The giant baby that hangs from the front of Bimbo Deluxe has made this weatherworn building a Fitzroy icon.
There’s little else to signify its presence, but the bar has established itself as a place worth knowing about since Eddie Crupi, Pat and Max Fink (Naked For Satan) opened it in 2002. These days it’s owned by the Colonial Leisure Group, which operates at least 10 venues around Melbourne, including younger sister, Lucky Coq.
The dim-lit downstairs area is a combination of soft couches, old arcade games and mismatched tables and chairs. Most nights it has a soundtrack of funk, soul and house DJs. The rooftop courtyard transports you to another place, with Moroccan-inspired lights dangling above long picnic tables and benches lining the walls.
Bimbo’s beer options range from crowd favourites such as Mountain Goat and Four Pines on tap, to the bar’s own Bimbo Blonde Deluxe Ale. The cocktails are also worth a look-in – a selection of infused vodkas sit in elaborate glass vessels behind the bar. They act as a centerpiece for the downstairs aesthetic.
The pizzas are an equal drawcard, at $4 a pop every night of the week. For that, you might not expect much, but the food rises above its price tag. The menu is extensive, offering everything from classic margherita to the Poncho – a pizza with nachos on top. There are also dessert pizzas and $4 hotdogs.
Best of all, food is available until the wee hours.