Unlike any other bar in Melbourne, Black Pearl combines party-smashing-knees-up good times with some of the best cocktails in town. The Attic upstairs is serving classic drinks out of crystal-cut Royal Doulton glassware, while downstairs is the place for beer or a whisky. Fitzroy.
The Everleigh has the look of a 1920s speakeasy and is a proper American-style cocktail bar, run with an Aussie sensibility, which means you’re getting some of the best drinks in the country, without the side of attitude that you get on Eldridge Street. Fitzroy.
Since its dramatic overhaul in mid 2009, the maritime-themed Grace Darling has has gone from a sad little place with the ambience of an outer-suburbs RSL to a hipster paradise with a band room, vintage fairs, rock trivia and a youthful, creative vibe. Collingwood.
Here’s a place where the beers, wines and ‘tails go head to head, and come out an even match. This is the place for a peppery steak tartare or a lentil-goat's cheese salad with a Feral Hop Hog IPA or a pint of micro-brew on the side. Fitzroy.
Doling out cocktails, local boutique beers and hotdogs, I Know A Place is our kind of joint. Inside, it’s a tiny room of dark leather, tasseled lamps, encyclopedias and jazz. But venture out back and you’ll find multi-coloured party lights, metal tables and a huge street art mural by the Everfresh graffiti gang. Fitzroy.
The Kodiak Club are purveyors of some very fine snacks including poutine, pork cracklin', and a Kraft Single toastie. Not here to eat? Beers and cider on tap are served in big red plastic college-style kegger cups and they have a really good selection of American whisky. Fitzroy.
This bar brings authentic Cuban flavours in cocktail form to Smith Street. Think Mojitos, Daiquiris and El Presidentes. Oh, and the dudes behind Chingon and Dr Juicy Jay's Crab Shack are setting up a permanent Cuban food truck in the garage out the back. Fitzroy.
LuWOW in Fitzroy is the place to be for anyone with a well developed sense of good times. Lay claim to a thatched village hut and share a tiki bowl of Scorpion punch – Cognac, rum, orgeat (a sweet almond, orange blossom and rose water syrup) and pineapple juice with a plastic spider floating in the top. Fitzroy.
At the top of a dark staircase you’ll find a pool table, popcorn – popped to order and served with any kind of salt you like from Mexican to chicken – and an indoor bocce pitch. Here they've got both the booze and know-how to make whatever you fancy. Fitzroy.
They sling white, young and lightly-aged rums as well as an assortment of grassy agricole rums: spirit distilled from sugarcane juice rather than molasses. If you’re sitting on a fat wallet, throw it at the top-shelf gear like Zacapa XO. Fitzroy.
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