The Best Bars In Melbourne’s Bayside

Photo of Frances Gordon
9 February 2017

The pre-drinks before an event are often the best part of the night. Whether you’re getting ready for a night out or hunting for a new set of places to try out, hop on the Sandringham line and enjoy this three-stop bar hop. Starting from Windsor and finishing up in Elsternwick, this Bayside bar hop guide features the locals’ favorites and newcomers to the area to try.

Uncle St Kilda | © Uncle St Kilda

Uncle St Kilda

Restaurant, Bar, Diner, Vietnamese, $$$
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Uncle St Kilda, St Kilda
Uncle St Kilda, St Kilda | Courtesy Uncle

If you’re looking for something spicy then head down to Uncle. This Vietnamese-inspired restaurant-cum-bar brings together all things coconut and chili and everything else in between. Offering a bar downstairs and a dining area upstairs, it’s worth ordering some food to share for the warm and bright upstairs experience. Uncle is the perfect place for groups wanting to start off the bar hop with a sit-down drink and chat.

Lucky Coq

A night at Lucky Coq can only be described a rite of passage; cheap drinks, $4 pizzas, free pool tables and live bands – welcome to student life. As this might suggest the crowd does tend to be on the younger end; however, with weekly specials and an array of live music including a blues Sunday session this is a venue too good to dismiss. If you’re looking for a great budget spot, Lucky Coq has you covered.

Lucky Coq, 179 Chapel Street, Windsor, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 9525 1288

Ático Bar

Bar, Australian, $$$
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Wander through the Mexican eatery Fonda in Windsor and ascend the back staircase to find this hidden gem. Ático Bar serves up a fiesta of tequila-driven cocktails that are fruity and bright, alongside a selection of 100 percent agave tequilas for a shot that will warm any winter chill. Unlike its downstairs neighbor, Ático is a relaxing getaway. With low candle-lit tables, this intimate attic space is a perfect date stop before or after dinner.

Pause Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Australian, $$$
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Treehouse Lounge
Treehouse Lounge | © Treehouse Lounge
Enjoy something Moroccan at Pause Bar. Located at the heart of Balaclava, this little oasis has been the locals’ secret drop-by spot for years. With an interior that feels like it came straight out of Aladdin, Pause Bar embodies the atmosphere of a bustling marketplace, perfect for large groups or those new to Melbourne looking to meet the locals.

Lyre Bird Lounge

A short stroll from Ripponlea station is the Lyre Bird Lounge. A small tavern, this venue plays host to many live bands and has built itself a reputation for being the classic local. A great stop if you or your group is in the mood to grab a beer or glass of wine while watching some local talent perform. This venue’s charm and laid-back atmosphere make it perfect for after-work drinks.

Lyre Bird Lounge, 61 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 9532 7574

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