Ricky & Pinky’s taste of yum cha during the Gertrude St. Projection Festival
Wednesday, 19th July, 2017

Before the mealtime marathon of yum cha officially kicks off later this winter, we’re giving you a little preview during the Gertrude Street Projection Festival.

Dim sum die hards can sample the sneak peak yum cha dishes from 5.30pm nightly throughout the festival in the public bar – the perfect pit stop on your projection journey across Fitzroy and Collingwood. Teasers and their best friend thirst quenchers include:

Peking duck spring roll $8 – Two Metre Tall “Tom” (sour beer) $9
Spicy beef bao $6 –Tsing Tao tallie (640ml) $18.50
Egg custard bun $5 – Hidden Pinky (gingery + passionfruity cocktail) $16
Sparkling grapefruit soda $6 (for the kids)

The Gertrude Street Projection Festival runs from July 21-30 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary. A projection by local artist Amanda Morgan will again adorn the exterior of the pub. Ricky & Pinky is also open every night of the festival and serving the full menu from 5.30pm. Book for dinner here.

Yum cha is coming to Ricky & Pinky
Wednesday, 19th July, 2017

That’s right, friends, Yum Cha is coming to Ricky & Pinky!

Starting from Sunday August 6th, we are changing the game at lunchtime with yum cha sessions running every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will be the ultimate way to polish off the working week with colleagues, feast with family and friends or kick back into gear after a big night.

But, before the mealtime marathon officially kicks off later this winter, we’re giving you a little preview during the Gertrude Street Projection Festival.

Yum Cha lunches are in full swing from August 6th, running every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from midday. So gather your mates, book a table, elect a menu captain and cha on.

Ricky & Pinky in your home via UberEATS
Tuesday, 6th June, 2017

That’s right, now you needn’t leave home to enjoy Ricky & Pinky!

We’ve joined forces with UberEATS  the Ricky & Pinky menu to deliver direct to your door. And if you can’t decide, may we suggest one of our combos: The Ricky & Pinky Meal is perfect for two with the addition of your favorite dumplings. Or go for the Ricky Solo Combo when you’re home alone: either Lemon Chicken or Char sui pork.

We’re even sending Public Bar favourites like our whipped cod roe and the Builders Arms cheeseburger all around Melbourne!

Handmade 4 wrap!
Tuesday, 6th June, 2017

Handmade 4 is all wrapped up for another year and we’d like to shout out a huge thank you to everyone who helped make this our biggest yet by far.

The pub was teeming with wine lovers and over 60 producers, importers and chefs. Something interesting was happening in every square centimetre, from the courtyard where chef Josh Murphy and Meatsmith butcher Troy Wheeler splayed an entire suckling pig on the rotisserie over hot coals to the out-of-this-world cheese room run by our friends at Maker and Monger. And the Mariachi band – yes!

To the legendary wine producers who kept the punters enthralled, we thank you. To Mitch Orr, Thi Le, Archan Chan, Josh Murphy and Troy Wheeler for keeping everyone fit and fed, the party would not have been the same without you. And especially to everyone who attended. Your enthusiasm was outstanding. Thanks for making it such a fun day. We loved every minute of it.

Pictures tell the full, epic story.  Check out this photo album of the day!

Until next year y’all!

Footy at the Pub
Saturday, 8th April, 2017

With the season well underway, keep on top of it here at the Builders!  Grab your mates and a table or a solo stool at the bar and immerse yourself in footy fever. Check out what beers are new on the taps, partnered with the Builders Arms cheeseburger or Chicken schnitzel roll – where else would you be?

View our full public bar menu here.

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

Potted trout, dill, crème fraîche

Builders Arms cheeseburger with fries

Chopped broccoli, freekah

Ricky Dog

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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