Melbourne has grown exponentially over the past decade, with former docks and warehouses being repurposed as restaurants and bars that are just a stone’s throw away from the Yarra.
Whether you’re finishing up a big day shopping at DFO, or you’ve spent the day at Jeff’s Shed you’ll find plenty to satisfy your thirst or hunger on the south side of the river.
The Boatbuilders Yard
Across the way from Jeff’s Shed, inside Boatbuilders Yard you’ll find recycled timber and steel that create the perfect backdrop for a bit of after work merriment.
Akachochin is a modern style Tokyo bar serving up small dishes like wagyu tataki or kingfish sashimi with wasabi miso and rice crackers. They also have more than 50 varieties of sake on hand if you’re in the mood.
Further along the wharf you’ll find BangPop which takes influence from Bankok’s hawker stands. Ready yourself for beef short ribs as well as all the pad (stir fry's) and gaeng (soups and curries) you could ever want.
If you’re in the mood for a cocktail after a busy day, look no further than Plus 5. Grab yourself a classic or one of their signature cocktails, and pair it with a range of tapas and wood-fired pizza. The lounge also features live jazz on certain nights.
Pay a visit to Melbourne’s largest beer hall and grab a stein of their signature Munich Lager or grab one of their exclusively imported beers like Fürstenburg Premium Pils, Löwenbräu Original, Stiegl Goldbräu and Franziskaner Hefeweizen Hell. And while we’re at it, let’s not forget the food! Pork knuckles, schnitzels, pretzels and suckling pig are all present and ready to be devoured.
Everything tastes better over an open flame grill, and this is what Meat Market specialises in. Hoe into some of the best meat that Victoria has to offer, with pasture fed beef and lamb as well as locally sourced chicken and seafood. The open kitchen and meat ageing locker also add some great atmosphere to your visit.
If you’re in the market for a bit of jazz to go with some Spanish wine or sangria, then Bohemian is your place. Grab a classic Spanish paella, tapas or house-made chorizo and watch the sun set over Docklands while you give a toast to a massive week.
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