzzing drinks destination by night. On Friday and Sunday evenings, the coffee machine swaps out for cocktail shakers, and live music brings a whole new dimension to the leafy courtyard. To drink, you’ll find a solid beer and wine list with an emphasis on Australian producers. Also on offer - a selection of cocktails named after streets in the area, like the Wingrove St. with tequila, grapefruit, lime and chilli. Top tip: their bar snacks are equally tempting.
Address: 21-23 Railway Place, Fairfield
Walking distance from HOME By Caydon: 13 minutes
Trapezi might be a Greek restaurant by trade, but we think their epic drinks list is worthy of a visit in itself. This local favourite boasts a fresh Mediterranean fit out inspired by the whitewashed walls of Santorini. As for the drinks, all wines are handpicked and imported from Greece. You’ll find a dazzling array of Greek-themed cocktails, like the Oopa! with pomegranate vodka, ginger wine, Chivas, lime juice and rosemary syrup. You can also whet your whistle with an extensive range of Greek spirits including Tsipouro and Ouzo, plus house infused vodka, or mastiha and tonic.
Address: 145B Station Street, Fairfield
Walking distance from HOME By Caydon: 15 minutes
Everest Indian Restaurant and Wine Bar
Located just across the road from Fairfield station, this local Indian restaurant is as popular for drinks as it is for its curries. Inside, you’ll find a dedicated bar serving up inventive cocktails and hard-to-find Indian beers, alongside a wide range of local and international wines. Tables spill out onto the street for some seriously good people-watching. Feeling peckish? The deep-fried onion bhajia make for an ideal bar snack; just add a chilled glass of sparkling.