Our guide to great Richmond drinkin'
Bar Economico is a loud, shabby, Reggaeton-playing bordello of rum, where drinks come in plastic cups and you can chuck your nut shells on the floor. It's a bar built for robust drinking. Spitting and gambling may be ‘prohibito’, but the crew are happy for you to get a little loose.
The old Bridge used to be a locals haunt but an extreme makeover turned it into a veritable palace of fun. It’s still just a pub. Only now it has an indoor cobblestone laneway, off of which springs balconies, saloons and gardens. It’s like a boozy Disneyland where everyone’s still drinking Carlton pots.
Richmond’s original inner-city ode to Americana is still going strong with a kick-ass happy hour and bathtub booze. They’re big on the shake-and-stir classics here and fond of packing them with house-made liqueurs and between the happy hours of 4-7pm they can be had for a lean $10.
When Melbourne went nuts for the restaurant-bar-diner hybrid of MBWB in the city it became clear that all everyone wants is a cool space, decent drinks and a menu of simple eats and that's what this joint delivers.
The longest established of Melbourne’s microbreweries has grown from wild parties in co-founder Dave Bonighton’s backyard to bi-weekly gatherings. You can sample the full range of brews on Wednesday and Friday evenings and tag along on a brewery tour if curiosity gets the better of you.
Slow Beer has a 1000 plus inventory of local and international craft brews and the best part is you don't have to make off like a bandit with a mixed bag. There's a broad communal table where you can crack open your selections straight from the fridge, or have them pour one out for you from one of the five brews on tap.
Union Dining have opened up their rooftop terrace for afternoon aperitivi so that you can spend the rest of the summer kicked back with a Negroni or Bellini in hand and some antipasti winging its way to your table. Nice.