Like Northcote and Thornbury before it, Preston is slowly developing a thriving and eclectic drinking scene. There are no serious cocktail bars yet, but if you’re after a few beers and a game of pool, the options are good. Being that bit further from the city, bars here tend to be more spacious and relaxed than their inner city counterparts. That quality has attracted notable brewers and a rockstar winemaker in recent years, and will no doubt attract more like them. Keep an eye on Preston – it’s only going to get better from here.

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Guide to Preston
Best Bars in Thornbury

The Raccoon Club


A local craft beer watering hole with a laid back atmosphere.

145 Plenty Road, Preston

Jamsheed Urban Winery


One of Australia’s best winemakers is behind this unusual cellar door, which feels like a mix between a brewery and a dive bar.

4 Albert Street, Preston

Moon Dog World


Capacity for 725 patrons. An indoor waterfall (which cascades into a lagoon). A hidden tiki disco bar. A giant beer garden. Beyond the bells and whistles, one of Melbourne’s earlier independent breweries still amply delivers on the drinks front.

32 Chifley Drive, Preston

Hard Rubbish


The DIY spirit is alive and well at this cheap and cheerful north-side bar.

670 Plenty Road, Preston

This Borderland


This old-school diner does three-cheese poutine, beef brisket burgers, deep-fried pickles and slices of classic cherry pie. And every item on the menu can be made vegan.

208 Tyler Street, Preston

Stray Neighbour


A restaurant and bar with as little or as much class as you need.

463 Plenty Road, Preston

Tallboy & Moose


An Englishman, a Canadian and plenty of fresh beer.

270 Raglan Street, Preston

Surly’s Bar and Garden


This neighbourhood bar combines an old-school pub atmosphere with a forward-thinking drinks list filled with ultra-local ales, pét-nats and vegan cocktails.

570 High Street, Preston

Ragtime Tavern


A piano bar in Preston (for amateurs and experts).

206 Tyler Street, Preston