Hoo Ha Bar

Features

bar food
DJ
free wi-fi
good for groups
licensed
open early
open late
takeaway

Depending on which way you look at it, Hoo Ha Bar might be on the wrong side of the tracks. Situated on a quiet corner behind the train tracks, it’s just far enough away from the main South Bank hub to have its own neighbourhood feel. And it’s this location, in a former workshop for railway workers, that gives the locale much of its charm.

When creating the venue, owners Mike Slatter, Anthony Lindenmayer and Declan Law dreamed of a casual place that felt like a neighborhood hangout for any time of day – so they rolled a cafe and bar into one venue. By day, the quiet cafe serves Supreme Roasters and simple cafe-style eats, as light streams in through large windows.

Come evening, things start to get rowdy as the bar gets into full swing. Food changes to tapas-style eats and punters inspect the evening’s line-up of taps, which change as soon as a keg runs out. The cocktails are seasonal, often using Australian spirits such as the Melbourne Gin Company or 666 Tasmanian vodka.

The eclectic interior is a mix of old and new furnishings to match the building’s original exposed brick and high ceilings, with plenty of nooks to settle into.