Whether you’ve got a Monday through Friday job, a full schedule with class, duties at home, or even if you’re just a traveller visiting St. Kilda, heading out for a drink is one of the best ways to catch up with friends and take a moment to slow down. Everyone’s schedule is a bit different, so we’ve put together some of our favourites bars, pubs, (and even a fromagerie!), where you can let your hair down a bit. Next time you’re looking for things to do in St. Kilda, scroll down the list below and find a great local, any night of the week.
125 Fitzroy St., St. Kilda
The famous George Hotel of Fitzroy Street was purchased by soon to be Mayor of St. Kilda and director of Melbourne Co-operative Brewing company, Frederick Wimpole, in 1873. Today, the bar seats 150 within its cabin-esque walls which are filled with beer cans and taxidermy that makes you feel like you’ve just finished a long day of hunting in the woods. Everyday of the week, the bar hosts its own “tappy hour” from 3-6pm featuring $8 tap beers, so why not kick off your week with a good deal and head over on a Monday afternoon! The drinks menu has a sophisticated selection of cocktails, scotch & whiskey, tequila, vodka, rum, gin, and wine, plus mulled red wine and a variety of spritz and espresso creations. They’ll even do their best to make up your favourite cocktail if it’s not on the menu. While the drinks menu is definitely impressive, beer is really the focus at this bar. They’ve got a rotating set of taps featuring their favourite local and imported brews. You can even check out a real-time tap list at this website to see what they’ve got before you head over.
12pm- 1am Mon-Wed, 12pm-3am Thurs-Fri,
11am-3am Sat, 11am-1am Sun.
Milk the Cow Licensed Fromagerie
157 Fitzroy St., St. Kilda
If you’re looking for a place to grab drinks in St. Kilda that differs from the typical pub affair, an elegant cheese and wine experience may be just the thing you need on a quiet Tuesday evening. Milk the Cow is run by friendly and attentive staff who are extremely knowledgeable in the world of cheese, and will happily guide you through appropriate pairings. If you’re not into wine, they offer flights with beer, whiskey, cider, gin, and even sake. You can have your pairing in your glass and go for a specialty cocktails with the likes of fig balsamic, pear, and citrus vodka with an Italian gorgonzola piccante as garnish, or perhaps go for a twist on the classic espresso martini with a BellaVitano espresso cheese garnish. Some favourite dishes to go with drinks are the baked camembert served over crusty baguette, and individual fondue pots. If you don’t know anything about cheese or wine, just show up and let the staff pick from their 180 types of cheese and 35 different types of wine by the glass. Check out the full menu here.
12pm-late 7 days
29 Fitzroy St., St. Kilda
What more could you want to get you through your mid-week slump than some movie-themed drinks in a funky apartment-style venue with board games and a lively crew. Not to mention, drinks on Wednesdays are only $5! The menu is rather quirky with drink descriptions such as “Life is the most spectacular show on Earth, get your front row seat and don’t miss a moment” to describe their Water For Elephants featuring pineapple rum, white rum, and lime juice. If you’re not feeling all that adventurous, you can safely choose from their curated lists of beer, cider, and wine, but you’ll likely find yourself going along for the ride once you’ve stepped into the world of 29th apartment. Wednesday also feature live music starting at 8pm and even free pizza! Check out the drink menu here, or throw caution to the wind and just show up!
6pm-3am Mon-Fri, 4pm-3am Sat-Sun
54 Acland St., St. Kilda
By Thursday night, you’re probably feeling the stress of the week, so a cosy, intimate bar setting is likely the ideal place to grab your evening drink with friends. Dog’s bar is designed to be a place for locals to gather, where bartenders know your name and your favourite drink. They keep a satisfyingly large wine list, with tap beers and high quality spirits, and there are food and drink specials most nights of the week. If you’re looking for a livelier night out, stick around until 9pm for live music gigs which are always free entry. Check out which gigs are coming up here and meet some friends at Dogs Bar after work.
3pm-1am Mon-Wed, 12pm-1am Thurs-Sun
The Local Taphouse
184 Carlisle St., St. Kilda East
Friday night often marks the end of the work week and certainly deserves celebration somewhere with a bit of class. The local taphouse is a tavern style establishment with European design inspiration that was birthed out of several years of research in Europe and America’s finest craft beer venues. Each year, around 400 specialty beers are tapped within the walls of the Local Taphouse, which are a large part of why this is establishment has been so well-awarded since its opening in 2008. 20 different beer and ciders are rotated through the menu each day, so you can check out their current listing here to see what intrigues you. The spirits menu also heavily features locally made alcohol, alongside mexican tequila, a few french wines, vodka, rum, and some true southern whiskey from America. They’ve got a small stage for stand-up comedy and live music so check out what’s on their event calendar here.
12pm-late Sun-Thurs, 12pm-1am Fri-Sat
Love & Dysfunction
103 Grey St., St. Kilda
A mix of cool, quirky, and cosy makes for a perfect drinks venue in St. Kilda all year round. Love & Dysfunction seems to have nailed the balance with their eclectic decor and innovate drink menu, the intimate chats with staff, and the friendly vibe amongst fellow attendees. The kitchen here is permanently closed so the focus is definitely on what’s in your cup, but they’re so easy going here that you can even bring your own food along or have it delivered and they’ll plate it up for you. Cocktails are definitely the star of the menu with a full list of the classics, plus their own take on some of the crowd favourites, but wine and beer drinkers will definitely be taken care of. Grab a few close friends and enjoy a cosy evening tucked away in a corner, or out in the secluded beer garden. Still unsure? Scope them out on social media first, you won’t be disappointed.
Close Mon-Wed, 5pm-11:30pm Thurs,
5pm-1am Fri-Sat, 5pm-11:30pm Sunday.
The 5th Province Irish Bar & Restaurant
3/60 Fitzroy St., St Kilda
What better way to finish off the weekend than at an irish pub with a beer in hand and some live music warming your spirit. The 5th province rests in an old 1857 railway station building that was built on the St. Kilda line serving residents and travellers alike. Today, the bar is known for its quality tap beers, live music Wednesday through Sunday, and the all around great vibe they have curated. Go for a dance, a casual hangout with mates, or even for a solo outing and you’ll receive a warm welcome. Check out the gig guide here.
11am-Late Mon-Fri, 10am-1am Sat-Sun