The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is an annual event that draws a few tourists into the CBD. And why not, it’s a great day out in Melbourne and something that you could take the kids to. But it is not just about food and wine. This year saw the return of the temporary bar called Broadsheet. As we mentioned in a previous blog, the location of the bar was kept as a virtual secret, probably more due to finding a venue, than anything underhand.

Great days out in Melbourne and things to do

Broadsheet bar in Melbourne

Too late for a quick beer - again!

Troy and I did our research and tracked down this ellusive bar, but realised when we arrived that is was about to close. We had a chat with the bouncer outside, a nice young man who was happy to tell us all we wanted to know.

The bar did not look like something that you would travel across town for and it certainly would not pull you out of the Carlton Hotel, around the corner. But it was different and was often operated by owners of local bars who would add there certain “Je ne sais quoi” to the bar. We thought this was a great concept and sort of regretted imbibing a whole heap of beer down the road (Troy certainly did the next day!).

Too much fun in Melbourne pubs and bars

I should perhaps point out that we were late as we had spent the evening chatting with the owner of the Lustre Bar just down to road. What was planned as a quick “Hello” turned into an amusing night which both Troy and I rather enjoyed. Lustre Bar is a great place to hang out with friends. We like the relaxed atmosphere and opulent décor.

Sitting in large couches our host amused us with interesting stories of his career. Interestingly our host was a bit of an expert at making Vodka, which got us thinking that the selection of Vodka at Lustre Bar is probably quite good. We have no idea as by this time I couldn’t quite focus that far. I am sure our host will email me and put me right on that.

What make Lustre Bar special?

Our host had a simple philosophy regarding the beers that he served in the bar – if they are in Dan Murphy’s they wont be in here! We like that. But that is not to say that Dan Murphy’s sell rubbish beer, quite the contrary. But why go to a bar to drink something you can get it in the bottleshop? It was about this point that our host treated us to a rather nice beer called Prickly Moses. A very nice drop brewed down on the Victorian coast.

But our host did raise an important issue that night, the street art outside Lustre Bar. The artist rocked up last week to change the mural to something new, as the original work had been there for a while. We feel that the new artwork is not a patch on the old artwork. Let us know your vote!

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New art at Lustre Bar

The New Street Art

Street Art outside Lustre Bar

The Old Artwork







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Best Cocktails in melbourneLike most blokes I am a bit of a beer drinker. On a warm afternoon after a hard days graft a cool beer always goes down a treat and manages to hit that spot that neither wine or spirits can quench. But that is not to say that I will only drink beer. I like wine and every now and again I am quite partial to a cocktail.


Who is making the best cocktails in Melbourne?

Cocktails are often considered as an older persons drink or only drunk on a 1930s theme night, but this image is changing. No longer is the cocktail the domain of the exclusive hotel bar, where waiters sneer at your average shoes and jeans are just not allowed. All over Melbourne bars are offering more than just bottled beers and spirits with a splash of bar mixer softies. No, the cocktail has come of age and there are some serious purveyors of mixed spirits.

Bar Americano – Melbourne’s best cocktail bar?

During my travels researching Melbourne’s 250 odd pubs and bars for the Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars iPhone app, I wandered in to Bar Americano. Well, truth be told it was a hard hunt to find this rather wonderful little bar hidden down an alley, away from general view. Upon my arrival the bartender was busy mixing up cocktails for clients perched on the stools at the bar. I watched in awe as his passion for making cocktails became evident with the care and expertise he showed. A twist of orange peel over the glass to give that hint of aroma completed his amazing creation.

Amazing cocktails made with passion

Bar Americano

Cocktails with passion - A Melbourne experience

Amid oowhhs and ahhs from the receivers of those wonderful concoctions, I started to chat with the bartender. But he was distracted in a bit of a concerned way. Begging my pardon he asked his customer if he liked the cocktail, to which the man replied that “it was not what I was after”. The bartender offered to replace the drink, to the reluctance of the customer.

“I want you to be happy with your drink” came the barman’s reply.

After a few minutes of asking what the man liked and disliked, the bartender got to work and in no time another creation was placed in front of the customer. Once his customer was happy, he returned to me for a chat. I was astounded; service like that so rarely happens and was enjoyable to watch. It is this passion that makes Bar Americano that something special. It is an intimate and friendly place with excellent customer service. It is a truly special place and worth seeing out when in Melbourne.

And yes, it will be a lot easier to find using the Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars iPhone app - along with the dozens of other bars that focus or specialise on cocktails.

Melbourne Laneway - hiding great pubs and bars

Travellers and locals to Melbourne may be surprised to know that in Melbourne CBD there are over 200 pubs, clubs and bars. Over 200 pubs and bars and this does not include Docklands or Southbank, both of which are an easy walk or taxi ride from the CBD.

So this presents a problem when visiting Melbourne for just a few days, just where should you go for a night out with your loved one or friends?


Over 200 pubs and bars in Melbourne CBD

Best Melbourne Pubs and BarsMelbourne is a great place to visit, but if you are the for a weekend or on business, you don’t have time to plod from bar-to-bar trying to find one with that just right ambience. For business travelers you may want to take your clients out for a pre-meal drink and want to impress them. Yes you can spend hours surfing the net, but then who really wants to waste time trawling through 250 different websites before going out?

The answer lies in a new handy app for the iPhone – Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars. Launched in February 2012 at an introductory price of just $2.99, this app will guide you to around 250 pubs and bars in Melbourne CBD environs. Unlike other apps available, Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars includes all pubs and bars, so no matter what you a looking for, it is all in your pocket. The app includes up to 3 photos of most bars showing the interior, so you can judge for yourself just what atmosphere you can expect. If you are looking for a great bar to watch sport with your mates, a gentlemen’s lounge or a seductive cocktail lounge to impress a first date, the Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars iPhone app has them all.


Act before the price rise!

The extensive research which is on-going is not something you can expect in a free app. With Google navigation, offline maps for those with no data connection, “Like” options and the ability to bookmark places you have been, this app has a lot of quality content. At $2.99 as an introductory price, Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars is excellent value for money.



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It is always hard to answer the question

Sheep on the roof

Thankfully the owner decided against Lemmings

“what is your favourite Melbourne pub or bar”


As a frequent traveller to Melbourne I have not tried every bar, pub and club, even though we think we have them all in our app Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars. So perhaps my favourite will change when I get back to Melbourne to fill in the gaps of bars I have visited.



“Perhaps my favourite bar is the Red Hummingbird”

Red Hummingbird in Russell Street, Melbourne

One of Melbourne's best bars

The Red Humingbird, located at 246 Russell Street, Melbourne, is a gorgeous cocktail style bar on the first floor with a really nice rooftop bar above. Rooftop bars are a very Melbourne thing and there is nothing nicer on a warm summers evening, than sitting on the rooftops gazing out over the city with a nice cold beer.

The Red Hummingbird can be hard to find though, as the entry is from a single door fronting the street. The cute red birdcage above the door gives it away, but then people tend not to look up, and in Melbourne that is a pity as the street facade and skyline is pretty nice. So once you have located the door on Russell Street climb the stairs to the first floor to be met by a sumptuous lounge bar.

Finding the Red Hummingbird is easy with the Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars app on iPhone. Google maps will guide your there and give you directions too.

Travelling and don’t have a data connection?

Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars contains off-line maps so you can still find all those wonderful pubs and bars.

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Down a street heading to Southern Cross, you are unlikely to just walk past Bar Biero.  This is a great little bar tucked away down Little Lonsdale Street to the west side of the CBD. If you are looking for things to do in Melbourne, a visit to Bar Biero is a must for beer lovers.


Bar Biero Melbourne's best pubs and bars

Great Beer and Character

Bar Biero – or Deja-vu?


Last time we visited the manager told us that they may be changing their name to Deja-vu, but not sure if they have done this yet.  But if it has changed that explains why you feel you have been here before!!  When we visited there was a great selection of beer with pale ales even from as far as Scotland!  It’s cute inside and decorated in a trendy way, but not over the top.


Find them in the Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars app


Bar Biero interior Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars

250 Bottled Beers and 12 pumps Mmmmmnnnnn

The bar feels like a turn of the century school hall, with exposed brick and whitewashed wood ceiling. It has an historic feel to it, but we don’t know the history of the building.  Friendly staff and cool urban vibes. We really hope that the 250 bottles of beer and 12 pumps with a choice of 50 kegs are still there –  this is beer heaven.

Address: 525 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: (03) 9600 0940



Unique bars in Melbourne

Next stop Melbourne!

It was a long time ago when I first visited Melbourne, at the time local Sydney-siders advised that the best view of Melbourne was from 30,000 feet!  Thankfully I went to Melbourne to find out for myself and boy am I glad I did. That was 20 years ago and today Melbourne is more funky, trendy and vibrant than ever.

Melbourne has “probably the best bars and pubs in Australia”

Sitting on the rooftop of Madame Brussels, Troy and I discussed how many great bars and pubs there are in Melbourne. “Probably the best bars and pubs in Australia”, Troy commented. Upon reflection I think I tend to agree. Admittedly I have not been to Sydney for 20 years, as to me that city has no heart and soul. It’s a big conurbation with an opera house, a rip off of the Tyne bridge and a lot of people who think they are important.

Wimbledon in Melbourne

One of the many delightful rooftop bars in Melbourne

Melbourne has a very vibrant cafe and bar scene, with delightful bars in hidden lane ways, rooftop terraces and sexy interiors. There really is something for everyone in this city. Boys nights out in large sports pubs, an evening with friends on the river, intimate cocktail lounges for those first dates and a happening nightclub scene. The are even quite a few “girlie” bars and a “boysey” bars for those who like the watch the opposite sex undress. Yes Melbourne certainly has something for everyone and we decided to bring all our research to your iPhone.

Our Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars iPhone app has over 200 bars and clubs in Melbourne CBD and Docklands. With 3 photos of most venues, deciding where to spend an evening has never been easier. Want to be inspired? Click on one of our favourites (“Our Picks”), which we feel reflect the very best Melbourne has to offer. Keep track on which pubs you have been to and “like” bars you have visited. See who else likes bars in Melbourne for an app user recommendation. And never get lost, with Google mapping and static off-line maps (for those without a data connection).

See who else likes bars in Melbourne for an app user recommendation.

Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars brings you all of Melbourne’s pubs and bars so you can visit the best, whatever your preference!