Terminus Hotel

It wasn’t too long ago that Fitzroy North’s Terminus was still operating as a hotel, the sort of hotel where the long-term residents living upstairs wouldn’t think twice about shuffling into the bar in dressing gown and slippers for a few pots of Draught. What a difference a change of ownership can make…

In 2008, it was taken over by Russell Griggs, the man behind the Royston, in Richmond, which was one of the first Victorian pubs to embrace the Australian craft beer revolution. He set about overhauling the beer list, installing more taps and then undertaking a significant overhaul of the entire 160-year-old building. A new kitchen was built and the dining room significantly extended as the Terminus set out to become inner north Melbourne’s premier gastropub.

That proved to be merely the start, with the changes coming thick and fast. In 2012, the decision was taken to demolish the adjoining drive-thru bottleshop and create a new bar and beer garden. The renovations were completed in time for Good Beer Week 2013, with the new Craft Beer and Beer Garden announced in style as the venue became the festival’s first ever Hub, drawing huge crowds and ripping through so much beer the staff were ordering more beer within two days.

Visit the Terminus today and you’ll find 32 taps pouring 16 craft beers lining the U-shaped bar that now links the Public Bar and the Craft Bar. The Public Bar & Dining Room forms the gastropub side of the venue, which combines a cosy atmosphere with a great reputation for top notch food. Head left on the way in from Queens Parade and you’ll find yourself in the more contemporary Craft Bar & Beer Garden with a simpler menu of beer friendly food.

As of the middle of 2020, the pub had moved even further from the one taken over in 2008. New owners moved in at the start of the year: a team led by Craig Shearer who'd taken Beer DeLuxe from its original location in Fed Square to a five-venue operation across Melbourne, Sydney and regional cities Albury and Wagga before launching venues in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

When the Termi was put on the market, he saw it as a chance to add a classic boozer close to home – he lives five minutes away – that could become his local in more ways than one. You can read more about that here, but essentially, pre- and during the COVID-19 lockdowns, the new owners set about rebuilding parts that needed rebuilding, such as the toilets and outdoor dining out the front, giving the look and feel an overhaul, and upgrading the beer garden, all while aiming to retain the essence of the pub's heritage.

Thus the various elements that helped it become one of Melbourne's best pubs for beer lovers (and sports watchers, diners, families...) remain in place – the highly rated food, a choice of old and new school beer bars, a welcoming beer garden, a reworked Corner Bar with leather stools and high bars, and well-priced, heavily rotated craft beer – albeit with an added layer of sheen, an outer coating of white rather than dark grey, and a few large murals inside and out.

With the reimagined dining room and new upstairs function room still to be unveiled at time of of writing, here's to the next 160 years of the Termi.

Name
Terminus Hotel
Address

492 Queens Parade
North Fitzroy
VIC 3068

Phone
(03) 9481 3182
Regular events

Happy Hour
Mon to Fri: 4pm to 6pm
Local's Night
Monday: Food & Drinks Specials
Steak Night
Tuesday: $19 Porterhouse, chips & salad
Burger & Beer Thursdays
$19 Burger & Schooner

Open Hours

Mon to Thurs: 4pm to late
Fri to Sun: midday to late
Kitchen:
Please check with the pubs for sittings during COVID-19 restrictions

On tap at Terminus Hotel

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2 Brothers 2 Brothers

2 Brothers

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VIC 3189

3 Ravens 3 Ravens

3 Ravens

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VIC 3071

4 Pines (CUB) 4 Pines (CUB)

4 Pines (CUB)

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NSW 2095

Bad Shepherd Bad Shepherd

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Balter Brewing (CUB) Balter Brewing (CUB)

Balter Brewing (CUB)

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BentSpoke Brewing Co BentSpoke Brewing Co

BentSpoke Brewing Co

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ACT 2612

Boatrocker Brewery Boatrocker Brewery

Boatrocker Brewery

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Bridge Road Brewers Bridge Road Brewers

Bridge Road Brewers

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Bright Brewery Bright Brewery

Bright Brewery

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Dainton Brewery & Taphouse Dainton Brewery & Taphouse

Dainton Brewery & Taphouse

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Deeds Brewing Deeds Brewing

Deeds Brewing

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VIC 3146

Feral Brewing (CCA) Feral Brewing (CCA)

Feral Brewing (CCA)

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Fixation Brewing Co Fixation Brewing Co

Fixation Brewing Co

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VIC 3066

Fury & Son Fury & Son

Fury & Son

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Grifter Brewing Company Grifter Brewing Company

Grifter Brewing Company

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Hargreaves Hill Hargreaves Hill

Hargreaves Hill

Factory 60
64-86 Beresford Road
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Hawkers Beer Hawkers Beer

Hawkers Beer

167 Henty Street
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VIC 3073

Holgate Brewhouse Holgate Brewhouse

Holgate Brewhouse

79 High Street
Woodend
VIC 3442

Hop Nation Hop Nation

Hop Nation

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VIC 3011

KAIJU! Beer KAIJU! Beer

KAIJU! Beer

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VIC 3175

La Sirène Brewing La Sirène Brewing

La Sirène Brewing

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VIC 3078

Modus Operandi Modus Operandi

Modus Operandi

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Moo Brew Moo Brew

Moo Brew

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TAS 7030

Moon Dog Moon Dog

Moon Dog

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VIC 3067

Mornington Peninsula Brewery (Tribe) Mornington Peninsula Brewery (Tribe)

Mornington Peninsula Brewery (Tribe)

Mountain Goat (Asahi) Mountain Goat (Asahi)

Mountain Goat (Asahi)

80 North Street Richmond
Victoria
3121

Mr Banks Brewing Co Mr Banks Brewing Co

Mr Banks Brewing Co

12 Hi-Tech Place
Seaford
VIC 3198

Nail Brewing Nail Brewing

Nail Brewing

323 Collier Road
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WA 6054

Nomad Brewing Nomad Brewing

Nomad Brewing

5 Sydenham Road
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NSW 2100

One Drop Brewing Co One Drop Brewing Co

One Drop Brewing Co

5 Erith Street
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NSW 2019

Pirate Life (CUB) Pirate Life (CUB)

Pirate Life (CUB)

18 Baker Street
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SA 5015

Stone & Wood Stone & Wood

Stone & Wood

100 Centennial Circuit
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NSW 2481

Tallboy and Moose Tallboy and Moose

Tallboy and Moose

270 Raglan Street
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VIC 3072

Temple Brewing Temple Brewing

Temple Brewing

122 Weston Street
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VIC 3057

Two Birds Brewing Two Birds Brewing

Two Birds Brewing

136 Hall Street
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VIC 3015

TWØBAYS Brewing Co TWØBAYS Brewing Co

TWØBAYS Brewing Co

1/2 Trewhitt Court
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VIC 3936

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