Exciting new bars in Melbourne

On February 15, 2013, in CBD, by Jonno

During our recent research trip through the streets of Melbourne we have noticed a few changes in the bar scene.

Softbelly is now Du Nord

Du Nord

Du Nord – Better than a trip to Ikea

The great bar Softbelly has sadly closed its doors to be refurbished as Du Nord. Inspiring a French character, Du Nord is actually a Swedish bar run by a very friendly Swedish couple ( as you may have guessed). The interior is stripped wood hinting at a Swedish sauna styling with just that hint of Ikea. It’s minimalist appearance is a refreshing change in these days of faux leather and crushed velvet. It’s got a nice atmosphere and is so close to the CBD offices, it will make a pleasant stop on cooler evenings (on warm nights Campari around the corner will lure you).

 

 

 

LaLaLand has reopened

La La Land

The reopened cool bar

La La Land has also reopened its doors after the fire a while ago. Sporting a new interior with large comfy sofas in white and a plush red interior. it almost feels like walking into a dream! It’s has a nice chic attitude and this will appeal to ladies and girls with a bit of flair. This is a far cry from Pug Mahones over the alleyway!

 

 

 

 

Match is now Fathers Office

Fatjers Office

An excuse for the missus!

Also, a new addition is the refurbishment of the Match bar and grill that closer rather quickly a while ago. Overlooking Swanston street is Melbourne’s latest edition, Fathers Office. Many wives will be somewhat annoyed at this, as now there will be too many Melbournites staying late “at the office”. It’s a large venue ideal for corporate events and large gatherings. The deck over the street is a great alfresco area and great on a warm sunny evening.

 

 

 

Miss Libertine is now the Captain Melville

Sadly Miss Libertine closed its doors and has now emerged as the Captain Melville.  We have only looked at their web site and the uber trendy atmosphere of Miss Libertine is nowhere to be seen. The website bleats on about the food, so this is probably a restaurant now and we will drop it from Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars app.  Maybe they will answer our emails and tell us they are a bar?

 

Oddfellows Hotel is now The Fringe

FingeOddfellows hotel has changed to The Fringe.  It still looks similar, but there have been a few changes here and there. They still do pizza’s so a good feed will still await! It’s a bit out of the way for many, but this is not a bad place if you are this end of town. The website shows some funky deckchairs on the roof, so could be an interesting place for a beer after work.

 

 

Blac, Pony and Bridie O’Reillys have closed

Blac, which was located up on La Trobe Street was closed when we last passed by. Sadly this bar was located off the main strip and is in one of those “odd” areas. The bar was more of a corporate attractor in our view, so probably didn’t become the iconic venue its locations demands for it to survive.

Pony – they have now closed too. Not sure if they will re-open under a new name. We heard that this has been on the cards for a while.

Bridie O’Reilly’s has also closed its doors, which is surprising as it has always been quite busy during our visits.

 

This means we will be updating our app next month to include these bars. But if we have missed one, let us know.

 You don’t have to wait for a new version of Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars. All changes automatically load once you have purchased the app.

 

There are so many bars in Melbourne that it can be a hard decision where to go. In our Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars app for iPhone, we have selected some great places as our favourites. Great bars that we are comfortable to recommend to our friends when heading to Melbourne. But in our app we have a “Like this Bar” button that allows you to say which bars you like.

 

Use the app to vote for your favourite bar

 

As of 1 October 2012 the 5 most “Liked” bars are:

Interior of Gin Palace1.Gin Palace

The name says it all really as this is a bar specialising in gin. Fabulous decor in a plush gin palace style. One might expect Al Capone to be sitting in the corner. And there is something special here too, but you’ll have to ask!

 

 

Carlton Hotel2.Carlton Hotel

This is said to be one of Melbourne’s best pubs with a sumptuous lounge bar and a cool rooftop bar. A visit here is likely to make you linger longer than you expect.

 

 

 Madame Brussells3.Madame Brussels

Think France, think Melbourne rooftop, think Madame Brussels. Once you know where this place is, you will want to keep it to yourself. Foreign beers, wines and cocktails are the order here and this feels like one of those more “special” bars. The roof terrace is awesome with a hint of Wimbledon meets French chateau. Take the lift at the end of the corridor next to the restaurant. At the third floor you may be surprised at what you find!

 

 

Cookie4.Cookie

On the first floor of Curtin House is this grand high-ceilinged bar. Ornate features with a blend of industrial give this place a very chic feel. Great array of beers and other drinks and serves food too, so a great all round bar for any night out. One of Melbourne’s popular spots.

 

 

 

The Croft Institute

5. The Croft Institute

Set in the middle of Chinatown is this rather odd nightclub-cum-bar. An experience for sure. This one didn’t make our favourites list as not all of us have been here. We can see it will become a favourite.

 

 

 

With such a great response from our app customers, you can be pretty certain that visiting one of the above top 5 Melbourne bars will be a great experience. If your favourite bar or pub is not in the top 5 Melbourne bars, download Best Melbourne Pubs and bars and “Like”your favourite pubs and bars and let everyone know Melbourne’s top pubs and bars.

Liking pubs and bars is easy in the Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars app for iPhone.