Bars & Pubs

What To Expect When The Prince Public Bar Reopens This December

By Ben Tyers
23rd Oct 2019


It’s been a while between drinks for the Prince Public Bar since it closed for renovations in early 2019, but in good news it’s been announced that the beers will be flowing once again from the iconic bar this summer.

The Prince Public Bar first opened in 1937 and has been known as one of Melbourne’s longest standing LGBTQIA-friendly bars, hosting Pokie’s Drag Show and Pennie’s Nightclub in the ‘70s.

The renovation has been taken care of by IF Architecture’s Iva Foschia, a long-time collaborator of The Prince Hotel, the design pays homage to the bar’s Art Deco heritage and St Kilda’s colourful character, reimagined through a modern lens.

The entire ground floor will be opened up, and a long oval bar will be moved to its original location. The kitchen and dining areas will also be expanded to serve up more food when you need it most (after a couple of cold ones).

Prince Public Bar will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a menu designed by Executive Chef Dan Hawkins, and Head Chef Dan Cooper which will feature “pub fare without the frills”.

The renovation follows some big shifts in St Kilda over the past 12-months, with the reopening of The Espy, The Gatwick being renovated, and the former Oslo soon to be up for sale on The Block.

“This is a really significant moment, not just for The Prince Hotel, but for the entire suburb of St Kilda, which has undergone its own transformation in recent years. The Prince Hotel has established itself as a proud mainstay of St Kilda’s landscape for generations, and the transformation invites a new wave of St Kilda locals to discover this iconic venue.

We’re bringing back the quintessential St Kilda local, providing a place where people can return two, three times a week and bring their family or a first date. It’s a place where everyone is welcome, just as it always has been, and we’re excited to see how Melbourne responds to it,” said The Prince Hotel Managing Director, Andrew Ryan.

In February the venue will also add Little Prince Wine, a wine bar specialising in boutique and premium wines where you can purchase for takeaway, or taste them on-site. An in-store deli will also have pre-prepared meals ready to go.

Prince Public Bar will reopen to thirsty Melburnians in early December 2019.

The Details

What: Prince Public Bar reopening
When: Early December 2019
Where: 2 Acland Street, St Kilda
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