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The Napier Hotel is one of Fitzroy's many little old pubs, and has been keeping people happy for well over a century. It's a cosy place, with the smallish rooms and high ceilings that go with the age of the building. It's got a bar area with stools and high tables, usually crowded with regulars, as well as a separate dining area which was once the lounge. There's also a small, attractive beer garden. The pub is full of posters, mementoes and photographs and lots of Fitzroy Football Club material in the bar which dates back to a time when the Lions were a local team.
The food is divided between a printed menu and a blackboard list of specials. The cooking style is eclectic and the servings are generous. Huge, in fact. Choose from steak sandwiches, kangaroo fillets, fish and chips, or perhaps a vegetarian dish that features dhal, rice, and a range of vegetables finished with a pappadam like a jaunty cap. In addition to the beer, there's a range of wines at friendly prices that would suit any fine restaurant.