In 1993, architecture firm Six Degrees designed what became one of Melbourne’s first laneway bars. A tiny bar off Bourke Street, Myers Place is a simple space with an intelligent aspect.
Fronting the space is a wood-and-glass wall through which the concrete bar stretches, enabling patrons sitting in the small outside area to be served from their stools. The interior is clean but avoids starkness, with tables of blond wood and coloured leather chairs. Lighting is cast in different attitudes around the space: on one wall, flat plastic squares glow from a tapestry of red shag; the same red shag appears on the ceiling, as well as painted planks. A chicken-wire fashioned rhinoceros makes a clever vase and a wheat sheaf is stuck behind the bar.
The bar’s simple style is maintained by a short chalkboard drinks list. Basic and slightly less basic spirits are available. Ten wines can be purchased by glass or bottle, and there are three beers and a cider on tap. The closest thing to a cocktail is a Bloody Mary. A La Marzaocco Linea espresso machine provides tea and Small Batch coffee supplied by Auction Rooms until late. Bar snacks are displayed in large glass jars behind the bar and are generally of the lightweight soy crisp variety. However a cheese and kabana platter is also on the menu, the perfect accompaniment to a short glass of Tawny Port.