As the balmy nights of summer approach, it’s time to vacate stifling city bars and head to St Kilda where you’ll find alfresco terraces, grungy music venues, and quirky bars. From 29th Apartment to The Espy, Captain Baxter and Misery Guts, allow this list to tempt you with locally sourced beers, exotic cocktail menus and pub grub. These are the top six bars to try in St Kilda, Melbourne.
The Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda opened in 1878 and quickly established itself as a prominent Melbourne venue with guests such as Mark Twain. Once upon a time, the Espy was the center of Melbourne’s disco scene, with a Saturday Night Fever dance floor, but these days the venue is better known for supporting emerging rock acts and, with free entry most nights, you may just catch the next big act. The Espy has also been home to music trivia show RocKwiz since 2005.