Handmade is back!
Saturday, 8th April, 2017


21 MAY 2017

Now in its fourth year Handmade has become one of the most anticipated events on both wine makers and wine lovers calendars, not to mention ours! It’s a day dedicated to making wine fun and approachable and learning from the kind of producers that put every effort into making their wines outstanding. We’ve come to think of it as a wine party, uniting like-minded people and providing an opportunity to sample incredible wines from local, interstate and international producers not always accessible to the public.

Once again every corner of the pub will be taken over by our favourite wine and food friends. This year is our biggest yet with over 50 producers and importers attending! The Line up of chefs is no less exciting. Mitch Orr from Sydney’s Acme is flying down and bringing with him his eclectic pasta magic. Thi Le will no doubt wow us with her sharp, modern approach to Vietnamese food. Our very own ArChan Chan will whip up some Ricky & Pinky inspired snacks and Meatsmith butcher Troy Wheeler will take charge of the rotisserie in the garden. And Handmade wouldn’t be Handmade without the precise and energetic presence of chef Josh Murphy, formally of Moon Under Water and freshly returned from Sydney.

Handmade is a celebration like no other in Melbourne. Lots of people who love wine having a truly grand time. We’re so proud to host it. Tickets on sale April 10 2017 via Eventbrite. $35 per person including wine and cheese tastings and accompanying snacks.


New daily changing dishes at Ricky & Pinky
Saturday, 8th April, 2017

Monday: Plum glazed duck

Tuesday: Char siu pork neck

Wednesday: Typhoon shelter crab

Thursday: Wood roasted lamb ribs, cumin & chilli

Friday: ‘Corngee’

Saturday: Kung pao chicken

Sunday: Roast porchetta or Plum glazed duck


View the full Ricky & Pinky menu here.

Reservations here

Footy at the Pub
Saturday, 8th April, 2017

Grab your mates and a table or a solo stool at the bar and immerse yourself in footy fever. We’ve created a new selection of menu items for the public bar and beers will be on rotation throughout the season. So grab a Ricky Dog doused in a zingy Szechuan pork sauce and a pot and cheer your team to glory.

View our full public bar menu here.

Takeaway Now Available From Ricky & Pinky
Saturday, 11th February, 2017

Takeaway is now available from Ricky & Pinky

If the mid-week pantry inspiration isn’t quite cutting it for you (or the kids!), or you need to pull out the big guns for your next dinner party with mates, then task ArChan Chan and the Ricky & Pinky team to bring some big bold Chinese flavours into your life.

And when the weather turns ugly there’s nothing better than climbing into your comfies and eating in front of the telly.

The takeaway menu is a sharp collection of Ricky & Pinky dishes as well as some classics from the Public Bar. Who wouldn’t want a deliciously juicy Builders Arms cheeseburger with fries at home?

Don’t worry if you don’t live close by, our dishes travel well. Trust us, we’ve tested them.

Call 9417 7700 to place your order and collect from the Builders Arms.

Available 7 days a week.

Check out the new menu by clicking here and never cook at home again.


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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