A running list of the pubs and bars reopening in Melbourne
04.06.2020

A running list of the pubs and bars reopening in Melbourne

Words by Tom Parker

Who’s thirsty?

As social restrictions ease, Melbourne is on the verge of blossoming into a nascent rose. As pubs and bars turn their lights back on, kegs will be restored, beer taps recharged, ashtrays dispersed and pool tables revived.

We know you’re keen for a pint, or a pub meal, or a ciggy out the back, so we’re gonna help you out. Here’s a list of the beloved pubs and bars reopening their doors in your neighbourhood.

The Corner

You better believe it! The Corner Hotel, the adored establishment in the crux of Richmond, will be reopening their doors on Thursday June 4 to the absolute glee of every fucking Melburnian. So what are the deets? Well, tables are currently capped at six people and there will be reduced capacities to navigate the venue – I know you’ve been missing it, but don’t think you’ll be able to just wander into the bandroom at will. You’ll have to eat during your stay, with the menu available now via their website.

Current opening hours:

Thursday and Friday: 4pm – 11pm

Saturday: 12pm – 11pm

Sunday: 12pm – 9pm

Read the menu and make a booking via The Corner website.

The Espy

Keen to wander down to the beach? You’ve been cooped up forever so wouldn’t blame ya. As you feel the sand between your toes stop by a St Kilda institution while you’re there. The Hotel Esplanade, or The Espy as we like to call it, is now open as of Wednesday June 3. She’ll be awfully popular so make sure you make a booking in advance via the venue website.

Current opening hours:

Wednesday – Sunday: 5:30pm – 10pm for dinner

Saturday and Sunday: 12pm – 4pm for lunch

Read the menu and make a booking via The Espy website.

Lulie Tavern

Party house Lulie’s is now open which is music to the ears of locals from Abbotsford and beyond. They’re taking bookings from Wednesday to Saturday but you better get in quick as bookings will fill up fast. Mmmmm, I can taste their yummy sandwiches and spicy tequila from here.

Current opening hours:

Wednesday – Saturday: 4pm, 6pm or 8pm sittings.

Hit ’em up via Insta to make a booking.

The Tote

We recently reported on the reopening of Melbourne’s iconic rock cauldron and it has brought everyone so much joy to see a place we all know and love swing open its doors. Polly’s Burgers, the mushrooming kitchen take-over that’s now occupying The Tote, are slinging some mean burgers and veggie bowls and you won’t want to miss out.

Current opening hours:

The pub currently has dinner openings at 5pm, 7:15pm and 9:30pm and bookings must be made to secure a spot.

Read Polly’s Burgers menu here and make a booking via Oztix.

Sooki Lounge

The voice of live music in the east, Sooki Lounge, has reopened its doors and the people of Belgrave and beyond can rejoice. Sooki is a classic for great music and good food, attracting international artist after international artist when things were normal. Now punters can return and indulge themselves in a place steeped with history and significance.

Current opening hours:

Wednesday to Sunday: 12pm until late.

Give Sooki Lounge a bell on (03) 9754 7567 or email them at sookireservations@gmail.com to make a booking.

The Birmingham

Known for having one of Melbourne’s best parmas, The Birmy sits right in the middle of Fitzroy on the corner of Brunswick Street and Johnston Street. It’s an ideal setting for weekend drinks and is iconic for a few pre-drinks on a night out. We’re not completely sure about the full details of their reopening, but their certainly off and firing.

Current opening hours:

Exact hours are unknown.

Give ’em a ring on (03) 9417 2706 or email them at thebirmy@bigpond.com to make enquiries and reserve a spot.

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Bodriggy Brewing Co

Another beloved Abbotsford eatery and bar, Bodriggy, has now opened its doors for food and drinks. The menu here is sick, offering classic Latin American cuisine via two set options. $35 per head will get you five different items while their $55 option will get you seven options.

Current opening hours:

Wednesday to Sunday across a range of both lunch and dinner times.

Head to the Bodriggy website to find availabilities and make a booking.

Edinburgh Castle

This is it! The Eddy is back and we’ve never been more ready to sink a pint perched up a bar stool as we witness the Brunswick watering hole abuzz with activity. The meals here are fantastic if you’re after the pub classics and I wouldn’t wait any longer to book because they’re gonna fill up quick fast.

Opening hours from Monday June 8:

Monday to Sunday: 12pm – 4pm for lunch. 5:30pm – 7:30pm or 8pm – 10pm for dinner.

Contact the Edinburgh Castle on (03) 9386 7580 to make a booking. Check out their website here.

The Mill House

The Mill House, the lively bar that sits on Flinders Lane in the CBD will be reopening its doors on Thursday June 25, and they’re kicking things off with a bang. Offering an unbeatable bottomless package, for just $49pp, guests will be able to sink their teeth into unlimited pizza and snacks alongside a two-hour drinks package incorporating wine, beer and soft drink. They’re only offering it for a limited time, however, so you’ll have to book fast.

Opening hours from Thursday June 25:

Exact hours are unknown.

Book into The Mill House’s bottomless package via their website.

The Empress

You haven’t properly wined and dined along Nicholson Street without visiting Fitzroy North local, The Empress Hotel. Now, the watering hole is back open and is firing at all cylinders, with their scrumptious menu spanning all your pub favourites. Check in for a feed or perch up for the footy, The Empress has got all your social cravings covered.

Current opening hours:

Monday to Thursday: From 4:30pm

Friday to Sunday: From 12pm

Book a table at The Empress now via their website

Grace Darling Hotel

Smith Street’s adored Grace Darling Hotel will reopen its doors from Monday June 22 as they make some finishing touches to the venue. What does The Grace offer? Live music, beer and great food – I’d say just about everything. Get around it!

Opening hours from Monday June 22: 

Exact hours are unknown.

Make a forward booking for when the venue is open via their website. There is no live music happening at the venue just yet.

Northcote Social Club

High Street’s pride and joy, the Northcote Social Club, is reopening from Thursday June 4 and will be offering their scrumptious dinner service for all you hungry folks out there. Tables max out at six people and she’ll be open from Thursday through to Sunday ongoing. You’ll have to eat while you’re there which is not an issue because the NOSO’s menu is bloody yum.

Current opening hours:

Thursday and Friday: 5pm – late

Saturday and Sunday: 2pm – late

Read the menu and make a booking via the Northcote Social Club’s website.

Wesley Anne

An adventure through Northcote should not be completed without dropping into the iconic Wesley Anne. The perfect spot for a mulled wine, the Wesley is also a grand choice for a meal that’s strewn with European inspiration. She’ll be opening from Monday June 8.

Opening hours from Monday June 8:

Monday to Sunday: 12pm – 4pm for lunch. 5:30pm – 7:30pm or 8pm – 10pm for dinner.

Contact Wesley Anne on (03) 9482 1333 to make a booking. Check out their website here.

The Carringbush

A hotspot for vegan and vegetarians, The Carringbush is back in business and has become an adored favourite for Abbotsfordians. Hidden in the backstreets on Langridge Street you could easily miss it, but you wouldn’t want to with its scrumptious menu of delectable vegetarian fare. Think buffalo cauliflower, Moroccan tofu or a halloumi and mushroom burger.

Current opening hours:

Monday to Sunday: 8am – 10pm.

Sessions at The Carringbush are booking out so call ahead on (03) 9191 0149 to reserve your spot.

The Gem

The Gem Bar & Dining has captured the Western imaginations of Collingwoodians for over a decade and when they reopen on Friday June 5, they’ll be offering a completely new menu. If their previous setup is anything to go by, get ready for the tastiest Texas barbecue Melbourne has to offer. I’m already salivating.

Current opening hours:

Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner.

Make a booking via The Gem’s website.

Dr Morse

Wander down the steps from Victoria Park train station and popular watering hole Dr Morse looks you right in the eye. You would’ve spent many a late night at the Abbotsford bar dancing away in their beer garden and now they’re opening back up for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus they’ve got a new menu in tow – you beauty!

Current opening hours:

Open from Thursday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Times vary so head to the Dr Morse website to explore availabilities and make a booking.

Thornbury Local

Beloved High Street watering hole, the Thornbury Local, is back open and operating for lunch and dinner service. They’ve got some of the best burgers in the neighbourhood, while their pizzas are also right up there, so you’ll want to book a table right away.

Current opening hours:

Monday to Thursday: 4pm to 11pm

Friday to Sunday: 12pm to 11pm

Hit ’em up via Facebook Messenger or via email at info@thethornburylocal.com to make a booking.

The Bergy Seltzer

Things are looking up on Sydney Road because The Bergy Seltzer is back! The venue has quickly earned a reputation around the traps for its live music and killer menu – these guys used to run another beloved venue The Brunswick Hotel, so they know what they’re doing. So why not head in and say hello?

Opening hours from Wednesday June 24:

Wednesday to Saturday: 4pm to 1am.

Email The Bergy at thebergyseltzer@gmail.com or call them on (03) 9380 9790 to book a table.  

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The Bergy is back! Woo! Due to the easing of restrictions next week we will be open from next Wednesday! We will be operating: Wednesday – Saturday 4pm – 1am Restrictions in place: – Table service only. – Must give your name and contact number upon entry. – Sanitiser will be readily available. – We recommend downloading the COVID Safe app. – Please only come see us if you are feeling well and not showing symptoms, Numbers are strictly limited to: 15 Inside 15 In the Beer Garden 6 Upstairs Function enquiries and bookings are welcome but not essential. Please Email thebergyseltzer@gmail.com or call (03) 9380 9790 if you wish to book. At this stage we are not in the position to put on any live shows. But hopefully with the next wave of restrictions being lifted we can start booking some in! We will still have some more live streams coming in the next few weeks! Can't wait to be behind the bar and see you all again! #freetheberg #backinthejump #howdoiwaittablesagain #supportyourlocal #wereback #sydneyrdbrunswick #feeltheberg

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Post Office Hotel

Coburg’s Post Office Hotel is back in the game after braving social restrictions through food delivery and pick-up. Offering live music on most nights, the Post Office has become one of Melbourne’s most trusted pub/live music hybrids and you’d be stupid not to check it out now that things have eased.

Current opening hours:

Open for dinner seven days and lunch from Friday to Sunday.

They’re only open to bookings at this stage. Give ’em a bell at (03) 9386 5300 or email them at pub@thepostofficehotel.com.au to secure your place.

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In the words of George Costanza… WE’RE BACK BABY! From June 1st, we’ll be open for dinner every night, as well as lunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Come and taste our new menu while you enjoy a well-deserved pint or two! . Some booking conditions apply so please call or email the team to find out exactly what we can and can’t do. At this stage, the pub won’t be open to walk-ins but we promise it’s not far away 🤞🏻 . Remember, as restrictions ease over the coming weeks, so will our booking conditions. We ask for patience and kindness as we work our way through this pretty weird time. . But most importantly, WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU! #savehospo #supportlocal #poh3058 #coburg #coburgpub #melbournepub

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Le Bon Ton

Wander down the back streets of Collingwood and you’ll stumble across the homely Le Bon Ton, a pub that you could perch up in for days if you wanted to. Now, the watering hole has reopened and they’re letting you book out a room for up to 20 people to dine and drink. That’s all they’ve told us so you’ll have to hit them up to find out more.

Current opening hours:

Exact hours are unknown.

For all enquiries and bookings email them at bookings@lebonton.com.au or call 03 9416 4341. Check out their website here.

The Standard

Fitzroy wouldn’t be Fitzroy with The Standard, a hidden gem just off Brunswick Street. The pub known to facilitate many a boozy weekend has returned and will be serving you tasty pub grub seven days a week. Ahhhh the thought of a Standard Burger replete with bacon, fried egg, beetroot chutney, aioli, tomato chutney, cheese, confit onion, lettuce, tomato and chips has me hungry already.

Current opening hours:

Exact hours are unknown.

Bookings for a one hour or 45-minute sitting can be made via The Standard’s website.

Charles Weston Hotel

Sitting just behind Brunswick’s Barkly Square, the Charles Weston Hotel is the definition of a homely pub to retreat to on a cold weekday night for a scrumptious pub meal. Did I just spell out the dictionary definition of a ‘pub’? Anyway, this humble abode will be swinging its doors back open on Wednesday June 10 and you’ll definitely have to make a booking because this place is popular.

Opening hours from Wednesday June 10:

Monday to Sunday: 12pm – 4pm for lunch. 5:30pm – 7:30pm or 8pm – 10pm for dinner.

Contact the Charles Weston on (03) 9380 8777 to make a booking. Check out their website here.

Town Hall Hotel

North Melbourne institution the Town Hall Hotel has announced its reopening too. Sitting across from the Comic’s Lounge, this pub is about as relaxed as it gets and has offered a place for people to socialise, drink beer and watch live music for decades. While there won’t be any live music for now you can trust that the kitchen is raring to go.

Current opening hours:

Monday to Sunday: 5pm – late with last orders at 10pm.

Contact the Town Hall Hotel on (03) 9328 1983 to make a booking or hit them on Facebook Messenger.

Great Northern

At the top of Rathdowne Street sits the aptly-titled Great Northern, a perfect spot to watch the footy and sink a few beers. Now, the pub has reopened and you can start to reimagine all those weekend hangs in the beer garden. With a parma to die for, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get involved I say.

Current opening hours:

Exact hours are unknown.

Make a booking via the Great Northern’s website or over the phone at (03) 9380 9569.

The Tramway

One of Melbourne’s most intimate and cosy live music venues, The Tramway Hotel, is back open and people in the inner-north can rejoice. Offering burgers that’ll have you coming back time and time again, they’re also throwing virtual gigs from their bandroom with the likes of Bench Press, Pony Face and 808s and Greatest Hits to perform every Saturday until July 11.

Current opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 4pm, 6pm or 8pm sittings.

Saturday and Sunday: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm sittings.

Contact The Tramway on (03) 9489 6100 to make a booking or email them on tramway@tramwayhotel.com.au.

The Retreat

Sydney Road’s adored ranch, The Retreat, have announced they’ll be reopening their doors on Friday June 19 for dining. There won’t be any live music as yet but they’ve still got a ripper food menu of all your fave pub grub items, with a Western touch.

Opening hours from Friday June 19:

Monday to Thursday: from 4pm into the night.

Friday to Sunday: from 12pm into the night.

Give ’em a bell on (03) 9380 4090 to make a booking. 

With so many pubs and bars gradually reopening, this list is set to balloon and we’ll keep updating it as we go along.

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