St. Kilda is one of Melbourne‘s coolest suburbs. Situated right by the Australian south-eastern seaside, this is a great place to come and relax on a weekend or after work. This precinct is packed full of some of Melbourne’s coolest bars and restaurants. Read on to discover 10 of the best places to have a drink and chill out.
The Local Taphouse
It’s a hipster’s dream. But you won’t find this beerhall anywhere near Brunswick. The Local Taphouse on Carlisle Streetis easy to walk past, but you should defiantly check this one out. Pumping out craft beer like there’s no tomorrow, The Local goes through over 400 different beers each year on its 20 taps, so there’s always something new to try. It has a warm inviting feel in the main space, and the décor is very rustic and intriguing. While here make sure you check out the beer garden too, it’s a great place to throw back a pint in the summer months.
The Prince of Wales Hotel is somewhat of an icon in St Kilda. The Prince Bandroom has had many thousands of up-and-coming bands walk the boards and play until questionable hours of the morning. The bar itself offers a traditional selection of drinks, but the atmosphere and performances are definitely worth a visit. It is always packed to the brim for the annual Melbourne Pride March, which runs down the adjacent Fitzroy Street.
Not far from the St. Kilda beach is 29th Apartment, a quirky bar and art gallery that is inspired by the life and work of the Katishe, a struggling artist from St. Kilda whose work was similar to that of Andy Warhol and influenced by the streets of New York City. Set up in the style of a New York City apartment, this bar serves a delicious array of cocktails inspired by New York City and its landmarks.
George Lane Bar is typical Melbourne gem: hidden and out of the way, but when you find it it’ll have you coming back time after time. Just point at something on the menu, find a cozy chair, and feel at home from there on in. The bartenders here have a wealth of knowledge that is missing from other similar venues. It may be tucked away, but don’t let that put you off. Lovers of rum, make sure you pass through these doors.
The Nelson is one of the new players on the block in St Kilda. Located on beautiful Acland Street, you will find The Nelson a chic yet casual venue to settle down for a drink after a heavy day. The wine list offers a varied selection of Australian wines, and some imported sparkling, but if you’re into something more adventurous, try one of the many rum cocktails available. Definitely worth stopping by for a drink and a few laughs with your friends.
Offering an 180-degree view encompassing Port Phillip Bay, St. Kilda beach and Melbourne’s CBD is Lady Grange, a multi-level bar and restaurants that provides modern Australian food and, of course, an extensive drinks selection. Whether you are looking for a relaxed afternoon drink or somewhere to start off your Friday night, Lady Grange has got you covered. Come down and see for yourself the stunning views and incredible atmosphere.
This classy Victorian-era inspired cocktail, wine and tapas bar is one of the must-visits in St. Kilda. The ostentatious décor at Laika includes leather seats, dim lighting, and the wine selection decorating the bar, and provides an incredible ambience to enjoy some delicious Spanish sharing plates, the fantastic selection of international and local wines, and the incredible cocktails made by the talented bartenders. This is a great place to come with a small group of friends or with a special someone.
If you are more a traditional pub kind of person The Fifth Province is the place for you. Styled around a traditional Irish pub, it has a welcoming feel as soon as you walk through the door. Whether you just want a relaxing pint after work, or looking for some filling grub after a taking a dip at nearby St Kilda beach, The Fifth Province will definitely deliver. They offer a varied selection of craft beers, which are rotated once every fortnight.
Luxembourg cocktails | Image courtesy of Luxembourg
Situated right on St Kilda Beach, offering stunning views of the ocean, Luxembourg is one of Melbourne’s classiest venues. One of the few venues in the city where you can find such an amazing view of Australia’s southern coast, this European wine bar offers some of Australia’s brilliant local wine as well as international wines from around the world. Take in the stunning views of the sunset, as you enjoy one of the fantastic wines available.
Another venue on Fitzroy Street is Barney Allen’s. Currently operated and overseen by the famous chef ‘Huey’ Hewittson, Barney Allen’s doesn’t really offer much of an inspiring beer or spirits list, but wine lovers should look no further. There is a great selection of South Australian wines on offer here, but if you’re after a cocktail, you’ll also find the ‘Allen Key’, a twist on the old ‘Dark n’ Stormy’. You should definitely give this one a go. Here you will also find some great but simple pub food.