Both a street name and the namesake of a legendary bar, Meyers Place is filled with hidden gems. Whether you’re searching for somewhere a little bit romantic or a little bit special, this laneway has it all.
Meyers Place Bar
To say Meyers Place Bar is an iconic watering hole is an understatement. This is the bar that kick-started Melbourne’s laneway revolution. Its interior, created by Six Degrees Architects (who originally ran the bar themselves), was notable for its championing of recycled materials. These included cupboard doors from a Department of Education office, old train armrests and timber panelling from the Melbourne Town Hall. Over the past 23 years, this semi-industrial aesthetic has been copied so many times it’s become synonymous with Melbourne bar culture. In 2007, the Architectural Review recognised Meyers Place as a project that has contributed greatly to architecture in Australia.
After remaining a constant in the ever-changing city landscape, it was recently announced that the bar will serve last drinks on 10 June. Make sure you get down and raise a glass before then.
If you wander into Lily Blacks today, you’re sure of a big surprise. Creative, innovative cocktails is the script of the night. The drinks menu is decorated with symbols that represent each cocktail’s flavour profile. Like sweeter drinks? Look out for candy lollies. Looking for something strong on Friday night? Keep an eye out for weight symbols.
Step through the slim entrance to Lane’s Edge to find an oasis from metropolitan Melbourne. Lusciously redecorated with floral greenery, keep an eye on the rear courtyard in summer. At the moment, bubbling soups, pizzas and hearty grilled dishes will keep you warm. Pair it with a local wine, beer or cider.
In classic Argentinian style, the menu at San Telmo is made for sharing and caring. Nibble through tangy ceviches, smoky charcoal-grilled meat and fresh salads. Try an alfajor for dessert, an Argentine cookie filled with dulce de leche.
Originally an establishment where waiters would gather post-shift, Waiters Restaurant now attracts Melburnians from all walks of life. Expect rich, Nonna-style meals including their famous ricotta ravioli or cheesy meat lasagna. Follow the narrow stairwell to Italian heaven.
One of Melbourne’s favourite rooftop bars, Loop Roof hosts a range of events throughout the month. Cosy up with a generous drinks list. The barbie-pink ‘portello fizz’ features ingredients including gin and bitter orange-blossom water. For the peckish, $8 pizzas will keep stomachs and hearts full. Don’t miss an epic showdown between Australia and America when Hop Nation go four rounds against Brooklyn Brewery as part of Good Beer Week. Sunday 14 May 1 – 3:30pm. And underneath…
The creative hub
Not only a bar but a creative hub to celebrate local and international talent, Loop Project Space & Bar is a must-visit. Featuring a program of film, video and audio-performances, come along for a sophisticated, welcoming environment. Check out their online calendar for a feast of film, art, mixed media, music and more.
The hidden Japanese bathhouse
Onsen Ma is a Japanese sanctuary hiding on the first level of 12 Meyers Place. Drown out the day’s stress with a traditional Japanese bath (“onsen”). Reaching up to 40 degrees, onsens are credited to promote blood circulation and ease tension. Along with bath packages, Japanese massages are also available.