Hard Rubbish

5:00pm - 11:00pm
670 Plenty Road Preston 3072


Proving you don’t need a million dollar fit-out to make a great bar, Hard Rubbish was constructed (mostly) from treasures discovered on the side of the street.

Brother-and sister team Charlotte and James Tizzard trawled the lanes of Reservoir and the pages of Gumtree for vinyl chairs, leather couches and your nan’s old lamp. The result is a very comfy local.

The pair has steady jobs during the working week, but they’ve committed to sacrificing their weekends for the neighbourhood’s greater good; when they moved to reservoir, because they were priced out of Northcote, there were no bars north of Bell Street. So they decided to open one.

There’s seven-dollar house sparkling and a line-up of craft beers: Three Ravens, Hop Hog and Hawkers, for instance. Snacks include jaffles and salty piles of cheese, coriander and chilli pesto served with a pickle and a stack of CC’s. Northern soul is on the stereo (also scavenged), or Soundgarden, if the vibe is right. Hard Rubbish is cheap and cheerful, no doubt. Certainly treasure, not trash.

Updated: May 27th, 2019

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