8 New Bars + Bar News | December 2018

Let’s raise a toast to summer and the most notable bar openings this month…

Hotel Esplanade

The beloved Espy has risen from the dead and it sure is alive and kicking. There’s a dozen different bars to explore from beer gardens to cocktail lounges over a whopping six levels (plus two restaurants, three live music stages and even a podcast studio!) You’ll mostly find us at The Ghost of Alfred Felton cocktail bar on the top floor, dedicated to the venue’s most distinguished former resident.

11 The Esplanade, St Kilda

State of Grace

After nearly two years in the wilderness, State of Grace also returns alongside its secret basement bar Fall From Grace. The entirely new location retains the familiar broke-down palatial feel of old. As a bonus for Grace’s fans’ patience, a rooftop bar is promised to open this Summer.

27 King Street, Melbourne

Sebastian Beach Grill and Bar

Inspired by Spain and the seaside (the name is derived from San Sebastian), comes Sebastian on the far closer shores of Williamstown. Here, flame-grilled meats are to be washed down with sangria (on tap!), sherry, vermut and wines from the Basque region. Salut.

26 Esplanade, Williamstown

Cardigan Place Cellars

This new corner wine bar puts the spotlight on mostly local and natural wines. There’s also a teeny cocktail list and a selection of aperitifs/digestives to match with their thoughtful, produce driven food.

67 Cardigan Place, Albert Park

Sample

This crowd-pleasing neighbourhood bar is as dog friendly as they are wine friendly. Slip out back to the leafy courtyard wine garden, position yourself at a beer keg tuned table sip whatever you fancy – we recommend the ‘Aloha’ spice rum cocktail – in the sunshine.

188 High Street, Windsor

Ends & Means

Go beyond ditching the single use straw. Entire low-waste cocktail bars are now a thing. You wouldn’t know to look at it, that the four creators of Ends & Means have sustainability at the forefront of their minds. The fit-out of the bar and the drink themselves still seem luxurious.
79 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Talk To Me Bar

Cheeseburger Bao. That alone has pretty much sold me on the idea of Talk to Me bar. Walk in to find those tasty goods plus lips rendered in neon, a canopy of parasols, a life-sized tree and possibly Peking Duk (the musicians, not the dish; they’re co-owners).
13 Commercial Road, Prahran

Great Ocean Road Gin Tasting Room

Might be just about time for a trip down the coast. The team at Great Ocean Road Gin have unveiled their tasting room complete with gin garden. It’s an idyllic little pit stop – or even final destination – along your route (make sure someone else is designated driver that day).

32 Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet

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