Australia Day at the Pub
Monday, 16th January, 2017

Don’t forget in the midst of all the Grand Slam excitement of the Australian Open is Australia Day, Thursday 26 January. Our courtyard BBQ tradition continues this year with Sichuan pepper lamb cutlets from award-winning butcher Meatsmith. As this is our first Australia Day since opening Ricky & Pinky we’ll be celebrating this great multi-cultural land with some kitsch Chinese/Australian snacks like prawn toasts not to mention our inaugural Tinny Spectacular. Young Henry’s Natural Lager, Mornington IPA, Balters XPA, VB and Mountain Goat Summer Ale all chilling on ice and piled high around the bar. The party won’t be the same without you.

The Year of the Rooster – Chinese New Year 28th January 2017
Friday, 13th January, 2017


Feast with us this Chinese New Year Saturday 28 January and welcome the year of the Rooster.

Feeling worn out by the shenanigans of the year of the monkey? Then join us as we sweep out any built up ill-fortune from the past year and make way for in-coming good luck with a banquet menu featuring a raw fish ‘prosperity’ salad, ‘wealthy’ fat choy seaweed, crispy skin suckling pig and abalone straight from our own saltwater tank.

Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Wishing you a healthy and prosperous Lunar New Year from all of us at the Builders Arms Hotel.


Banquet Menu

Raw fish and ebi prawn ‘lo hei’

Supreme broth, ‘fat choy’, oyster

Pan fried turnip cake, XO sauce

Big plate feast: crispy skin pork, salted chicken, braised abalone, lettuce, daikon

Sweet ginger soup, date, glutinous rice balls

$65 per person


To book a table in Ricky & Pinky click HERE or call our reservations team on 9417 7700.


Australian Open – LIVE in the Public Bar
Friday, 13th January, 2017

It’s that time of year again.  The last two weeks of January in Melbourne are synonymous with the Australian Open and the Builders Arms takes it’s tennis as seriously as you do.


The tournament will be playing throughout in the Public Bar and what better drink to accompany this civilised sport? Pimms, of course. We’ll be serving up jugs of it along with other refined snacks such as natural oysters, whipped cod roe with warm Turkish bread and cosberg and school prawn salad. But when the grunting gets going and your favourite player reaches game point you may find yourself reaching for a chicken schnitzel or a Builders Arms cheeseburger with fries. Game, set, match.

Christmas and New Year’s Opening Hours
Thursday, 15th December, 2016

If you’re staying in Melbourne this festive period, you need not live n fear of having nowhere to eat or drink on important days like Boxing Day or New Year’s Day. Or even that strange period in between.

We will also be showing the all important Boxing Day test in the Public Bar, so bring your buddies and settle in for beers, bloody Mary’s and burgers.

We close only on Christmas Day.

Our New Bar Menu Has Arrived!
Thursday, 15th December, 2016

And just in time for your summer Sunday sessions. We have a small snacks and substantial meals at the ready to accompany your drinks on sunny days at the Public, in the courtyard, and street side on Gertrude.

You won’t want to miss the Ricky Dog – a Meatsmith frankfurt doused in a zingy Szechuan pork sauce, McClure’s spicy pickles, melted cheese and spring onion, or our new chicken schnitzel stuffed with ‘nduja and served with a crunchy shaved cabbage salad.

Classic pub fare is available in the Public Bar every day, including some new and old favourites such as:

Whipped cod roe

Asparagus salad, stracciatella, cured egg you & spring onion oil

Builders Arms cheeseburger with fries

The Ricky Dog

Chicken schnitzel stuffed with ‘nduja, shaved cabbage salad

Flat iron steak with pepper sauce and fries

View our full menu here

Ricky & Pinky Good Time Party Line!
Friday, 14th October, 2016

Private Dining and Events at Builders Arms Hotel…..

We’re bringing all the fun and excitement of Ricky & Pinky to private dining and giving our two exclusive event spaces a new lease of life, just in time for your end of year celebration. Dine from a Chinese banquet menu, featuring dishes such as roast suckling pig, prawn and chicken wontons and mapo tofu.

We’re equally excited to be staying true to the classic and contemporary, with the Western menus you would recall from a pre-Ricky & Pinky era still available. Think whipped cod roe, Meatsmith charcuterie and roast strip loin.

Our event spaces – the Bowery Room and Private Dining Room – are both located upstairs at the Builders Arms Hotel and are a great way to celebrate your end of year event, birthday, corporate dinner, engagement or wedding. For larger events, The Bowery Room hosts 60 guests seated or 90 for a cocktail party. It is a bright and contemporary space that boasts an open kitchen, feature lighting and an entry bar wrapped in stunning vintage tiles. For more intimate events, the Private Dining Room seats up to 18 guests and features an eclectic art and vinyl collection and record player. Both rooms are original spaces of the historic hotel, and have been renovated and restored, retaining the charming character of an 1850s local pub.

To find out more about events at Builders Arms Hotel or to chat about your end of year celebration and beyond, call our team on 9417 7700 or you can send through an enquiry here.


Introducing Ricky & Pinky….
Saturday, 16th July, 2016

Introducing Ricky & Pinky….

With a public house as iconic as the Builders Arms Hotel, one can never truly own the space, but be a custodian for a period of time. With each incarnation brings a renewed sense of energy and life. Current stewards of this landmark pub, Andrew McConnell, Josh Murphy and Anthony Hammond have created a venue that defies definition, creating drinking and dining with flexibility, warmth and authenticity. While those core values will remain unchanged, the Builders Arms Hotel will soon evolve. A change of dining style, menu and aesthetic is on the horizon, and it may not be entirely what people will expect. Introducing Ricky & Pinky, the Chinese restaurant within a landmark Fitzroy pub, run by Australian hospitality veterans.

Chinese restaurants within Australian pubs are nothing new. They hark back to the days of country pubs of the 1960s and 1970s, where Chinese restaurants juxtaposed with neighborhood public houses. Ricky & Pinky, imagined by McConnell, will be brought to reality by a crack team of fresh design minds – with architecture and design by Sibling, creative direction and flourishes by Tin & Ed, along with brand identity from Studio Round. The design references the traditional Chinese notion of infinity, with welcoming gateways and objects to connect each space seamlessly, albeit in an untraditional way. Existing internal walls will come down to reveal an open and rollickingly lively restaurant. To make way for an entirely unified space, the room currently housing Moon Under Water will also undergo a transformation as a part of the new Chinese restaurant.

The feel will be fun, yet restrained. Favourite aspects of Chinese dining experiences will be seen in round tables, fish tanks, and of course the ubiquitous lazy Susan to make meal sharing practical and fun. New textures, lighting concepts and finishes within the bistro and newly opened dining room will create a warm and inclusive environment with a view all the way to the now visible kitchen. The chefs of the Builders Arms Hotel have been hidden for far too long.

By McConnell’s side in the Ricky & Pinky’s kitchen will be Archan Chan, McConnell alumna of six years and former sous chef at Supernormal and Golden Fields. Having spent the past twelve months at Redfern’s Moon Park, she returns to McConnell’s stable with renewed passion and her mastery of elegant and accessible Asian cuisine. The Ricky & Pinky’s menu will eschew formalities and structure, and will include shared snacks, smaller plates and larger dishes. And of course a full Chinese family banquet for sharing.

The space will be playful, vibrant, and smile-inducing, and will remain a regular meeting place for drinks, and meals to be shared. The sacred Front Bar of the pub will remain unchanged, as will the exterior and soul of the building.

Moon Under Water will see it’s final service on Saturday 23rd of July.
The Builders Arms Hotel will undergo refurbishment from Monday 8 August, reopening Monday 29th of August.

New releases from the Yarra Valley on our wine list
Wednesday, 8th June, 2016

2015 was a cracker in the Yarra Valley and we’re really excited to see some fantastic new releases on our wine list. Here is a snap shot of some of the treats to enjoy over the winter months:

2015 Arfion Fever: A fulfilling and tasty white with little skin contact that has a seductive, sunset orange appearance. A great field blend that brings lots of exotic and flavorsome elements together, a perfect match with the curried mussels.

2015 Dr Mayer Pinot Noir: Made by one of the true legends of the Yarra Valley, Timo Mayer, who keeps churning out absolute gold from his Yarra Valley site. 100% whole bunch fermented bright fruit jumps out of the glass, whilst a firm structure gives this wine shape and depth, a very classy drink. Chicken cooked over the goals of the rotisserie? We think so!

2015 Sterna Syrah: The love child of two young fellas trying to have a crack at making it on the big stage. The result…. Dale and Rhen have absolutley nailed it! This Syrah (or shiraz if you like) has a big punch of dark red fruit and wild herbs that give this wine interest whilst remaining accessible. Very enjoyable with a grilled steak in the Bistro. Watch this space as these young guns are on to something GREAT!

Let’s Party
Tuesday, 29th March, 2016

This month we are excited to launch our new menus for private dining and events. They reflect what’s in season – we’re focusing on Autumnal roasts & flounder and pork shoulder right now, and desserts featuring the last of summer berries. Groups can dine from a 3 course banquet menu, or an unmissable 5 course menu, depending on your gathering and appetite.

Moon Under Water – Two Chef’s Hats
Tuesday, 6th October, 2015

We are honoured to receive a second chef’s hat at this year’s The Age Good Food Guide Awards. We’re thrilled to be recognised for our outstanding food and generous hospitality. Congratulations to our passionate team for such a wonderful achievement.

We’d love to welcome you in for dinner. From 6pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Call 9417 7700 to make a reservation.

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