Four of Melbourne’s top bartenders plan to open new venue “Fancy Free” this year

Four bartenders who have been instrumental to the rise of Melbourne’s highly regarded Black Pearl will open a new venue in the CBD later this year. Rob Libecans, Chris Hysted-Adams, Matthew Stirling and Ryan Noreiks will lead the charge at Fancy Free, helping shape the bar as a neighbourhood watering hole in the middle of the CBD where cocktails, wine, beer and food will all be held to an equally high standard.... Read More | Share it now!

The Store Room is St Kilda’s newest speakeasy that needs to be accessed via telephone (Melbourne)

Punch in ‘2’ on an obscured automated phone at the entrance of The Store Room and request entry before this bar’s opening appears. Melbourne’s latest vintage-minded drinking hole, taking over a former barber shop on St Kilda Road, is dialing up a bygone era and borrowing a few tips and tricks from traditional speakeasys, including monthly poker nights.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Juliet is Melbourne’s romantic new speakeasy celebrating women in winemaking

Ask any Melbournian about a wine bar worth visiting, and Punch Lane is sure to be mentioned a couple of times. Located above Little Bourke street, in the heart of the CBD, Punch Lane has become a Melbourne institution during its two decades of operation. However, this month, owner Martin Pirc decided to target a more youthful crowd by opening Juliet Melbourne, a brand new intimate wine bar, tucked directly beneath the legendary Punch Lane.... Read More | Share it now!