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There's no need to fear drinking alone when the bartenders are keen for a chat, the drinks are excellent and the bar stools are the best seats in the house

The Catfish

The Mississippi blues and whisky-loving local encompassing Sparrow’s Philly Cheesesteaks has longnecks of Coopers in the fridge. Fitzroy.

Cure Bar and Eatery

This small bar is home to a library of whisky and cured meats with a soundtrack of blues and rock. Carlton.

Gerald's Bar

Gerald’s is a champion of Motown, beautiful drinks and service, service, service, where customers get to choose what’s served by the glass. Carlton North.

House of Refreshment

Handsome Steve is still just as handsome, but he’s serving his quick wit and Carlton Draughts off of Brunswick Street now. Fitzroy.

Joe's Shoe Store

Joe’s has become Northcote bar royalty for its stiff drinks, easy vibes and pizza delivery from next door. Northcote.


A small neighbourhood bar with an arthouse cinema out back, LongPlay is the kind of place Fellini and Jean-Luc Godard might meet up at for a Pernod. Fitzroy North.

Los Barbudos

It’s all about rum and baseball at this Cuban-themed Smith Street hangout. Fitzroy.

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