This time of year is strange: most of us have a fair bit of time off, but so do our favourite venues.

Thankfully, quite a few places are staying open throughout the holidays to make sure you get out of the house. Some are old favourites; others are some of the best new spots in town. They’re all worth a visit – use this break as an excuse to finally get to that spot across town you’ve been meaning to visit.

Note: we’ve been as diligent as possible with the information on this page, which was confirmed in writing from each venue in the week prior to Christmas. But the Omicron situation is changing almost daily. We strongly advise you call ahead to make sure that the place you plan to visit is open on the day.

Related pages
What’s Open for Summer 2020/21: Cafes
What’s Open on Christmas Day
What’s Open Boxing Day
What’s Open on New Year’s Day

Restaurants

Maha

Restaurant

Open as usual from January 4.

21 Bond St, Melbourne
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Lagoon Dining

Restaurant

Open as normal from January 4. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th, Boxing Day the 28th and New Year's Day.

263 Lygon Street, Carlton
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Tipo 00

Restaurant

Open as normal from January 4. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th, Boxing Day the 28th and New Year's Day.

361 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Oster

Restaurant

Open as normal from January 11. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th, Boxing Day the 28th and New Year's Day.

76-78 Bridge Road, Richmond

Copper Pot

Restaurant

Open as normal from January 2. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th, Boxing Day the 28th and New Year's Day.

105 Victoria Street, Seddon

Rumi

Restaurant

Open as normal from January 4. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th, Boxing Day the 28th and New Year's Day.

116 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
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Pepe's Italian & Liquor

Restaurant

Open as normal from January 4. Closed Christmas Eve and reopening in 2022.

275 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
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1800 Lasagne

Restaurant

Closed Christmas Eve and reopening January 14.

653 High Street, Thornbury

Nomad

Restaurant

Open on Boxing Day the 28th and as normal from January 4. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th, and New Year's Day.

187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Gimlet at Cavendish House

Restaurant

Open Boxing Day the 26th and 28th, and New Year's Day midday–1am. Closed Christmas Day. Normal hours from January 3.

33 Russell Street, Melbourne
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Congress

Restaurant

Open as normal from January 5. Closed Christmas Eve and reopening in 2022.

49 Peel Street, Collingwood

Supernormal

Restaurant

Open Boxing Day the 26th and 28th midday–late. Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Normal hours from January 3.

180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Cutler & Co.

Restaurant

Open as normal from January 4. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th, Boxing Day the 28th and New Year's Day.

55-57 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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Nomad

Restaurant

Open Boxing Day the 28th and as normal from January 4. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th and New Year's Day.

187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Small Print Pizza

Restaurant

Closed from Christmas Eve and reopening January 6.

388 High Street, Windsor

Marameo

Restaurant

Open Boxing Day the 28th and as normal from January 10. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th and New Year's Day.

6 Russell Place, Melbourne
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Tetto di Carolina

Bar

Open as normal from January 12. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th, Boxing Day the 28th and New Year's Day.

48 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Hazel

Restaurant

Open New Year's Day for lunch and as normal from January. Closed December 23–28.

164 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Il Bacaro

Restaurant

Open as normal from January 5. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th, Boxing Day the 28th and New Year's Day.

168-170 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

La Cantina Cellar Door

Shop

Open Boxing Day the 28th and as normal from January 2. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th and New Year's Day.

54 Honeys Lane, King Valley

Dessous

Bar

Open New Year's Day and as usual all January. Closed from Christmas Eve until December 28.

164 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Fancy Hank’s

Restaurant

Open as usual all January. Closed Christmas day until Boxing Day the 28th, New Year's Day and January 3.

Level 1 79 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Tipo 00

Restaurant

Open as usual all January. Closed public holidays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

361 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Ugo Cucina Popolare

Cafe

Closed from Christmas Eve and reopening January 31.

69 Sheehan Road, Heidelberg West

Yagiz

Restaurant

Closed from Christmas Eve and reopening January 12.

22 Toorak Road, South Yarra

KUU Cafe

Cafe

Open from January 4 as usual. Closed New Year's Day and open for lunch only on the 2nd and 3rd of January.

190 Park Street, South Melbourne

Firebird

Restaurant

Open Boxing Day through January. Closed Christmas Day. 15 per cent surcharge on all public holidays.

223 High Street, Windsor
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Hanoi Hannah Vol. II

Restaurant

Open Boxing Day through January. Closed Christmas Day. 15 per cent surcharge on all public holidays.

306 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick
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New Quarter

Restaurant

Open Boxing Day the 28th through New Years. Closed January 3.

79 Swan Street, Richmond
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Estelle

Restaurant

Open New Years Day and as usual from January 4. Closed January 3, Christmas and Boxing Day.

243 High Street, Northcote
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Longrain

Restaurant

Open for dinner New Year's Day and as usual from January 4.

44 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Chancery Lane

Restaurant

Open for Christmas Day lunch and New Year's Day dinner. Closed Boxing Day and January 2, reopening January 5.

430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
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Matilda

Restaurant

Open Christmas Day lunch. Closed Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

159 Domain Road, South Yarra
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Ishizuka

Restaurant

Closed from Christmas Eve and reopening January 6.

Basement B01 139 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Bars

Co-Conspirators Brewpub

Bar

Open as usual, but closed on Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year's Day (January 1).

377 Victoria Street, Brunswick

Bar Josephine

Bar

Open 1pm–1am from January 2. Closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Open on Boxing Day 26th and 28th.

295 Barkly Street, Footscray

Old Palm Liquor

Bar

Open from midday–12am every day from January 2. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th and New Year's Day.

133b Lygon Street, Brunswick East
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Future Mountain Brewing and Blending

Bar

Open as normal from January 6. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day public holiday and New Year's Day.

703-707 Plenty Road, Reservoir
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The Woods of Windsor

Bar

Open as normal from January 3. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day public holiday and New Year's Day.

108 Chapel Street, Windsor

Builders Arms Hotel

Bar

Open Boxing Day the 26th and 28th, and New Year's Day midday–late. Closed Christmas Day. Open as usual from January 3.

211 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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The Great Northern Hotel

Bar

Open as normal all summer long. Closed on Christmas Day.

644 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North

Union Electric Bar

Bar

Open as normal from January 3. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th and New Year's Day.

13 Heffernan Lane, Melbourne

Marion

Bar

Open Boxing Day the 26th and 28th, and New Year's Day midday–late. Closed Christmas Day. Open as usual from January 4.

53 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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The Albion

Bar

Open New Year's Day. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th and 28th.

172 York Street, South Melbourne

The Rum Diary Bar

Bar

Open as normal from January 12. Closed Christmas Day and reopening in 2022.

334 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Tamura Sake Bar

Restaurant

Open as normal from January 4. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th, Boxing Day the 28th and New Year's Day.

43 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

1806

Bar

Open as normal from January 4. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th, Boxing Day the 28th and New Year's Day.

169 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Milton Wine Shop

Bar

Open as normal from January 5. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th, Boxing Day the 28th and New Year's Day.

1427 Malvern Road, Malvern

Auterra

Bar

Open New Year's Day and as usual all January. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th, and Boxing Day the 28th.

1160 High Street, Armadale

The Shady Lady

Bar

Open Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th and 28th. Closed New Year's Day, reopens as usual January 4.

36 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

Bar Carolina

Restaurant

Open Boxing Day the 28th as normal from January 5. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th and New Year's Day.

44 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Two Birds

Cafe

Open as usual from January 6. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

31 Peel Street, Collingwood

Good Heavens

Bar

Open as usual all January. Closed Christmas day until Boxing Day the 28th, New Year's Day

Level 2 79 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Baby Snakes

Bar

Closed from New Year's Eve and reopening January 13. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

30 Chambers Street, Footscray

The Espy

Bar

Open as usual all January.

11 The Esplanade, St Kilda

The Elysian

Bar

Closed New Year's Day and reopening January 4.

113 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Stomping Ground Brewing Co.

Bar

Open as usual all January with a 15 per cent surcharge on public holidays.

100 Gipps Street, Collingwood

Zymurgy

Restaurant

Open as normal from January 4. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th and 28th and New Year's Day.

561 Barkly Street, West Footscray