Our Top Five Themed Bars in Melbourne
Sick of spending every Friday night drinking the same beer and seeing the same people at your local pub? Ready to spice up your weekends? Well, lucky for you Melbourne has really jumped on the themed-bar bandwagon with new, gloriously-designed, themed wonderlands opening up nearly every other month! Instead of spending your nights at a sticky over-lit pub, why not spend it in Narnia or Valhalla! To help you out, we’ve rounded up the top five themed bars in Melbourne, so you’ll know exactly where to head for an experience beyond your wildest imaginations!
B. Lucky & sons
The newest wacky establishment on the Melbourne bar scene is B. Lucky & Sons. This arcade bar-come-pawn shop is about as exciting as they get, with the interior being a strange amalgamation of crystal, timber and neon. A first peek sets the scene for the wild sensory experience that is B. Lucky. There’s a gaming arcade with Mario Kart, NBA hoops, Space Invaders and everyone’s favourite dance machine, ‘In The Groove’. Off to the side there’s a pawn shop where you can trade arcade tickets for adult prizes ranging from vintage games to coveted vinyls! If you’re feeling ravenous you can grab yourself a delicious stone-baked pizza, but if you’re only a little peckish, why not a bag of prawn crackers? The drinks menu is just as ludicrous with a whole section dedicated to alcoholic bubble tea, and another to cocktails in a can (it’s totally a thing)!
The notorious mini-golf themed bar absolutely could not be left off this list! The bar comprises of a two-story mini golf course with 27 holes! These holes are not just your regular putting green though, each hole is a pop-culture reference and is set-up and ready for you to take the perfect Insta snap! Some of our favourite holes include the Simpsons’ Hole, complete with the iconic Simpsons’ brown couch and the “Barbie’s Scream House Hole”, a cheeky play on ‘Barbie’s dream house’ with gruesome results. The cocktails here are also next-level with a list full of wacky creations, like the ‘Ginny McGin Fizz’- a gin-based cocktail, with fresh lime, coconut syrup, egg white, orange bitters and Berry Red Bull! Holey Moley is a definite bucket list bar that you have to experience first-hand!
Melbourne’s first and only fairytale themed bar! Storyville is a truly enchanting establishment that will blow all your wildest childhood imaginations. The bar is split into two different sections, each with its own story. On the bottom section you will find the mushroom palace; a dimly-lit cocktail lounge with glowing mushrooms hanging overhead. Next to mushroom palace is the birdcage, appropriately named, as it is filled with a giant, 14ft golden birdcage, which encases the whole bar area. On the upper level you will find a Narnia-themed section, complete with a roaring fireplace and whimsical library. The cocktails themselves are an 18+ version of our childhood fairy tales, like the ‘Charlie’s winning ticket’ with Butter vodka, Mozart dark chocolate, vanilla and lavender, you may even be in for a surprise if you find the winning golden ticket! The whole Storyville experience is completely intoxicating and mind-altering (even before having a cocktail) and is a sure-fire way to spice up your weekend!
Mjolner is a Viking themed bar slash casual fine diner, designed to be the place that Thor would dine if he was on Earth. Once through the surprisingly heavy gold and black studded carved door you will find a Nordic Valhalla complete with stone walls and staff dressed in cotton smocks. The place is split into two levels Hel, the viking underworld, a dark bar with solid timber tables and a constantly flowing tap of ale. Then you ascend the stairs to Valhalla, viking heaven, which is a modern Nordic-looking restaurant covered with viking iconography. As you would expect of any dining establishment based on Thor’s image, the menu is extremely protein focused (apparently veganism wasn’t big back then) and the meals are quite frankly ginormous.
All these years of waiting for a moody Japanese biker themed bar have finally paid off! South Yarra has scored itself this prime establishment, which is named after a real-life Japanese Biker gang. The whole theme is largely anti-establishment and shows the ‘underside’ of Tokyo (the one where you won’t find any Hello Kitty paraphernalia!). The bar comes complete with a private games room, including a Nintendo 64, a karaoke room and a sunken tub, made to look like a Japanese hot spring, all crucial requirement for bikers to blow off some steam! True to its roots, its drink menu pays homage to the flavours of Japan, with choices like alcoholic bubble tea and cherry-blossom infused gin, and of course a Japanese bar isn’t; complete without an ice-cold pint of Asahi. Kanpai!
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