Leonard’s House of Love

3 Wilson Street
South Yarra, 3141 VIC
0428 066 778

Opening Hours

SUN 12:00pm - late
MON 12:00pm - 1:00am
TUE 12:00pm - 1:00am
WED 12:00pm - 1:00am
THU 12:00pm - late
FRI 12:00pm - 3:00am
SAT 12:00pm - 3:00am

The Details

  • American
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
In the mood for
  • Beer
  • Great Pub Food
Need to know
  • Bar Snacks
  • Full Food Menu
  • Good for Groups

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The Verdict

Two of the team behind the Sweetwater Inn have teamed up with a friend to open the south-side's coolest new bar, Leonard's House of Love. The venue celebrates all things simple and tasty—bourbon, charcoal chicken and open fires—all set within a 70s lounge-style log cabin venue. It's one of the best dive bars in Melbourne for a laid-back beer with friends or a chow down on some delicious no-frills food (burgers, fried chicken and loaded fries, as well as salad and mash combos).

The fried chicken, in particular, is insanely good: big gnarly hunks of breast meat, fried to an amber gold. They emit some sort of crackle symphony when you bite into them, and come served with tangy spiked mayo and a sweet dill pickle. The pickle is actually a nice touch. Definitely cuts down on the grease-guilt factor, leaving your mouth primed for a second bowl (warning: grease-guilt may increase after second bowl). We're calling it: best chicken in South Yarra.

Image credit: Griffin Simm

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