With the sad news that pioneering laneway bar Meyers Place is soon to close (with sweet promises, like Du Nord and Bar Economico, that they'll re-emerge elsewhere) you might be looking for a fresh after-dark haunt. In no particular order, here are our tips on the top 5 new bar openings in Melbourne.
Not to be confused with Holy Moly (the new pizza and sports bar in Hawthorn) or Holy Moly (the Korean chicken joint in Docklands), comes Holey Moley Golf Club, soon to be putting the putting into your nightlife game. The venue is a maze of not-so-grown-up mini-golf combined with not-so-serious cocktails. Don't expect to improve your handicap, but do expect Caddyshack and Happy Gilmore references galore.
The Innocent Bystander team have taken over the old White Rabbit Brewery, given it a makeover and claimed it as their new headquarters. The wine is lined-up on gleaming copper taps and is best served with a side of pizza, paella or even a spot of gin, borrowed from their neighbours over at Four Pillars. There are tastings via flasks worthy of a science lab and we hear rumours their famous Moscato slushies will be returning soon. Any excuse for an Autumn road-trip, right?
Thunder Road Brew House
Collaboration is the name of the game at Thunder Road Brewing's new venue. They've opened up a weekends-only Brew House on-site at their brewery and roped in the Lulie St Tavern team to run the bar. Chef Paul Clarke from Mesa Verde dishes up a Mexican food menu from within the belly of a silver Airstream caravan parked right outside. Have a Brunswick Bitter for us and don't forget to take a growler to fill up before you go!
The team at Joe's Shoe Store (despite the name, it's actually a bar) have welcomed a new venue to their family. Uncle Joe's is (loosely) a wine bar, one that already feels like it’s been in the neighbourhood forever, spinning esoteric vinyl and placing patrons under the watchful eye of dozens of Patti Smiths in the bathroom. To complement your tipple, a menu of Middle Eastern pizzas can be delivered to your bar stool all the way from next door.
Oversized artworks and light projections provide the talking points at this former carpark turned bar. Fashioned from an old shipping container, the two-level establishment regularly plays host to live DJs, spritzy cocktails and craft beers, plus a revolving line-up of mobile food vendors. It's the kind of laneway oasis you'll take visitors to for that quintessential Melbourne experience.
Looking for more of a dawn-til-dusk affair? Check out our pick of Melbourne's all-day dining.
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