Best Bars in Northcote

Updated 2 weeks ago


Serviced by the trusty 86 tram, High Street, Northcote is an excellent place for bar hopping. The scene here kicked off years ago, and as such, the options are well established and varied. Whether you’re after a biodynamic wine at Bar Nonno, a well-made cocktail at Kitty Somerset, a warming whiskey at Buck Mulligan’s or a plain old beer in Wesley Anne’s lush back garden, Northcote has it.

  • This wine bar has a particularly welcoming design, with plump, comfy couches; carefree decor; a sharehouse-esque fairy-lit courtyard; and huge light-bringing windows. And the food is just as accessible – it’s a changeable, veg-led affair.

  • The ideal place for a couple of quiet pints.

  • This dimly-lit pub sits in a converted 19th-century church – and is adorned with wine barrels, wagon wheels and a large, wrought-iron chandelier. Get cosy inside, or head to the rear courtyard for hearty pub classics alongside Victorian wine and beer.

  • It’s froths and no fuss, every day of the week.

  • A bar devoted to literature, whiskey and snacks from Ireland.

  • A tasteful venue for a relaxing drink on the edge of Northcote.

  • A bastion of live music for two decades, this is the place to check out buzzy acts from Melbourne and interstate. As well as the bandroom, it’s got an all-weather rear deck that blends seamlessly into the rest of the pub, plus wallet-friendly parmas and Sunday roasts.

  • Your favourite northside block party – every day of the week – in a former Morris Minor factory. Choose your own adventure across a handful of rotating food trucks, more than 35 beer taps and 699 of your closest friends. Plus, there’s a games arcade, DJ sets and trivia night.

  • This wine bar and music hub, in a heritage-listed theatre, feels like a hidden cave. Come for its lo-fi wines, DJs and fun vibes. The best part? The vintage Altec Landing sound system that once graced the Sydney Opera House.