thomas olive bar melbourne

Thomas Olive

Out the back and up the stairs behind the excellent Collingwood eatery Saint Crispin, is Thomas Olive, a tiny bar wedged into a stately Victorian building (think hardwood floors and…

Section 8 hidden bar Melbourne

Section 8

Section 8 is essentially an outdoor bar built into a holed-out shipping container filled with recycled materials all crammed into a parking lot at the end of a CBD alleyway.…

HiHou hidden bar Melbourne


Ring the buzzer on the unmarked door near Parliament House, at the eastern edge of the Central Business District (CBD), and you’ll be escorted into HiHou—a perfect little slice of…

Eau de Vie hidden bar Melbourne

Eau de Vie

Down an alley that leads to a downtown parking structure and behind and unmarked door lies what is perhaps the perfect summation of the modern Australian cocktail bar. Eau de…

Bar Americano hidden bar Melbourne

Bar Americano

Off a side street, down an alley and then down another alley, you’ll find Bar Americano, a tiny space with no seating and only enough room for about ten to stand…

Forester's craft beer Melbourne

Forester’s Hall

The team behind The Terminus Hotel and The Royston recently opened this Collingwood mash-up of a craft beer bar, live music venue and dance hall. With a huge space complete with the largest selection of…

Catfish craft beer bar Melbourne


Housed in a former 19th-century boarding house, Catfish is just about the best place in Melbourne to drink local craft beer. The list changes weekly, all the music is on…