We’ve all got our favourite, fail-proof pizza joints – those restaurants you target when you’ve just gotta get your mouth around a couple cheesy slices, stat. But let’s not forget about all those bars and pubs serving up solid pizza offerings of their own. Maybe you fancy a crisp, wood fire number while you’re sipping pints and watching the footy at your local; or maybe you’re after a cheesy feed to go with your rooftop cocktail session. Either way, there are plenty of watering holes around town that deserve a spot on your pizza hit-list. Here’s our pick of Melbourne bars and pubs with great pizza.
Campari House
Campari House
Campari House Great Pizza
Fancy some rooftop pizza to team with those after-work cocktails? Well, Campari House has you covered, serving up a classic-leaning selection of pizzas to be enjoyed while soaking up those smashing city views. Up here, you’ll find toppings like mixed mushrooms with mozzarella, San Daniele prosciutto with roquette, and the pancetta and egg Carbonara, all of which match perfectly to a crisp craft beer from the bar.
The Wharf Hotel Great Pizza
The Wharf Hotel’s menu is chock full of classic, pub-style fare, but the chefs here also do a pretty mean pizza. There’s a handful of ripper varieties on offer, including a mushroom number topped with onion and beer jam, and one with pulled lamb and cherry tomatoes. Share a few of those with mates, while sipping pints and catching some footy on the big screens.
The Penny Black Great Pizza
Alongside its burgers and pub classics, The Penny Black’s slinging a tidy assortment of pizzas, the dough crafted fresh each day. You’ll have a hard time choosing between the likes of pulled pork, maple bacon and bourbon BBQ sauce, and the Classic Calabrese, though at only $10, you can just about afford to try them all! What’s more, during Thursday pizza night, they’ll set you back just $6 a pop.
Beehive Hotel Great Pizza
Over in Hawthorn, The Beehive Hotel is making all the right noises with its tempting range of traditionally-crafted, wood-fired pizzas. Expect a drool-worthy mix of classic Neapolitan varieties and modern creations – from a textbook-perfect Margherita, through to a dreamy concoction of chicken, mushroom and parmesan. Head in on a Tuesday and you’ll even find a selection of them priced at just $15.
The Metropolitan Hotel Great Pizza
This modern CBD pub is kicking plenty of goals in the food department, but pizza fans will really go nuts for its range of wood-fired pizzas, featuring hand-stretched bases made from ‘00’ flour and cooked till perfectly crispy, at 400 degrees celsius. Seasonal toppings might include the likes of lamb and smashed peas, or puttanesca, while the drinks list is filled with local craft beer and great Aussie wine.
Secret Bar Behind Pizza Pizza Pizza Great Pizza
Meyers Place’s (not so) secret bar delivers on plenty of fronts – it’s hidden behind a pizza shop, it serves some stand-out cocktails and, well, pizza. It doesn’t have a name, but it does have a very cool 70s vibe, dishing up hefty 18-inch slices, topped with the likes of mushroom and truffle, or a cheesy pepperoni mix. Slip into a booth and feast on $4 slices, matched to some tasty liquid creations.
Holy Moly
Holy Moly Great Pizza
Pizza joint, sports bar and late-night pub, all rolled into one, Hawthorn’s Holy Moly is like a one-stop-shop for the inner east’s party crowd. With Henry Chan (Bimbo Deluxe, Lucy Coq) behind the pizza menu, the kitchen’s dishing up some cracking eats, with highlights including the Hot NYC, topped with pork and fennel sausage, and the Parmarama, featuring housemade chicken schnitzel. At $10, they’re budget-friendly at the best of times, but drop to a bargain $6 before 4pm on weekdays.
Heartbreaker Great Pizza
With its divey vibe and cranking jukebox, rock’n’roll bar Heartbreaker was simply made for late-night hangs. Especially now, with the addition of Connie’s Pizza – an in-house pizza window slinging cheesy, New York-style treats until the wee hours. Available by the slice or by the pie, there’s four simple, yet delicious options to choose from, including an homage to the owner’s grandmother, The Sicilian.
Pizza E Birra
St Kilda
Pizza E Birra Great Pizza
It’s common knowledge that pizza and booze are a match made in heaven, which means this St Kilda spot is really onto a winner. As the name will tell you, it’s got you covered on both fronts, complementing a menu of Italian-style pizzas with a lineup of Italian vino, imported beers and Euro-leaning cocktails. There’s a huge range of toppings on offer, including a decadent four-cheese number, and the signature Pizza E Birra, with grilled eggplant, hot salami and smoked scamorza.
Lazerpig Great Pizza
Heavy on the neon and infused with disco vibes, this Collingwood bar is surely one of Melbourne’s funnest pizza destinations. Here, the menu’s matched by an equally tempting drinks offering of crafty beers and local wines, and the soundtrack’s one that’ll likely see you ending the night on the dance floor. Each pizza base is proved for a minimum of 72 hours, then finished in the oven at over 400-degrees.
Bimbo Deluxe
Bimbo Deluxe Great Pizza
Brunswick Street hot-spot Bimbo Deluxe is as much a destination for its sprawling pizza menu, as for its DJ lineup and late-night party vibes. Best of all, the prices are some of the cheapest in town, at just $4 if you time your visit right. Roll in, nab a seat on the rooftop terrace and get stuck in – highlights include The Mexicoq, with taco-spiced chook and salsa, and a Greek-style combo of haloumi, green olives and oregano.