Best new bars and food

The best new restaurants and bars in Melbourne

What’s new? Just $10 margaritas, luxury rooftop spots, secret basement bars and a French diner with a roaming cheese trolley.

Farmer’s Daughters

Farmer’s Daughter is a three-storey culinary wonderland dedicated to all things local and delicious. Food is sourced from Gippsland’s finest producers, and they even grow their own garnishes on the rooftop bar. Start with a spicy margarita, nibble on pork skewers and soda bread, feast with a juicy slow-roasted lamb shoulder then finish with house-made campfire berry marshmallow. Bliss.

Tres a Cinco

Hosier Lane just welcomed a tiny new Mexican cantina in the form of Tres a Cinco. Fresh bites like herb loaded tostada, jalapeno agave oysters and crispy fish tacos make for a refined street food feast. The marg menu is just as stacked, with 8 different styles on rotation. There’s strawberry margs, passionfruit margs, frozen margs, classic margs, margs served with charred pineapple and so much more.

Yarra Kitchen & Bar

Melbourne loves a waterside pop-up and Yarra Kitchen ticks all the boxes. Settle in under billowing umbrellas and look out over the sparkling waterside with a spritz in hand. Then tuck into grazing menus and marvel at the towering Travellers sculptures beside Sandridge Bridge. You can even bring your dog!

Hemingway’s Wine Room

We won’t judge you for missing this one – Hemingway’s wine room opened its doors a mere 12 days before lockdown last year. But now you can finally enjoy their beautiful mood-lit interior and exquisite French dining in the flesh. Think long lunches with free flowing wine, melt-in-the-mouth Gippsland lamb and a roaming cheese trolley.

INDU

A little sliver of building between Cartier and Christian Louboutin leads the way to INDU. Find Sri Lankan and Southern Indian fusion with crispy besan fritters, cured kingfish, gun powder barramundi curry and fresh lemon rice. Finish on signature mint granita and chocolate cardamom mousse for pure indulgence.

Greta Melbourne

Good news if you love wine, cheese and carbs – Greta is dedicated to all three. From AM to aperitivo hour, this gorgeous new wine bar in Flinders Lane is like a slice of Europe in the city. Think triple cheese toasties, mascarpone muesli and classic cocktails. Plus an extensive wine list with top drops from Italy, France and Australia. Reopening 22 Feb.

Summer’s Garden Bar

With limited seating and a strict bookings only set up, Summer’s Garden really does make you feel like you’re sinking the finest liquid gold in a tiny Tokyo laneway. The team sources ‘super rare’ whisky (like a 100+ year-old bottle of Nikka), along with a great range of sakes and wine. For a relaxing time, make it a Summer’s Garden time.

Scott Pickett’s Chancery Lane

Located in the historic Normanby Chambers Building, the latest from the Pickett hospo dynasty quietly opened just before Christmas. The bistro fitout has a touch of old world opulence while the menu brings classic Euro fine-dining. House dry-aged meats, Hervey bay scallops with finger lime and an exquisite gin-soaked raspberry baba are just a sample of what’s on offer.

Curious

Just opened in Melbourne’s 1.24 billion dollar Collins Arch Building is the city’s first ever W Hotel. After you’ve checked out the top floor pool and cocktail bar, head all the way downstairs to Curious. Wander past walls of ticking clocks and emerge in a neon-lit, cocoon-esque cocktail wonderland. You don’t even have to be a guest to visit.

Mejico

Open until 3am, $10 margarita Mondays and the biggest selection of tequila and mezcal in Melbourne. What can’t Mejico do? The new spot for fresh guac has taken over the Collins Quarter courtyard for major Mexican summer vibes. Come for the margs, stay for the authentic tacos and Daylesford beef empanadas.

Bijou Bottle Store & Bar

In the site of a 100+ year old building comes Bijou, the latest boozy expedition by the team behind Gin Palace. Pop in for a takeaway bottle of something fancy (like local dry gin from the Melbourne Gin Company) or hang around for cocktails and crudités.

Dom’s Pizzeria and Social Club

In the former Peaches space, Dom’s Pizzeria and Social Club kind of showed up out of nowhere. Follow the neon blue sign poking out onto Swanston Street up a narrow staircase and emerge in a three-level pizza wonderland. And yes, the rooftop bar is back in action.

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