With its abundance in tree-lined streets and overpriced soy lattes, the Eastside evokes a very different sentiment than what may be conjured in perhaps…the Northside. Take away your hipster Northsider and you’re left with the hip Eastsider. Catering to a well-financed demographic, the Eastside treats it residents to a hasty commute to the city, excellent accessibility to public transport and a wealth of places to dine.
Fortunately, for you, Eastside also happens to boast an eclectic mix of bars, breweries and beverage choices-and boy have we got you covered. Whether you’re a fabulous frosé fiend or a rekordelig-consuming-regular, we’ve scouted the best ten places to grab a drink à-la-east.
72 Auburn Parade, Camberwell
Conveniently nestled in the heart of Camberwell and within close proximity to Camberwell station, Bar None boasts a selection of over 300 cocktails, wines and beers. What sets Bar None apart is that is one of the few venues in Camberwell operating exclusively as a cocktail lounge bar- winning!
Should you also begin to develop an appetite on your visit, you can rest easy knowing that Bar None also offers a delectable bar menu which is designed to leave your taste buds watering and your stomachs satisfied. For great food, drinks and vibes, we suggest you check out Bar None in Camberwell on the ASAP.
329 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn
Not only does Beer Deluxe offer you a traditional pub experience, but it is also a craft beer bar. If bulk beers on tap is what you’re after then this is the place for you. With particular emphasis on local craft and Euro brews, the beer tap list is sure to leave you spoilt for choice.
Not quite the beer connoisseur you aspire to be? No problem! Beer Deluxe is backed by a wealth of knowledge in its trusty bartenders who are more than happy to assist you in your queries. We all know that a beer is best savoured alongside a traditional pub meal, so why not treat yourself to the extensive menu while you’re at it? Spoiler- tapas and burgers galore.
Gibson’s Wine Bar
73 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn
As you step into this charming euro-style wine bar, you’re inundated with seemingly never-ending racks of wine bottles, tables and chairs that are inconsistent in their style and size, wooden panelling and black and white movies posts.
At Gibson’s Wine Bar, conveniently located on Burwood Road in Hawthorn, you’ll find local boutique wines aplenty, Gibson’s is all about positive vibes, great wine and great company. Feeling peckish? Keep your hunger at bay with the a divine cheese platter or alternatively feel free to order in takeaway food from nearby restaurants. Local boutique wine and delectable cheese platters? Sure, we’ll drink to that.
200 Camberwell Rd, Hawthorn East
Venture beyond your go-to heritage listed Art Deco cinema, the Rivoli, just head upstairs in fact, and you’ll find yourself immersed in Nineteen Forty – the year the Rivoli opened. Equipped with a garden fit-out, this cinematic rooftop bar is the perfect addition to your Sunday session. Boasting panoramic views of Camberwell and Hawthorn, as well as a traditional cocktail menu featuring all your favourite classics, Nineteen Forty fulfils all your venue requirements.
Aside from offering you with the perfect post-work or celebratory drinks options, nineteen forty is also available for venue hire and private functions.
336 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn
Cue live music, a dark and intimate setting and hourly burger specials. Yes, you’ve arrived at Nevermind Bar, Hawthorn’s prime location for predominantly young adults to eat, drink and be merry. Consider yourself a trivia super-star? Here’s your opportunity to test your knowledge and wow your team mates. With your thirst quenched, why not curb your hunger pains while you’re at it? Nevermind offers $3 free-range beef and pork burger specials, and there is an adjoining BBQ and Grill joint.
348 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn
If you once knew Hawthorn to be the late night, cheap-eats and uni bar location, think again. Situated in a heritage building, The Kilburn brings a new spin to a former cigar bar, Baranows Lounge, and boasts effortless charm and class. The white marble bar immediately sets the ambience, and the venue is light and airy throughout.
If you enjoy a good spirit, you’ve most definitely come to the right place. Did we mention that the Kilburn offers over 600 whiskies? Group tastings are also made possible by a private room located at the rear of the venue. Not really a whisky fan? No worries, as the Kilburn also caters to the candid cocktail guzzler. Of course, there’s also the option to munch here. The cured meats and pizzas are delectable, or alternatively if you’re after something a little lighter, opt for the cheeses. Whatever takes your fancy, The Kilburn has got you covered.
Cru Wine Bar & Kitchen
916 Glenferrie Rd, Kew
A bustling café during the day, an intimate, dimly lit wine bar at night- yes-that’s Cru for you. Diverse in nature, and fabulously kitted out with over 350 wines, bottled beers and classic cocktail options, Cru could be your next adventure. There’s no chance you’ll be leaving hungry, as the bar menu offers an extensive range of smaller items and sharing plates, through to larger dishes influenced by European cuisine. Sunday sessions are made possible, thanks to the weekly courtyard openings. Add local Djs and half price basic drinks and you’re set. Cru has got it all. You’ll thank us later.
By Genevieve Kyte