15 New Bars + Bar News | October

Spring is time for new beginnings….and all these new places to get your sip on!

Urban Alley Brewery

Formerly known as Once Bitter, Urban Alley has opened a HUGE brew pub. They’re keeping an eye on sustainability with biodegradable size pack rings, their own bio waste plant and partnering with a distillery to reduce energy use. Meanwhile, we’re keeping an eye on the 2500 litres of beer they’re brewing at once, from the cosy booths or airy alfresco area. Look for it under the Melbourne Eye.

12 Star Circus, Docklands

Clooney Kitchen & Bar

Named after famed American jazz singer Rosemary Clooney (yep, George’s aunt), this new bar sure (cover photo, by Kevin Li) is putting on the ritz with plush purple booths, deco chandeliers and the warmth of dark timber. The cocktails match the decor in sophistication by featuring a plume of smoke, infused-boozed and house made tipples. It’s all unexpected luxury from a suburban haunt.

171 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

Brogan’s Way Distillery

A father and daughter duo have built this new gin distillery and bar. Stepped in science, distiller Brogan has used her analytical background to balance the botanicals in her trio of debut gins as well as house made bitters, aperitifs and digestifs. Pop into the onsite bar for classic gin cocktail while you admire Gilly, their copper still all lit up in neons.

61 North Street, Richmond

Arbory Afloat

You know the drill by now. Summer is heading this way fast and that means Arbory’s floating pontoon bar is back. It has returned  earlier and bigger than ever. This year it brings with it a Mediterranean twist and lots of spritzy gin cocktails.

Northbank, Yarra River, Melbourne

Captain Baxter

The Captain has returned after four months of renovations with a fresh new look reminiscent of a fancy 1920s yacht club in the Hapmtons. A retractable roof adjacent to their perfectly positioned rooftop lets more of Summer’s charms inside. The cocktails and stunning sunset ocean views are familiar to regulars. But the most important part? THEY SERVE POTATO CAKES AS BAR SNACKS. Genius.

10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda

The Rogue Squire

The Wheelers Hill Hotel in Melbourne’s South East has transformed into the Rogue Squire. Take in a vista of rolling hills upstairs at the brewhouse while you tuck into an old school pint and parma. And ask the bartenders to tell you a yarn about the long ago publican who fought off bushrangers on the site.

Corner Jells and Ferntree Gully Roads, Wheelers Hill

Far Q

Find this new cocktail bar hidden upstairs from the Junktion Hotel. Far Q (geddit?) are doing drinks with some ethically sourced ingredients – there are even vegan sours available – and it all turns into a jazz club once a week.

Upstairs, 99 High Street, Kew

Fixation Brewing Incubator

Look more beer! Fixation Brewing Co. have opened the doors to their ‘Incubator‘ tasting room. As you might guess from the name, this is where they experiment and you can taste the results only here, alongside their official releases and tanks. They welcome byo food and deliveries direct to the bar. FYI: it’s all IPAs, all the time.

414 Smith Street, Collingwood

Also try: Yonder (Bentleigh), a plush cocktail bar above Sonder / vegan pizza and $10 cocktails all the time at Good Love (St Kilda) / Luxsmith Bar (Seddon) a new wine bar next door to -duh – Luxsmith / an industrial-yet-cosy garage wine bar in Wines on Poath (Hughesdale)/ Level One (Carlton) a piano bar and cult cinema in one / The Cheeky Pint (Footscray); the resurrection of the ex-Barkly Hotel / Taking a squizz at the revamped The General Assembly (South wharf); their new focus is on Melbourne laneway culture so live music, graffiti and street art.

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