Set your sights on the sea and some damn good drinks
Here’s a bar where you can order an individual gnoccho, wearing a meaty high hat of wild boar ragu, and a solo scorched lamb chop. A single chop! Have one – have five! But keep in mind you’re also sitting on one of the best wine lists in town - save space for some great stuff by the glass. St Kilda.
Joe's, now featuring less grease, is the new incarnation of the dearly departed Greasy Joe's. It's the perfect spot to kick off a long night in St Kilda. You can watch the sun set over Acland St, choose cocktails from a wide-ranging list, enjoy a craft beer or three, and down a fortifying burger, slider or steak. St Kilda.
Even after all these years (over 100 and counting) and all those gigs (too many to count), there are still few better drink destinations in Melbourne than the iconic Espy. Get your live music fix, savour the low prices, and by all means, get a little rowdy – no one here's going to judge you for it. St Kilda.
Wash off any residual Espy-grime with a well-made nightcap, chosen from an extensive list that leans heavily on the classics. With its sumptuous booths, open fireplace, dim lighting, and quality booze, this is the kind of joint Sinatra would have approved of. St Kilda.
A licensed fromagerie. It’s the adult equivalent of a 'Fireworks, Puppy Dogs and Candy!' store and it really exists. It's a late night wine bar and specialist cheese shop that is a rather excellent contribution to Melbourne’s drinking and eating problem. St Kilda.
Cellar Bar, in the bowels of Newmarket Hotel, is a cocktail-come-cabaret joint giving Melbourne drinkers a place to burn their cash with wild abandon. Brought to you by the Melbourne Pub Group mob (the Prince, Albert Park Hotel) this is an old world boozing parlour with serious food on the cards. St Kilda.
Beneath the opulent Melbourne Wine Room, is the George Basement. And it may well be your kind of bar – in that it’s catering like a champion multi-tasker to the many faces of St Kilda's drinking crowd. On a Tuesday, it’s a quiet spot for locals while on the weekends it's DJs and standing room only. St Kilda.