Meyers Place is back in a new location but in many ways unchanged.
Owners Drew Pettifer, Heather Lakin and Daryl Maloney-McCall were determined to keep Meyers alive after the landlord ushered them out of their former locale in March 2017. They resolved at the time to find a new spot, and keep the fit-out as close to the original as possible. To the effect of around 70 to 80 per cent, that’s exactly what they did.
Entering Meyers 2.0, which is less than 200 metres from its old housing, there are some instantly recognisable artefacts. The laneway-facing terrace is, like before, walled off with the same eclectic collage of retractable stained-glass windows.
The iconically monstrous 15-tonne concrete bar was also salvaged, and still protrudes a few inches outdoors.
If you’re planning a trip down memory lane though, a word of warning. The new bar is basically identical to the old one – chalkboard drinks list, red carpet, wood-panel walls, a (re)recycled cupboard door bench – except for one dizzying exception: it’s about twice as narrow as the old space. It’s a bit like looking at your childhood bedroom through adult eyes.
The underground seating area is dotted with second-hand tables and chairs and little else. It's purely functional and a little sparse, but with exposed brick walls and concrete beams overhead has an industrial feel. But while upstairs is licensed for 30, you can squeeze 50 people down in the basement for mainstay brews (there's no food) such as Furphy, Coopers Pale Ale and Little Creatures Bright Ale on tap. There's also a tight wine list – three reds, three whites, one sparkling – most for nine or ten dollars a glass. There are Melbourne Bitter longnecks too – it wouldn’t be Meyers without them.