New Bars: October 2015

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Here’s a round up of new Melbourne drinking establishments to hunt out soon (plus some new drinkables).

Gin-makers Four Pillars have finally opened up the doors to their Healesville distillery. You can pick up a bottle of their exclusive Spiced Negroni Gin while you’re there. Healesville

Oooh there’s a 17 metre bronze bar at The Bank on Collins. This bar is the latest fancy addition to the family of Father’s Office, Asian Beer Cafe and Shaw Davey Slum. Melbourne CBD

The Star Hotel has risen from what was once the Star Bar. The new pub brings the beer garden inside along with touches of rose gold and a giant phone booth (you’ll never guess what that actually is). South Melbourne

The Tippler & Co. have opened up their courtyard space, turning a hole in the ground into a little backyard oasis. East Melbourne

I could happily jump from new wine bar to new wine bar in Melbourne at the moment. Smithward is another worthy addition; it’s chesse and wine time. Collingwood

The Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel had just been revitalised with a stunning makeover. Think pints (cider for me) and comforting gastro-pub dishes a cut above your average. Fitzroy

Part of the 127 Brunswick Street hospitality development, Upside is a rooftop bar with expansive views and cocktails to distract you from them. Soak up the sunshine here soon. Fitzroy

The suburbs are no longer a dearth of drinking and dining options. The Cellar Door has opened out east and brings with it a rooftop bar complete with veggie garden. Ringwood

Joining The Cellar Bar in the new Ringwood Town Square, is Hunter & Barrel. The first H&B in Melbourne, on one hand is the hunter (i.e meat) and on the other is the barrel, including wine and barrel-aged spirits. Ringwood 

More wine please! Marion wine bar, by Andrew McConnell, now neighbours Cutler & Co. It seems both grand and understated at the same time. Fitzroy

This one’s gorgeous. Arbory Afloat has popped up on the Yarra River until Nov 8. It’s the essence of a glamorous Summer. Melbourne

We may be night-owls instead, but we hope we might still be welcome at new venue Nighthawks. It’s designed as a classic dive bar where you can go to be anonymous at the end of the day if you wish. Collingwood

As the urge to move festivities outdoors begins to take over this city, Village Melbourne has just opened up their outdoor kitchen and bar. We predict many cocktail jugs to share with friends are imminent. Melbourne

Bar Schweppes pops up with a Lost in London theme – gin! Pimm’s! – and a secret location. Melbourne CBD

One of the best bottle shops in the state, Wine Republic have just opened their second outlet. There’s a touch of local art to look at as you ponder a purchase of red, white or a rare spirit. Northcote

Pisco is having a moment. If you want to try this Peruvian spirit, Melbourne’s The Pisco People have opened an online store with some exclusive drops. Online

Same-day booze and cheese deliveries? Bow down to Milk the Cow for this. You can now order hampers with cheese plus Champagne, wine, beer or whiskey to your door. Online

Have I missed one? Opening a new venue soon? Drop me a line

Village Melbourne by Chelsea Dennison

Upside Rooftop Bar

The Tippler & Co

The Star


The Pisco People

Milk the Cow

Marion Wine Bar

Hunter & Barrel

Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel

Four Pillars by Rick Liston

Bar Schweppes

Arbory Afloat by Simon Schiff

The Bank on Collins

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