Best New Bars in Melbourne: Must Visit Venues in 2022
Looking for a cool new drinking spot? This is our edit of the best new bars in Melbourne to try this year.
Melbourne is brimming with fantastic bars, from iconic rooftops synonymous with summer to cosy neighborhood pubs and eclectic breweries. With our neighbourhoods welcoming new watering holes almost every week, deciding where to go and which venue suits the occasion requires some guidance. Whether you're after a glamorous ambiance or hard-to-source wines, an intimate date night spot or inventive cocktails, there's bound to be new bar with your name on it.
These are the best new Melbourne bars to visit this weekend.
Richmond's 168-year-old watering hole The Kingston Hotel has undergone a glamorous overhaul. The result? One of Melbourne's best new bars for a decadent meal and a glass of wine. Don't expect stock standard pub grub, The Kingston Hotel's elevated new menu celebrates Australian beef and seafood in dishes ranging from a classic beef wellington with prosciutto and truffle mushroom duxelle to an inventive vegan cevivhe with tiger's milk, chargrilled king brown mushrooms and silken tofu. A caviar cart will also roam the hotel's new Marble & Pearl dining room...because why not?
55 Highett Street, Richmond
South Yarra's Ovolo Hotel has added a swanky new underground bar to its opulent offering. Backroom, which is discretely signposted via a single neon martini glass sign, boasts a moody fit out that sits somewhere between an art deco movie theatre and a rowdy rock and roll bar. Seating just 45, the dimly-lit venue showcases an entirely vegetarian menu and an inventive array of cocktails. Perfect for an intimate first date or a night out with friends, it's bound to shift from 'hidden gem' to 'local favourite' in no time.
234 Toorak Road, South Yarra
Exuding opulence and 1920s glamour, Naught is a new distillery and bar from the folks at Naught Gin. The sophisticated speakeasy is an ode to feminine beauty and features a rich palette, plush furniture, velvet chairs and alluring art adorning the walls. Expectedly, Naught's gin features in all of the bar's cocktails, from a fresh take on the old fashioned and a 'gina colada' to a HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUA’A, a fresh, Tiki-style libation which is free if you can correctly pronounce it.
2/32 Peel Street, Eltham
Best New Bars in Melbourne: May
This stylish new speakeasy, which is the dark and broody sibling of Akaiito, will transport you straight to Japan. Officially opening to the public early June, Ototo will boast a select menu of Izakaya-style dishes whipped up by the restaurant's famed Robata chefs. Cocktails take centre stage on the drinks menu, with fresh, inventive takes celebrating traditional Asian ingredients.
349-351 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Fresh from the team behind Melbourne's pink-hued Pinchy's, Pearl is an elegant new CBD bar dedicated to fine French wine and Australia's freshest oysters. The striking bar boasts a collection of more than 500 Burgundy wines, which you can sample at the gorgeous green marble bar. Pearl's décor takes inspiration from the ocean and the smooth textures in this posh pairing – think plush, muted green upholstery paired with natural stone paving and lime-washed timber.
108/200 Bourke Street, Melbourne
This vibey new laneway wine bar is a sublime spot for a late-week lunch or an after-work drink. Lane's Edge is equal parts classy and casual, offering a more moody ambiance at the newly-refurbished bar indoors and relaxed seating in the all-weather outdoor courtyard. The Mexican inspired menu offers moreish snacks to enjoy alongside your wine – think tempura prawns with lime mayo, beef brisket empanadas, and enchiladas with spiced beans, rotisserie chicken or pulled pork.
39 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Best New Bars in Melbourne: April
If a smoky BBQ themed bottomless brunch in a heritage listed former fire station sounds like a whole lot of you, we're here to deliver some very good news. Ringwood's hottest neighborhood bar and eatery has a love affair with American smokery-style dishes, served up in a quintessentially Melbourne setting with a big beer garden to boot. Come for the elevated modern Australian dishes from Executive Chef James Turno, and stay for the incredible ambiance and welcoming vibes.
253-257 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood
This delightful family-run Windsor wine bar might just be the most romantic new spot in town. Tuck yourself away in an intimate booth and sample stellar wine from some of the world's best wine regions. Share elevated pescatarian and vego dishes like white and dark anchovy toast with brown butter or BBQ king oyster mushrooms with green sauce in the leafy courtyard. Or pull up a stool at the stylish marble bar and let the team whip you up one of their signature cocktails as you listen to classic tunes from owner James' personal record collection. Whichever way you experience it, you're in for a memorable and elegant evening.
44 Chapel Street, Windsor
Occupying prime real estate in Southbank on the Yarra River, this expansive new bar and eatery – which is decked out with native plants – is set to be a hit with Melbournians. Seating up to 690, the slick two-level venue will serve an 100% Victoria beverage menu and 90% Victoria produce. Expect colourful spritzes and cocktails with botanical flavours, and dishes such as 90-hour sourdough pizzas, hand stretched burrata, pickled Portarlington mussels, and haloumi with new season fig.
Sandridge Bridge, Southbank
Best New Bars in Melbourne: March
Good things come in small packages at this brand new bar and eatery. A place to sip pints and feast on hearty pies and Welsh-inspired fare, the cosy cottage is a Melbourne take on a classic British boozer. Pay a visit from Wednesday to Sunday and sample their exceptional cocktails as you listen to music from the bar's eclectic record collection.
139-141 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
The Orrong Hotel is back with a fresh facelift and nostalgic new menu to draw punters back through its doors. The 150-year-old pub still retains its charm, with minor tweaks made to the art deco exterior and gorgeous '60s furniture and mid-century art decking out the inside. On the booze menu you'll find all the standard beers on tap and a generous wine list which champions Aussie producers. When it comes to pub grub, expect all the classics and a selection of stepped-up meals including a soba noodle salad with poached prawns and a vegan creamy curry paneer pot pie.
709 High Street, Armadale
Charming Cheltenham locals with its premium selection of vino and fresh, elegant dishes, Bar Savarin is the newest wine bar on the block. Rose, red, sparkling, natty, orange and everything in between, the refined wine list is available for takeaway or to be enjoyed in the light-filled welcoming space. Snack on Sydney rock oysters, trout rillettes, an extra-special charcuterie plate or more substitutional meals as you sip and sample their brand new cocktail menu for dessert.
132 Keys Road, Cheltenham
Best New Bars in Melbourne: February
Melbourne's most anticipated opening of 2022 has arrived, with a heritage building in the CBD completely reimagined into four glamorous and unique new venues. The street-level HER bar is a sophisticated, feminine space which serves cocktails and French food for sharing. Dedicated to the love of sound, the intimate music room resembles a speaker, with acoustics perfect for dancing away to DJs. Thai street food made with fresh Aussie produce is the hero at HER's rustic restaurant BKK.
And then, there's HER Rooftop – a design-lover's dream with an enviable view of Melbourne city. The stylish space transports drinkers to Europe, with its gorgeous Italian marble floor, French mid-century chairs, and inviting olive, mustard and navy palette. Premium wines and cocktails grace the drinks menu, with fresh Thai sharing plates to nibble on.
Rooftop, HER, 270 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Set to open its doors mid-February (just in time for Valentine's Day), The Stolen Gem is Melbourne's newest inner city rooftop bar. With 260-degree views of the city, a playful cocktail menu and modern sharing plates which include fried chicken ribs, calamari and wild mushroom duxelle, the New York-style bar is bound to be a hit with after-work drinkers. This is a venue worth dressing up for.
Level 8, 388 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Craft beer and cider brewers KAIJU! Beer have transformed a 445 square metre warehouse into a joyful, retro 16-tap beer hall and pizzeria in South East Melbourne. KAIJU! Cantina is decked out with mid-century furniture, a vibrant palette inspired by the beer's orange and turquoise brand and custom hand-painted murals. Craft beer connoisseurs will be delighted by the brewery's fun and creative flavours, but they also have plenty of non alcohol drinks, wines and spirits, too. On the pizza front, expect classic Italian flavours – and a must-try indulgent cheeseburger pizza.
27 Hume Street, Huntingdale
Best New Bars in Melbourne: January
Moody art deco architecture meets northern Mediterranean dining at this new meat-free wine bar. Tucked away in a 1930s Spanish Mission-style building near Queen Victoria Market, the cosy venue is the perfect place for a casual catch up. A seasonal variety of refined Mediterranean meals made using fresh produce from the venue's own market garden grace the food menu, with wine pairings stretching from Portugal to Slovenia.
213 Franklin Street, Melbourne
Transporting its customers to a charming coffeeshop in southern Italy, Thornbury Espresso Bar has been a local fave since it opened in 1956. Now, the café has undergone a stylish facelift and with it opened a new bar. Guests will still be treated to the warm Italian hospitality they know and love, as they enjoy beer, wine, and cocktails at the bar or in the expansive (and dog friendly) courtyard.
792 High Street, Thornbury
Having undergone a significant refresh, Golden Fleece Hotel is back with Mediterranean vibes for days. The new space is a Greek Islands inspired paradise where white stone walls, tables and booths, lots of cacti, alcoves filled with ornate ceramics and a sunny rooftop transport you far away from Melbourne. The food menu at this incredible new Melbourne bar is equally Mediterranean with plenty of seafood and delicious pizzas. When it comes to booze, expect house spritzes, cocktails and a standard selection of wine and beer.
120 Montague Street, South Melbourne
Looking for more of the best new bars in Melbourne? We've got plenty of delicious eateries and drinking haunts (aka the coolest pubs in Melbourne) to fuel your appetite. From gourmet burgers and Italian pizza joints, to romantic date nights and boozy brunches, we've whittled down the coolest things to do in Melbourne to take you from breakfast to dinner with ease.
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