29 June 2022
Raise a glass to Melbourne’s best bar openings of 2022 (so far). A glowing vinyl-only listening room behind an unmarked door. A tiny bluestone pub that feels like the best kind of house party. And a world-class gin utopia shrouded by a striking copper veil. Halfway through the year, we take a look back. And we can confirm it’s an exciting time to be boozing in Melbourne – and beyond.
First Look: A sunny Japanese eatery with full-to-the-brim bento boxes and mochi-wrapped gelato. The roller door goes up at 10.30am, and it’s worth getting in early to secure your picnic-ready lunch and Japanese-inspired dessert – from the owner of popular Melbourne cafes Le Bajo and 279.
Just over an hour from Melbourne, a 134-year-old hotel and pub in a coastal town has been beautifully refurbished. Check in to one of 18 elegant new rooms (some with bay-view balconies), then head downstairs to the charming bistro for a pot brimming with the town’s famous mussels.
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