After an eight month renovation, Prince Public Bar will reopen on Monday – perfectly timed for peak summer.
The bar, located on Fitzroy Street a short walk from St Kilda beach, first opened in the 1930s, and this re-fit is the second-last stage in a major revival of the iconic Prince of Wales Hotel that includes the 39-room Prince Hotel, Prince Dining Room, the Prince Deck and Prince Bandroom.
IF Architecture’s Iva Foschia is behind the new look, which nods to the old pub's art deco roots. The renovation has revealed original gig posters as well as the bar’s ornate ceiling plasterwork, and the large oval front bar has been restored and moved to centre stage, in the middle of the room. An internal staircase helps to open up the space, leading up to the hotel and Prince Dining Room on the level above.
There’ll be Carlton Draught and Furphy on tap, as well as a handful of craft brews and cocktails. In the kitchen, chefs Dan Hawkins and Dan Cooper are serving an all-day menu of easy-going pub fare that’ll include oysters mignonette, duck-liver parfait, house-made sausage rolls, fried cauliflower and steak tartare. There’ll also be daily rotisserie meats, too – think lamb shoulder and roast pork – and grilled ocean trout.
In late February, a 60-person wine bar and deli called Little Prince Wine will open in the space, selling drops from boutique producers to take away or drink in the bar (or the private underground cellar), as well as grab-and-go meals.
Prince Public Bar will open on Monday, January 20 at 29 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. Little Prince Wine is due to open in late February.