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New Bars: August 2015

Saint Urban

Here’s who has been moving and shaking in the Melbourne bar scene in the past month. — – Setting up shop next door to St Ali is new wine bar, Smalls. Now you can happily go from morning to evening without leaving Yarra Place. South Melbourne – If Heartbreaker is

Now Open | Heartbreaker | Melbourne CBD


The dive bar aesthetic has overtaken the long-standing “granny’s living room” look as the trend du jour at the bohemian end of the bar design spectrum. Sometimes that can feel contrived. After all, true dives are just places that exist! They aren’t really designed intentionally to attract rabble-rousers and scoundrels

Now Open | Smalls | South Melbourne


In case you missed it, I recently introduced new South Melbourne wine bar Smalls for The Urban List. — No neon signs. No espresso martinis. No nonsense. That’s the deal at new South Melbourne wine bar, Smalls. The embargo on “done to death” neon was written into the design brief

Alumbra hearts New York


Harbourside club/bar Alumbra has new New York look. Interiors now traverse the concrete jungle with bright lights, hip hop homages and painted brick via designers Black Milk. The food menu has also has a street scene revamp thanks to Huxtable/Huxtaburger chef Daniel Wilson. I dig the black hot dogs. Cocktails

Now Open | Brunswick East Wine Bar | Brunswick East


Forget 99 bottles of beer. There are 1084 painstakingly hand-painted bottles of wine on the wall at Brunswick East Wine Bar. That’s the (rather straight-forward) name of Brunswick East Wine Store’s new bar. It has been humming away for a short while now, but officially launched as of last week.

The Festival of Whisky

The Kilburn

For the love of peat, the ‘Festival of Whisky’ begins tomorrow at The Kilburn! The festival is an extended week-long celebration of the golden elixir featuring master distillers, blenders and experts and interesting, rare or archival tipples. The deliciousness includes oyster and blue cheese pairings, experimental barrel aging of various concoctions

9 New Melbourne Bars: July 2015

Truck Stop Deluxe

Hatted chef Teague Ezard has taken up residence at Levantine Hill Estate’s vineyard. Expect Euro food and much Oz wine. You can even sit in a wine barrel inspired booth! ezard @ Levantine Hill photo by Earl Carter. Coldstream. Leonard’s House of Love is a new dive bar by the

Make mine a…Breakfast Stout Cocktail


The beer-bellied vs. the cocktail crowd: never the twain shall meet. Unless you have a truly ingenious bartender! Alistair Walker created a series of cocktails heavily inspired by different beers from distributor Phoenix‘s portfolio during ‘Shaken Not Brewed’ at The Everleigh for the most recent Good Beer Week. “Our main focus is cocktails”, mused Alistair,

Now Open | Stray Neighbour | Preston


Now here’s a neighbour to whom you’d be happy to lend a cup of sugar. Stray Neighbour is borne from the minds – and smart hands – of a trio of locals who wanted to elevate their home-grounds in the North. Primarily a restaurant, dishing out an unwound Euro-centric menu by

Now Open | The Bar Dream 2015 | CBD

The Bar Dream

Climb The Carlton‘s staircase at the moment and you will find portals into a sextuplet of different worlds. Their Bar Dream contest is in full flight as six former backpacker residences are transformed into competing venue concepts. It’s like moving through a  house party on acid as you wander through the