When the hot summer weather strikes, the Fitzroy Swimming Pool will be one of few places to remain cool. Whether you enjoy a relaxing dip, a workout at the gym, or sweating it out in the sauna, there is something for everyone here. The best part? It is open seven days a week.
The Fremantle-based brewing company, Little Creatures, brings together the best of its own alcoholic creations with a wide array of ‘soul food’ to satisfy you for more than a few hours. Set in a spacious brick interior with vibrant music and friendly service, this is a space that is always bustling.
Live music is, quite literally, at the heart of what The Night Cat has to offer. Diverse bands and artists across genres including hip-hop, funk and jazz play centre stage to the surrounding 360-degree crowd. A mainstay of Fitzroy culture, it is open every weekend, with free entry on Friday and Saturday night and $5 entry on Sunday night.
The Night Cat, 137-141 Johnston St, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9417 0090
The Centre for Contemporary Photography provides a space for local, interstate, and international photographers to have their work seen. Take a casual stroll through five different exhibition spaces as you view work from both emerging and renowned artists of the photography world.
After a night of music and festivities, the Edinburgh Gardens has everything for a session of relaxation. Breathe in the fresh air as you cover the 24 hectares, or use a number of the sporting facilities. Alternatively, see the commemorating plaque where a statue of Queen Victoria once stood, before it mysteriously vanished.
Edinburgh Gardens, Alfred Cres, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9205 5555
While they don’t serve food, The Old Bar always has local music on tap with someone playing every night of the week, making it a music lover’s paradise. It also hosts several other events, such as art exhibitions and knitting nights. Entry is often free.
The Old Bar, 74-76 Johnston St, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9417 4155
Finally, treat yourself with a new twist on a tradition at Gelato Messina. They’re constantly coming up with new specials for the week, while staying true to the classics. Make sure you indulge in one of the deliciously monstrous creations, such as the apple pie featuring apple gelato with homemade apple pie mixed in.
Gelato Messina, 237 Smith St, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9417 0488