merging from the graveyard of legendary dive bar Pony, Boney is a late-night, seven day-a-week destination for music, dancing and dining. Brought onto the scene by Camillo and Daniel Ippoliti, the folk behind Revolver Upstairs, Cookie and The Toff in Town, Boney brings elegance and polish to the old venue, while still upholding its cheeky spirit.
Not that much has changed inside. In fact, every effort has been made to retain the original structure of the venue (hence the name Boney). Downstairs, a kitchen has been added and the old furnishings replaced with sparkly-cushioned bar stools. The walls, floors and ceiling – painted solid black – are contrasted by the cheeky glow of red neon lights. "My brother Alexander did the interior design,” says Daniel. “We wanted to keep that rock'n'roll vibe. That's what Boney's about."
Upstairs has been gutted and disinfected until it was glistening-clean, and will now be home to the venue's intimate band room, where live independent artists and DJs will perform seven nights a week. "It's a small venue, unlike Revolver, so we want to take advantage of that and focus on up-and-coming artists," says Daniel. They'll also be keeping Pony's infamous 2am live slot, for those who aren’t ready to go home just yet.
The menu – crafted by chef Karen Baston (Cookie, Choo Choo's, Colonel Tan’s) – provides sustenance for lunch, dinner or to take away. Offerings include pork belly sausages, steak tartare, jalapeño donuts and range of weekly specials – matched by a considered wine list and affordable selection of beer and cocktails.
Paying homage to the venue’s past, Boney promises to still be rockin’ until 7am.
68 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
Mon to Wed noon–3am
Fri & Sat noon–7am