Melbourne is a city that moves at a mile a minute, making it hard to stay on top of what’s new in the bar scene. Read on below for a crash course in the latest watering holes around town.
The folks behind two of Melbourne’s coolest bars, Heartbreaker and The Everleigh, have wowed us all over again with Bar Margaux. This Paris-via-New-York-Meatpacking-district-inspired late-night venue oozes vintage style. Think black and white tiles, a zinc-topped bar, red-leather banquettes and custom light fixtures. The menu features French bistro classics like duck frites and sophisticated drinks like Champagne and craft cocktails to match.
Edwin Wine Bar & Cellar
You don’t need to stay the night to check out the luxe apartment-style hotel Shadow Play by Peppers. Just step into Edwin Wine Bar & Cellar on the ground floor of this shiny new Southbank tower. The wine list is exclusively Victorian and has an almost 50:50 ratio of male and female winemakers. Snacks and meals are driven by local produce, like Yarra Valley goats cheese and Gippsland lamb.
This new dive bar has something for everyone. The menu ranges from fried chicken burgers to vegan barbecue brisket. You can also catch a free gig, with local and international bands stopping by to play everything from garage rock to funk. Plus Globe Alley‘s queer nights deliver a whole lot of dancefloor love.
The fun-lovin’ kids behind Holey Moley Golf Club, B. Lucky & Sons and Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq invite you to journey back in time to the 70s. Juke’s karaoke bar is a boogie wonderland with your choice of the main bar, complete with a piano man, or a luxe private room. The colour palette is totally psychedelic, food options include fondue and prawn cocktails, and the liquid cocktail names alone will inspire you to sing.
A basement bar serving banoffee pie cocktails? It might sound like a dream, but it’s real, it’s spectacular, and it’s called Bar Clara. Hidden underneath Chinatown, this brand new watering hole has an expertly curated drinks list that pairs perfectly with the refined but delicious share plate menu. Get a cheese platter to nibble or pick your poisson with smoked mackerel and bonito cured cucumber.
A pioneer of Melbourne’s laneway bar scene, Meyers Place was sadly farewelled in 2017 when the landlord said last drinks. The good news is the legendary bar is back, now about 200 metres from its original location and looking much like it did before – albeit even narrower. Most of the distinctive fit-out was salvaged, including that massive concrete bar.