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Anyone who braved this basement in its last incarnation, the Liberty Social, will recall a dark, debauched music venue, the kind of club where you might pick something up if you lingered too long. As the Mill House, the subterranean enclave in Tomasetti House couldn’t be more different. The down-and-dirty band room is gone and the milk crates have been kicked to the curb. Industrial pendant lights bring a warm, honeyed glow to the windowless space, the wood-panelled bar is lined with comfy leather stools, and curvaceous booths beckon for extended drinking sessions. Not all the rough edges have been polished up. Painted bricks, raw concrete and hunks of bluestone add rugged charm, there’s a DJ booth to the rear of the room, and the bathrooms are wallpapered with vintage nudie pics, all gently implying that the Mill House is ready to party. Try the Freedom Blueberry Rye served on the rocks, or shoot back the charry Ole Smoky Harley Davidson version. Care is taken when crafting the cocktails, with ice hand-crushed to order for the Miss American Pie. A crowd-pleasing blend of Apple Pie Moonshine, Fireball Whisky, lemon and apple juice, it’s sweet, tart and fragrant with cinnamon. If you’re here for the long haul, zero in on the summery jugs of sangria, or tap into the 20-strong beer list, including Feral Hop Hog, Hawthorn Pilsner and two-litre Young Henrys Growlers. The kitchen dishes out American-accented snacks and mains, such as burgers, fried chicken ribs and golden, molten-centred corn croquettes. Extended Happy Hour for Raiders 6-8pm (normally finishes at 6pm) $7.50 pints of Boags $6.50 basic spirits $5.50 house wines Grab a wristband on arrival!
The white hart has always been a creature of myth and legend. The ancient Celts saw it as a harbinger of doom. The French believed that to harm a white hart meant to be eternally cursed with the pain of unrequited love. The Scots saw it as a symbol of purity, redemption and good fortune. But you don't have to worry about any of that because in Melbourne, it means only one thing - an all encompassing gathering space with great music, the finest craft beers and cocktails, boutique wines, great food and a kaleidoscopic visual feast of projections and graffiti. Located in the heart of the city in a converted car park at the end of Whitehart Lane is a unique green zone with an industrial edge – a place to party, or just relax and talk at the end of the day. Come and raid this place with us!
The façade of a 19th century Victorian terrace on Collins Street hides the entrance to the ultra-modern Collins Quarter; a bar and restaurant cloaked in old world charm. With a bar for every occasion and function room upstairs you’re spoilt for choice at this luxurious venue. There’s even a central courtyard featuring a magnolia tree. Head upstairs for cocktail hour or try the gastropub menu in the restaurant. Entering from Collins Street, you’ll be immediately seduced by the sophisticated European elegance of Doc Martin’s aperitif and digestif bar. From there the rest of the venue unfolds, revealing Colin’s Pub, A Quarter Past – private dining, The Magnolia Courtyard, Blind Alley Bar and Ra Cigar and Cocktail Lounge. Drink / food specials: $5 post / $10 pints of Mountain Goat Lager $8 shots / nips of Montenegro Discounts on assorted bar snack items
We can not call ourselves serious Bar Raiders if we don't go and check out this little gem.. One of the more suggested bars on our list to explore! Situated in the market-end of the CBD above a shop, up a heavily graffittied staircase. The motorcycle-workshop-turned bar has retained a good deal of its industrial character and a nicely ruinous feel. It seems to cater for a larger variety of types than most bars in the area. Whether you're a student, a suit or a struggling artist - you'll fit in fine at Workshop. The Workshop Bar has forged it’s own unique position in Melbourne’s vibrant and bustling bar and café culture. Whether it’s to catch up with friends over a coffee or to enjoy a few beers or ciders on the chilled sun deck, Workshop offers a fantastic place to socialize. Offering a unique gallery area, cheaper than average drink prices and a great vibe. Drink specials: $5 schooners of Young Henrys until 7:00 $12 frozen cocktail special