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.