The Standard Hotel resides in the charming town of Fitzroy. It was born in an age when a horse drawn cart was the only means of transport and it still remains a well kept secret, buried in the maze of one-way back streets. It’s a place that more often than not, people believe they have been, however are not entirely sure they have. Either due to the rambling, timeless décor or perhaps the many fine ale’s consumed during their residency, who knows. But, we think it is a swell watering hole.
The Standard Hotel was first built in the 1860′s and then rebuilt after fire tore through it in the 1920′s, leaving the locals thirsty. Paul has been running the pub for quite a number of years now and actually acquired ownership of the hotel around a year ago. Paul’s passion for the hotel is strong; “I really just want to house a cozy, no bullshit atmosphere for the locals”.
This quaint hotel offers comfort in all of Melbourne’s many seasons… A flickering fire is positioned for those cuddles in the depths of winter as well as a never ending courtyard with a lush leafy lining for shade in warm afternoons. Honest, homely and humble, the environment of this pub is nicely understated and also supports local musicians with the occasional live gig.
Be sure to pop in some time and let the team pour you a tasty ale, or lager.
(Words & photos by Dean)