You could walk right past this place, it’s so small and unassuming. But don’t. Skirting the boundary between the city and the inner city, Radio offers a restorative stopover from both. Grab a banquette seat at the window-side communal table and lose yourself in the floor-to-ceiling photograph of a composite cityscape at night. Radio’s cosy space, exposed brick walls and dim lighting cast an intimate mood, while its diversity of table sizes lends itself to both small and large get-togethers.
On a sunny afternoon or balmy evening, the leafy rear courtyard is the place to sit with a chilled, locally brewed beer. Peer out through the roller door onto the graffiti-spattered laneway and, beyond it, Fitzroy’s iconic high-rise apartment blocks. Food is homemade and rudimentary, with a modest choice of pizzas-for-one served up on chopping boards and oozing with mozzarella and fresh tomato. Lunchtime offers soup and baguettes. With its emphasis on the bar, this cheap and cheerful local is one for grown-ups.
79 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
(03) 9077 1939