People name their venues in all sorts of strange ways. Josh Bayne and Josh Murnane trawled the pages of the venerable Urban Dictionary until they found something they liked. Honeycomb Hideout: “A place to go to get high or have a good time without having to worry about the police.”
The makeshift courtyard has bleacher-style seating and a canteen window serving pizzas, cheap tinnies, ice-cream and nothing else.
The concept came about after the opening of Fox in the Corn, the pasta joint Honeycomb Hideout is squeezed into the back of. Murnane’s girlfriend suggested they cut a hole in the back fence and one in the kitchen wall, so as to serve pizza and beer. You can't access the space through Fox - just the back laneway.
Fox in the Corn’s 13-page beer list might be the best in Melbourne. Australia, even. Its mix of cutting-edge local brews and rare and classic Europeans has a depth that only specialist beer bars can match.
Out back, there are just six cans, including Mornington Peninsula Brewery Pale Ale and Lager (only $5); Napoleone Cloudy cider; Rodenbach original (a sour beer); and $8 pints of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
The pizzas are cooked in a stone-base electric oven with a built-in woodchip burner to add a bit of smoke. Then they’re piled with toppings such as five-hour pulled beef; salami and olives; pumpkin and feta.