P.J. Obrien's is a chain of pubs in Australia. I had to come here bcause one of my friend's family owns the chain so I had to check it out. We came here on a hot day and just wanted to get into some airconditioning.
The pub is a nice size and looks like a typical Irish Pub. Dark wood accents, plenty of bar tables and seats at the bar. Liz and I chose to have a seat at the bar and enjoy some of the live crisket on the TV. I enjoyed an ice cold beer while my wife had a coke. It was a nice time here, relaxing, having drinks, watching cricket...definitely a good place to hang out.
They also serve traditional pub grub if your in the mood for some food. We passed on the food as we had already had a huge lunch of mussels about an hour before.
Ferdydurke and Section 8 are two best examples of Melbourne's alleyway bar culture. Both next door to eachother, they offer unparalleled vibe and atmosphere in terms of cool and urban.
3 levels tall, Ferdydurke sports a new-york loft type style. Music is interesting and crowd is friendly and easy-going. Definitely worth checking out! I found this hidden gem using the Night Genie iPhone app, which is great for finding other cool venues.
Dress Code: No dresscode
If your a student in Melbourne you should check this site out! Its been posted around RMIT university and I think that it's super useful!
It has every student drink deal from all the best places for students to hang out.
Just present your student card and you'll get cheap drinks.
Highly highly recommend
Jack Lad and The Butterfly Club proudly presents
‘It’s the hand we’re dealt’
Three JJJacks is a darkly twisted, risque and irreverently funny foray into the Cabaret/Burlesque world where convention flies out the window, morals are shredded to confetti and passions are heated to hellish extremes. (Jack Lad) Paul Moder hosts and performs as three insane lads each called Jack. They are...
Reverend Jack - a conflicted fire and brimstone preacher with dubious faith and an eye for fallen women.
Doctor Jack - a disbarred practitioner with a questionable assortment of pills and medicines and a cure for broken hearts and wasted souls.
Springheel Jack - English gentleman of ye olde London Streets, with a razor wit and a blade to match.
Accompanying the Jacks are three beautiful and decadent temptress (all played by Madame ‘Mama’ Natalia) who entice with lilting voice, bared flesh and quicksilver tongue.
But each is destined for an unknown outcome with the three JJJacks. One will be saved, one will be healed...one will be murdered.
Featuring songs by Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, David Bowie and Puscifer, Three JJJacks is a show like no other that will leave you titillated, terrified, laughing and liberated.
Two shows only. Friday 16th and Saturday 17th, December. 10.30PM late show. Tickets $20-25.00 at www.thebutterflyclub.com or phone 9690 2000.
Warning: Show may contain nudity, violence, sex scenes, language and scenes that may offend.
Dress Code: Relaxed but not street bum
My visit to this club was an unexpected joy! We walked past a sign for an Indian Restaurant and noticed fake grass and bouncers, so we decided to go in. Up the stairs, we found the cutest little club! Quaint little gazebo rooms and park benches decorated with trees and flowers - just gorgeous - thought I'd fallen down Alice's rabbit hole!
Reminds me of the Hula Bula bar in Perth, but better (roomier, better tasting and better priced drinks). Great music provided by monthly programmed guest musicians.
After work weekday drinks $5 per drink from 5pm - 8pm. After work Fridays 2-4-1 drinks from 5pm. $25 cocktail jugs! Must try the Japanese Slipper.
Open weekdays from 5pm, Saturdays from 9pm and Sundays from 8pm.
Transport is a regular nightspot right opposite Flinders Street Station and at the beginning of Federation Square. To be honest, it's quite an average spot, and I can take you to much better.
It's simply a really popular place because of it's popular tunes and it's popular location. This place is a nice place for a dance after getting some drinks somewhere else. Please note that late at night the line to get in might get fairly long.
Dress Code: Pants and shirt - no sneakers. Dress Fancy on a Saturday night.
Sequestered in a laneway off Chinatown, Section 8 definitely manages to fill a niche: never in all my years have I had a drink on a shipping container. The outdoor venue is perfect for summertime social gatherings, with fun indie music and eclectic seating arrangements sure to make everyone say "wow!"
All the seats are really shipping crates. The bathroom is a shipping container. All the walls are absolutely covered in beautiful spray-paint art. The bartenders are tattooed and have a healthy attitude. The drinks are cheap and good (none of the crappy headache waiting to happen brew here) and during lunchtime they serve huge gourmet hot dogs for $8. Check out the photos and see for yourself why you should never miss this place in your trip to Melbourne.
Dress Code: Casual is fine, thongs are not.
Walking down a quiet alley you get to the unusual eyesore of an old metal bicycle suspended high up on a wall.
There is no sign, no lights, no real way to tell that behind the thick wooden door under the bicycle is actually one one Melbourne's best-hidden secrets. Double Happiness is a "in-the-know" only bar that runs a fantastic communist theme bar-scene. Everthing is decidedly red in nature, from the lighting in the bar to the communist propoganda photos and posters on the walls, and to the Maoist cocktail menu. Grab a "Great Leap Forward" - a vodka lychee affair with delicious limes and soda water. A long neck of Tsing-Tao is $13 and should get you nicely social.
A nice touch - behind the bar are a series of lockers that reward frequent visitors - bottles bought at the bar can be placed unfinished inside a locker and kept safe until your next visit.
Dress Code: Dress neat - jeans and shirt are okay but this is primarily a casual business venue: you'd fit in best with business pants or a skirt and a button shirt.
Definitely no thongs.
Covered in astro-turf and lawn chairs, Rooftop Bar atop Cookie Thai restaurant is maybe one of the best kept secrets in Melbourne - most locals don't know this place exists right above a "so-so" Thai Restaurant on level 7. However, it is definitely the best view with a drink in town.
Uni students and bohemians love it for it's moderately priced drinks and garden-like atmosphere, as well as the fantastic breeze that keeps it cool during a hot summer day.
The food is quite interesting as well - better than downstairs in my opinion... although as always the view you have while eating is a huge influence. I always take travelling friends here, because it gives me a way to show them the general areas and directions of Melbourne CBD from a bird's eye view, and it's a great little place to show off Melbourne's artsy and cafe-lounging lifestyle.
Dress Code: Anything goes during the day, but dress up to shirt and pants at night.
1806 is a slightly hard to find facade which leads downstairs into what is probably the best cocktail bar in Melbourne. If it's not the best, it's in the top 3 without a doubt.
The lighting is low and red, the bartenders masters of their craft, and the mood lively and talkative. Food is available and is great (menus are given at the door) however the main attraction and this nightclub's best drawcard are the absolutely incredible cocktails.
Each cocktail costs between $15-20 and each cocktail is a masterpiece in and of itself. Seeing these people mix you can instantly tell it's not just a job for them. They are making art here.
You can even sign up for a cocktail mixing class with one of the bartenders.
Dress Code: Business Casual or formal - you may get away with jeans and shirt if they are clean, not ripped, and polite. This nightclub has an atmosphere to uphold.
The Blue Moon Bar and Cafe is a decently new place at the edge of the CBD which caters for the cheap youth and hostel crowd. It has a massive list of special offers on almost every night of the week.
Check these out:
Wednesday Themed Food night - no dish over $8 and food changes themes weekly: Mexican, Indian, Thai, etc
Thursday Quizmasters trivia and $10 parma's (An Aussie pub specialty) and $10 jugs of beer
Friday/Saturday/Sunday: 50% off food from midday to 10pm, 50% off drinks from midday to midnight.
If you call ahead and say you've got a group of 5 coming down, they will give you a free bottle of house wine as well. A further 10% off if you have any student card.
The venue itself is fun, clean and refreshing from some of the poshness of a usual Melbourne bar.
Dress Code: Smart Casual (Jeans and tshirt is okay, flip-flops are not.
A fancy Southeast Asian inspired theme with lots of complicated, delicious cocktails. The bartenders are very knowledgeable and quite skilled especially with flaming cocktails.
This place won the best new bar of the year award for 2006.
Average cocktail price is $15, great Asian finger food is also available for around $8 a plate.
Not the cheapest place I can take you, but certainly one of the tastiest and most interesting.
Dress Code: Smart Casual - no sneakers and no torn denim.
Hidden down a quiet unassuming laneway (like all great Melbourne venues) Baroq House is a 3 level club oozing elegance and style. The music starts 80's and becomes house closer to 10pm. Entry is free before 8pm, $15 after 8pm.
Happy hour from 5 to 8pm gives you $5 basics.
Dress Code: Dress to impress - a dress for ladies and a nice pants+shirt combination for men. No sneakers, no torn denim.
After spending the day all about town, this was an excellent way to top off the evening, coming into such a beautiful theatre to see a wonderful play/musical. The building is getting close to 100 years old, and is just gorgeous. We saw "Wicked" there, my daughter wanting to hear it in an Aussie accent -- but no one had an accent!
The show was terrific, the interior beautiful, the evening unforgettable. Very clever were the cosmo glasses, which glowed different colors to go along with the emerald setting of the play. Could not go home without one!
Dress Code: Some were definitely dressed up; we, not coming over the ocean prepared for the event, were more in the jeans attire, and were not alone.
From the outside this bar, next to a lovely, hip Italian restaurant looks nothing more than an old shop. It used to be a record shop so that probably explains it!! But go inside for a warm welcome from a mainly locals crowd who all seem to know each other but without cliqueness you can get in a lot of places.
There is a lovely warm fire in winter and the bar has that low light homely feel to it with the staff very friendly yet quiet and unassuming. There is a nice little smokey bar to sit round or table areas downstairs and upstairs with cute formica top tables giving it a kitsch feel. Upstairs feels like you are in a house party with homely furniture and even a bath remaining in one of the toilets.
The owner is still the same guy who had it as a record shop and it's clear that this place thrives on music as there are a couple of turntables. But dont expect loud music as it's turned down allowing good conversation with all sorts of people. Music can be so varied as well. Ive heard anything from Northern Soul, Jazz, Soul, Reggae, Blues, Indie played there.
Drinking is a little different from your average Aussie pub with a few selected beers on draft ranging from John Squires to Kirin and a large selection of bottled ranging from Coopers to Stella. The wine list is quite big with often boutique-type wines on offer. Some great choices to be had. They have a barrista also and a list of cocktails. All drinks are reasonably prices.
This is the sort of place you find accidentally but go every night til it closes. Go and see Nick the barman's huge beard!!
Dress Code: Erm no