Whether you’re after a cold one or classic cocktail, here are the most hip and happening bars in Melbourne to get your drink on:
Slink into this wine bar with sub-continental spice from Australian-Indian chef and restauranteur, Jessi Singh. The worldly wine menu boasts over 220 different drops from all over the globe, or grab some bubbles from the champagne cart as it does its rounds. Bask in the decor of rich jewel tones, velvet banquette seats and hanging plants while nibbling on small plates that as colourful as the setting.
88 Flinders Ln, Melbourne, mrssingh.com.au
Hope St Radio
Part bar part… radio station? Yep, Hope St is a Melbourne-based online-only community radio station, and the vibe at their new bricks and mortar home base is chill and communal. Grab a picnic table in the leafy courtyard or head inside for art-strewn walls, raw wood-panelled booth seating and big box speakers. The drinks list includes low-intervention wines, local beers and a curated cocktail list. If you’re feeling peckish, go for tasty pastas, focaccia and other seasonal fare.
35 Johnston St, Collingwood, hopestradio.community
Euro-style enoteca where the Yarraville locals love to hang with a classic bottle (their list includes both local and imported drops) paired with snacky Euro bites such as chicken liver parfait and herb-crusted king prawns. The teal and white interior is lovely, but weather permitting, chillax at the outdoor tables where you can watch the comings and goings of this lovely little neighbourhood.
25 Anderson St, Yarraville, barromanee.com
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