A running list of the pubs and bars reopening in Melbourne
27.10.2020

A running list of the pubs and bars reopening in Melbourne

Words by Tom Parker

Who’s thirsty?

Let’s try this again, Melburnians. We’ve worked so hard to be where we are today and our diligence and perseverance is about to be repaid. Finally, the prospect of sauntering down to your local for a pint is about to become a reality. Finally, we can actually enjoy a pub meal and a good ol’ yarn with our mates in a social establishment.

From Wednesday October 28, Melbourne will take its first step towards a return to normality. Pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants and other hospitality will finally be able to swing open their doors for the first time since July. While it will be subject to restrictions, the simple notion of hosting guests in an indoor place is huge.

To celebrate the venues who have worked so hard to get themselves to where they are today, here’s a running list of the beloved pubs and bars reopening their doors in your neighbourhood. Dive in!

Northcote Social Club

High Street’s pride and joy, the Northcote Social Club, is now open and will be offering their scrumptious lunch and dinner service for all you hungry folks out there. Better get in fast though because the NOSO will be hugely popular.

Current opening hours:

Open for lunch and dinner.

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

Sooki Lounge

The voice of live music in the east, Sooki Lounge, has reopened 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.

Book a table at the Sooki website or by giving them a bell on (03) 9754 7567.

The Birmingham

Known for having one of Melbourne’s best parmas, The Birmy sits right in the middle of Fitzroy on the corner of Smith Street and Johnston Street. It’s an ideal setting for weekend drinks and is iconic for a few pre-drinks on a night out. These guys are off and firing as of right now.

Current opening hours:

Exact hours are unknown.

They are taking bookings via email only so hit ’em up on info@birminghamhotel.com.au.

Bodriggy Brewing Co

A beloved Abbotsford eatery and bar, Bodriggy, has reopened its doors for food and drinks. The menu here is sick, offering classic Latin American cuisine and plenty of tasty craft beers to boot.

Current opening hours:

Monday 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 open and we’ve never been more ready to sink a pint perched up at 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.

Current opening hours:

Monday to Sunday: 12pm – late.

Hit up their website to make a booking.

The Corner

You better believe it! The Corner Hotel, the adored establishment in the heart of Richmond, has reopened. There’s nothing more to say.

Current opening hours:

Open for lunch and dinner.

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

The Brunswick Green

The Brunny Green has swung open its doors again and Sydney Road lovers can rejoice. Cosy and intimate, this spot has a killer beer garden for all the social adventurers out there.

Current opening hours: 

Wednesday to Sunday with reduced hours while restrictions are in place.

Email them at info@thebrunswickgreen.com to make a booking.

The Empress

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

Current opening hours:

Exact hours are unknown.

Book a table at The Empress here

 

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Right now the majority of our dining is alfresco, if you’re coming for dinner remember to dress for all seasons.

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Grace Darling Hotel

Smith Street’s adored Grace Darling Hotel is now open! What does The Grace offer? Live music, beer and great food – I’d say just about everything. Get around it!

Current opening hours:

Wednesday to Sunday: 5pm – late. For lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Make a forward booking for when the venue reopens here

The Curtin

Lygon Street’s legendary pub and live music venue The Curtin has reopened to the glee of all Melburnians. They’ve also got a new laneway beer garden in the works which is dope.

Current opening hours:

They’re open for walk-ins from 12pm – 5pm each day. From then onwards you’ll need a booking.

Book a spot here.

Howler

“Fuck year, Howler’s back open,” we overhead someone say as we walked along the Sydney Road sidewalk. They weren’t wrong either – the Brunswick favourite is the perfect encapsulation of Melbourne with it’s art deco setup and quirky wonderland vibe.

Current opening hours:

Wednesday and Thursday: 5pm – 11pm.

Friday: 4pm – 1am.

Saturday: 2pm – 1am.

Sunday: 2pm – 10pm.

Book a table via the Howler website.

 

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Brunswick, you are one bloody beautiful place to be! Back at it Wednesday to Sunday ☀️ #howstheserenity

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Atticus Finch

Sitting on the northern stretch of Lygon Street, Atticus Finch is a favourite for punters of Brunswick East. It’s got an intimate tavern feel on the inside and they’ve just redeveloped their beer garden out the back making it an ideal spot for afternoon drinks in the sun. They’ve also got this random shed that houses a pool table which is kinda offbeat.

From 6pm on Friday and Saturday, Atticus Finch asks of a minimum spend of $50 per person alongside a $5 surcharge to support the DJs slinging tracks on the night.

Current opening hours:

Exact hours are unknown.

Hit ’em via email at manager@atticusfinch.com.au t0 make a booking. Check out their website here.

FAD Gallery

Part gallery, part bar, part live music venue and part absolute Melbourne institution, FAD Gallery has just reopened and there’s never been a better time to venture into the CBD to grab a beer.

Current opening hours:

Exact hours are unknown.

Give them a buzz on (03) 9639 2700 or DM them on Instagram or Facebook to make a booking.

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, has reopened. She’ll be awfully popular so make sure you make a booking in advance via the venue website.

Current opening hours:

Espy Outdoor and Mya Tiger will be both be open. Find out specific hours via the venue website.

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

 

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HEADS UP: firstly, we couldn’t be more excited to be able to open our doors a little earlier than expected. We sure are feeling the love and we can’t wait to have every single one of you back in The Espy.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Secondly, we’re currently working through our reopening plan. We will be reopening this Wednesday 28th October, and you’ll be able to book a table tomorrow. When we do open up bookings, we’ll be posting right here so keep your eyes peeled and your post notifications on! Please note that due to the large volume of inquiries we’ve been receiving, we’re only able to take online bookings via our website (no phone bookings, please!).⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Lastly, thank you to every single one of you for reaching out, calling us, booking in, and saying hi. We can’t wait to see you again soon.

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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:

Seven days a week: 11:30am till late.

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

The Standard

Fitzroy wouldn’t be Fitzroy without The Standard, a hidden gem just off Brunswick Street. The pub known to facilitate many a boozy weekend has returned and is back 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 two-hour sitting can be made via The Standard’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 from now, they’ve opened back up for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Current opening hours:

Exact hours are unknown.

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

The Gem

The Gem Bar & Dining has captured the Western imaginations of Collingwoodians for over a decade and has now reopened. Get ready for the tastiest Texas barbecue Melbourne has to offer. We’re already salivating.

Current opening hours:

Exact hours are unknown.

Bookings can be made via The Gem’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 Wes is also a grand choice for a meal that’s strewn with European inspiration. She’s open from now!

Current opening hours:

Monday to Sunday for lunch and dinner.

Make a booking at The Wes here.

The Retreat

Sydney Road’s adored ranch, The Retreat, has reopened. 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.

Current opening hours:

Seven days a week from midday till late.

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

 

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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:

Exact hours are unknown.

Hit ’em up via email at info@thethornburylocal.com to make a booking. Check out their website here.

Post Office Hotel

Coburg’s Post Office Hotel is back in the game. Offering live music on most nights when things are normal, 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.

Current opening hours:

Exact hours are unknown.

Give ’em a bell at (03) 9386 5300 to make a booking.

The Old Bar

You little ripper! The Old Bar has reopened for walk-in froths. The venue won’t be taking bookings so you’ll just have to turn up and hope you get lucky.

Current opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 4pm til late.

Saturday and Sunday: midday til late.

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 has swung its doors back open and you’ll definitely have to make a booking because this place is popular.

Current opening hours:

Monday to Sunday: 12pm – late.

Hit up their website to make a booking.

Town Hall Hotel

North Melbourne institution the Town Hall Hotel has also announced that it has reopened. 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:

Exact days are unknown but they’ll be offering dinner service only across three sittings from 5pm til late.

Contact the Town Hall Hotel on (03) 9328 1983 to make a booking. More info here.

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?

Current opening hours:

Wednesday to Sunday: 4pm to 1am.

Email The Bergy at thebergyseltzer@gmail.com or hit them up via Facebook Messenger to book a table.  

Great Northern

At the top of Rathdowne Street sits the aptly-titled Great Northern, a perfect spot to spend your afternoon sinking 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.

The Tote

Polly’s Burgers have been doing a stellar job slinging takeaway burgers and veggie bowls from The Tote since the start of lockdown. They opened up a restaurant in the venue when restrictions eased in the middle of the year, and as of now, the mushrooming kitchen take-over will be back in its physical form.

Current opening hours:

Wednesday to Saturday: 6pm – 9pm.

Read Polly’s Burgers menu here. Booking info is TBC.

Le Bon Ton

Wander down the back streets of Collingwood and you’ll stumble across the homely Le Bon Ton. The watering hole has reopened both indoors and out but you’ll have to be quick to score a booking because this place is a fave.

Current opening hours:

Tuesday from 4pm.

Wednesday to Sunday: 12pm – 9pm

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

Cherry Bar

The beloved Cherry Bar is back open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday! Fingers crossed they’ll be able to host gigs soon enough too.

Current opening hours:

Thursday to Saturday: 8pm – 2am.

Book a table at Cherry here.

Labour in Vain

The intimate Labour in Vain is not only a great place to catch a gig during non-COVID times but it’s also a ripping watering hole to enjoy a few bevs. Get around it!

Current opening hours:

Exact hours are unknown.

Give them a call on (03) 9417 5955 to book a table.

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, this place is a must for any hungry Melburnian.

Current opening hours:

Monday to Thursday: From 3pm.

Friday and Sunday: From 12pm.

They are only taking walk-ins to start. More info here.

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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