Horses Bar – Fitzroy
Tucked away up the less buzzy end of Brunswick Street, little Horses Bar is easily overlooked, but we’re here to tell you it’s well worth the visit. It’s a comfy space, decked out with a warm mix of timber and exposed brick, where you’ll find a considered selection of booze that runs from boutique wines and craft beers, to clever cocktail creations. There’s even the odd live gig to enjoy.
Lulie St Tavern – Abbotsford
In the backstreets of Abbotsford, this dive bar is one you could easily have missed, but if you like your drinking spots with minimal pretence, it’s sure to win you over pretty quickly. The neon-lit space has a comfy, home-spun feel; the soundtrack’s solid; and the drinks list covers all your favourites. Be sure to join the locals for Try-Hard Trivia and $7 pints every Thursday.
The Tippler & Co – East Melbourne
If this East Melbourne bar has flown under your radar, it’s high time you got acquainted. Sitting on Wellington Parade, it’s become a favourite local haunt, with a relaxed fitout and a truly excellent drinks offering. Get comfy with a classic cocktail, or try something new, matched with a few tasty bites from the share-friendly menu. Perfect for a post-MCG tipple.
This unassuming Gertrude Street bar is full of surprises, so do yourself a favour and drop in for a drink. You’ll discover a cosy little spot, with moody lighting, shelves of knick knacks, funky tunes, and a fab courtyard hidden out the back. There’s a Fitzroy locals night every Wednesday, student specials on Tuesdays, and soul tunes on Sundays.
Tucked away on Guests Lane, this bar and restaurant is an easy one to miss, but you’ll be very glad once you’ve got it on your radar. Slate boasts a host of great spaces, including a rooftop bar that’ll become one of your favourite spots and a very dapper dining room, where you can feast your way through a menu of beautiful, modern fare. Don’t miss happy hour, with $3 pots, $5 wines and free nibbles, from 4-6pm every weekday.
Smithward – Collingwood
Perched up the quieter end of Smith Street, this tiny wine bar is easy to miss if you’re not a regular to the strip. What the narrow space lacks in size, it makes up for in warmth and charm, with friendly staff who’ll happily guide you through the Euro-leaning wine list to find your perfect match. It’s a must for date night, with intimate tables and some heavenly snacks.
Littlefoot Bar – Footscray
It’s a Western suburbs favourite, but if you’re not a Footscray local, you may have missed this cosy bar – a friendly drinking spot, with a food menu and cocktail list inspired by the diverse community it calls home. Inside, you’ll find a comfy space, with street art-splashed walls, and a solid line-up of live music and DJ’s on the weekends. Well worth crossing town for.