The Best Bars In Melbourne’s Bayside

Frances Gordon

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

1. Uncle St Kilda

Restaurant, Bar, Diner, Vietnamese

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.

2. Ático Bar

Bar, Australian

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.

3. Pause Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Australian

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.

4. Treehouse Lounge

Bar, Cafe, Wine Bar, Australian, Wine, Beer, Cocktails

Treehouse Lounge Bar brings to Balaclava all the earthly delights needed for a good night out. Here you will not only find some of the best coffee in Melbourne but also a page dedicated to six varieties of espresso martini.

5. Carlisle Wine Bar

Bar, Wine Bar, Australian

Carlisle Wine Bar offers a large selection on their drinks menu. The vibe is relaxed, a good warm up or cool off place for your night out, with nothing pretentious or quirky but rather a focus on continuously serving up quality drinks and ensuring every experience is a good one.

6. After The Tears

Bar, Polish, Australian

After The Tears is the making of three Polish expats. It’s a great venue for those who are brave enough to experience authentic Polish vodka. This bar has an art deco interior, with larger tables for groups as well as intimate nooks.

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