Hot dogs and High Noon cocktails in Fitzroy? I know a place

 

Everyone loves a hidden bar. There’s something magical about leading your mates into an unmarked venue, like some kind of boozy Indiana Jones.

A stark yellow light at the intersection of Brunswick Street and Alexandra Parade is the only signpost to this concealed den of fine drinks and merriment. I Know a Place is a tiny venue with a lot to offer. The bar inside is a compact room of cocktail genius, with a seasonal menu offering a multitude of concoctions.

Grab a steaming Granny’s Special Cuppa to warm the cockles on a winter’s evening – aged Cuban rum, apple and spiced maple served in a china mug. During the summer months you can step through the back door into an expansive courtyard overlooked by a towering street mural of a Mexican farmer, courtesy of the Everfresh crew. It’s all wipe-clean metal tables, party lights and an outside toilet here, which is better suited to sampling their hyper-local craft beers or Palomas (grapefruit soda and tequila – zip!)

Get a table on a balmy Sunday afternoon and soak up the sun while listening to the resident DJs. Ballast comes in the form of New York-style hot dogs – cooked in the courtyard and best served straight up with ketchup, mustard and sauerkraut. It’s two bars for the price of one and both of them are great. Marshal your buddies and march them on down, pronto.

 

Looking for pubs in Melbourne? Read our new pubs page.

First published on . Updated on .

By Gemima Cody   |   Photos by Graham Denholm   |  

I Know a Place details

Address
Rear
451 Brunswick St

Fitzroy 3065

Open Thu-Sat 5pm-1am; Sun 2-9pm

I Know a Place website

Fitzroy area guide

I Know a Place map

Restaurants near I Know a Place

Yong Green Foods

92m - Sisters Seon Mi and Seon Joo Lee, vegetarians from meat-loving South Korea,...

Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew

117m - Melbourne’s officially got more burger bars than a fun-times ’50s flick,...

Hammer and Tong 412

139m - Hammer and Tong has crawled hermit crab styles into the stunning shell...

Bars & pubs near I Know a Place

Royal Derby Hotel

54m - In amongst the grungy hipster bars on Brunswick St is the refurbished Royal...

Polly

165m - The Polly experience gets off to a bit of an odd start. Patrons enter via...

House of Refreshment

190m - When we first show up at this glorified living room with a liquor license,...

Other venues near I Know a Place

Tomorrow Never Knows

104m - Born out of a mutual love of music and graphics shared between a brother and...

Clara Fox

115m - For those serious about vintage couture, Clara Fox will be your new...

The Playroom

117m - Sitting above the former restaurant Eat Drink Man Woman, The Playroom offers...

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus
 


© 2007 - 2014 Time Out Group Ltd. All rights reserved. All material on this site is © Time Out.