15 New Melbourne Bars: January 2017


1. Good Heavens

Fancy Hank’s BBQ joint has claimed to old Tuscan space atop their restaurant and has newly devoted it to becoming a little slice of Miami in the CBD (pictured above).

Level 2, 79 Bourke Street, Melbourne

2. Pinball Paradise

Island Somewhere’s hidden new sister bar is crammed with arcade games for the aspiring pinball wizards among us.

Level 1, 213 Franklin Street, Melbourne

3. The Silverlake Social

From the White Oaks Saloon Bar team comes The Silvelake Social. The new bar brings with it smoked toffee apple shots,  boilermakers and a So Cal vibe.

198 Chapel Street, Prahran

4. Wine 1160

An interior that makes you feel rooted to the earth and lots of grape stuff will keep the neighbourhood happy at this new wine bar.

1160 High Street, Armadale

5. Buck Mulligan’s

Irish whiskey paired with Irish Literature; we’re sold on getting our Oscar Wilde on here already!

217 High Street, Northcote

6. The Elysian

Like Whisky & Alement for their drams? You might like this new bar that specialises in rare and indie drops.

113 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

7. The Recreation

Named after its initial incarnation as the heritage-listed Recreation Hotel, the new “The Rec” is a pub-style bistro and bottleshop and it’s rather cosy.

162-170 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North

8. Hopscotch

A new place that doesn’t take itself too seriously with cherry cider, DIY cocktails, adult slushies, lots of shiny taps and a trash-tastic menu including rotating popcorn flavours on offer. And they’ve got tipsy hopscotch too.

4/2 Riverside Quay, Southbank 

9. Abacus

On a corner ripe for people watching, comes this lofty bar (and cafe). Service might be a little slow at the start but the short yet interesting cocktail and snack menu show potential among the airy fitout.

383 Chapel Street, South Yarra

10. Henry Sugar

Wine and cocktails are the order of the day at Henry Sugar. But how can we go past fat parmesan-crust chips and a black forest desssert that would make Heston envious?

298 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North

11. Mezcalito

Sharing space with Touche Hombre, Mezcalito has dubbeed itself an “agave bar”. Gotta love a side of live Mexican music alongside your mezcal and tequila.

233 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD

12. Eva on Drummond

Sneakily moving in as Markov’s new housemate, Eva has at least brought plenty of wine (150+ labels) with her. She’s also got pre-batched cocktails.

350-352 Drummond Street, Carlton

13. Project Forty Nine

More wine. This time a Beechworth-based wine label founded by an ex-Vue De Monde somm adds an Italianate touch to Collingwood.

107 Cambridge Street, Collingwood

14. Drinkwell

You have no choice – it’s all in the name. Bar Liberty has introduced their rear courtyard bar – Drinkwell – offering up beer, bottled cocktails and boutique wine.

234 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

15. Loray Vine & Tap

And rounding out the new wine bar contingent is Loray. Add them to a local lineup with Stray Neighbour and Tallboy & Moose and you’ve got a darn good crawl to do this weekend Northsiders.

93-103 High Street, Preston

More new things to try this month: Bottle House on Balaclava’s Carlisle Street for a selection of craft beers and spirits you might not always find at your regulr bottle-o / Pops (think adult Calipos, fab for hot days) in Champagne and Bellini flavours now available in Australia for the first time at Arbory and via Tipple / Campos Coffee and Melbourne Moonshine have created a very limited edition coffee moonshine flavoured with cascara ie. the cherry fruit outer of the coffee bean.

Spotted a new Melbourne bar opening? Let us know so we can share the love – sarah@drinkmelbourne.com.au


Cascara Moonshine




The Recreation


The Silverlake Social


Hopscotch. Photography: Elissa Cowan

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