Sip on This: Melbourne’s Best New Bars, February
Every Melburnian has a local they’re loyal to, but we’re always looking for excellent new watering holes to frequent, whether they’re hidden underground or high in the sky. From millennial pink hangouts and music meccas to swanky wine bars and neighbourhood pubs, Melbourne’s never-ending late-night list is one that never disappoints. Next time you’re heading out for a cocktail (or two) take inspiration from one of these trendy hangouts. Here are our top picks for the month ahead.
Hot summer days are just peachy atop Peaches, a new multi-storey bar that features a spacious rooftop for spritzing and sunsoaking. There are no dark and divey corners here, just lots of pinks, golds and suedes plus cocktails. Get the party started with ‘It’s Brittany Bish’, a blend of sloe gin, dry vermouth, basil and raspberries.
Levels 2 & 3, 301 Swanston Street, Melbourne
They’ve kept the bare bricks and exposed walls of the long running Young's Auction House that came before, but everything else here is new, starting with the modern Mediterranean menu and imaginative cocktails. Spy dishes like steamed portarlington mussels with barley, onion, dill and lemon, and colourful drinks like the Helena Beat, featuring tequila, beet, dragonfruit, thyme and lime.
227-229 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East
Late night eatery Butcher’s Diner now has a sister bar next door for late-night shenanigans. Angel will serve food from their kitchen alongside classic cocktails and Italian wine. As the name suggests however, the focus here is on music, with an eclectic mix of jazz, soul and techno on soundtrack, DJs appearing after sunset and a mini dance club upstairs.
12 Bourke St, Melbourne
Camberwell scores an inviting new neighbourhood bar in St Giles. They boast a wine list that crisscrosses the old and new worlds, championing both local drops and pricey Burgundys, and a protein-rich menu specialising in steak and seafood. Start with delicate entrees like sea bream sashimi with miso and pickled shiitake before more substantial mains like slow cooked lamb and steak frites.
Shop 115A, 793 Burke Road, Camberwell
Seven months of renovations has resulted in a reborn Carringbush that sports warm wood finishes, a family friendly vibe and a shiny new kitchen and bar. The revamped menu is completely vegetarian, reimagining pub classics into dishes like sweet potato ‘steak’ with eggplant coconut puree and beer battered cauliflower with tartare and chips.
228 Langridge St, Abbotsford
Carlton’s got a sunsoaked new rooftop bar – sitting atop the King and Godfree complex, Johnny’s Green Room offers 360 degree vistas extending to the city and beyond. Tap into a little slice of Italy with imported beers, wine and Aperol spritzes on tap, plus snacks including polpetti, salumi, arancini and even choc tops from Pidapipo down the road. It’s our new favourite spot for Sunday sessions and after work drinks.
Level 2/293-297 Lygon St, Carlton
Richmond’s Great Britain Hotel has relaunched as Harlow, a new ‘good-times’ venue comprising a spacious, split-level courtyard and basement bar, with live music on weekends to boot. House cocktails include the ‘Boyz-N-The-Hood’, crafted with Jack Daniels, applejack, Fireball and apple juice, while pub classics are remixed in bites such as cheeseburger empanadas, duck and bacon sausage rolls and mini crab doughnuts.
447 Church St, Richmond
A one-stop shop for your next girls’ night out, The Greville has a restaurant, Champagne room and nightclub that’s open for dancing till late. There’s nothing lowkey about the glamourous new venue – everywhere you turn you’ll be faced with pink, emerald, marble, velvet and gold, while the menu does Japanese-Euro fusion, with Kobe beef carpaccio and kingfish sashimi accompanying summery cocktails.
132–134 Greville Street, Prahran
Electropop duo Peking Duk have opened their own bar, and yes, they’ll be dropping in regularly to DJ there. Their vision is for the venue to transition each night from chilled afternoon vibes to heaving disco party by the early morning, all under that photo-worthy glowing canopy of paper umbrellas. When all that dancing makes you peckish, snack on playful mashups like spam hotdogs with ketchup kimchi, cheeseburger spring rolls and vegan jackfruit bao.
153 Commercial Road, South Yarra
Transport yourself to Palm Springs via this pop-up bar on the rooftop of Melbourne Central, where you can take your drink to one of many temperature-controlled plunge pools. During the day there’s yoga, meditation and pilates classes to get you feeling wholesome, while in the evenings it’s all about indulgence, with cocktails and a snack menu designed by the people behind Easey’s – think club sandwiches, tacos and pizza.
Level 3, Melbourne Central, La Trobe St & Swanston St, Melbourne