The Best Bars on Chapel Street

Updated 1 month ago


Chapel Street is one of Melbourne’s most iconic strips. Over the years, it’s grown from a dedicated shopping hub more of a nightlife destination, drawing revellers from right across the city’s south-east.

Running from South Yarra to Prahran and down to Windsor and St Kilda, the strip has dozens of drinking holes, from glamorous sky-high bars like Beverly to cosy and laidback spots like ’70s-inspired Leonard’s House of Love. Whether you’re looking for a new favourite local pub, a perfect date night spot, or an opulent cocktail bar – this guide has you covered.

  • If you’re really into burgers, tick Leonard’s off the list. This ’70s log cabin-themed burger bar serves some of Melbourne’s best. Expect American-style burger combos centred around beef, chicken, mushroom and vegan pattys. It’s also dog-friendly, so your furry friend might be begging tableside for a bite.

  • More kinds of wine and beer than you can imagine – and you're welcome to drink in-house.

  • A gleaming 100-litre still sits at the centre of this red-accented bar and restaurant. It’s where distiller (and chef) Carlo Tran makes the gin you’ll find in your Asian-inspired cocktails – most of which are on tap. Pair them with pan-Asian dishes such as chargrilled prawns, beef rendang, deconstructed bao and karaage chicken.

  • This quirky lime castle is an improbable oasis away from bustling Chapel Street, and it has a huge courtyard. During the warmer months it’s thronged with locals, all drinking iced beverages and frosty beers.

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  • A sleek wine bar and restaurant serving up Middle Eastern-inspired dishes, some borrowed from its elder sibling Maha. Tuck into share plates of Armenian beef dumplings, lamb cutlets and taramasalata fried buns. There’s also a 120-strong wine list.

  • This beloved pub, which has stood on its corner since the 1920s, lets you choose from two bars or an upscale restaurant. Start with small bites and charcuterie before moving onto elevated pub classics, such as juicy steak with chips stacked like Jenga. Plus, there’s a deck for Melbourne’s sunnier days.

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  • Where fine dining meets a dive bar meets a lounge and it somehow works.

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  • Bimbo Deluxe pioneered the beer-and-$4-pizza formula. Lucky Coq replicates it just as well.

  • An American-themed bar serving craft beer, ribs, hot dogs and cocktails.

  • An old-world Polish vodka bar and restaurant.

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  • A Chapel Street stalwart you can rely on.

  • A traditional Italian restaurant in the heart of Chapel Street.

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