Our Top Five Bars for the Upcoming Cooler Months

Winter is coming…We can feel it (literally) and no matter how many layers we put on we’re all still freezing our butts off, until we can’t take it anymore and find ourselves sitting in front of a blaring heater. Don’t worry though just because the weather is gloomy doesn’t mean our social life has to be! So here at Milk Bottle Projects we’ve put together this list of the top 5 cosiest bars and pubs in Melbourne to keep you warm this winter!

Photo by: Adam Wilson

Photo by: Adam Wilson

1. Neptune Food & Wine

Wine and seafood next to a crackling fire…Hello! Neptune Food & Wine never fail to impress. This two-storey, 140-seat interior is dimly-lit and moody, with warm lighting, dark timber furniture and black ceilings and exposed-brick walls. Food options are based off different Mediterranean cuisines. There are oysters, saganaki and the very popular premium seafood selection which is all imported from Spanish canneries. I wouldn’t pass this one up!

212 High Street, Windsor

2. The Provincial Hotel

While we’re on the topic of rooftop bars, The Provincial Hotel looks pretty convincing as to why you should head outside this winter, don't worry though, they’ve got you covered (literally and figuratively!). On top of the pub, you’ll find a heated marquee — with plenty of blankets and a fire pit — filled with warming cocktails and a crêperie serving up a whole heap of sweet and savoury treats. You know what also keeps you warm? Having a boogie. Every Friday and Saturday night The Provincial is busting out old Vinyl records from 7pm — So don’t be afraid to shake what your mumma gave you… to keep warm of course.

299 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

3. Siglo Bar

Siglo is a rooftop bar found on Spring street in Melbournes CBD with views of the Princess theatre and Parliament house. Don’t worry about the rooftop setting though - In winter there’s outdoor heaters accompanied by classic cocktails, as well as an exceptional quality of spirits, wines, and champagnes. You can also nibble on crispy polenta chips, fluffy pork buns and house-made rillettes all while you sip away to your favourite dram. When it’s this classy, the temperature’s irrelevant.

161 Spring St, Melbourne

4. Eau De Vie

Let’s just say these guys love to get creative with the cocktails. This cozy space will keep you warm and happy during these colder months.. They even have a room dedicated to whisky — Yes you heard correctly — A Whisky room. And it’s exactly what you think it is; a huge collection of rare and exclusive whiskies. I don’t know about you but that just warms my soul thinking about it. Bookings can be made throughout the main bar area, and do yourself a favour… become a regular.

1 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne

5. The Grace Darling Hotel.

The perfect cure for all your winter woes you ask? Two blazing fireplaces and a good pub feed? Look no further. The Grace Darling is apparently the second oldest pub in the city. If that wasn’t cool enough for you, this bar has a dozen local draughts on tap, a beer garden out the front and two separate bandrooms which is home to a regular roster of local gigs, launches, events and parties. It’s clear why the Grace is still standing proud after all this time.

14 Smith Street, Collingwood

At Milk Bottle Projects, we are experts in hospitality and we know a thing or two about growing a strong brand. If your venue needs assistance with getting your name out there and making sure everybody is talking about you when you open your doors, get in touch! Contact Nikki today at nikki@milkbottleprojects.com!